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Old 02-01-2019, 03:30 PM   #1
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Mice Rats ate through my generator wires!

Wanted to exercise my generator some since it had been sitting for a few months. Couldn't get it to start and eventually found a mice/rat ate through a few wires and also used the foam filter as a nest. I had to pull the whole thing out and run a few new wires + buy a new foam filter. Before i put it back in i was thinking of sealing the bottom up with some wire / screen or something. Has anyone done anything similar?Click image for larger version

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Old 02-01-2019, 04:34 PM   #2
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The object of the game is to find and seal every crack or hole you can fit a pencil through. The main problem is finding the holes. Many will fill the opening with steel wool, rodent resistant spray foam or anything else they can find. Lots, but not all wires have the insulation made from vegetable oil, the chipmunks, mice and ground squirrels love it.

I have the same problem with the marker light wires on the side of my TT. The little buggers crawled into the lower side panel through the hole for the crank to move the bedroom slide. I bought a rubber sink drain stopper at the hardware store, through it in the freezer for a day. Then drilled a hole through the center, notched the bottom flange and placed a nylon toggle and long sheet metal screw through the hole I drilled, stuck it in the hole and tightened it down. Works great and easy to remove if needed. I thought I had taken a picture of the finished plug but I can't seem to find it.

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Old 02-01-2019, 07:06 PM   #3
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This seems to work for me to keep rodents at bay

Another way to cut down on rodent infiltration is to do the critters in with bait stations. Put a couple of the industrial type plastic, refillable, bait stations around under your RV while in storage. Most rats/mice are attracted to the bait and that's the end of it for them.

Darn things are aggravating though. I had a van parked at my office in Centennial, CO one year where a squirrel thought it would be nice to cozy up under the intake plenum of the V-8 engine. There were wires in his way so he chewed off those that controlled three fuel injectors.

I don't know how effective repellents are but I know I never had problems with mice whenever I had an outdoor cat prowling the premises.
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