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« on: May 20, 2008, 09:10:28 AM »

hello again
i opened the bays of my prevost and found that something liked what covers
one of my guitar cases. could be a fuzy tail rat. it did a good job of taking the
vynl off the case. it had good taste as it was a martin guitar.need help on how
to keep them out. jt.
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 10:03:50 AM »

A group of us were discussing this last weekend at the SE Cruisers rally. one person said he put mothballs in his baggae bays. Claims it keeps out bugs and varmints.  Jack
PS: at lerast it was just the case and not the Martin!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 10:16:07 AM »

My mother had squirrels in her attic, some one told her that moth balls would keep them out. A couple weeks after dispersing the moth balls I asked if they helped. She said no that now the squirrles were up there playing golf!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 10:53:08 AM »

First I would figure out how they are getting in!

And then seal up the entry way.

For mice I put one of those commercial looking plastic feeder (tractor supply) with the baits inside, under the coach.



We have farm animals so it is a constant battle, but I swear by them.

For creepy crawlies I put those little plastic bait packs in the bays and inside, when not in use.

This can be a real problem for those of us who are primarily weekenders.

Leaves a nice home for the the visiting critters while not in use.

I havn't seen a pest (alive) since I started this.

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 11:29:51 AM »

What kind of Martin?
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 12:26:54 PM »

put a nice big blacksnake in there.....
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 01:31:23 PM »

May be no sure cure here.  We have had mice, pack rats, snakes, spiders, wasps, and lots of ants, but in no particular order.  Just live with it, or get a nice, skinney friendly cat.  The snakes we do not mind, it is the spiders that give us the creeps.  Good luck.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008, 02:20:21 PM »

I live in the boonies and have constant mouse and rat problems.

The only thing that has ever worked for me is traps at each wheel. The varmints have to go back and forth to eat and drink and the tires are the only way to do that normally.

Rats can do an unbelievable amount of damage in a short time.

The best rat trap is the cage type, big ones just shrug off the oversize mouse trap type.

Acorns are the best bait.
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2008, 02:26:06 PM »

I only have had the mice problem once before. That was when I stored a 20 pound bag of Bird Feed in my coach. They destroyed the bag of feed but I couldn't find any other damage. Once I cleaned up the mess I never saw any signs of mice again. Believe me, I will never store Bird Feed in my coach again.
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2008, 03:27:24 PM »

Okay now don't laugh but the two most successfull "home remedies" that have worked without fail in my collector cars is Bounce fabric sheets  and Irish spring soap. They can't stand the smell and stay away.

I have a Corvette that is so low to the ground the average mouse could jump up he doesn't need the tires. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2008, 05:11:03 PM »

We once had a mouse problem in an old motorhome.  We were told to wrap handfuls of peppermint in cotton and leave them around.  We put them in draws and cupboards and it seemed to work for years.  Apparently it also can be done with peppermint oil.  Some say they a allergic to it, but it might be that they do not like the smell.  I do not know if it works for rats, squirrels, or bear.
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2008, 07:10:16 PM »

Shortly after getting My coach while on a exploring mission I reached back behind a panel in a baggage compartment and was rewarded with a bite on a hand.  After I jerked My hand out I discovered that I was bitten by a mouse trap left by the PO.  I called Him and asked if ther were any more suprises.  It was not funny at the time but did amuse the better half.  Living in the country makes it impossible to keep critters out of anything.  Cheers, John
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2008, 07:46:51 PM »

thanks for the infoe.
i can't find any signs of dropping in the bays . i removed the a/c and
heating from the bay and had not completely seal the holes.
the martin was a d-15 thanks for the help j.t.
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2008, 10:25:33 PM »

Boric Acid, (its a powder) for bugs and fabic softner sheets for rodents. Been using both for years on cars, trucks and household items in storeage. Have never had a problem since i started using them. Traps are fine but since i am 1500 miles away from my storeage unit for 4-5 months at a time the sheets and acid are a lot more practical. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2008, 10:42:36 PM »

I tried Bounce fabric sheets  and Irish spring soap. The mice ate the soap but the Bounce works. Only problem is they lose their scent in a short time so they have to be renewed.

I found a 3' black snake near the rear wheel of the bus today so I won't have to worry about mice for now. Hope he catches a bunch and gets fat. Most adult black snakes around here are 5-6' long and much bigger around than this youngster.
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