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Old 10-31-2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hello A$ friends..

Got the 72 Overlander all winterized and parked for the winter.. Went out the other day and saw signs of mice every where. The past 2 winters I had no problems.. I cant even think how they can get it since the bottom is all sealed up proper. I felt it might be the safety chain was hanging down but put it up the moment I saw the mouse problem.

Had a packet of 3 of the plug in "nose makers" I got for Xmas a few years ago so I plugged 1 in the bathroom and 1 in the kitchen along with one in the bedroom area.. I have done a sudden inspection and have not seen any after a weeks time with the plug in noise makers..

I need to clean up all the little mouse berries that are all over the floor to make sure but hate to go to that effort if they are still camped out..

Anyone have luck with the rodent repellers like I got? Or am I being to hopeful?

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Old 10-31-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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I think you will find that like deer repellant, mouse repellant is very much of a hit or miss thing. I would try different things but have some good old fashioned traps set up in the trailer so you can see if your particular repellant is working. I would think that checking the traps would be a more satisfying way to see if there is a continued infestation than counting mouse poop!

As to your original question about the anti-rodent sound machines, I have one in my car garage and have never had a mouse problem in there. Of course, we don't store food in there so that may be part of the answer.

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Old 10-31-2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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I need to clean up all the little mouse berries that are all over the floor to make sure but hate to go to that effort if they are still camped out..
Go to the effort. Clean out the mouse-berries that are already there, then if you see any more you'll know you still have mice. If you don't clean them up, how will you notice new ones?
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Go to the effort. Clean out the mouse-berries that are already there, then if you see any more you'll know you still have mice. If you don't clean them up, how will you notice new ones?
Trap them!
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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If stored in side, take mouse bait bars throw around on floor inside of building. I have done this for years in barn & machine shed where I store AS in winter. I find dead mice all over but so far no critters in AS. Also I put a small throw away bowl with decon in AS.
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Trap them!
Well, of course. But smart mice that avoid the traps still leave droppings.

That said, I've had excellent luck with these traps…
Covered Mouse Trap (192000027) from D-Con Ultra Set at Ace Hardware
baited with peanut butter. Because of the design, it's impossible for a mouse to reach the bait without setting off the trap. And since mice also like to explore small dark spaces, these traps are doubly appealing to them.

But wear disposable gloves while setting the traps as well as when cleaning out the traps. Despite peanut butter being aromatic enough to cover most other odors, if you leave human scent on the traps, mice can tell.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:11 PM   #7
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Great reply's

I know,, been lazy,, but mostly farming from daylight till dark the past 4 weeks... I need to clean up the mouse mess and start from that point..

But I can see,, to do the job right and up to my DEAR wife's level will become a all day event. Ugh!

I think I will dig out some of my good old spring loaded head knockers and bait with peanut butter and find the late winter field mice looking for a warmer place to hide out.. I will have more time for daily clean up from next week forward..

Just makes me sick to see our "home" invaded like this.. I would better battle them in our house than the A$..

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Old 10-31-2014, 06:09 PM   #8
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I have found that mothballs work pretty well. You can put them inside in drawers and hidy places, but then you have to remove them in the spring. The smell will last for months, so I quit putting them inside.

I put several boxes of mothballs scattered under the trailer, especially around wheels, jack, and places mice might gain entry.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:41 PM   #9
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Put sheets of Bounce fabric softener all over in your trailer. They hate the smell & won't come back. Really. It works. Use an entire box.
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sodbust, you have likely already sealed up the front of your frame rails under your coupler. These 5" square open channels are great openings for mice to invade your Airstream. And you have probably sealed up your bumper storage cover. Another great place to enter. Every propane line through the belly pan is another mouse hole. And check your wheel wells. My trailer had a little gap there.

Plugging holes and setting traps are good battle tactics. And so is a big ol cat!

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I have been using the dryer sheets for years and have not had a mouse problem yet. I put them in every cavity I can find. What I do not use I leave in the box open and sitting a counter. Use a fragrance you like, it will keep the trailer from smelling musty till spring.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:17 PM   #12
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Used drier sheets in tractors and trucks for a few years,seemed they got use to them and were building nests from them and gave up with that idea..
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I would get some of the 'sonic' devices.. plug in several of them.

Is it possible the mice were already in the AS or is this all 'new'?

Whatever you do, do NOT put bait inside the AS.. outside, perhaps.. but not inside... they are already partying in there...

It may be time to install a 'mouse trap' inside.. there are some cool and sick designs on youtube.... really.. they drop into water and drown before they can chew their way out..

This can really become a winter hobby while you are waiting to camp...
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The sonic plug-in do work, and even better is to purchase and use two different brands and plug-in. I had a colony in my house and out buildings for the first few years (old farmhouse) we lived here and I rarely find evidence anymore. As backup we also have Rat Zapper, electric shock kill units (can be found on Amazon) that are battery powered, kills rats and mice... And chipmunks... (We've gotten a few). Works with a few pieces of dog kibble inside. Easy clean up, just switch unit off, empty/tip unit and dead thing will slide out into bag or garbage. Set new kibble inside, put unit back in place and switch on. I've also read that Mice don't like the smell of Mint/peppermint. Possibly spraying any spots that they might possibly be gaining access ...with a mix of water and peppermint oil in a spray bottle.
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