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Old 03-15-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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full- timing , currently in california state park in SoCal, in a 30' argosy. The mouse is in the house. any ingenious ways to catch the critter. i have searched, and found some entry points in the back bumper, next to the water/sewer lines, and i've filled the gaps. next i've placed traps in the pantry. i dont suppose poison is a good idea. any advice out there?
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:13 AM   #2
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Hope you just have one mices, not two.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:13 AM   #3
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Every fall we get an invasion of mice from nearby corn or soybean fields.
We take a five gallon pail and fill it about a third full of water (and usually some antifreeze because our temperatures drop below freezing). We smear some peanut butter around the inside of the pail about 2" below the rim. We place the pail in the middle of the floor and lean a board up to the lip of the pail from the floor. We call it the Long John Silver trap (walking the plank). We never fail to clean out the little critters and usually no more than one or two set ups are required. We usually check the pail about once a week and usually collect 5 or 6 mice before the trap doesn't catch anymore and we don't see any more scats.
Good hunting ARRRRRRRGGHH !
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:00 AM   #4
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:58 AM   #5
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Go to the pet store and get a hamster cage. You know the one with the wheel for them to run around in? Set it in the middle of the floor, put some food in it, and leave the door open. After you have trapped them, they could provide hours of entertainment.

The "walk the plank' idea sounds good too.
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You can get GLUE BOARDS that will hold that little critter. They also make a humane trap where the mouse enters and then cannot get out.It can then be picked up and disposed of,no muss no fuss.
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It is almost always a family and not "a" mouse. Personally, I think you have a better chance of mastering cold fusion than mouse proofing a camper, but that is just my opinion. If you have a camper long enough, you are going to get mice.

For trapping, I like the old fashion trap with peanut butter. I do, however, feel compelled to admit that tinhutjohn gets the trophy for style.
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In my house they come in pairs. If I catch one mouse I will catch another hours later or the next day depending how soon I reset the trap.

The most popular trap in my house is on the floor tucked under the kitchen cupboards in a corner. It catches more mice than all the other traps in the house put together.

So, the location of the trap is important.

Peanut butter is good for bait, so is bacon fat. They seem to like these better than cheese.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:18 PM   #9
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After you catch, mothballs are supposed to deter, I hang an old onion bag with a supply of mothballs under the frame and around the radiator. I probably have more openings than any trailer, but the ones I found were drainage pipes exiting, caulk and aluminum cut to seal oversized opening made by plumbers.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:38 PM   #10
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Not that I'm on the side of the mice, but those glue/sticky boards are inhumane... they capture but don't kill and you might find just the leg of one of those creatures stuck to the board and are left to wonder where old tripod went off to die. Trap 'em instead!
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Are you sure it's not the mouses Airstream?

My dad used to live adjacent to a farmers field in Hollister years ago and the fieldmice were definitley long-time tennants. They used to gather under the tv in the evening when we would sit down to watch, and the mice would watch us watching tv-for hours! You could see a dozen beady eyes looking out from under the tv at you.
We learned to live with them, cuz we couldn't kill them all. Obviously can't do that in your Airstream, but do stay away from poisons. A dead mouse you can't find is WAY worse than a live one who visits now and then. Your nose knows!

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Here Kitty Kitty...

This one's a great mouser!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:12 PM   #14
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my wife loads out trailer with the Bounce dryer sheets (has to be Bounce) we tried others and they didn't work. She will use almost the entire box and place the sheets under the bed, behind the couch, in most storage areas that do not contain food by the water pump etc. She also does this when the trailer goes in storage and it protects it for the winter. Besides mice, the dryer sheets also repels most insects.
When she uses too many, they also repels me. At least that is what I tell her if I want to get out of something.
Somewhere there is a blog of "101 uses for dryer sheets"
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