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Old 09-22-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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Picked up a hitchhiker mouse!

Apparently we came back from the Confined Space rally with a hitchhiker - a mouse! At least, we had no mouse before, and I just went out to start packing the trailer for our next trip, and we appear to have one now! He shredded every roll in the bathroom closet, including the one on the door. Grrrr. Maybe I'll take the cat camping with us on this next trip

Good news is he hadn't found any of the food in the drawers. All the damage is confined to TP at this point.

I guess I could put some traps down in the bottom of the closet and under the sink on the other side and see if I get lucky. I hate the thought of a mouse running over all my pots and pans and dishesd - yuk!
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:41 AM   #2
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I would trap him and get rid of him. I have trapped a dozen or more mice between my trailer and my garage. They will only do damage - period! Get him and get him out! Check out my trailer mouse count below!
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:52 AM   #3
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Wow, that's a LOT of mice! We've had the trailer 5 years and never seen a mouse or any mouse 'debris'. I'm hoping we can get rid of this one quickly!
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Chewing up paper equates with making a nest. "Get him and get him out!" is good advice and I'm sure you don't need our prompting! Would filling your Airstream with propane work? My bad... Though these varmints could almost drive you to it.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:15 AM   #5
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I would trap him and get rid of him. I have trapped a dozen or more mice between my trailer and my garage. They will only do damage - period! Get him and get him out! Check out my trailer mouse count below!
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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Old 09-23-2008, 06:52 AM   #6
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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The battery powered electronic mouse traps from Home Depot work very well. They are easy to use and you simply dump the mouse out and reset it and leave.

Also, try dryer sheets. The mice don't like the smell of them and they freshen the trailer at the same time.

Good luck!
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:01 AM   #8
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As I was laying in bed last night trying to fall asleep, I was going over everything I needed to do to get the trailer ready and I remembered that I hadn't emptied the garbage from the last trip! (It was only a week ago) So I ran out there to take it out, thinking the mouse had probably chewed his way through that too since it's in the other bathroom closet, and they are connected, and I saw that it was completely untouched! Now what sort of mouse goes for the TP, but doesn't touch any of the food or garbage in the trailer?
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As I was laying in bed last night trying to fall asleep, I was going over everything I needed to do to get the trailer ready and I remembered that I hadn't emptied the garbage from the last trip! (It was only a week ago) So I ran out there to take it out, thinking the mouse had probably chewed his way through that too since it's in the other bathroom closet, and they are connected, and I saw that it was completely untouched! Now what sort of mouse goes for the TP, but doesn't touch any of the food or garbage in the trailer?

The kind that is building a nest and has another reliable food source. The use of the TP is a sure sign that there is nesting going on somewhere. Food amy have been secured from a former "snatch and grab" that you still have not noticed.

Get that mouse before he/she moves on to something important - like wires.
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If HE is a HER forget the little talk. Just kill it, (did i just say that) ??!!
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Where there's one there is more than one. Terminate them with extreme prejudice before they multiply throughout the "basement" of that cute little trailer...
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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.
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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.
Arn't those a diffrent kind of rat as in associated with the mob? Like "you dirty rat" kind?
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