Ohhhhhhh the problems! Let me explain the first… Squirrels… Not sure what kind. They must be tiny. I have a gravel parking area about 100 yards from my house. It’s next to a wooded area and field. My camper and boat are parked in this gravel area. The wooded area has a hickory nut tree owned by my neighbor (Or else I would have cut it down by now). The squirrels are stashing the hickory nuts in the boat and on the underside of the camper. Recently they have worked their way INTO the camper, through the walls and are quickly destroying it. I see clusters of poo all over the place, hickory nuts and just utter destruction. They don’t appear to be destroying the boat… Just making a HUGE mess and living in it over the winter. I did quite a bit of reading on your page and *think* I have a game plan. I wanted to get a sanity check from you though before proceeding. I was thinking of putting a granual guard UNDER the boat and one UNDER the camper. Then use either Rid A Critter or Coyote Urine in each. The camper is 18 ft long… Maybe one centered under it? The camper is 30 ft long… Two under it? Do you think this would do the trick? I’m leaning towards Rid A Critter because we also have a fire pit down there and like to hang out… I’m not really sure I want to smell yote pee while down there. Thoughts? Added suggestions? Will rid a critter help with Mice at all? Since the squirrels have worked their way in… the mice seem to be entering through the same holes.
Next problem… The home… Random mice. I’ll go a month or two with no issues… and then wake up to scratch scratch scratch inside the walls. There are two walls they seem to get in. To be honest, I don’t know if they are entering through the attic or crawl space and I cant tell if they are up high in the walls or down low… I thought they were entering through the garage so put some mouse traps, trigger facing the wall. I killed one (About 2 months ago) have not seen any more activity but now have the scratching inside the walls again. I have some blocks spread in the attic and more in the crawl space (dirt). What’s my best course of action? I was thinking some Rodent Repellent around the house and then follow it up with more granual gaurds/rodent repellent to keep future mice away. The existing ones are my concern. The crawl space and attic are VERY tight and difficult to get in. Do I need to squeeze in and try to place traps in there? Or is there a better way? Oh yah… They usually start scratching BEFORE my alarm clock.
Sorry for the long winded email… But I’m ready to go nuts!
Since I now know you have a pet and some pet food in the house, I am prepared to answer your questions. First the Rv….
The RV being invaded must stop. I don’t know the repellent plan you’re thinking about employing will be strong enough to do the job. Storing food is instinctive and repellents don’t always work well at stopping such behavior when just some repellents are set out. Repellents do chase foraging or wandering animals and will keep them away but that’s because these animals don’t have any vested interest to be in such areas. But a nesting or hoarding animal is different. That being said, you can try. Over the years we’ve had people attain success for this exact application. If it fails, go with one of the ULTRA SOUND DEVICES. We have great results with them being applied directly under the unit or inside where the animals are active. I don’t think the RID A CRITTER or COYOTE URINE applied inside the RV would be wise. The odor from these two items is overwhelming and will ruin the interior.
As for the home, I think you may want to review our on line ROOF RAT CONTROL ARTICLE. In the article you’ll learn why baiting with rat bait inside the house is risky. If this animal dies somewhere inaccessible, you’ll have a terrible odor that can be difficult to remove. I like the idea of using the RAT REPELLENT outside the home and setting up a LIVE TRAP in the attic with some cat food as bait. If you find the bait is removed from the trap without setting it off, it will mean you have mice active and should employ a MOUSE MASTER WIND UP trap too. These devices are ideal for areas like attics. They’ll keep indefinitely and the dry pet food won’t go bad. Months after you set them out they’ll still attract rodents that wander inside. Alternatively, you can set up the TRANSONIC ULTRA SOUND in the attic too. Rats, mice and squirrels hate it and it will definitely keep them out. Wire it up to your attic light so you can control it from the living area and you’ll find it does a great job of keeping the area free of animals.
The only other suggestion I have is that you might want to get one of our DELUXE BLACK LIGHTS. It does a great job of showing you all the droppings and feces where rodents have been active. This will both allow you to clean all the areas well with something like ROUGH AND READY as well as track where they are getting in and out. It’s definitely worth the investment.