Mickey and Friends ... help required on stowaways.

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  1. meanders

    meanders Funster - Life Member Life Member

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    Mickey and possibly friends gained access to our Bessacarr 425 in November. There was loads of evidence with a chewed through water pipe, a nest in the fridge and a packet food scattered everywhere as well as dropping. Our local dealer went all over it but could find no access point or traces of Mickey. The pipe repaired, we put various deterrents in place as well as plugging a gap into one of the underseat areas.

    We've had zero evidence of mice now in the body of the van since, but while away over New Year we could hear the little blighter(s) in the ceiling above the lockers (In the middle of the night of course!) , and also running across inside the plastic strip that covers the join between the cab top and the over-cab area.

    We've written to Swift almost two weeks ago but have had nothing in response. :)

    The dealer still can't see anything but they say the price will rise massively if they start dismantling the van.

    So can any of the geniuses here help with advice on the following please:
    1. Does anyone know how the dome section where the ceiling rises towards the overcab bed is fitted please? I can see three screws at the front, but can't see what is holding the rear end with lights and speakers up. Are there screws under the plastic strip between the speakers? If so, how does it remove without breaking it.
    2. Also, the shaped grey plastic piece about 4 inches wide and runs round the under bed storage tray and effectively links the overcab to the main cab. It seems as though it might be glued in place. Does anyone know how this is removed without breaking it please?
    Any other helpful advice gratefully received.
     
  2. camocam1

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    Ours got in where I had put in an extra arial cable just above the axle, they do not need much of a hole other favourite is climb the tyres into engine bay and through beside the foot pedals

    Sorry can't help with your construction but when I had a similar problem we found a nest in the void under the toilet cassette ( it was a ace Milano made by swift)
    Dealer took the cassette out and left the outside hatch open for a few days (so they could get out) then sealed all pipe voids with silicon, seemingly there are loads of pipe and wire voids that run all over the van hence reason they can move about unseen ( just incase still inside) never heard them after that
    Biggest concern is that if they can't get food to eat they will eat the wiring !!!
    I believe you can buy ( mice food) which swells up and makes them go look for water ( mice seeming do not drink very much)
    Hope you get it sorted out soon
     
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    aaagh.. another mice thread which is scarey. How awful, to hear them running around at night... can't begin to imagine how you felt. I have been up today and put some parafin in a container with a rag wick coming out of it... someone has told me that will keep them away. I have put it near the foot pedals.
     
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    isn't this a version of a molotov cocktail???
     
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    Just need a match and no more mice !!!!
     
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    And no more motorhome !!! :whistle:
     
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    Surely the thing to do is bait traps. It worked when we unknowingly brought some back from France in our caravan. They love peanut butter!
     
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    Tried traps baited with peanut butter, tried chocolate, tried good old fashioned cheese.

    Bought a pack of 10 glue mats....no more mice, rats or squirrel's.

    They may be in confined spaces but they will venture out looking for food.
     
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    Banana, older the better(y)
     
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    seal the van up and gas the buggers, better still lay traps for a while then gas the remainer.
     
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    Here's how they get into my MH - up through the engine bay and down on the passenger side of the cab by chewing through the insulation:

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. meanders

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    @magicsurfbus . Does this mean they are coming down behind the glove compartment?
    @Badgerxos that's very different to the ultarsonic ones we've had in for a week. Just ordered one thanks.
     
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    Oh, no! not another gassing thread!!!!!!!
    Sorry for that, we put traps down with peanut butter, caught 13 of the buggers.
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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