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Old 03-09-2017, 09:14 AM   #1
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Thwarting wasps and mud daubers

As Winter turns to Spring here in the southeast, anything that doesn’t move for a few days risks becoming a home for annoying and damaging wasps and mud daubers. In case anyone is interested, here are a few things I’ve done so far to thwart their efforts to make a home in our 21'. They are a bit pricey, but Camco makes great bug screens for the refrigerator vent hatch (Camco RS600) and heater exhaust (WH200; I think it’s intended for the water heater air intake louvers; storage use only for us, not for travel or camping). For the water heater, I simply added aluminum screen door screen coverings to the air intake (I didn't want to drill holes, so held by cut up refrigerator magnet strips; we’ll see how those hold up) and exhaust (wrapped top and bottom around the factory large mesh screen). I also wanted to use the hood exhaust vent as a rain-protected passive vent, so I cut a piece of aluminum screen door screen 11" wide x 5" deep, double-folded Ĺ" twice lengthwise to reduce it down to 11" x 3" and give it some rigidness, then applied plastic electrician’s tape to cover the cut ends and give a tighter seal along the ends and prevent it from scratching the inside of the hood. I hope the photos make sense. Next, how to protect the A/C and various vents on top?
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Thanks for the photos and info. I'd been wondering about doing something similar to ours as there's bugs all over the country and I'm sure some of 'em will love to make new homes pretty soon.
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:34 AM   #3
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Since I am parked for 30 days, in what I assume is mud dauber territory, your solutions give me a good check list of what to look over before returning to colder climates. I can hope that they will be easily seen?
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heater exhaust (WH200; I think it’s intended for the water heater air intake louvers; storage use only for us, not for travel or camping).
Atwood does not recommend any cover (I guess they don't have bugs) and as such, no one makes a specific bug cover for the Atwood AFSAD12 furnace. The WH200 looks like it would fit but Camco doesn't list it for the Atwood probably because of the above reason.

I'm really interested in how the WH200 works out. Are you only going to use it while stored and not all the time? Is there a particular reason? We have mud daubers at home that seem to love to nest in our TT - all the other vents are covered but the furnace exhaust has alluded me as to how to cover it. I would like to leave the cover on all the time as they are a pain to put on and take off.
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Can the furnace vent be stuffed with crumpled aluminum foil? Some could be left hanging to make it obvious. Too much risk of forgetting?
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Can the furnace vent be stuffed with crumpled aluminum foil? Some could be left hanging to make it obvious. Too much risk of forgetting?
I guess you could - if you forgot it, the sail switch would prevent it from igniting. The WH200 seems to be a better solution -it should be here in two days (Amazon) and I will test it at GE&H rally.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

War Eagle, I see you are going to be at site #48 - we are at site #10. If it is OK, I would like to visit.
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Can the furnace vent be stuffed with crumpled aluminum foil? Some could be left hanging to make it obvious. Too much risk of forgetting?
I stored my trailer at my brothers in Montana this winter and not knowing what might want to live in the vents I put screen door screen on the fridge vent and stuffed tinfoil in the furnace like you said. I also left a big tail of tinfoil hanging out just for that reason.
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For storage, I've used painters tape and newspaper (like masking for painting) to cover all those wasp spots. But we have inside storage so the newspaper can stay dry
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Eric,
I think your locale is in the range of the feared Mississippi River Mud Dauber. Known as ferocious killers they have been known to whipe out entire herds of dairy cattle. Researchers are quite puzzled as they show a preference for white cattle. I think, if I were you, I would camouflage your new Escape
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Yes, Mud Daubers are infamous in our area as well. They have the uncanny ability to pick the most inaccessable and most damaging spot to build their nests. If it will take days of work to clean out the dried mud, that is where they will be. Of course, the item affected will be completely out of service until this is done.
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