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Old 02-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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Like the cat idea!
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:12 PM   #12
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I would try a temporary fix to discourage birds. Maybe cram some nylon netting or just about anything down there. I think this could be a one-time problem.
The birds are just nuisance. They really like to build nests on top of the diesel motor in my tractor. The field mice are less a problem, but they love nylon netting.

I know I need to put a grid or metal mesh under there of some sort and fasten it somehow to wierd angles of the frame and trim... a good long-term solution.

Thanks for all the quick suggestions that you used on your bottomless compartments. If no one has pictures of their solution, I'll post mine when I get this figured out.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:34 PM   #13
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I would install a cat .
Even the mouser felines that occasionally choose to live here won't tangle with a yellow jacket nest.

If I install a really good cat, my neighbors feed it better than me. The mouser goes over to the easy meals. Of course, their easy meals in bowls ruin that really good mouser.
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Even the mouser felines that occasionally choose to live here won't tangle with a yellow jacket nest.

If I install a really good cat, my neighbors feed it better than me. The mouser goes over to the easy meals. Of course, their easy meals in bowls ruin that really good mouser.

Lol! Just tryin to help!
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Screen wire under steel expanded metal solves the bird & mud dauber problem. Cleaning up feathers after the cat can be a nuisance.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #17
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Screen wire under steel expanded metal solves the bird & mud dauber problem. Cleaning up feathers after the cat can be a nuisance.
Either that or the cat will leave you the bird on the doorstep as a present ..........then ya get a dog to take care of the cat......... then ya end up feeding all of them..................

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:11 AM   #18
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I've been working on some other projects, and put this one off until I get materials.

I'm currently looking at some aluminum flashing to trim the edges of wall plaster wire mesh. The bottom area to enclose under the propane tank cabinet is a very irregular shape. Haven't decided to try one big enclosure or divide it into sections.

I had a suggestion to try coating a small piece of plaster mesh I already have with some rubber underbody spray coating and see if that thickens the mesh, making the openings smaller, enough to stop the yellow jackets. Right now, the plaster mesh I've seen is too open.

Just backed off a bit since no one had solved this before. Last week, hosed cabinet area down with hornet spray and removed first nest. This spring looks bad for my house, there are country hornets, yellow jackets, and daubers everywhere looking for nest sites.

I closed a slide last night while working on the trailer. When I opened it this morning, my son pointed at a small yellow jacket nest that wrapped up under the slide topper awning overnight. He said the couple came out from under the top a little ticked off. Guess it didn't squish them enough.
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