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Old 01-04-2007, 10:36 PM   #85
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Question Did something work or was it luck????

We had an unsuccessful try with the peppermint, then added peanut buttered traps and caught a few. While not over run by mice, evidence of entry remained. A few weeks ago Ike spread a box of mothballs on the ground under the trailer. He also foamed around the bathroom and kitchen sink pipes. Gosh, I hate to say anything more for fear of jinxing success.... so I won't . Let's just say next week or so we'll be washing everything and putting all the dishes, kitchen stuff, etc. in plastic tubs. That job will be done and hopefully all will remain nice & clean & sanitary for our departure to Gulf Shores, AL in mid- Feb.

I think I'll get more peppermint oil, or maybe another flavor, just because it smells so nice.


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Old 01-05-2007, 05:10 AM   #86
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Sonic Deterrant

Originally Posted by muddy_hollow
I don't but into every snake oil treatment, but I bought a sonic mouse deterant from WalMart, made by Black & Decker, two years back. I run it year round and have not had a mouse. I left it off for a month last year, while I ran a new wire to the box and one moved in. Turned it back on and whola, gone.

I figure this, the inside of the camper has to bounce that sound all over the place and give the little buggers a good headache. Gave me one after a long weekend with it on.

oh well for snake oil.

Sue and I put 4 sonic plug-in things in the trailer after mouse party was cleaned up a year ago. No issues since, and they were everywhere (based on the droppings I had to clean up and areas I had to disinfect).

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Old 01-05-2007, 06:20 AM   #87
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"Sounds" good

Thanks Phil. Do these gizzmos require electricity? If so we're outta luck.
Also, do you think one brand is better, or worse, than another? I know a place that uses them and it's been said they don't work.

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Old 01-05-2007, 06:45 AM   #88
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Mickey & Minnie Forever

The picture of Mickey & Minnie that Mistral Blue posted reminds me of my mother years ago taking a shot at a skunk with a 22 rifle. She got 2 skunks with one shot - the old lady skunk was carrying one of her kittens in her mouth! Mother was very proud of her accomplishment.
I have had good luck with the VICTOR wooden spring traps. But I've found that you can "adjust" the trip mechanism to be more effective rather than not effective. With a little practice you can the trip mechanism up so that the slightest pressure on the cheese bait will fire them off. If mice are making off with your bait you haven't set the mechanism up to be effective. Warning - make sure you are holding the trap in a proper manner when "fine tuning" the adjustment!
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:37 AM   #89
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Mouse Mover update

It appears that the Sharper Image Mouse Movers which I raved enthusiastically about earlier on this thread are now only partially effective. We're not over run as we once were but I have found evidence According to the Mouse MOver literature the sound that's irritating to rodents keeps changing which supposedly makes the Mouse MOver more effective than other similar sound repellents. However, I think our special species of extra awful rodents here in New Mexico must be able to adapt to anything. So far they seem to have stayed out of the Airstream, but the cat caught a couple of mice in the garage (with a Mouse Mover) and then my boyfriend found shredded insulation in the engine compartment of the Dodge which is equipped with block heater and Mouse Mover. Still, we haven't had the huge amount of destruction that we used to have. Sorry to hear the peppermint oil didn't work. That sounded like a good idea.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:55 AM   #90
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Originally Posted by chuck
kinda reminds me of this pic someone e-mailed me today...titled "Trophy Squirrel"
I think I pulled that guys brother out of my AC fan!

As of today.....No victims

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Old 01-05-2007, 10:32 PM   #91
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Perhaps I dont know what I'm talking about because maybe mice can jump 18" but what If the mice were detered on the ground. Someone spoke of greasing the tires. I like that Idea until you have to drive.
Is there a spray or something else one can put around the tires so they cant get up under the belly pan.
Possible solution: Install a ridgid plastic inverted cone around the tires so the little rodents cannot climb past the tire. Like the thing the vet puts around a dogs neck after surgery so it won't lick it's wounds. Although I hear mice can squeeze through small cracks so maybe they will get through the tread gaps.
Just an Idea.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:00 PM   #92
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We had a serious mouse problem where I work. They did put down some sheets of very sticky paper which did catch a few. BTW, a mouse stuck on one of these sheets is not a pretty sight. They had traps with one way doors that were not very effective either. The problem went away after they populated the building with sonic mouse chaser. I thought that they were a joke at first, but the problem is gone...



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