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#730449 - 10/13/12 04:27 PM Will mice chew though window screening?
New_Climber Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2219
Loc: Kalama, Washington
Last winter I had mice move into my travel trailer that was parked and had a cover over it. I found they chewed thought the outside plastic vent cover for the fridge.

My thinking was to somehow use window screening to make a better barrier to keep them out but yet still allow the fridge to vent when in use in the summer. I was going to use double side tap, and some construction adhesive to keep the screening in place.

My question is...will the mice just chew though the screening? the only thing I have used in the past to plug up holes to keep mice out was steel wool, but that would not work in this application...

Any ideas or suggestions?

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#730451 - 10/13/12 05:03 PM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
grizzly Offline
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Registered: 09/19/02
Posts: 6769
Loc: penna.

...what about hardware cloth? whistle
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#730455 - 10/13/12 05:37 PM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
ront02769 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/04
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Loc: New England
Mice will chew through basic window screening. Lucky it is not a rat which can chew through wood, pipes, concrete, etc!!

Ront

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#730456 - 10/13/12 05:45 PM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: grizzly]
New_Climber Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
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Loc: Kalama, Washington
I thought about the hardware cloth of which I used on my chicken coup...but it is a lot less flexible and difficult to keep in place. But is screen will not work, I would rather try and get the hardware cloth to stay in place.

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#730460 - 10/13/12 09:09 PM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
yardmaster Offline
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Registered: 09/05/02
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Loc: Between a Rock and a Hard Plac...
Maybe it's possible to find a replacement cover that is made out of metal?

LIke this one?
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#730466 - 10/14/12 05:35 AM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: ront02769]
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Mice will chew through basic window screening.

Are you referring to only the plastic screening and not the old aluminum wire screening?

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#730467 - 10/14/12 05:48 AM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
Just_Bill Offline
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Registered: 01/27/02
Posts: 20031
Loc: Wilmington, Delaware
Not sure about mice, but squirrels don't like to chew on metal. I have often used steel wool to cover access holes. Mice, however, can fit through VERY small holes, so often don't have to chew. They might not like metal screen, but have no problems with fiberglass screen.
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#730487 - 10/14/12 09:09 AM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: Clint_Robbins]
New_Climber Offline
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Posts: 2219
Loc: Kalama, Washington
Yes, I was referring to the aluminum or metal screening. If I can even still get it, as I didn't think about that... Do you think they will chew on the metal screening if I can find it??

I will look and see if they have a metal screened cover as that would be the easiest. The one you posted is not the same style but I guess they might make some thing that works for my fridge vent.

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#730493 - 10/14/12 10:07 AM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
CabinConnection Offline
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Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 38630
Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
We place Bounce dryer sheets all over cabins, including on beds and around anywhere where mice like to "nest", when closing up a place for the winter. While there are postings from people on the 'net saying this doesn't work, in 100% of the cabins I do this to, for the last ten years, I've NEVER had evidence of a mouse...

Not sure if that would help you, as I suspect your vent is for hot exhaust gasses, but if this is a winter event and it's unused... Well...

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#730537 - 10/14/12 06:21 PM Re: Will mice chew though window screening? [Re: New_Climber]
JimTheTinkerer Offline
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Registered: 03/24/03
Posts: 20773
Loc: US

Mice would go through fiberglass screening in a jif,
and aluminum screening eventually. Steel screening is
good but it needs a coating that will last and it's rare.

Hardware cloth is super-hard. It does cost a lot, though.
The hex chicken-wire grids are cheap but big enough for
a mouse to squeeze through. Seems like a smaller-size
chicken-wire thing would be ideal.

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