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Old 01-25-2014, 12:06 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the great advice! I have stuffed brass cleaning pads into all possible openings under the kitchen and bathroom sinks and I've placed cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil in all cabinets. Also put bait packs and shaved Irish Spring soap in engine compartment. So far so good. What is the white powder I see on the ground around motorhomes in the campground? Does it deter mice or just insects?
Where I am from that is snow!! It chases the mice in to find a warm spot!!!!

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Old 03-08-2014, 07:08 PM   #22
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I checked on the Solera today after leaving it sit for 3 weeks. Took the advice from many of you to use peppermint oil. Absolutely no sign of rats in the MH, though some of the poison I put under the hood had been munched. No evidence of damage anywhere. BTW the peppermint oil sure makes the rig smell good! Thanks for the advice!

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Old 03-16-2014, 08:16 AM   #23
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Get a couple of rubber snakes and place the all around, inside and out of the coach. Has worked for me.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:10 PM   #24
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About a month ago, we found mouse droppings in our Solera. I got some old fashioned snap traps and baited with peanut butter, and promptly caught two. I closed the recirculate valve on the a/c, and put peppermint oil soaked cotton in the drawers. Over the next 3 weeks, we caught another six. I thought they might be getting in on the power cord, as we are at home and plugged in to shore power, and I did see some droppings in the power compartment. I took the back panel down, hoping to find an entry point, but it looks like Forest River has sealed all entry points. I did notice an opening into the hvac system. I assume it blows air into the compartment to prevent freezing. Is there any chance that mice might enter there and gnaw their way out somewhere inside? Has anyone found any other entry points in their search. I am attaching a photo with the opening...

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Old 08-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #25
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Dryer sheets are also good for spiders ! Wife sticks them in the corners throughout and even in the bed.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:11 PM   #26
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I feel for you Bro, I just today discovered that I too have Mice in my Solera. Been a lot of construction going on in the neighborhood this year, it's driving them in. We have ours parked in the driveway so cleaned it out of everything they can hide in and put dryer sheets down every where and also put down traps. Plan to dive under the rig tomorrow and look for any access areas to seal up. Good luck with the hunt.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:29 PM   #27
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Hi Tommyb,

I was never able yet to find where they get in, may be you found it !
You are an amateur with only 8 catches , I'm over thirty now ! It is true to I live in the woods !
Dryer sheets ? My mices use them to build their nest !

Still working on the problem ! Thanks.


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Old 08-10-2014, 04:47 PM   #28
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If the mice are getting in on the power cord, they will be met by our new greeter... and that's a ball of cotton soaked in peppermint oil that the snake is guarding!

The orange thing visible through the power door cutout is a cable clamp. It fits the cable perfectly, and blocks the small opening around the cable. I heard mice can get in an opening only 1/4" in size.

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Old 08-10-2014, 05:31 PM   #29
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May have mentioned it up thread...didn't check....have you check out "mouse magic"?

We keep our 5er here at home, on shore power, so in the winter I'm sure it's attractive to critters. (our nearest neighbor has a mouse problem they won't address)

Our bug dude checks the RV also when he comes every month for the S&B and doesn't charge anything extra. Actually check's Sneak's shop at the same time.

He's very thorough, checking for signs of bugs *and* critters.

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active ingredient in 'mouse magic' is peppermint oil.

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