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Old 09-23-2008, 05:06 PM   #15
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Maybe I'll take the cat camping with us on this next trip
I'm proud to announce that Miss Lily, who at eight and being an indoor cat, had never caught a mouse before...scored her first in our backyard this weekend - while on her leash! We were out working on the trailers and I heard her calling out to me to "come see"...I thought she was wrapped up around something and went to see what she was yipping about. She was very proud of herself...I was relieved to know that we have one less mouse in the yard and was assured that there wouldn't be any in the trailers as long as she travels with us.I think she just wanted to play with it...she didn't eat it and seemed disappointed when it wasn't "playing" anymore.

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That is entirely the wrong approach.

You should sit down and talk to him. Explain that the Airstream is your space and you don't appreciate what he did to the TP. Don't be emotional or judgmental. Just calmly tell him how you feel about it. Don't be surprised if you have to talk to him more than once, but I'm sure that soon he will understand and move out on his own. Hopefully not into mine.
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If you intend to trap the mice you should check with the local authorities as to just what your options are. In New Jersey we can not just arbitrarily kill pests. Here if your neighbors find out and they call the animal control you can be subject to a fine or imprisonment.

One 80+ year old man was sentenced to jail for killing rats.

But things are getting better because we can now have sunny side up eggs again in NJ.
That's our PC society for ya!

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Now what sort of mouse goes for the TP, but doesn't touch any of the food or garbage in the trailer?
A pregnant one!

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:26 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Miss Lilly

Now that is news worthy - Congratulations Miss Lilly
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:49 PM   #17
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Peanut butter on a sticky trap will do the job.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:05 PM   #18
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That is entirely the wrong approach.

You should sit down and talk to him. Explain that the Airstream is your space and you don't appreciate what he did to the TP. Don't be emotional or judgmental. Just calmly tell him how you feel about it. Don't be surprised if you have to talk to him more than once, but I'm sure that soon he will understand and move out on his own. Hopefully not into mine.
And when your done talking Take the .22 and put a hole in him or her... Ok that might put a hole in the trailer but it would be satisfying... Pellet gun will work just fine...

NJ most be a pain... Here the game warden told me " if it's after your live stock or pets, just kill it and don't call me.."

Wished that applied to the deer rubbing my aspen trees... didn't get the wire around them in time...
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:25 PM   #19
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I have found a .357 Magnum helpful for squirrels. You don't want to just injure them and have them turn on you.

OK, my .22 got stolen.

Best of luck with the vermin. It's a constant battle. Just saw a mouse outside my Excella a couple of days ago.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:40 AM   #20
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Having picked up a "deal" on a '58 Silver Streak Chico that it turned out had mice in it I can only tell you that the peanut butter and a trap are absolutely a must and if not that a gun, and quickly. They ate through the wiring on the SS and had we plugged it in we'd of had a fire or electorcution issues. We ended up having to completely gut it as they got up into the walls and as soon as it got warm out the smell of their urine in the insulation was unbearable. Ended up selling it to my neighbors when we bought the Airstream and it took them 2 years to go through the trailer and redo everything. Had it not had mice when we got it we'd of had a neat little trailer.

You do not want meese in your trailer. Filthy little critters. Ever heard of hanta virus? Go here (What You Need To Know | CDC Hantaviruses)
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:39 PM   #21
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Classy Mouse!

Obviously you can look at this two ways...........This is one Classy mouse to join the A/S Streamin' Club, a Stuart little of sorts fluffing his nest with your finest Ultra Soft Charmin. On the other hand he is a rodent and will do great damage then multiply and do more damage. I personally like these little sticky pads that they sell at Wally World you just set them out in a commonly used rat-path and the little critter gets stuck to the glue you can then just discard the whole thing in the garbage or if Stuart is suffering just go drown him in the toilet then discard in trash. If you want to be El-Naturall ....Just open all the doors and drawers inside and let the cat camp in the drive way a few nights.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:28 PM   #22
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Gas Him. Or Her

Hi, turn off all utilities in your trailer. Shut off all electric and gas. Then set-off a flea bomb right in the middle of your trailer's floor. In a few minutes or less you might see him/her escape and this could also show you how and where he/she got in. We put a stainless steel scub pad in both front frame ends, under the coupler. I read that this was a good easy entrance for Mickey Mouse to get into your trailer. We haven't had any yet and don't want any either.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:38 PM   #23
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Flea Bomb? I didn't know such a thing existed. Wow, don't let the fine folks at Home Land Security hear you talking about those things or they'll be on you like a fly on, umm, well, you know. That stuff.

Being able to see if it is just one is also handy. Are there any downsides to using the flea bomb? Long term smell, possibility of stains, etc? This is a new one on me.

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Where??

We just squirted some of the yellow "volcanic" stuff into the spot on our Excella where the wires come in (behind the couch). But we're not sure where you mean "in both front frame ends, under the coupler." ?? We'll be parking in a farm yard during October and sure don't need "visitors"... Micky OR Minnie!!

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Flea Bomb? I didn't know such a thing existed. Wow, don't let the fine folks at Home Land Security hear you talking about those things or they'll be on you like a fly on, umm, well, you know. That stuff.

Being able to see if it is just one is also handy. Are there any downsides to using the flea bomb? Long term smell, possibility of stains, etc? This is a new one on me.

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Hi, Barry. The smell from the flea bomb goes away pretty quick and if you don't put it directly on wood furniture or cloth bed spreads Etc. you won't have a problem. That's why I said put it on the floor. [vinyl] Or put it on old news papers Etc. People who use way too many bombs in their house, like fifteen, and leave gas pilot lights on, blow up their houses. Airstream owners are smarter than that.

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We just squirted some of the yellow "volcanic" stuff into the spot on our Excella where the wires come in (behind the couch). But we're not sure where you mean "in both front frame ends, under the coupler." ?? We'll be parking in a farm yard during October and sure don't need "visitors"... Micky OR Minnie!!

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Hi, Phil & Edee. If you lay on your back, under your trailer tongue, you can see the end of the frame rails. They are open, like the size of a two by four. And it has been mentioned that Mickey Mouse climbs up your chains and enters your frame from this area. This leads them into the belly pan where they can find small openings where plumbing and wiring is run through the floor to the inside of your trailer.
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You need to let "Miss Lilly" off the leash now and then. Cats love being outdoors and finding critters like mice. Our cat is an indoor/outdoor cat. If they do go outside you have to give them some tapeworm meds once in awhile.
There is a stray cat that roams around our back yard from time to time. I was going to get rid of him until I realized I wasn't seeing any rodents in our garage anymore. I used to catch two or three mice per month in the garage.

A few years back we had a stray around the house which was what we called "our front porch cat". I put a little house out on the porch and she continually patrolled the yard for mice etc.... We had her spayed so we didn't have kitten problems. Our front porch cat stayed with us for a few years. She would let you pet her every once in awhile but she wanted nothing to do with coming in the house.
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You need to let "Miss Lilly" off the leash now and then. Cats love being outdoors and finding critters like mice. Our cat is an indoor/outdoor cat.
She does go out just about every day, at least as weather permits. However, it's always on her leash which is actually a nylon rope about 25-30 feet long. We hook her up to the patio and let her roam...always supervised by not being out in the yard my herself, but she's not "controlled" by being attached to us by a short "normal" leash. Her favorite "hunts" are normally crickets & other bugs...this was just her first mouse.

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She does go out just about every day, at least as weather permits. However, it's always on her leash which is actually a nylon rope about 25-30 feet long. We hook her up to the patio and let her roam...always supervised by not being out in the yard my herself, but she's not "controlled" by being attached to us by a short "normal" leash. Her favorite "hunts" are normally crickets & other bugs...this was just her first mouse.

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Smokey Bear and one of us does the yard tour at least a couple of times a day weather permitting much like you and Miss Lilly do Shari. The cat loves it but he won't go out without one of us with him. He'll sit on the deck and impatiently wait till we get our shoes and coat on and join him. He gets his catnip to roll in and eat, then the tour which typically eliminates a few bugs (grasshoppers being a fav), now and then a bit of play with a garter snake as they head for the brush, and his mouse. We still can't believe he caught it. When our other cat was alive she was on them like you'd expect but not Smokey the weenie bear cat. Oh well, I'm afraid if I loaned him to Steph for her trailer he'd probably find a nice warm spot in the sun to curl up with the mouse. I keep telling Donna we need to send him to cat school so he knows what his job really is. Traps work really well though, and peanut butter in particular. I read I thought here of a person who set a trap thinking they had a mouse and they ended up with a whole herd of the little critters caught.

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