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Old 07-23-2009, 01:48 AM   #1
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How to kick the mice out...

My trailer sits in a rural setting. When I am not there, the mice seem to be having Burning Man parties in my absence. Lots of evidence of spilled tiny drinks and even a few wet spots left on my bed. Enough I say!

I tried the granular bait at first with a slight reduction noticed in their subsequent attendance at the events, but also found they were grabbing the stuff and running; rat packing it all over the trailer, like in my shoes, my drinking glass, (revengefull little tykes) and my Kleenex box. Nothing like a fresh snort of blood thinner in the morning....

Then I found a dead owl in the vicinity, oh my God, the guilt.... I gave it a proper burial and returned to the trailer and cleaned out every speck of the stuff I could find.

I decided to go with the old fashioned mouse trap, baited with peanut butter. Set a bunch of them up and started planting them around the trailer. While trying to figure out where the next one should go, I promptly sat down on one which clamped onto my rear, exclaiming loudly about it's efficiency. (I seriously am not making any of this up) That one finally got placed inside the rear bumper with all the sewer pipe stuff, where it sat, just like all the other traps, for the next two weeks, not catching one single mouse. Instead, that is the precise spot where the bear showed up the other night and decided I no longer needed a screened window and tried to sneak into the party without a ticket.

So how do you all handle your mouse problems?


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Old 07-23-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:02 AM   #3
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:22 AM   #4
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Mice seem to hate moth balls.

I take moth balls and wrap about 4 of them in cheese cloth, tie the cloth off at the top, and place about ten of these packages through out the trailer. I make these cheese cloth packages so I can find them. The mice hate moth balls. Maybe bears do also, you never know.

When I use the trailer, I remove the moth balls. It takes about a day to air it out.

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Old 07-23-2009, 06:42 AM   #5
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Wow certainly are having animal challenges lately!

I agree with the mothball method and also have used dryer sheets with success. For some reason, mice don't like the smell of dryer sheets. I do and they make the trailer smell good while repelling the little critters.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:04 AM   #6
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:26 AM   #7
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After a few sleepless nights in Colorado and 14 mice later I got serious. Between the belly-pan and the living cabin, the wood flooring is peppered with many LARGE access holes. These access holes run along both sides of the trailer. They are for electrical wires, heating ducts, propane and plumbing. While a mouse can exploit the smallest gap, the holes cut into my floor could allow an critter the size of Lima (not a Lama) into my rig.

You can see some of these access holes by poking around under your closets. The largest one is under the shower/tub drain pipe.

Models vary, but in my 1995 classic there are many ways critters can get into the belly pan. The slide channel for the steps is a great example. After a number of unsuccessful remedies at preventing critters from getting into the belly-pan. I decided to drop the banana wrap on the underside of the trailer and seal all the access points in the wood floor between the belly pan and the cabin area.

In some cases I used metal flashing to reduce the size of the holes, but in all cases applied bronze wool mixed with expanding foam.

Like in any good horror movies (Alien, for instance) The only weak point are the heating ducts. The little aliens could chew their way into the duct in the belly pan, and chew their way out after the duct re-enters the cabin.

If this WERE to happen, I would be left with no alternative than to set the trailer on self distruct and abandon ship using the escape pod/tow vehicle.

I realize this method is not practicable for all. I post it here as an example of how I solved MY problem for MY model trailer .
On a side note, sealing up the floor has made my trailer less prone to road dust and drafts.

My name is Michael, and I've been mouse free for 18 months now...

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Old 07-23-2009, 07:47 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by ArtStream View Post

My name is Michael, and I've been mouse free for 18 months now...
LOL! Oh my! LOL! Thanks for the morning chuckle.

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Old 07-23-2009, 07:54 AM   #9
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If you didn't live clear on the other side of the country I would lend you my Tiger. He and Nubbin hang out around the Princess and after I cleaned what seemed like truckloads of mouse turds and other nasty stuff, I have been mouse free. I also use steel wool in my house to block the critters and have shot foam around too. I hate the smell fo moth balls but I have tucked dryer sheets around. I am expecting a challenge when the weather gets cold so I might have to add the old fashion mouse traps. You crack me up and know that I am only laughing with you, I'm famous for my lack of grace.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #10
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I read somewhere recently that Peppermint Oil is a scent that mice hate too. Put the oil on a cottonball and replenish as necessary. A one ounce bottle of 100% oil cost $25.00 at the drugstore near me. The 100% stuff is very strong and should last for a while. I'll report my results later.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:54 PM   #11
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I had a mouse problem last winter and found the best solution was to get some of those sticky pads and put a small nut in the center. The pads have a sticky gel on them about 1/4 inch thick that once the creature gets on them they are stuck for good. You can get them from home centers or wallyworld. Even if they don't get all four legs stuck, the pad is big enough that they can't drag it to a remote location.
Killing them with poison only encourages them to find the most remote spot in your trailer and die. Dead mouse smell is no good. Also could kill innocent mouse predators, as mentioned.
Apparently there was some article in the mouse forums about how to outsmart the spring loaded mousetraps because they simply ate all the peanut butter and left the trap unsprung when I tried those.
The sticky pad is your best bet. I hate to see them die a slow death by being stuck to the pad, but it beats dead mouse smell and chewed up wiring. I left the sticky pads out until no more evidence of mouse activity. The best solution is to seal up the bellypan as mentioned by ArtStream, but once they are in, stick 'em.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:05 PM   #12
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I don`t really think an owl would die from the amount of poison ingested by a mouse,more likely coincidence.I agree with the sticky pads,then steel wool.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #13
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If your going to stuff openings with wool - aluminum wool may be best. Steel wool will turn into a rusty mess in no time.

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I've used sticky pads too. My sister had a mouse die from d-con in a wall & it smelled for quite a while. I'm suprised PETA hasn't put up a stink about the pads, though. Even though I don't like mice, they're kinda mean. The mouse basically dies of dehydration. I found one in our barn & the mouse was squeeking. He looked kinda sad & scared.....I made my son put it out of its misery. I felt like a big meanie.


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