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Old 05-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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A Mouse Tale

We have been very fortunate in avoiding mice in our campers since 1985. We live in a very rural area and have had mice enter our home in the past but never in any of our campers.

This past weekend that all changed. We spent several days in a large urban area commercial campground. We awoke on day two to a collection of mouse droppings on the kitchen counter top. I actually have two full boxes of Cab Fresh placed in strategic locations throughout our AS to thwart the attack of the demon mice. I have given Cab Fresh all of the credit for our avoidance of mice in the past. Shows you how little I know.

On night three I place three bags of Cab Fresh on the kitchen counter. The next morning we awoke to mouse droppings surrounding the Cab Fresh bags. Needless to say, I am no longer a supporter of Cab Fresh to prevent mice. I need to send an account of this event to the makers of Cab Fresh.

We are back home now. The mouse (mice) caught a ride with us (new droppings on the counter top). I completely emptied the AS of all things a mouse could possibly eat (I think). With the exception of the bait on the 2 dozen traps I have set. My wife suggested a visit to the AS by our family tom cat. Perhaps he deserves the credit I have been giving Cab Fresh all of these years. He's been around for 13 mouse free years.

I've got my fingers crossed for successful hunting for Boris (the cat) or his 24 stationary mechanical counter parts.

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:40 AM   #2
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I would bet the cat would make quick work of that mousey.

Ugh, mice!


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Here's an idea… Since you've already removed all of the edibles, except for the trailer components that a mouse might chew, you might try flea-bombing the trespassing rodent. I mean the stuff that you set in the middle of the room, trigger, and vacate the premises for the next several hours. If you look on a can of the stuff, it clearly says that it's toxic for people and pets to breathe the stuff. A mouse, with its tiny lungs, would be even more susceptible to the vapors. Just remove your dishes and cookware first to avoid having to wash them all afterward, and open every door and panel that is openable before setting off the sprayer.

Plus, if the mice came aboard with fleas hitching a ride, two birds with one stone.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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When I purchased my Bambi II I noticed old mice poop and other mystery stuff in just about every hidden space that I looked at. When doing a deep cleaning I found much more plus a mouse skull. The only problem I have had recently are roaches and a few little ants. I bombed the interior and have not had any reoccurrence (yet). Good luck with finding your pest.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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The traps are empty after 36 hours. No new droppings to be seen. Maybe he decided to jump ship.

The bug bombs are a good option if I see any new signs of the mouse and no action among the traps.
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Can you use those bombs with the smoke detectors or is it the CO detector? i thought i read posts where folks said the alarm went crazy just from cleaning fumes or hair spray. Im a newbie so just checking.
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Can you use those bombs with the smoke detectors or is it the CO detector? i thought i read posts where folks said the alarm went crazy just from cleaning fumes or hair spray. Im a newbie so just checking.
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Since you will not be inside while the bug bomb is doing its stuff, there should be no harm in pulling the detector's battery for the duration. Then tape a piece of Saran Wrap over it to keep the residue from building up inside it.

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The traps are empty after 36 hours. No new droppings to be seen. Maybe he decided to jump ship.
Or maybe the snakes ate himů
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My smoke and CO detectors are attached by industrial strength Velcro. I removed them from the trailer when I set off the bomb.
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Several years ago, we had a mouse problem in the rig. Not surprisingly, it was during the winter. Trap, trap, trap, trap, trap. Cheap, smooth peanut butter worked the best. You really have cram it into the recesses of the trip, and even then they could sometimes lick out the peanut butter without getting squished. They have amazingly long tongues, I guess.

I might add that those many little mice were going to serve a purpose in death. You skin each one, pin its pelt to the wall, and let it dry. It would take a while, but after some intense trapping, skinning and drying, you'll have enough for a nice fur coat. Of course, it would look kind of patched together, but surely warm in the winter if the sewing is done with proper care. Alas, I discovered the entry point well before I was able to achieve the ultimate goal.


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The hides would make great cell phone and smart phone holders for ladies. Soft, to protect that smart phone or tablet. Maybe someone could start a collection service of hides to start this lucrative side-line. They make purses and boots out of snake skin, and they are big sellers, why not?
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I might add that those many little mice were going to serve a purpose in death. You skin each one, pin its pelt to the wall, and let it dry. It would take a while, but after some intense trapping, skinning and drying, you'll have enough for a nice fur coat. Of course, it would look kind of patched together, but surely warm in the winter if the sewing is done with proper care. Alas, I discovered the entry point well before I was able to achieve the ultimate goal.


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Ok, ok, I'll admit. The mousefur coat was going to be for my dearest wife. And she commanded me to stop the operation, so I patched the entry hole instead.

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Had a pest control guy at my neighbors house last week. Since they were out of town I let the guy in. He was putting out mouse traps, boxes with sticky stuff inside. He told me the the best bait he has ever found is Rolo candy. He told me that his company has the contract as many quick stops/grocery stores in the area. Several had complained about mice. The common story was that mice were eating the Rolo candy and nothing else on the candy shelf. He started using pieces of Rolo on his traps and always caught the mice. He compared it with traps set with peanut butter and the mice always went for the Rolo candy. This guy makes a living catching mice and and killing bugs so I'll sure give it a try next time I need to trap a mouse.
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the trouble with using poison or spray is that if the mouse dies in the walls or other inaccessible location you get the stink of rotting mouse.
I have always had luck with peanut butter as already mentioned.
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