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Old 01-12-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Rats in my Solera

Today I took the Solera out of storage and found lots of mouse and rat damage in the cupboards under the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink. Any thoughts about the point of entry and how to keep the critters out? From other posts, it sounds like peppermint oil is a good deterrent. I'd be interested to know what our Solera-pros use.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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I noted that I could see daylight through the bottom edge of the slideout when it was fully retracted. Solera "S" looking between the lavatory sink cabinet and the side of the slideout. Dealer was no help. I added some 3/4 inch foam rubber weatherstripping along the bottom edge - adhered to the side of the motorhome. I also spray around the unit with ammonia when parking in storage yard. No incursions yet.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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The tires make an excellent ladder for such vermin, so look above them for an entrance.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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Mice moved in on me during the winter. First found small acorns in large storage area and then found acorns underneath the sink in the kitchen, under the refrigerator and middle drawer. Vacuumed as many of the acorns as I could get and then took all the panels out of the large storage area (and they are still out). I finally got some sticky pads and placed them in areas where I thought mice would crawl and caught a bunch of them. As of now, I think I am clean of them but occasionally one will get on a sticky pad. I think they were living in the MH cause I caught some while camping.

Additionally, they got under the hood and gnawed some of the black padding stuck on the hood. I think they used this for nesting or ???
Haven't seen any signs in a long time in this area.

I keep my shorepower wire elevated so they cannot crawl up on it. Other than that or crawling up on the tires, I don't know how they get in. I had the MH examined at an RV shop and they couldn't find any obvious openings that mice could get through...

My advice would be to put sticky pad traps under the drawers in all the cabinets and fridge. Also in the storage area. They can get behind the panels and you won't ever know they are there....
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #5
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Try the 5 gallon pail mouse trap. Assuming all the food has been removed from the MH, this trap when set up right is fantastic. Look on the net for several tweeks to the design. What works for me is a thin band of peanut butter in the middle of the can. Also set the ramp board at an orientation so the end of the board is 2 inches, at the closest point, perpendicular to the can. That makes them close enough in their reach, yet far enough so they slip into the bucket. Oh, and one more thing, use anti-freeze in the bucket, about 1 1/2" deep will do the trick, and it preserves them a long time between cleanout.
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I was also told to put the air control on recirculate. Apparently, the rats get into the cab that way i was told
They climb into the engine bay and thru the air intake box into the cab
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I was also told to put the air control on recirculate. Apparently, the rats get into the cab that way i was told
They climb into the engine bay and thru the air intake box into the cab
A GREAT suggestion. I would never have thought of that!
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I don't have a Solera but the peppermint oil has worked for me(knock on wood).
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I don't have a Solera but the peppermint oil has worked for me(knock on wood).
I did the dryer sheets, hope it does the trick.
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A GREAT suggestion. I would never have thought of that!
I had no signs of droppings or anything else in the cab or living area...just under the sink/stove cabinet and fridge and in the big storage area. There were dropping in the shore power cord area also...so I thought they might be coming up on the cord and now it's up off the ground...
They got up in the engine compartment on the truck frame. You could see droppings under the engine on both sides of the frame. Look under your hood and see the black cover under the hood...that's where they gnawed a good bit of it off and also on the side where the fresh air intake is. I don't know if they can get through the fresh air intake because it's kind of snug against the hood.....imo
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