Originally Posted by richw46
Then he jumps up on top of it and bounces up and down until the door drops down. Then he jumps down and walks off the deck into the back yard.
Friend had a squirrel do the dance on the trap, he solved it by getting a dog!
Here's an abreviated version of my AS ownership and landlord to critters.
When I first bought the AS and was fixing plumbing found the plumber had made a 4 inch hole for a 2 inch pipe missed and cut another inch. I repaired it knowing it was an open invitation to animals. (picture with aluminum around pipe hole)
A couple of years ago I found rodent had started making nest on motor, used plastic tubes that control the a/c mixing door, chewed up foam insulation around motor, cleaned out and kept mothballs in a mesh bag by radiator, seemed to solve problem.
Thought I had solved the problem but last week I had water in the oil and researched cause and tied it down to Chevy using plastic and silicon gasket. On taking the engine apart I found acorns stored on the manifold and in the space formed by the the head and manifold, mouse outhouse fluids rusted the head, and if I didn't read google posts on intake manifold gaskets I would have blame it on her
Last year with mothballs around motor problem mouse was buiding nest on the gas tank and decide to floss with the wires to the tank, took out the gas gauge, that one brought rocks from the driveway to sharpen it's teeth. No they didn't fly up there, top of tank is above the frame and sealed from both sides, and differential blocks area from front and rearis blocked by spare tire, and I don't drive fast in driveway to throw rocks.
Last month's mouse in RV came up the electric cord(enough space between cord and closed door, found paper towels shredded in the trunk but it didn't stop there, turns out AS in cutting corners to mount wardrobe closets forgot to seal 1x2 inch hole to trunk. Why didn't I see hole?, it is located under the drawer beneath the cabinet, with a flashlight in the trunk, hole can be seen. Similar hole found on passenger side closet but at the roofline. Mouse didn't like the trunk, so started making a nest under the rear bed behind the drawer(brought in insulation along with paper towels), then deciding to have nest closer to food, constructed one in the the galley in drawer under the stovetop using carpet, paper towels and foam insulation. No food was in the RV, drawers were clean the week before.
I was busy all week, fixing, cleaning and working my way forward trying to predict where the next invasion will be. Took off refrigerator outside access panel and looking at it's design decided the one inch square holes needed to be reduced, 1/4 inch wire mesh should be small enough to keep critters out, maybe even the mud dobber wasps that I removed.
Roof vent already has screening over opening. Checked furnace and it seems secure, small openings and only large one is the exhaust and it only goes to the burn chamber, on second thought maybe a plug wouldn't be a bad idea, putting a note on thermostat to
remind me to take out the plug before use.
Researched mouse deterrents and Peppermint oil came up, bought a pint and will keep cotton balls around interior adding oil whenever it needs replacing. Tested with a couple andsmell is pleasant, better than the fir needle oil I used last year.
Havahart trap would be good for a few but population grows too fast to actually trap faster than they reproduce, it is year round here in Florida.