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Old 09-12-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
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Rodents eating insulation

Tried searching. No luck. Mice, chipmunks, whatever are eating insulation on air intake box and I suspect insulation on wiring (not confirmed yet). Tried a few things, which obviously haven't worked.

Any thoughts would really be appreciated.

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Old 09-12-2015, 08:55 PM   #2
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You might spray any exposed insulation with self-defense pepper spray or bear spray. Or wasp spray or ant and roach killer, which would be less expensive. It should make the wires unpalatable to anything that would want to nibble.
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:00 PM   #3
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Try Wd40, that's what I use on my pool heater insulation. rodents don't like it.
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Old 09-13-2015, 01:02 AM   #4
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I caught two mice under the hood last winter with a mousetrap. Caught four inside. Baited with peanut butter and cheese.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for the thoughts. Wouldn't bear spray, wasp killer etc smell when engine heats up (with spray on insulation on firewall and air intake?
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:37 AM   #6
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There is an anti corrosion spray that is used on water craft.. It can sprayed on anything and everything inside the engine compartment.. When I had a sea doo wave runner I would spray the engine and battery after every use.. I bet that stuff would keep them off and you wouldn't have to worry about burn off..
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When we first started garaging, we set out snap traps in the bay and placed a few glue traps around our Interstate's wheels. I was prepared to get more elaborate than that with the countermeasures, but after catching one rodent in a glue trap within the first week or so, there didn't seem to be any additional activity.

I do have a rule, though, that the Interstate gets driven at least once every two weeks, at least for a short local jaunt, in order to discourage rodents. My husband has been restoring a Mustang long-term and we did get mice in that vehicle even though we were physically present on a daily basis (the Mustang is kept in our attached house garage). Our proximity didn't seem to matter because the Mustang wasn't running and so there was no wholesale disturbance of it. Moving a vehicle around seems to help a great deal to discourage rodents.
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Old 09-13-2015, 01:18 PM   #9
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Tried searching. No luck. Mice, chipmunks, whatever are eating insulation on air intake box and I suspect insulation on wiring (not confirmed yet). Tried a few things, which obviously haven't worked.

Any thoughts would really be appreciated.

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German car wiring has, for a long time, been tasty to rodents because the wiring insulation is reported to be made of a non-petroleum base oil. One speculation is that it is a vegetable based oil. I think that it would be much tastier than a petro based plastic. The sound deadening/insulation material on the Cabin air filter area and on the firewall is just great bedding material for them, regardless as to what it is made of. Our Sprinter is housed in a climate controlled garage BUT a rodent managed to take about a 3inch square of the sound deadening material before I realized I had an issue.
I put bait boxes on the ground to initially kill them off before they advanced to the Sprinter itself. Then I put a couple of BOUNCE dryer sheets in the engine compartment, one on top of each tire and a few in the coach itself. The ones in the coach were put in the cabinets, especially down low like the cabinets at the rear tires, microwave and one on the floor under each seat. They really do not care for BOUNCE dryer sheets. I know it sounds like 'an old wives's tale' (not to offend old or new wives, male or female. Our politically correct world), but it really works for us.
As a very important safety issue though, if you Sprinter is outdoors, be VERY careful of your placement of the rodent bait boxes to insure no dogs/cats. rabbits etc. get into the poison. I also remove the BOUNCE sheets from the engine compartment before each journey. The sheets in the cabin just make it smell nice. (I know, some people do not care for the smell but for us it works fine. There is that politically correct thing again)
Do not worry about killing the rodents off, they, like Doritos, will make more!
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Bob, I have been using the Bounce, seems to work. Just remember that they dry out over time. Had to replace 2 wiring harness for about $1K. Also, don't let the dogs chase the ground squirrels under the RV!
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Thanks guys

I've copied and saved them and will try them. Appreciate the thoughts. I don't think problem is bad yet but I can see it coming.
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Has anyone tried the sonic devices they use to advertise as an alternative to chemicals? I believe you pluged them in and the high frequency was supposed to drive them away.
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Has anyone tried the sonic devices they use to advertise as an alternative to chemicals? I believe you pluged them in and the high frequency was supposed to drive them away.
This would be an excellent idea if a good product could be identified. I just glanced at Amazon and the reviews are not promising, but maybe I didn't hit upon the best devices.
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Has anyone tried the sonic devices they use to advertise as an alternative to chemicals? I believe you pluged them in and the high frequency was supposed to drive them away.

I have a couple of Transonic Pros outside our house, bought to keep the bats away, and for that it works.
Living in the southwest we have pack rats galore, chipmunks, etc, and no hope of ever getting rid of them, but I have noticed much less droppings in the immediate vicinity of the house, so I would say with some reservation that the Transonic Pros are helping.
I'm thankful to have a sealed garage attached to the house for storing the Interstate, so no animals have got in there.


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