Originally Posted by palmtreegirl
I've got mouse issues and have inspected and stuffed holes under the trailer - still have them. The wheels will be off this weekend. I've got ANOTHER pound of aluminum wool coming and will inspect that area Saturday. I'm HOPING to find the hole!
By the way - I have the electronic repellers - they don't work. I had them in all winter along with 5 traps - caught 5 mice. I'm over it!
I'm commenting on what I quoted, above.
I don't agree with what is quoted above and felt I should respond, lest other Forum readers take the quote at face value and so miss out on what I think is one of the best devices to minimize pest/varmint problems in an unoccupied RV, garage, or house. The varmint repeller, I call it a squawker, does not product poisoned dead animals that are a health hazard and can pose a threat to other animals that could consume the dead poisoned animal carcass. The squawker does not produce dead animals killed by traps. Disposing of a trap's kill is not a good thing.
The varmint repellers, squawkers, are technical devices. They should be set up per the mfg's instructions. The squawker can't really be used when the RV, garage, house is occupied. The squawker should not be turned on when a pet is in the premises and can't escape from the premises. To do so would actually be cruelty.
To be effective, I've found that the squawker will have the volume loud and set to repel the kind of varmint giving one a problem. The squawker I use can be set for various rodents, insects, or spiders. It is not labeled to repel every kind of varmint all at the same time.
I have a second house and have had mouse problems when the squawker is not on or not there. NO mouse problems when the squawker is on.
Possible reasons the squawker didn't give the results expected:
Not turned on very much.
Trying to use it while the premises are occupied and so having the volume way down or on ultrasonic. These squawkers work best when loud. That means- not occupied premises.
Went off and left the trailer for several weeks but forgot to turn on the squawker when you left. (I did this for a house once and had mice move in)
Power outage so the squawker was inop.
Squawker not set up right for the kind of varmint and volume not set high enough.
If an RV is equipped with PVC system and an inverter, it is possible to run a squawker in an RV that does not have shore power 120VAC. The squawker I selected uses 5 watts. That is 120 watt hours per day or 0.12 KWH @ 120VAC. This amount of power + inverter losses will put a load of 11.5 amp hours @ 12VDC on the solar system. A 45 watt solar system should produce 19 amp hours per day and so, be able to power a squawker.
In summary, seal up the trailer to prevent entry. Use a squawker when you are not in the trailer. IF you think your trailer is presently occupied with a varmint...turn on the squawker, but please leave an escape path. If you haven't already sealed the trailer, then that is not a problem. The varmint will know the path to leave by...the same one it came in by !
I own 3 squawkers and am thinking of buying a 4th one. My tax paid money is hard to come by, so I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't think the squawker works.
Let's roll !