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Wildlife Questions


We've been full time for a week now and are enjoying the campground life along with the squirrels and birds. Which made we wonder...do we need to protect our camper from these critters? I was thinking the slide awning covers would be nice hiding places. What else should we beware of and prepare for? mice? bird nests?



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mice are always a worry and we have had a few over the years. Another problem are wasps (mud daubers) building their little homes in the furnace and water heater exhausts. We have also has kamikaze birds attacking their reflections in our windows. Cardinals seem to be the biggest culprits.

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With respect to the mud daubers (wasps), you can go to most any RV parts department and pick up small screens that fit over the exhausts of the furnaces and some hot water heaters.  I highly recommend them if you don't want to have those little critters building their nests of mud in your vents.

Mud Dauber Screens

Terry



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If you sit very long in one place in the spring watch for birds building a nest in (inside) your hitch. I have to stuff mine with plastic shopping bags to keep the birds out.  Why plastic shopping bags?  They weigh next to nothing, they other thing I thought about was balloons, I'm not sure how long they would last.

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Mice could be a real possibility. I like to get the sticky traps and put them in the back of a cupboard or two. It also pays to make sure that all the holes around pipes/cords coming in the trailer are filled tight.  Wanted to mention that my husband and son made some of those inexpensive stained glass little window decorations and being bright in the sunlight, they did attract a bird or two to the glass.



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Watch out at the dealerships too. We got a mouse when the dealer rebuilt the hydraulic slide rams. The big slide was out of the coach for a week and the critter got in.

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If you go somewhere in the desert or semi-desert and see RVs with rope lights all night or lights under the engines of their cars, you know there are pack rats around. Pack rats will eat wiring, make nests in engines, all manner of mischief.

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Thanks everyone! Fortunately the undercarriage is solid on our home and we'll get the holes screens up asap. I'll probably go ahead and put out some sticky traps in the wardrobe and kitchen just in case:)

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remember you didn't protect your sticks and bricks so you will deal with the critters much the smae way you did before... can you say mouse traps?

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