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Old 03-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Spray Foam Mice Critters

On my Sightseer 29R I've had a run in with mice. In looking for where they came in I discovered that under my kitchen sink there is about a 12" by 18" cutout for Hvac, sewer drain, waterlines and electrical. I really can't see it under the MoHo but it appears there is a large aluminum cover with both ends open. My question is if I sprayfoam the ends of that cover would it create a problem. This seems simpler than cutting and fitting wire screen to cover that opening under the sink area and foaming that. I also have a smaller hole for line runs under the refrig that I need to enclose as well. I'm just suprised at the size of the hole under the sink area and that it wasn't sealed at all. Would appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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I would opt for the screening. The foam is very hard to manage and control the expansion. It could possibly cause some problems and what if later you had a plumbing issue. That stuff is a great adhesive as well! JMO!
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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I would opt for the screening. The foam is very hard to manage and control the expansion. It could possibly cause some problems and what if later you had a plumbing issue. That stuff is a great adhesive as well! JMO!
Thanks for the response. I'll still have to spray on the screen to fill around the pipes etc. Under the refrig is alot of terminals so I'm concerned about screen there. I'm thinking if I used fiberglass screen they'd still chew in if determined. I'm in the planning stage...again thanks.
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If you have good access to the area you can stuff some steel wool with a little adhesive into the hole. That will keep the mice out because they don't like chewing steel wool.
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x2 on the steel wool
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:56 AM   #6
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I think the holes you are looking at are intentional, and not the holes you should be worried about filling. Winnebago leaves holes in the floor so air can pass to the basement and keep it warm. Some even have holes that functions as the cold air return to the furnace.

If mice are in the basement, they don't belong there. I'd be looking where they are getting into the basement, not how they are getting up into the house.
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If mice are in the basement, they don't belong there. I'd be looking where they are getting into the basement, not how they are getting up into the house.
BINGO! Mice getting from the basement into the living area is not the problem. Mice getting from the ground into the motorhome is the problem. You need to find and block any access holes on the bottom of the mh, and stop their use of transition points like the power cord, tires, etc,
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I can relate to critters in the RV. I remember my snake in the RV last year in Georgia. I stll have no idea how or why he got in..but it a lot of fun getting him out!
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I was told by several pest control guys that copper wool is better than steel wool as copper hurts their teeth. Copper also doesn't rust and deteriorate as fast as steel wool. I bought a bunch of cooper wool and cooper meshing for plugging holes and then used a lot of caulking instead of foam insulation.

Not sure if this is all correct but it made sense when the pest guy explained it.

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I was told by several pest control guys that copper wool is better than steel wool as copper hurts their teeth. Copper also doesn't rust and deteriorate as fast as steel wool. I bought a bunch of cooper wool and cooper meshing for plugging holes and then used a lot of caulking instead of foam insulation.

Not sure if this is all correct but it made sense when the pest guy explained it.

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True statement. Cooper works better than steel wool when it comes to rodents.
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Thanks for all the input. I'm going to use Hardware Cloth around the obvious openings and then address the power cord opening for one as I do have that cord down here at the house. BTW after cleaning, etc I'm not seeing anymore indications of mice.
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x2 on the steel wool
Use copper wool, availale in most hardware stores. Steel wool will rust and fall apart over time.
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Use copper wool, availale in most hardware stores. Steel wool will rust and fall apart over time.
Both tiredvet and I made the same typo ...we obviously meant "copper wool."

I bought both copper mesh and copper wool to use rather than hardware cloth as they both seem easier to work with. I'm sure hardware cloth will do what is needed, however.

I bought a bunch of both of these to cover openings and stuff holes and then used a caulking where needed to completely block openings both in RVs I've owned and a vacation cabin we own:







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You might want to re-think the steel wool idea.... I believe I read and even saw a demo of how flammable it is....
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