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Old 08-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Mice in the motorhome

Ok, this is war!!! I hate to say it, but I have an issue with mice getting into the MH. For several weeks I've seen mouse turds here and there. I set out traps and day one I caught two. Since then, several weeks have gone by with no additional mice caught and no traps tripped. Today I found one of the traps tripped and another mouse. Just can't seem to see how they're getting in and how to stop it. Any suggestions on how to stop this rodent issue from running away with my MH?
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Ok, this is war!!! I hate to say it, but I have an issue with mice getting into the MH. For several weeks I've seen mouse turds here and there. I set out traps and day one I caught two. Since then, several weeks have gone by with no additional mice caught and no traps tripped. Today I found one of the traps tripped and another mouse. Just can't seem to see how they're getting in and how to stop it. Any suggestions on how to stop this rodent issue from running away with my MH?
First, stick with traps. At least with traps they die where you can find them, and don't rot away inside the walls to stink up the place. Unlike poison, which is likely to kill them in their lair where you'll never find them without tearing apart the motorhome.

Second, mice don't fly. Start at ground level and work your way up when looking for their point of entry. Floor openings for plumbing (including propane plumbing) are likely points of entry. But also look at exterior vents (fridge, furnace, etc.) and the opening for any retractable steps.

Third, get a pet. Cats may be traditional enemies of mice, but domestic cats that have never hunted mice don't know how to kill them, and will just play with them to death. A terrier is a better choice for mouse deterrent, and can do double duty as thief deterrent and a conversation starter during walkies around the campground.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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A coworker dealt with similar issues and used some of the following. Peppermint, moth balls, brillo pads, traps, and the high pitched sonar devices. He then placed a VERY fine mesh over and around all openings and sprayed Great Stuff expanding foam into all crevices. He also leaves a bucket of water in the trailer and found several in it over time.
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Our 2,000 has all that Protagonist mentioned plus, I found they used carpet to cover holes made by the plumbers, most holes can be filled with bronze or ss wool and foam but the problem is finding them.
You didn't say where you found the turds. I found a nest in the duct from the furnace that heats the bathroom, that said they had free reign of the duct system, nest was paper from the kitchen and bathroom.
Dash is a real good area for concern many items with oversize holes.
Sounds like you caught the easy ones, in reading found somebody had improved the trap by tying a small piece of yarn on the bait arm and smearing peanut butter on it, mice love pb and the yarn sticks in their teeth.
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FYI,
Bait your traps with Rollo candy. Seriously, I had a professional exterminator tell me about using the candy. He discovered it when every time a quick stop store or grocery store would call with mice problems the mice had aways eaten the Rollo's. He said that since he started using Rollo candy in his "sticky box" type mouse traps he always catches the critters. He said he had done trials with Rollo vs peanut butter and the Rollo's always won. I had a mouse in my Trade Wind and he met his end eating Rollo candy the first night.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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This new product by Dow works well.


http://www.dow.com/news/business/2012/20120209a.htm


Eliminate their food and water source and they will leave on their own.
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Thanks for the info guys!!! I'll dissect (pardon the pun) the information and go from there.
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If you plan on trying traps or otherwise pitting your human intelligence against the rodent mind, prepare to lose.

The easy (and perfectly safe if done carefully) solution is to use a Warfarin-based poison like D-Con. The mouse feels very thirsty when it has eaten the bait, then leaves the vehicle in search of water and dies soon after it has drunk. No rotting corpse in the MH.

I use D-Con bait in any vehicle that is sitting over the winter months, since the little guys come inside to seek shelter every Fall, ditto in our house. In the MH I always have 3 bait boxes. Here is where the care comes in: I empty the bait from the D-Con box into a shallow tupperware container or sandwich container (of the disposable type) and put a 1" diameter hole starting 3/4" or so above the bottom, so the bait cannot spill out. I then place the bait where a small pet cannot get at it. In the AS an ideal place is behind the big drawer under the couch, which is very easy to pull out completely and then replace. Another spot is under the dinette benches (if there is no pet access to the area), and yet another is to pull out one of the bottom kitchen drawers and place the container in there, similarly with bedroom drawer stacks if your MH has them. Make sure there is enough space for the drawer to close without crushing the baitbox.

If you have an active long-term mouse infestation, you will want to check your containers daily for 2 or 3 days, because you may well have an extended family living there. In my experience, once you have had the D-Con in the vehicle for a while, it never seems to get depleted..... I presume the Rodent Public Service Department puts up some kind of "No Entry - This Area Unsafe" sign.
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The easy (and perfectly safe if done carefully) solution is to use a Warfarin-based poison like D-Con. The mouse feels very thirsty when it has eaten the bait, then leaves the vehicle in search of water and dies soon after it has drunk. No rotting corpse in the MH.
This does presume that you have no leaks, condensation, or other sources of water that a mouse can access INSIDE your Airstream!
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Peppermint Oil on cotton balls and on dryer sheets placed around interior corners, cabinets etc of trailer. Havent had a problem plus trailer smells minty.
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This does presume that you have no leaks, condensation, or other sources of water that a mouse can access INSIDE your Airstream!
If you have mouse drinking pools inside your motor home then mice are probably a minor issue.
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If you have mouse drinking pools inside your motor home then mice are probably a minor issue.
Mice are never a minor issue. They keep you from being able to use campgrounds that have a "no pets" policy!

Oh! There's a solution. If you can't beat them, join them. Give them cute names and call them pets!
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A few years back I received the shock of my life, Not a single sign of a mouse!...after sitting in the shed all winter. I had a hard time understanding why the mice were suddenly boycotting my airstream. Not one trap set off and no signs of turds or chewing. Considering the extensive damage done the year before to my drapes I was relieved.

Whatever I did I have no idea but the mice did return next year. Keep food out of the trailer/motor-home and set traps (many traps). I also was advised by another member that #1 buck shot is easily repaired with rivets. No more 357 after that , it was great advice.

one member found the remains of a snake when the pan was dropped...that would work but some of those snakes can be a pain to get out and I heard rumors that snakes occasionally get a bit bitey!
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Trap OUTSIDE, Not inside..

Rollos sound good. Two for you one for mouse!!!

Outside...
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