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Old 11-03-2018, 05:08 PM   #1
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Mice!

Anyone else having mice trying to make a home in their Basecamp? I noticed evidence a few weeks ago so started keeping a trap on the floor. I seem to get a mouse every week or so. I just came back from a two week motorcycle trip and had a rather decomposed mouse in the trap so trapping is not the best long term solution. Any idea how they get in??? The only openings I could really find were around my wheel wells. Thoughts??
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:20 PM   #2
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Purchase a product called "Cab Fresh" which is used by farmers to keep mice out of tractor and equipment cabs. It is usually available at farm supply type stores and smells good in your unit. I put about 6 bags in my 34' and have never had a mouse problem since uning it. I put it in the bottom of cabinets and places where mice like to go.
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:37 PM   #3
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:26 PM   #4
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Funny you mention mice. I just now went outside to see if my string light was working. I just put it underneath my Airstream today. It is blinking away and all seems good.

Put a string light underneath. Mice and such do not like the light so I am told. People say once you do this you never have a problem. I bought a 3O foot light with a solar panel for like $10 dollars from Amazon. I just ordered a 66 foot ($15.00) battery string light as the 30 foot on seemed a bit small.

Also, I will be stuffing stainless steel wool (not regular steel wool) into any spots I see underneath. As well, I put a few glue boards around for good measure. Inside and out.
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:35 AM   #5
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FYI there are quite a few posts/threads on dealing with mice:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mice...com&gws_rd=ssl

The critters are able to get through a very small hole, so the struggle to keep them out is a long row to hoe.

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Old 11-04-2018, 09:35 AM   #6
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:10 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions. So evidently I'm not the first person with this problem....
I bought some "Fresh Cab" at the local grange supply today. Smells nice and hopefully will keep the critters away. I never thought that putting a baited trap in the trailer might actually be attracting the mice.
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Old 11-17-2018, 03:41 AM   #8
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We will check out Fresh Cab too, thanks for the heads up.

https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Cab-Bot...+scent+pouches

Donnh are you keeping any heat on when you store the trailer? That can attract the mice also.

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Old 11-17-2018, 01:18 PM   #9
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I live in a very rural setting, and my AS is parked in an upper driveway, next to a big meadow. Several years ago, I had to just give up and have a pest control outfit start coming four times a year. Mice getting into the house tend to force that...

Mice were a problem with the last SOB trailer, until the pest control guys put a "monitor box" under the trailer, inboard of the wheels. This is a 1'2' box with a maze to keep everything but mice and rats out, filled with commercial-grade bait. The mice and rats go there first because it's very attractive to them, then eat their fill and go out into the meadow to die and so become food for the local raptors.

The bait's poison is non-persistent; it does its job then dissipates, making the dead rodents safe for the hunters to eat.

Hope that helps.

PS. If you're into stuffing possible entry spaces with rodent-proof material, I saw something in this month's issue of This Old House magazine that was supposed to be a good solution... and... now I can't find it... aaaargh.
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Old 11-17-2018, 02:14 PM   #10
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Fresh Cab gets my vote . We use it for the Airstream , another trailer, boat, and classic car. never have any mice issues. Any good farm implement dealer or farm supply store will have it.
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. . . filled with commercial-grade bait. The mice and rats go there first because it's very attractive to them, then eat their fill and go out into the meadow to die and so become food for the local raptors.

The bait's poison is non-persistent; it does its job then dissipates, making the dead rodents safe for the hunters to eat.
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Could you please provide a link for this bait? Any idea of the time-frame for the "non-persistant" dissipation?

Thanks,

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PS -- We just deployed some Fresh Cab in kitchen lower cabinets which have had mouse problems over past winters. Amazon link in Post #8.
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Could you please provide a link for this bait? Any idea of the time-frame for the "non-persistant" dissipation?.
This product is only available to professional pest control outfits; I asked when the guys were here this last summer. Whatever it is, it works ten times better than the "Tomcat" stuff I can get at the hardware store.

The guys told me that the poison's lethality is completely dissipated upon the rodent's death. It has to do with it being metabolized and excreted by their body.

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:57 AM   #14
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Decon used to make a bait product that would disrupt the digestive system of a rodent and make them thirsty. In theory, they would go outside to a water source and drink furthering their digestive distress. Apparently rodents cannot vomit ( learned this from a Veterinarian friend ) and would bleed internally and die (the key here is OUTSIDE). I can't find this stuff locally so not sure if it's still available. Other predators that would find and eat them would not be bothered because if affected they can simply vomit and move on. Worked well in applications that I used it.
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