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Old 10-06-2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hi: All... Just wondering which ones to use??? Scented or Unscented??? Do they really repel furry little critters???
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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I used the ones from the $1 shop-they didn`t work.

I was told use only Bounce-the really smelly ones. When in the store, pick up the box and smell-you can determine which ones have the strongest smell.

I am buying several boxes of them-spreading around the camper and in storage areas and corners and them putting new ones in about January.

Hope this keep the critters away.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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I think the 'class is STILL out' regarding IF/how well these sheets work.
I'm assuming (and you know what usually happens when you DO that!!) that ANY brand of fabric laundry softener sheet would work. Its probably the scented ones that work better than the unscented ones. I am currently experimenting with these sheets in the trunk and under the seats in our hot rod which doesn't usually see too much action over the 'poor sledding' months (yes BOTH months, LOL).

On a similar note, mothballs worked REALLY well for us in our old stickie trailer, but it was more the OLDer ones (not made with same ingrediantsany more) that seemed to work best, but the residule odor can be rather RUDE to some sensitive noses!!!
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:44 PM   #4
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I didn't think they were used to keep out the furry critters. I was told that they kept out spiders. hmmm, I wonder which critter it is? Robin
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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I didn't think they were used to keep out the furry critters. I was told that they kept out spiders. hmmm, I wonder which critter it is? Robin

Well, for eggsample, this is about week 16 and still no 'signs' of those pesky meeces.
Further, I DID note a rather large cob-web forming on the inside (passenger side) of the Plymouth just yesterday....
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:39 PM   #6
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I grew up in northern Calif and my italian family always used bay tree leaves and small bay branches to keep the furry ones away. Fresh leaves and branches are best. We also stuffed all trailer entry points with fine steel wool. I still practice both methods successfully (knock on wood).

I just gave up my favorite dryer sheets due to recent news reports of yet more toxic chemicals used in such a basic household product, and I'm tired of paying companies for yet another thing I do not need.

Now, if someone could tell me how to keep the chipmunks out of our F150 engine. Every winter, they pop there heads out of the grill, as if to say "hi neighbor". One year, they made their way into the cab -- that was bad, very bad.
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I grew up in northern Calif and my italian family always used bay tree leaves and small bay branches to keep the furry ones away. Fresh leaves and branches are best. We also stuffed all trailer entry points with fine steel wool. I still practice both methods successfully (knock on wood).

I just gave up my favorite dryer sheets due to recent news reports of yet more toxic chemicals used in such a basic household product, and I'm tired of paying companies for yet another thing I do not need.

Now, if someone could tell me how to keep the chipmunks out of our F150 engine. Every winter, they pop there heads out of the grill, as if to say "hi neighbor". One year, they made their way into the cab -- that was bad, very bad.
Wish I could help with the chipmunk problem. We have them burrowing under our side walk and porch and making the cement break and collapse. We have trapped a few and taken them out to the country but they breed too fast and we are having trouble keeping up with them.

I am putting Bounce all over our camper and stuffing some in the chipmunk holes also.

Just getting so disgusted with the critters-I sure hate to kill them (chipmunks) but someone told me they can ruin a foundation. Just don`t need that kind of problem.

Any help from anyone is appreciated.
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To repel chipmunks and squirrels, from the University of Rhode Island Landscape/Horticulture program:

In attics and in summer homes or camps deserted for the winter, a liberal sprinkling of naphthalene flakes (from 5-10 lb [2 - 4 kg]) may help to repel squirrels as well as other possible pests from a small room.

Sounds better than:
Note: The use of dried blood or fox or coyote urine has also been effective in repelling these animal pests. Follow directions carefully with the predator urine. Some formulations may need to be reapplied after a rain.

So maybe a nylon stock stuffed with the flakes would repel the creatures from the truck AND from around the foundation?
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This is what I use.(Irish Spring Bar Soap)

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I have stored a classic car ever winter for the last 20 years and NEVER had a problem with the critters. And I stored my scamp last year and many tent trailers also with NO problems. Just cut it up into small pieces.
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a liberal sprinkling of naphthalene flakes (from 5-10 lb [2 - 4 kg]) may help to repel squirrels as well as other possible pests from a small room.
So maybe a nylon stock stuffed with the flakes would repel the creatures from the truck AND from around the foundation?
I'll give the naphthalene a try! I would use the other option, but collecting the urine sounds too time consuming..

Richard C -- good luck with the pesky cute chipmunks -- I had no idea they could cause that much damage. Guess I will have to rethink letting them burrow under our two 80 year old douglas trees. We use a pest service and they spray & dust our foundation every three to four months (lots of pests would love to take over our house) -- maybe that is why we don't have a problem around our foundation.
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[quote]This is what I use.(Irish Spring Bar Soap)
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I used an Irish Spring bar in my attached garage and the only result I had was that the voles were eating both ends of the bar ......Benny
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I believe in organic solutions; my dog Zack repels chipmunks and squirrels just fine...
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I believe in organic solutions; my dog Zack repels chipmunks and squirrels just fine...
Hi: Cam...Looks like he'd repel a stray camper as well!!!
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:14 AM   #14
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Hi Cam
We had one of those that we called TwoSpeed. He was on or off, there was no in-be-tween.
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we used to keep a sheet of Bounce in the crown of our hat, when back packing, to ward off mosquitoes.
Had a sheet stuck inside a sweater after being in the dryer and it made the closet smell good but had to re- clean the sweater. Don't let the sheets stay in contact with any material. Just put a couple on a shelf.
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