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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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I found a noise maker at the Hardware store;
Amazon.com : 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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PS use Anti freeze!


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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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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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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Old 04-17-2020, 04:47 PM   #14
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just started an '72 Argosy shell on restoration. Walls and Floor are almost completely out. When ripping off the floors I uncovered what must have been one of the most highly populated mouse populations on the east coast. I felt like a terrible landlord but the wife would not buy the idea of co habitation. Anyways... Im probably leaving the belly pan in place and wanted to reinsulate before new flooring and heres my question (finally) Is there an insulation that deters rodents better than others? Thanks
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Old 04-17-2020, 05:08 PM   #15
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The best solution is to find and close off any access for the rodents to get in.
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Irish Spring soap does NOT work. our mice eat it !

the best is sticky pads with a bit of peanut butter in the middle.

The best catch was three mice on the same pad.

with this, they can't tell their friends on mice.net
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Old 04-18-2020, 07:49 AM   #17
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No they don't. They use them for their nests. Too old wives tales. Soap and bounce sheets. I've tried them all. Not one of them worked. Find the holes and close them off. If you can get a pencil in a hole a mouse will fit through.
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just started an '72 Argosy shell on restoration. Walls and Floor are almost completely out. When ripping off the floors I uncovered what must have been one of the most highly populated mouse populations on the east coast. I felt like a terrible landlord but the wife would not buy the idea of co habitation. Anyways... Im probably leaving the belly pan in place and wanted to reinsulate before new flooring and heres my question (finally) Is there an insulation that deters rodents better than others? Thanks
Where are you going camping that really needs insulation in the floor? all it does is create a place for more mice to live. I have done a few trailers and never insulate the floor. If you think the floor will be cold just use a few throw rugs or put on some socks. Better to find every place they can get in and seal, seal, seal.
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I did not want to contribute, no sirree.

Mouse in the fiberglass was the least of my worries on my Maine-stored '73 '27..

It was the dung dunes in the ductwork that condemned 97% of the interior.

Don't be telling people of my troubles, eh?
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I'm wrapping up a frame off of a 77 Argosy. I have been meticulous to ensure there is not a single mouse entry point anywhere on the trailer. There is one area that I almost missed and I'm sure it gets overlooked by many that is not only a mouse entry point but also a water entry point into the inner bottom. The rectangular tube that forms the hitch A-frame are not capped beneath the coupler. This creates a direct path to the inner bottom. I welded 12 gauge plates over the openings.
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