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Old 10-20-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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I've been reading about mice in RVs. Never knew it could be such a problem. Never had mice in my first RV (Hi-LO), but now have a regular TT at a seasonal site (desolate in the winter). We sealed up, covered the thing and put Bounce sheets and moth balls throughout. I wonder if I did enough. Should I go back and spray with peppermint too? I'm really worried. It would break my heart to have mouse damage.
Opening forum for topic. Seems to be the time of year.
Thanks to anyone for input. p.s. Electric sound things are not an option here. Our seasonal place shuts off power.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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I myself just trust in moth balls. I cut the plastic cups down, put a couple holes in the side and fill with moth balls. I place them all over, this year I used 4 large boxes. Awhile back there was a thread about this product you may want to check out Earth-Kind
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:54 PM   #3
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We used Irish Spring all over in drawers & other places. We take all food & paper products out of trailer. We have not had any problems in 3 yrs knock on wood.

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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I myself just trust in moth balls. I cut the plastic cups down, put a couple holes in the side and fill with moth balls. I place them all over, this year I used 4 large boxes. Awhile back there was a thread about this product you may want to check out Earth-Kind
same here with the moth balls- this weekend we were camping with the "group" and someone said they use Bounce dryer sheets anyone else use these?
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:27 PM   #5
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same here with the moth balls- this weekend we were camping with the "group" and someone said they use Bounce dryer sheets anyone else use these?

Trying the Bounce technique this year. Never used anything before, other than clean the camper of any food items. Never had a problem before.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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used bounce for 5 years never had a problem with mice and the trailer smells great verses moth balls
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #7
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Tried Bounce sheets in a stored car. The mice used them to make nests!

The only thing I have found that they really don't like is used oil. I think the smell messes up their scent trails. Remember, it isn't the first mouse that causes the real mess, it is the dozen family memebrs that follow that scent trail. But of course, you can't use oil in your camper.

Maybe sticking moth balls in every potential external opening might be the next best thing. The trick is to keep them from getting in the camper, not trying to make them leave after they are already in. Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #8
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We've had our trailer at a storage place that had fields on all sides. Gated, nice/secure new place with cameras all over, but didn't stop mice from coming in when it got cold. I did randomly check the trailer once a week for anything out of the ordinary and found traces of a/c duct foam balls on the floor and droppings our second year there. Declared war with steel wool, Bounce,moth balls, & Decon. Was worried about 1 eating the poison and going to a place I couldn't dispose of him and smelling terrible once the weather warms so I pulled it out. This helped, but once they know how to get in they'll be back. I put traps all over & that took care of them. Moth balls took weeks to get the smell out with the trailer open, so I wouldn't recommend them inside, only on the outside around your tires & slides. Now I keep our trailer at a storage place that sprays with rodent deterant and haven't had any problems although I still put traps out just in case. Oh yeah, I'm toward the middle of the storage place too so there's plenty of units available before they get to mine!!!!
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I'm figuring out the forum and I still can't find my previous post about the cover for winter, but I found another post from you. Thanks for the reply! The covers are expensive, but so is the trailer! I just wanted a second opinion. I'm buying the ADCO cover tomorrow.

Appreciate the help

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:51 PM   #10
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I set up what I call the mouse circus.

Take a bucket and put about 3 inches of antifreeze in it (the automotive stuff not the non toxic). Set up a ramp up to it and suspend some kind of cylindrical object across the top of the bucket. Think a tube from wipes or a small pop bottle. Put a little peanut butter on the tube and there you have it, the mouse circus.

The mice go up the ramp and onto the tube to get the food. When they lean over to get the peanut butter the tube spins and they go into the drink. The anitfreeze acts like formaldehyde and keeps them from rotting and stinking.

It works great as I store at home out in the country and mice are a real concern. The first week that it got cold I found 5 mice in the bucket on garbage day. Now it is really cold and no more and no signs of others. I think I got the crew right away this year.

We will see in the spring how well it worked.
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