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Old 08-20-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Mice in the insulation

We could find a proper heading to post this under. Recommendations are welcome. We just finished a full restoration of a '72 20' Argosy. We concerned that its going to become a mouse condo over this winter before we ever get a chance to use it. We live in the middle of 30 acres of woods and the little critters are everywhere. Any suggestions, recommendations or solutions? We could put traps inside, but we're more concerned about the insulation, wiring and general infestation. Any feedback is welcome. Bob and Cindy

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Old 08-20-2014, 06:05 PM   #2
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What type of insulation did you install during your restoration?

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Old 08-20-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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Id suggest to go under your trailer and look for any entrance size of a dime and either patch it or seal it. There are sprays you can get keep them at bay.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:20 PM   #4
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I found a noise maker at the Hardware store; : Victor M753 Mini PestChaser Ultrasonic Rodent Repellent, 3-Pack (not available in HI or NM) : Home Pest Repellents : Patio, Lawn & Garden

I have also built my own trap with a 5 Gallon Bucket partially filled with water. Next suspend some bait (I used Peanut Butter) and give the rodent a way to get to the rim of the bucket. The little bugger will try to get the bait and drown, I have gotten more than one in a single bucket during the dead of winter...or while snowing!
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You can also try a "Rat Zapper" after they get in, pretty effective but needs to be emptied regularly.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:10 AM   #5
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Irish Spring soap shavings repel mice
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:44 AM   #6
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Bounce sheets repel mice as well.

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Old 09-17-2014, 11:02 AM   #7
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I live in the country and have extensive experience at keeping the little buggers at bay.
I'd suggest not using poison or traps with peanut butter, experts tell me and experience has showed me this only draws them into an area that you don't want them.
I'd use Tomcat Branch sticky boards, you'll need to place them and check them every few days. Tomcat Glue Traps with Eugenol Formula for Enhanced Stickiness (Mouse Size)

I'd also say, check for any holes or cracks no matter how small.

Good luck and happy hunting!
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:56 PM   #8
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mice in trailer

I have placed mothballs in areas that I can drop a mothball but not smell it in the trailer. For instance any small areas in the belly that I see I "plug" it with a moth ball. Also drop one down under the seat in the dinette where it drops into the belly pan. One into the area by the pump in the closet etc. We have had very few problems with mice in 35 years of "trailering" using this method. You can also grind some mothballs and sprinkle the powder around the outside of the trailer near the wheel where the mice might enter.
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:35 PM   #9
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Sounds a little risky to me, mothballs contain benzene and "off gas" these chemicals.....Health risks of using mothballs as pest control | Voxxi
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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They found an entrance by using the electric cord and the opening it has into the trunk that opening was small enough that my little finger couldn't fit in. Look in all closets and back of drawer spaces for openings and evidence of their presence.
Flea market sells ss scrubbers cheap, they will fill in in any gaps. For a permanent seal, use the ss scrubber and then foam it in place.
Did the mothballs last year, this year using peppermint oil much better on the nose, but no proof of it working. My new gardening plant is peppermint, they multiply easy but be careful where you plant them as they will take over an area.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:36 AM   #11
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mice in trailer

I should have mentioned that I place the mothballs into the previously designated places at the end of the camping season.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:18 AM   #12
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:40 AM   #13
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I like mothballs, on the outside only. I throw them under the AS everywhere. I put a bunch of them around the tires and front jack.

Also, I suspend any power cords at least a foot or more off the ground. Mice will climb right up those cords and go right into the hole the cords come out of. Same thing with the hitch chains. Get 'em up off the ground, as high as possible.

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