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Old 06-03-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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Ach! Mice!

Okay, Iím in panic mode. I hadnít been in the camper since late last fall when we winterized it. But a few days ago, I stepped in and discovered a dead mouse! Ugh. And he was one very, very busy mouse! He had been all over! I have cleaned entire camper from top to bottom and laundered absolutely everything. Today I was cleaning the last little cubby hole and discovered a second dead mouse! Please...does anyone have any suggestions of where or how they might be getting in? Very troubling indeed!
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:46 PM   #2
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:40 PM   #3
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It'sa, at every nook and cranny and then some.

Everywhere a electrical cord, plumbing tube or wire come into the trailer. Also where your tongue frame comes into the trailer.

Lots of threads here talking about fixes.

Many people say don't bait them in, ie peanut butter etc.

Screens, caulking, expando foam
(I forgot the real name), stainless steel or copper (non rusting) steel wool, drier sheets, peppermint oil, a pail of water can be some fixes.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:42 AM   #4
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be very careful to not leave anything in the AS that could attract the little critters....no matter how well the package is sealed.

You can also find repellants to put around the trailer. I use a granular product (sorry donít remember the name but probably got it on amazon) that I sprinkle around the trailer on the outside, being careful to cover around the tires and jack post. I have my AS in covered storage so rain doesnít wash away the repellant. So far, so good.

A small word of caution about steel wool, copper, etc. if in contact with other metals you can get corrosion from dissimilar metal contact.

At least your visitors were dead and not multiplying. You should check all the accessible nooks and crannies (under bed, dinette seats, etc) to make sure there are no more.

Good luck. Iím sure with some work, youíll get it cleared up.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #5
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Unless you have allergies, borrow a neighbor's cat for a week.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:30 AM   #6
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Ach! Mice!

Some cats are not interested in hunting. Pick the right cat...🤪

Some Iíve known in the past were very good predators, others not so much.

Iíll stick to dogs as pets...Iíve got one that hunts everything that moves. At least he will let me take his occasional victims away from him.

We lost his favorite hunting partner a few years ago. Old lady Chihuahua mix-probably 20 years old when she passed. They worked together very well, she worked with him and flushed the target toward him every time. The teamwork was amazing to watch.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:48 AM   #7
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FYI some search results which will show other threads on this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mice...com&gws_rd=ssl

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f404/mice-189018.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ce-142837.html

We used Fresh Cab over the winter, with fairly good results, but it does have a somewhat strong albeit pleasant aroma:

https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Cab-Bot...+scent+pouches

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Ever tried sonic repellents? They kinda work unless you have a massive infestation. Large portions of peppermint scattered around your place usually help.
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Old 08-01-2019, 07:22 AM   #9
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fill any and all holes with steel wool/copper pads, cover with expanding foam.
remove all food.
place sticky pads through out. no repeat customer and hard to spread the newd on mouse inet
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It takes concentrated effort. Set your mousetraps. Peanut butter works pretty well. Check your traps daily.

But that's the easy part. The harder part is taking your kill back to the garage where you have to use a pretty fine and sharp knife to skin the little rascals. And then you have to stretch the little pelts for a while until they dry. Pegboard backing works pretty well. In just no time flat, you'll have enough furry pelt to make that brand new fur jacket!


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good idea EUBANK

maybe leave one skinned sample outside. The other mice may think again about working in this area
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Old 08-01-2019, 09:43 AM   #12
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I had mice in an SOB trailer kept up at my farm. Nothing seems to get rid of them accept the rat snakes who also entered the trailer to catch the mice. I had three snakes living in the trailer along with the mice.



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I've not had a problem in the AS (knock on wood) but we do live in a more rural area and so have had mice in the garage and under the hood of my vehicles. I'm familiar with the issue. I plugged every hole I could find but was still noticing occasional mouse sign. Part of the problem is that because mice have no collar bones they can squeeze through seemingly impossible places.

Recently I've had success with a few things. Mice like dark places so I've strung strategically placed LED Christmas lights on timers. A string of lights placed under the OP's trailer might discourage new arrivals. (It's also very festive!) I've placed Bounce Outdoor Fresh Scent dryer sheets in the luggage and engine compartments as there is some evidence that rodents don't like the smell. (They allegedly don't like the smell of Irish Spring soap either). Finally, sticky traps seem to be very effective at catching the little buggers when they do show up as I've had much more luck with them than with any other kind of trap. Dropping the trap in a bucket of warm water is a relatively humane way to deal with the captive.

Anyway, mouse sign has been reduced drastically around here. Some or all of the above might be worth a try.
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It takes concentrated effort. Set your mousetraps. Peanut butter works pretty well. Check your traps daily.

But that's the easy part. The harder part is taking your kill back to the garage where you have to use a pretty fine and sharp knife to skin the little rascals. And then you have to stretch the little pelts for a while until they dry. Pegboard backing works pretty well. In just no time flat, you'll have enough furry pelt to make that brand new fur jacket!


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These work really well.



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