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Old 10-22-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Mouse Attack!

I was attacked, sometime between my last use of our trailer (Aug) and today. I was winterizing Applejack and my wife came by (We use a outside storage lot) to take some of the stored gear we had. Well,when she opened up the cabinet below the sink, she found that a styrofoam cup o soup was chewed into (but it didn't like it) and a box of pancake mix also chewed into but not much as well. I was ticked! We're over concrete, I know we screwed up by having dry goods I the trailer, so lesson learned the hard way!!

So what is the best way to find the hole it came in from & hopefully exited? And Im goi g to get the peppermint oil & glue traps to be sure. I also now know we need to be in there monthly when were not using her.

Do mice find other ways in other than chewing threw the cardboard undercoat? Please share your experiences, I don't want to lose out and find a whole ton of mice babies shredding the couch, bed and blankets up when I get back.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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We have had issues with packrats in our 5er. At one point they had chewed close to 18' feet of insulation off of the exposed wiring under the trailer and knawed their way into the floor insulation from above the water tank and then following the kitchen sink drain pipe underneath the flooring. They just started building a nest when I discovered the damage they had started. They could have squeezed between the drain pipe and the hole in the flooring to access the interior.

I filled every hole in the frame entering into the storage compartments and flooring with the spray foam, replaced all of the wiring that was chewed and put that plastic wire covering over what wires that were exposed. It seems as if they don't mess with the foam and any wiring that is incased in the plastic covering.

Good luck...those little critters can leave a mess. Plug all floor penetrations with the spray foam.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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Are these mice crawling up the tires? I can't see how else they would get up on the camper unless they are very good jumpers. I mean if you have no dangling wires or chains the tires are the only way to get in or am I missing something?
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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Where ever you can put a pencil a mouse can go through it as well. After one year with mice in our old trailer we went to Koender bait stations and have not had a mouse since.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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They can climb anything, tires, rims, jacks, etc.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:42 AM   #6
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We use a combination of plugging all openings, screening all vents, thorough cleaning, bounce sheets, peppermint oil, and this year we added packets of "Fresh Cab" (from Tractor Supply).
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:11 PM   #7
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I tried Fresh Cab last year and all it did was make the fiver smell like Santa's Village. Pine scent is nice, but mothballs and\or drier sheets are more effective.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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We store our trailer at an outside storage place too and had mice. I battled them for two years before I got them. I'm now mouseproofing my new trailer and here's my experiences and recommendations:

- Most of the time the mice were entering through the bottom. I found holes in the corrugated bottom that they could squeeze through. Once through, they have free reign on the entire underbelly. Not good. You need to crawl under the trailer and block those holes! Spray foam works well and spray into everything and anything.
- Everyone will recommend dryer sheets, peppermint oil, etc. but I have found they do not work. If a mouse can get through the bottom and find a nice insulated place to winter, they will, even if you have that nice smelling stuff. I even had a mouse nest in the dryer sheets.
- You will need to buy screens for your furnace and fridge. I believe Camco makes them. The last thing you want is a mouse gaining access through the furnace and making a nest somewhere in your ducts.
- Once you seal off the outside, you should still seal off the inside for good measure. The place I found most times they can get in is where the fresh water hose comes in from the bottom. The manufacturers usually cut too big of a hole and don't seal it properly. You need to find out where that pipe comes in from and spray it with foam. You should also find the other vents, pipes and wires entering the trailer and do the same. You will probably need to unscrew some partitions in the cabinets to get to everything but it's well worth it.
- I have also found a huge hole under the shower trap in all trailers I have owned. You need to spray foam in there too. Again, if a mouse gains access underneath, that would be an easy access point for it into your trailer.
- You can also use steel wool instead of foam but I prefer foam.
- After doing all of the above, I set lot's and lot's of traps. I just used unbaited snap traps along the wall because they seem to be everywhere if they get in. I didn't want to bait them and give them a reason to enter. I found glue traps to be nasty to clean up.
- We also own cats and I brush the hair off the cats and tape it in a few places underneath. I don't know if this works or not but they stopped coming in so I keep doing it.

Anyway, that's what I did to mouseproof my unit and after two year's it worked.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #9
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Build a mouse trap like this. I didn't come up with this but it is an easy way to get them.

If you do not care how they die, as long as they die, here's a tutorial for you.

You will need the following items: bucket, coat hanger, empty plastic spice container or thin can, drill and needle-nosed pliers. (see pics)

Assemble them as shown, smear Peanut Buttler evenly on container, fill bottom of bucket with water to within a half an inch of the bottom of the rolling covered container.

Make sure you center the coat hanger in the middle of the container.

Use a stick to make a 'ramp' up to the hole for the little varmints to hurry along to their doom....

Dispose of drowned mice however you wish.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:54 PM   #10
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- You will need to buy screens for your furnace and fridge. I believe Camco makes them. The last thing you want is a mouse gaining access through the furnace and making a nest somewhere in your ducts.

Are you talking about screening of where the vents are on the outside wall of camper or the roof or both?
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