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Old 06-29-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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4 legged critters

I find threads that discuss how to get rid of mice but very little on how they get into the campers. I have 2012 5.0 classic, detachable electric cord so that is not an option for them. All the vents have wire mess glued to allow airflow but keep the critters out. The camper was stored in a barn so I'm sure that mice live in the barn. I have stored in the same barn for the last 4 winters without issue.

They found their way into the storage compartment under the fridge and under the sink on the other side of the camper. All cabinet doors were closed for storage. No sign under the bench seats or anywhere else. Spray foam under the camper so really no access points there. The exterior shower was my guess how they got in but that door was closed and locked. They did not cause any damage that I have found.

Anyone have any ideas for access points?
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Old 06-29-2018, 11:48 AM   #2
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Good Morning Ivanputski,
I have a lot of mice around me too, some years, other years not so much. I have no idea why they want so badly to be my room mate. They can fit through holes as small as 1/4" diameter ….

How tight does your door fit?

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Old 06-29-2018, 12:12 PM   #3
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The other day my wife decided to go to town , when she started her car the dash lit up like a Christmas Tree , about 6 different warning lights were on .
Took the car to the local garage and $56 later it was fixed . Mice had chewed off the wires going to the rear wheel speed sensors
My neighbor had a family of chipmunks in his attic and they chewed on everything including the wiring . They ended up pulling part of the ceiling down to repair the damage and plug all the holes .
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:16 PM   #4
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Mice

Mice are persistent and cover virtually every inch of an environment scurrying around. We are very meticulous in mouse proofing and have had good luck so far. We use a liberal quantity of mothballs around the trailer but not in the trailer. I have some unbaited glue boards out along the walls and around the doors of our shed. No food left in the trailer over the winter. I have a commercial foam applicator and a low expansion foam product that I used to seal the plate on our building after I stuffed the openings that would allow light to pass with copper mesh. I deal with Wildlife control supplies for my animal control needs. I’ve seen mice run into the garage when the door was open, especially in the fall. If you decide to trap the exterior with snap traps, put a string on them and stake them or cats will haul your catch away along with your trap.
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Old 06-29-2018, 02:28 PM   #5
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The exterior door of the camper has a slight opening at the bottom corner. If they did enter that way, I can't see how they can get inside the cabinets with those doors closed. Heading back out tonight to look again, after it cools down some.
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I think the roof and side refer vent are possible entrances....
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:55 PM   #7
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My 6 four legged rat patrol darlings make sure we donít have any of the unwelcomed critters around our place
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:11 PM   #8
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Painters tape

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I think the roof and side refer vent are possible entrances....
I forgot
To mention that we use the 3M blue painters tape
To cover the openings that have vents on them . Since the building is cool all winter the tape does not leave much of a residue when peeled off in the spring. Though Iíve never seen any gnawing on the tape, it easy to check when I check the trailer. We live adjacent to corn, soybean and CRP fields where there are literally thousands of animals from shrews to Coyotes. We are especially vigilant at harvest and the first good cold snap. Thatís when critters really move.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:39 PM   #9
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I think the roof and side refer vent are possible entrances....
I don't know about the other models, but my 21 has a screen in the fridge top vent. Pic is from when I pulled the fridge and is looking up from inside.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:34 AM   #10
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Camping at Valley of Fire on our way home from picking up the Escape we could here chewing at night. We had canned goods in the cupboard under the refrigerator and some critter was gnawing on the peanut butter jar label. They we coming in the frig vent on the side. First mod we did when we got home was put wire mesh on all outside vents!
And Iowa Dave, I have a favor to ask, please don't use glue boards. I volunteer for a wild bird rehab center and it's horrid when we get birds in stuck to those things (they also get trapped in fly paper). If they survive it takes hours to detach them with veg oil and then baths to get the oil out and then very long recovery time to heal skin and regrow feathers.
I use snap traps under overturned buckets set on bricks so there is enough gap for mice to get in but it keeps my pets and birds from getting caught.
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