I was rather disappointed this morning when I woke up and found yet another mouse in my trap. So it appears that despite my best efforts the mice are still finding a way into the Arctic Fox.
One of the problems is that I'm quite possibly in the mouse capital of Arizona. All around me are holes in the ground of varying sizes going from prairie dog down to mouse, so there's probably no end to the amount of mice I would have to contend with if I can't prevent them from coming into the Arctic Fox.
Since extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions I decided that I'm going to have to go into beast mode and start thinking like a mouse, which for me is not all that difficult.
Instead of just looking for visible holes which is what I've been doing in the past, I have to start thinking like a mouse and try to find holes that a mouse can actually get to. After all I could have a 6 inch hole in the side of the trailer but if a mouse couldn't jump up to it he couldn't get in so it wouldn't be a problem... Until it rained. So I started looking for entrance holes in areas that a mouse could access and I believe I've found the problem, I think this is the third time I've said that but who's counting.
Pulling back that big rubber wiper that seals up the living room slide at the rear bottom corner I found a hole, not just any hole but a hole big enough that the fattest mouse in the campground could walk through right after eating Thanksgiving dinner, and there was fairly easy access for the mice to get to it. I hadn't seen it before because it's hidden by the rubber wiper and I never thought of looking under the wiper until I started looking for places that mice were able to get to.
I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to fix this problem because it's caused by the seals on the trailer and the slide not all coming together just right and creating an empty space. So whatever I do I can't affect the movement of the slide or prevent the seals from doing their job.
If nothing else I have at least put to rest the question of whether or not I'm smarter than a mouse, and the answer to that is obviously a resounding... Maybe.
Due to the difficulty of solving this gap in the slide seal problem I think its going to require a three-pronged approach.
Prong number one: relax in my easy chair and figure out what prong number two and three should be.
Prong number two: get out of my easy chair and make some lunch.
Prong number three: try to remember what all of this prong stuff is about.