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Old 03-20-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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Mice in my AI

I stored my 2014 AI in a rural location this winter and recently found evidence of serious mice occupation - and have since captured two of the rascals. Can't blame them for hanging out in a nice coach for the winter. I have had the AI sliding door window water leak so they had access to occasional fresh water and I found they had munched on paper products and even single serve packets of ketchup and mayo!

I do not believe they entered while doors/windows were open, but of course can not be certain of that. Wondering if anyone else has had an issue and if you found any points of entry - likely where the frame is penetrated for piping or drains??
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I stored my 2014 AI in a rural location this winter and recently found evidence of serious mice occupation - and have since captured two of the rascals. Can't blame them for hanging out in a nice coach for the winter. I have had the AI sliding door window water leak so they had access to occasional fresh water and I found they had munched on paper products and even single serve packets of ketchup and mayo!



I do not believe they entered while doors/windows were open, but of course can not be certain of that. Wondering if anyone else has had an issue and if you found any points of entry - likely where the frame is penetrated for piping or drains??


We had a pair in an SOB, prior to going AS. The rig was in winter storage, no food on board. They had built a perfect nest under the kitchen sink, in a Kleenex cube. I finally figured that they accessed the trailer through a water pipe coming up through the floor. There was enough of a gap between the pipe, and the hole it went through, for the little guys to squeeze through. They must have been leaving to feed, returning to sleep and poop (it was all over the place).
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:10 PM   #3
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You can't keep them out.

I set traps both in the engine and inside the chassis and check them often. They can do considerable damage and you have to stay on top of them.

Not to mention they, and their droppings, are just gross.
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I believe that we CAN keep them out - at least out of the finished interior. But not without effort. IMO the best way to address this is to crawl around under the Interstate and inventory every chassis penetration (gray and black water lines, fresh water lines, electrical, propane). Find where they have chewed away the packing or caulk around each penetration. And then reinforce those areas by packing with copper wool and re-caulk. They cannot chew through copper wool.

The same tactic will not work for the engine compartment because it is open by design. Anyone with interior rodent problems should also inspect their engines carefully because they chew anything and everything. Here's a collage I made back in January of one poster's engine damage:

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I employ this highly effective 24-hour security patrol. Have not had any problems.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:24 AM   #6
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the mice nibbled on the irish spring soap
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:41 AM   #7
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For some reason it seems mice do not chose to co-habitate with our miniature Dachschund. Probably because she eats them.

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The same tactic will not work for the engine compartment because it is open by design. Anyone with interior rodent problems should also inspect their engines carefully because they chew anything and everything. Here's a collage I made back in January of one poster's engine damage:

BEST way to keep them from nesting and chewing in the engine compartment is Rid-a-Rat (Ace hardware, Amazon or direct from Rid-a-Rat). It's small and runs forever on small batteries or can be direct connected to the chassis battery. Tiny blinking LED light and it works! Sticks tight with a strong magnet. Believe me I've tried it all. And yes, steel or copper wool to eliminate their getting inside through the tiniest openings.
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I believe that we CAN keep them out - at least out of the finished interior. ...
Sorry. Guess I should have said "I can't keep them out!"
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:41 AM   #11
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This had not even crossed my mind... oh carp... mine sit in a friend's property...



Time to put in place all of the recommendations shared so far.
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I put a trap baited w/ peanut butter and cheese under the hood and inside the coach and would catch 5-6 a winter. And that's w/ it sitting in my driveway.
The reason they chew on plastic and wire insulation is soybean oil has been substituted for petroleum products.
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My rodent problem centered around squirrels in the engine compartment. Last summer we used peanut butter and a live trap to relocate about 25 squirrels to a nature preserve about 8 miles away. Really made a difference for us.
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