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Old 04-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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MICE!! Looking for some advice!

After NUMEROUS years with four different trailers, (two PUPS, an HTT, and now the Rockwood TT), for the last two winters we had mice visits during the winter. This had never been a problem in previous years. In neither case does it appear that they did any real damage. Every year we strategically place peppermint oil soaked cotton balls and Bounce sheets throughout the units, as many report both to be sucessful methods to prevent mice.

After last year's "visit" I found one seam under the slide, by the drivers side wheelwell which had an opening, where it might have been possible to get in, and I also found a section of the under-slide weather strip that had come loose, that created a gap. Both gaps were repaired, and both still appear intact.

This year, we found mouse turds inside the louvers to the access to the back of the refrigerator. We also found evidence of insulation disturbed around the fridge. Looking at the louvers themselves, it's clearly evident that a small mouse COULD get through that opening. I never viewed it as a problem, as a mouse can't climb the side of the TT to get the 3'+ off the ground to GET to the louver. All that said, I didn't consider that with the storage cover on the TT, maybe they could climb the inside of the cover to get to the louver....

I had LOOKED for the louver screens on two different occasions at CW, but had been unsucessful in finding them. I did find them from a vendor at the Springfield RV show in February, and had planned to install them this Spring. (I had already screened off all the other vents with appropriate kits.)

So my question is, what do folks think? Could this be how the mice are getting in? We do a thorough cleaning before as part of our winterization, so they don't find any food, but we did find evidence of some kin of small nut or (acorn?) being eaten in several inside locations. Should screening-off the fridge louvers solve the problem?

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Old 04-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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a large flower pot upside down with a box of poison underneath

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some kin of small nut or (acorn?) being eaten in several inside locations. Should screening-off the fridge louvers solve the problem?
hard to say about the screening-off the fridge louvers
I have also seen that before
seems they bring
their food with them at times
poison ((outside))
seems to be important
let's them find someTHING easy outside
kills them away from the RV
a large flower pot upside down
with a box of poison underneath
held up just a little by a small rock
gives them a good place to
feel safe and eat the poison


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Old 04-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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I've had good luck by putting MOTH BALLS around inside and outside wherever they might get in.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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I also believed that a mice has gotten in through the exterior refrigerator vent. I ended up putting a bar of irish spring soap, some dryer sheets and a couple of glue traps in side the vent earlier this winter. Results, no more mice got in.

Finally completed all State visits in August 2011 with a trip to North Dakota.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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Our TT is kept in a storage barn for the winter. As long as we have had it, we have placed Bounce brand dryer sheets all over the trailer when we stored it. No attempt to seal anything, but we have never had a mouse in it. It either works, or we are very lucky! With the TC, I just store it in my shop for the winter, which is haunted by some absurd number of spoiled cats. The latter is a much more expensive, but equally effective approach.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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i use 2 of the black & decker electronic pest repellent units that just plug into any outlets. so far not a sign of mice or anything else. obviously, you have to be plugged in but i am anyway most of the time.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:42 AM   #8
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After battling mice in various campers throughout the years this is what works for me. Eliminate all hiding spots around the camper such as tall grass, weeds, shrubs, bushes, lumber etc. Use a coffee can and put a large poison chunk in it and crush the opening down to where only mice can get at the poison. Place several of these under your camper, this is your first line of defense. Inside place snap traps baited with peanut butter and monitor every few days. Last put poison inside the camper. Yes, I know people will say you don't want mice to die in the camper but it is better than having them chew up your upholstery. That happened to me and did over a thousand dollars damage. A friend had them in his popup and had to replace all canvas. Don't take mice lightly they will do lots of damage.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:44 AM   #9
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I have used de-con in the past. It is a mice poison that when they eat it, it dehydrates them, so they seek water, they have to leave the trailer to find the water, once they drink they water, they die, outside of the trailer. I have found mice droppings, de-con eaten, but never a dead mouse inside.

You can find it at Walmart, Target, etc... It seems no matter how well you seal up your trailer, they always find a way in. They are sneaky little things.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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I put steel wool in the fridge and hot water vent when we store it in the barn for winter. We use peppermint inside and I put a lot of Decon in the barn all winter. This year I put moth balls around the Tires on the ground. Have not pulled it out of storage yet to see who won me or Mickey.

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