Originally Posted by froggsafield
RE: Service w/ AS Adventures NW (Seattle)...
We had a mouse/mice make hay in our engine compartment (no damage to wires) then under bottom drawer below sink and finally chewed through the plastic bag where I had stored the nest mess from below the sink. A small dab of chunky peanut butter on wooden snap traps "collected" three of those mice. Currently we have the smelly Bounce sheets in various parts of the coach and engine compartment. With the below freezing weather we are having (2" of snow on ground today) I expect to see signs of invaders when I next take the AS to the store. Will deploy traps. No poison, as advised on forum in earlier posts.
It's concerning to me to see so many owners reporting this. The next logical question is - are the mice entering through pre-existing orifices, or are they chewing their way in?
Obviously for the engine compartment, they can simply climb up the tires. It's the interior I am wondering about, whether there are specific areas in the chassis that should be retrofit with mesh or screens or whatever. It's not difficult to cram copper wool where it's needed (we do this with slab-on-grade houses in the south, stuff larger weep holes to prevent entry).
When we replaced the plumbing to our gray tank, we used spray foam to seal the gaps between the vehicle and the pipes. That stuff is chewable, but generally the mice have to have a sense that they are going to get somewhere worthwhile via their chewing activities, so there's usually some small gap or whatever that they exploit.
This has the makings of a future project for me, the skinny woman - go out to our storage locker after dark, turn on every light inside the AI, and scoot around upside down beneath the vehicle looking for pin-points of light that need to be stuffed with copper.