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Old 06-16-2006, 12:46 PM   #1
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As a relatively new egg owner, I am experiencing some "beginner's" issues. I am having trouble with mud wasps wanting to get in and make their nests. Any opening seems to be very inviting to them. They were getting in the power cord opening, and the also seem to like the intake and exhaust openings for the propane heater. I don't think they could get into the trailer from the heater combustion chamber, but it looks like their nests could cause operational problems of the heater. Has anybody else experienced this? Thanks in advance for any ideas, no matter how small this might seem.
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Old 06-16-2006, 12:50 PM   #2
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I remember several people talking about placing screens over the openings to keep the wasps out.



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http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-furn...ber-screens.htm

We use steel wool around the electrical cord at the door opening to keep mice out. Iím sure it would work for wasps as well.

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Old 06-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #3
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According to the manual that came with my propane furnace any restriction of vents could cause problems, including screens.
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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Stuff a Kurly Kate in each hole and when you use the furnace take them out and reinsert when the unit is parked.....Benny
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:00 PM   #5
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I had a flat tire a couple of years ago. When I went to take the spare off the back, there was a large active nest in between the trailer body and the spare. Luckily it happened at home and I could beat them down with some spray I had on hand.

Don't know what I would have done on the road.
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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wots a Kurly Kate?

I have a screen on my fridge vents. No ventilation issues there.
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Old 06-16-2006, 09:24 PM   #7
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wots a Kurly Kate?

I have a screen on my fridge vents. No ventilation issues there.

Kurly kate = a metal sponge-like item for scrubbing pots.




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Old 06-16-2006, 11:27 PM   #8
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As mentioned earlier that is also good to keep rodents out as they won`t chew metal fibres like steel wool....use it to plug the trailer furnace holes here for the winter........Wasps and wasp nests can be real fun ....not too bad if you`re not allergic to bites or stings....have had them often.....I`ve had wasps nests around here that I set on fire at night with a gas soaked rag on the end of a long stick, when all the occupants are at home, and they can`t fly too well with their wings singed off....Benny
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:28 PM   #9
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hmnn.. must be a regional thang.

Us'n 'mercans call them thar things...

uhm...Pot Scrubbers! (we are boring, I know)

Interesting, I learned a new term! Thanks!
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hmnn.. must be a regional thang.

Us'n 'mercans call them thar things...

uhm...Pot Scrubbers! (we are boring, I know)

Interesting, I learned a new term! Thanks!
Might be more of a marketing thing. Coke=cola, Kleenex=facial tissue,
So do you want fries with your 2 all beef patties, special sauce and a sesame seed bun?
Me thinks youse 'mericans started this name calling
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hey... leave my buns outta this, buddy!

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The Kurly Kates come in brass or stainless steel....I`m not a fan of them ...prefer Scotch Brite pads....easier on the hands......of course, so is a dish washer.....Benny
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... and here I grew up thinking they were Chore Boys. I didn't know they had Canadian Cousins.
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:47 AM   #14
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Keeping the bugs out of the fire box area in my opinion is an important safety issue, especially wasps. They can build nests in unsuspecting places and really restrict the necessary air flow.

I cut aluminum screen to fit inside the vent doors on my Scamp. The screen is secured using, the "Red Green" method, duct tape - This tape is the new brand made by "Gorilla" glue and is much superior to regular duct tape (Wish they made it in more colors than Model T black).

To keep the mosquitos at bay, I use a piece of soft foam rubber to seal the electrical cord when in use. Its easy to insert and doesn't scratch the plastic.
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