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Old 04-04-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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HELP!! Mice in my 34' 2001 Excella

We are have a problem with mice coming into our unit. They must have a entry somewhere. We can not find this entry way or entry ways! Does any one have any suggestions as to where we should look?

Thank you!!Jim
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:12 PM   #2
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Yes - we have been having the same problem. What we do is set traps - 6 of them to be exact in the locations we know them to be entrting the inside of the trailer. Once a day I go and empty the traps (which are the plastis resetable kind).
I can say that I have been looking for years to find how they get in and spent 2 hours last night patching likely holes. They can climb up power cords and sewer connections so if you are hooked up you may want to think about unhoking what you can and putting mouse guards on what you cant.
I wouls also recomend setting traps loaded with peanut butter and git the little suckers. I used to use the "huname" traps but they figured out how to chew themselves free or simply returned to the trailer when released, even if it was hundreds of feet away. They are smarter than us and fit in the smallest places.
DO NOT USE POISIONS! they only eat it and later die in your trailer. Trapping and releasing a dead carcas is about the only way to stay on top of it all! We have been going through this problem for years.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:24 PM   #3
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Jim,,
Try stuffing dryer sheets anywhere you think there getting in at.... My neighbor swears by it.. (I guess mice hate the smell)

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Old 04-04-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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Dryer sheets do work. Not only do they get rid of the mice, they freshen the coach too
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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We use good old fashioned moth balls. Old cups filled with them are placed under the sofa, under the bed, in all floor level cabinets and in the utility area under the floor of the hanging locker. It has worked very well as no mice or mice signs have ever been found. Last year the critters went into the outside storage for the power cable and made a huge wet stinky mess ( I leave the cable plugged in all winter - battery off except for charging periods). This year I placed a cup of moth balls in that outside compartment and the mice did not enter. When I got my Airstream I searched for all possible critter entrance locations and sealed them with a mix of aluminum wool and silicone sealant. It has all worked so far.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Here is what I did a while ago.I did this to cover up the large hole so things like little animals and the rain and mud when traveling will not get up inside there.It has worked really good for me and no problems yet.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...eps-28878.html
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:22 PM   #7
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I have a great boondocking spot in Colorado, I've listed here on the forum if interested.

The first time I parked in the wonderland it was my first year as an Airstream Owner.

during the 10 days I stayed there I picked up 11 mice.
First night I was beside myself, without traps, etc I was powerless to stop the laughing maurders.
The next morning I headed into town and bought up a mess of supplies, Stickies,Snapers, live traps, cheezits, and PB.

Over the course of 5 days I nabbed 11. They would keep me up at night.
I would watch them dance around the sticky traps.
Of course I eventually got them all,at the price of a few sleepless nights.

during the day I would stuff access area's with bronze wool and Aluminum tape all without affect.

Since then I always carry a large assortment of traps.

4 years latter and SO much wizer I returned, confident that over the years of exploring the nooks and crannies on my Airstream I found every conceivable access point.

That year I nabbed 14 mice!

Experience has taught me that BEING PREPARED for the invaders, is the only think you CAN do!

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Old 04-04-2008, 09:34 PM   #8
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Do what I do. Keep a 24’ ’67 Trade Wind next door that needs work and is even easier to get into than my Excella. Ok, put sticky traps and bait in last weekend.

Do the dryer sheet make the Airstream soft and delightful to the touch?
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:54 PM   #9
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A new mouse trap

I saw a guy who had mice filll his toliet with water and leave the lid up when the unit was not in use. They got thirsty and they drown themselves. Had I not seen it with my own eyes I would not have believed it. It works best with freeze band heading into the fall as they are always looking for a warm place to live.
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Well, I must have mice without noses because the dryer sheets did not work for us.
I just caught #5 this morning but I suspect that this one may have been already in the trailer. Nope, for me it is just traps and peanut butter. I have not tried glue traps because I do know that mice will chew thier limbs off if they get caught and might bleed all over the place which is worse to me. I am surprised because last year we had no mice at all. None!
This year has been a bumper crop of them.
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Old 04-05-2008, 05:28 PM   #11
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look 4 holes & set traps
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I have had good luck with a pair of sonic transmitters when plugged in. I also carry a electrocuting battery powered trap. There is something satisfying about doing that to the little buggers
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Oh my, mice!

Well, my suggestion ~ always travel with a hungry cat.

Mrs. NorCal Bambi traveling in S Tardis from the Great State of Jefferson
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I agree with Gen Disarray (Rodney). We live off of a large field and our backyard huge too. We get mice in the house in the fall. I use the battery powered trap, purchased at HD, and it works like a charm. Gets them in a short amount of time and is not messy like old fashioned traps. I will put one in the Airstream if there is ever any sign of mice.

So far, the dryer sheets have worked well in the Airstream.
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