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Title: Squirrels!
Post by: Natetheskate on December 23, 2017, 01:04:15 PM
I had a squirrel get into my AC unit and made a nest, and in the meantime chewed up my wiring.  I got a new shroud, fixed the wiring and got him out.  But now another one has gotten through the chimney shroud for the fridge, chewed up the wiring and is now chewing up the wood.  Any ideas how to get them out and keep them out?
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Post by: Rene T on December 23, 2017, 01:17:19 PM
I wonder if putting a radio, on low of course, in the space would keep them away.
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Post by: Wandering on December 23, 2017, 01:36:18 PM
Having dealt with squirrels getting into the attic of a vacation home, I think I can help with this one.  Once inside and evicted, they will come back and reenter if not blocked.  Tried many things, including a wood block covering the entry hole.  I also used a radio at different volumes and the special devices emitting frequencies inaudible to humans.  They quickly learn to ignore the sounds, and they will gnaw material to reopen the entry hole.  What finally worked was covering the entry hole area with wire mesh (1/4 inch openings).  Finally...No More Squirrels.
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Post by: sadixon49 on December 23, 2017, 02:04:18 PM
For those that have ever dealt with a squirrel infestation, and for those who have yet to have that privilege, it is good to remember that a squirrel is just a rat with a bushy tail and  better PR.
Title: Re: Squirrels!
Post by: Natetheskate on December 23, 2017, 03:13:17 PM
This is one determined squirrel, since he (she?) has also knawed through the mesh in the cover of the RV chimney. It has chewed through several wires for the fridge circuit, so I have a real job in front of me.   I have placed mothballs at the bottom in the hope it will stay out, but looks like I'll be putting another wire mesh up and a new chimney cover.
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Post by: ChasA on December 23, 2017, 06:05:14 PM
I shoot them with .22 cal rat shot. They don't come back.
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Post by: kdbgoat on December 23, 2017, 06:19:48 PM
Forget the rat shot (we always called it mustard seed when I was a kid). Just use a .22 long rifle, then have squirrel and gravy. ;D
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Post by: hedhunter9 on December 23, 2017, 06:37:16 PM
Squirrels filled my motor up...

Bob
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Post by: hedhunter9 on December 23, 2017, 06:38:27 PM
And filled the air cleaner up too...
Bob
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Post by: judway on December 23, 2017, 06:59:43 PM
Catch them in a box trap, baited with peanut butter and then release them in the next county. I have relocated about 25 around the house. Changes the gene pool.
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Post by: JudyJB on December 23, 2017, 08:03:08 PM
Sounds like you need heavier wire mesh.  If it is heavy enough, it will finally stop him or her.

I also had a chipmunk stuff my car engine compartment with acorns, but I drove off with his stash, and he never tried again.  Raccoons and pack rats also like to set up housekeeping in RVs, so this will probably not be your last critter problem. 
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Post by: skydivemark on December 29, 2017, 12:00:58 PM
Wire mesh? They just use that to sharpen their teeth. I had to go to expanded metal.  They make it in steel and aluminium.
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Post by: jackiemac on December 29, 2017, 03:54:56 PM
You could try this, some swear by it for mice, lookup fox urine, the correct link won't work for some reason...


Link to site below

https://www.predatorpeestore.com
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Post by: Molaker on December 29, 2017, 06:16:40 PM
We had a squirrel infestation in our garden (they loved our green tomatoes).  We solved the problem with nylon stockings (pantyhose legs) filled with dog hair from our dog groomer.  Interestingly, the neighbor started complaining about squirrels shortly after that.  Must have been coincidence.
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Post by: Jomo on December 29, 2017, 06:21:29 PM
Borrow a cat.

You might try peppermint oil.  It works for mice.
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Post by: malexander on December 29, 2017, 06:58:29 PM
I had squirrels get into the engine compartment of one motorhome and a 5er. I  used moth balls after that. Haven't had any squirrels since, that I know of. I have had some mice. No damage, just messy to clean up.
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Post by: Marshall212 on December 30, 2017, 05:27:56 AM
Wolf Urine. Amazon has it and I have used it for several years without problem. Just spray a little around coach and on roof if necessary.
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Post by: Harry Joe on January 03, 2018, 10:01:33 AM
Mice, chipmunks & squirrels—a curse to my MH’s existence. I’ve had HaRVey disabled (wouldn’t start), his generator & step wiring chewed and mice troubles in the inside. I fixed the interior mouse problem (this will get some comments) by partially filling a 2 gal bucket with RV antifreeze, floating some sunflower seeds on top and making a ramp to the lip. They drown when they try to get the seeds. It sounds cruel but it’s effective. Besides, how long do they last when the liquid is 19°? This would work for bigger critters on the outside, too, but I’m worried about my dog.
As an aside, the easiest way to fish them out is with your bare hand—however, you’ve never felt COLD until you submerge your hand in a subfreezing liquid. 😳
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Post by: Rene T on January 03, 2018, 12:32:08 PM
I fixed the interior mouse problem (this will get some comments) by partially filling a 2 gal bucket with RV antifreeze, floating some sunflower seeds on top and making a ramp to the lip. They drown when they try to get the seeds. It sounds cruel but it’s effective.

That trick has been around and used for many years. It's called a mouse bucket trap. Google it and you'll find many variations. Simple to build and very effective.