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Old 05-19-2022, 10:26 AM   #1
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Mice $%&#@%$#

Well finally found the cause of our problems with the main slide. Seems a entire family of mice found a nice warm place in the belly insulation to set up house. Problem is they love the covering on all types of wires and sure enough they had a feast in the belly of our home on wheels!! Now the question is how do you keep then out? I've heard everything from moth balls to cat urine to steal wool. My kids tried "Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent" and it seems to work at their house, wondering if it will work the same in our unit. Any other ideas you might want to share would be appreciated! The dealer suggested they got in through the push arms on the main slide so stuffing steal wool around the push rods would work, but that means crawling under the unit each time we park or travel so the steal wool remains in the holes and doesn't scratch the rods. Any other ideas. Cannot use poison since it is not my property! HELP

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Old 05-19-2022, 10:52 AM   #2
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Did you have pack rats or mice? I am not used to mice being a big problem here in AZ. I would use plenty of traps and make sure you are storing in a really clean area away from vegetation. Dry cement or plaster of paris mixed with corn meal or flour will kill the critters once it hardens inside them but is not a poison that will go up the food chain.

We are in covered storage that is surrounded by blacktop. The heat from the blacktop does a good job of keeping the critters away.
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:23 AM   #3
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Some kind of rodent built nests and ate the wiring and vacuum lines in my 2007 F350 engine compartment. Three times to the tune of $400-500 each time. Finally found Critter Ridder at Home Depot and sprayed all my wiring and vacuum lines and no more problems. But you have to have access to the wiring to spray it.
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:04 PM   #4
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I used Gorilla tape to cover all the gaps I could find.
I haven't closed the gaps around the jacks yet. I haven't found a good way to do it yet. Maybe some aluminum sheet metal cut to fit.
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