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Old 08-05-2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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Mouse problem

I went into my Argosy last night to clean out some of the dirt and clutter that we have in it. There is no food stored in it, however, I did see signs of mice. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to control this? I plan to put traps in it but not sure if anyone has any better suggestions. When I can get it up on a lift I will go through the underside to see of any holes that can be patched, I am sure there are a few!
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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Traps sound ok to me - and peanut butter makes a good bait.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:03 AM   #3
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You can buy brass wool (like steel wool only made of brass) at Amazon to plug ALL the openings under the trailer. The advantage to brass is it does not rust and the mice can not eat their way through it.

If there is now a major infestion of mice, an exterminator can be called in and seal the trailer and fire off a toxic device that will kill all the critters inside. Then after the set time, open it up to let all that gas out of the coach. Might have to endure the decomposition aroma for the first few days as the mice "dry" out.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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The brass wool is a good idea. For now I will stick with the traps as we are using the RV but I think once fall/spring come and we no longer use it I will consider a mouse bomb. That way I do not have to smell them.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:47 AM   #5
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I put peppmint oil on cotton balls & dryer sheets and stick them in cracks and crevices and cabinets throughout the trailer. The peppermint messes with the olfactory senses of the mice and they leave. My trailer always smells good. Im parked on a dirt lot and mice were a concern but ive never had a problem. You can get the oil at Whole Foods/Trader Joes.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #6
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For the last 6 or 8 years we have used dryer sheets in the fall when we winterize, Then leave the unused portion of the box open and in the trailer. I place the sheets in all the under, behind and enclosed spaces I can get to. I have not seen any evidence of mice since I started this practice. An added benefit is that the trailer always smells good and when I buy a new box the next fall, the rest of the old box can be used in the dryer.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:23 AM   #7
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At one point, my Argosy was a very nice mouse domicile! They entered through the curb side wheel well (now sealed). I had to open up the interior panels by the driver and passenger seats to remove the homestead and replace the insulation. They also chewed up some of my 12v wiring. They also really liked the Univolt area. When I removed that, I pulled out lots of debris. At one point, I had the ceiling panel out and also saw mouse droppings up there.

Right now, I have rodent traps, poison baits, electronic buzzers, and best of all - my neighbor has two cats that prowl around.

I do think most of the issue/damage came from a previous owner. It has not been fun.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:42 AM   #8
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We live in a Forest and Mice can be troublesome! We have used the Electronic Trap for a few years in my shop and on our deck. A little peanut butter and ZAP! dead rodent.
I bought the one for rats but works well for both. I found mine at the local hardware store but here is one on Amazon;
http://www.amazon.com/Victor-Electro...rds=rat+zapper
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A primary access point for mice that is often overlooked is the trailer tongue tube steel. They had free access into the belly pan on our rigs by coming in under the coupler. I stuffed the tubes with stainless steel wool. Problem solved.
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I think the oil and the dryer sheets keep them from even wanting to come into the trailer. Would hate to deal with traps..used a glue trap once at my house and then he ran onto it and got stuck..but was still alive i swear i have nightmares of him lookn at me as i dumped that lil tray into the trashcan was like his lil feet were cemented to the floor! yuck!
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