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Old 01-23-2005, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hello,

My wife and I are new to this site and relatively new owners of our 88 excella. Has anyone out there had problems with mice in their trailers? How are they getting in to the camper, and how do we prevent it from happening? Any advice that you seasoned airstreamers can give would be appreciated.

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Old 01-23-2005, 05:19 PM   #2
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Send a Personal Message to Over59. He appears to be quite concerned with this particular issue.

While I had no mice, my Overlander has experienced squirrels, birds, and a snake skin on the belly skin while it sat idle for 23 years.

But you are probably okay...

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Old 01-23-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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all our Exs lived in Texas

We think we picked him up in Amarillo, the only warm place we stayed last month. First evidence was the camp towel that I carry to wipe condensation from the windows, looked like a decorative doily, ie new bed(?) Then our ziplocks in the pantry had tiny holes, then the gorp was hit hard, nearly gone except for raisins (my least favorite too.) I moved all the containers except for cans and bottles into a large rubbermaid container we keep in the car to organize odds and ends. When we got home my husband bought a Victor Electronic Mouse Trap, telling me that the mouse would freeze should we release him here in subzero temperature, and the package says it meets the international humane kill standards (hmmm ) It works on batteries and blinks when the job is done. I suppose it's preferable to the spring type but I would have prefered the capture one like we used in summer for the garage.

I would also be very interested in knowing how to mouseproof and seal up where ever he got into the trailer.

I think it's a Classic case for you and me. Our Safari was never permeated.

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Hello,

My wife and I are new to this site and relatively new owners of our 88 excella. Has anyone out there had problems with mice in their trailers? How are they getting in to the camper, and how do we prevent it from happening? Any advice that you seasoned airstreamers can give would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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all you folks with mouse problems take a look under the front of the trailer where the umbilical cord enters the belly of the trailer.

you will find an oversized hole and grommet where the cable enters. the cable and break away wiring only occupies about half of the hole. fill the remaining space with silicone or vulkem. this should cure your invasion.

note, you may need to drop your spare tire to get at the hole/grommet.

it worked for me!

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I had lot's of problems with the gray ball getting all goobered up with lint. Since I switched to an optical mouse, no more problems!!
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Old 01-23-2005, 10:29 PM   #6
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You are

right on the ball Pick. Hey you aren't playing cat and mouse with us are you?

John, passed the info onto hubby and he will be filling the gap. Thanks.

(My mouse may have been optically challenged, you may have heard of those other two blind mice?)


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I thought mice were supposed to be in Airstreams! I've thought about giving them names, but they don't communicate with me too well. (Poor things with their squished little bodies in my mouse traps.)

Joking aside, we've seen then in all sorts of rigs here at the park, not just Airstreams.


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Or so it seems. We trapped 13 so far this winter but it now looks as if we have exhausted the area of the little critters. Haven't caught one in a month. We use peanut butter and good ol' spring traps.
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Unhappy a peanut sat in an Airstream trap...

it's heart was all aflutter, along came the vermon mouse---ZAP ZAP ZAP--peanut butter. Hubby used peanut butter too. After the deed was done I asked to see the "casualty." GASP-- head exploded electronically-- brain mass every where! I thought--ARGH---- NOT----he laughed, "that's the peanut butter." Ohh


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Or so it seems. We trapped 13 so far this winter but it now looks as if we have exhausted the area of the little critters. Haven't caught one in a month. We use peanut butter and good ol' spring traps.
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We had a mouse or mice in our trailer after I brought the cat back to Georgia from Colorado. I think my husband thought it was cute.
I thought it was pretty gross. Seeing it's droppings on the counter and table.
I left Bucky in Georgia and got another meezer when I returned to Colorado. never saw any sign of the mouse again. Although the new cat often stared at the open area under the kitchen sink.
we did put out traps before we got the cat but it would get the bait without setting off the trap. We did get one in the truck the morning we left to come home.
They are filthy, nasty and carry the hanta virus in the southwest. Nothing cute about that. Do whatever you can to get rid of them.
Just the smell of a cat will get them to leave.
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Well...i'M not going to get so graphic...not even for mice or rats...& I'm not sure about meeses...but RATS...I AM sure how to 'catch' them in the traps. Maybe it will work on the mice.

Surround the 'bait' (a BALL OF COTTON BATTING) in peanut butter...and when they go to retrieve the peanut butter, it's securely 'fastened' to the cottonball, and to the trap. When they go to pull it off...SNAP! (NOT a lovely thought ...but hey! that h.virus, rabies, and other nasty stuff. 3 years ago, we caught an illusive RAT that measured 18 inches long from his nose to the tip of his tail (measured post-mortum of course!). YIKES... & he was DEADER THAN A DOORNAIL. (with a smile on his face and a fluff of the cotton batting meshed up with the peanut butter hanging out of his mouth! --- Awwwwwwwwwww ... he died happy!

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They are filthy, nasty and carry the hanta virus in the southwest.
A week or two ago I saw a very interesting program on TV (Science Channel?) about hanta virus; it was very much in the vein of a medical mystery. Of interest, however, was this: Hanta virus is by no means restricted to the southwest. That's only where it happened to get into humans and spread. The virus appears in mice just about everywhere, though.
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A week or two ago I saw a very interesting program on TV (Science Channel?) about hanta virus; it was very much in the vein of a medical mystery. Of interest, however, was this: Hanta virus is by no means restricted to the southwest. That's only where it happened to get into humans and spread. The virus appears in mice just about everywhere, though.
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Oh sorry Lynn,
I didn't mean to imply that Hanta was only found in the Southwest. The first known outbreak of that particular strain was on the Navajo Reservation in 1993. It was due to the drought that had occured there and suddenly ended and that the deer mice were able to rapidly reproduce. Hence creating a more likely contact of mice and men. (grin)

When Tom and I were driving around Pagosa Springs looking at older airstreams Hanta Virus kept popping in my mind. I was concerned as some of these old trailers had been sitting for years and had lots of mice nest in them.

Interesting account on the cdc website.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/h...enlsection.htm

I know how much you and your wife love Angel Fire. We love the four corners area as well. Hope to live there someday. We'll have cats to get the mice
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