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Old 05-17-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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A Mouse In the House

Two weeks ago we were at a our camper and noticed mouse turds on the counter, now this is the first time in ten years of camping we have ever had a problem like this....Not a Forest River relayed problem....Before we left the camper I had put down 3 mice glue traps, one on the counter and two on the floor when we arrived Friday I found one trap was untouched, one trap disturbed and up side down on the counter and one chewed up on the floor by the bedroom and no mouse found anywhere.
We had talked to a full time about this and the said the best way to handle this problem is to use fresh mint or mint oil in a sock and place it in the storage area and in the camper.....So I ask you has anyone heard of this and If so will it work?
When we left the camper Sunday I put down one glue trap and a box of poison. We will be returning next week end and then I need to found out how they are getting in.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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Haven't heard of the Mint Oil but I never recommend poison. Main reason they eat the stuff, go back to their nest and die. Then the stink begins, unless they're leaving the RV which is doubtful you'll have to track down the decaying little critter. I've used snap traps and the kinder plastic containment traps, which now I have a live mouse to dispose of. The mouse is the trespasser so I only promise a one bite of dinner than it's over and I know where it's at to dispose of.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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Haven't heard of the Mint Oil but I never recommend poison. Main reason they eat the stuff, go back to their nest and die. Then the stink begins, unless they're leaving the RV which is doubtful you'll have to track down the decaying little critter. I've used snap traps and the kinder plastic containment traps, which now I have a live mouse to dispose of. The mouse is the trespasser so I only promise a one bite of dinner than it's over and I know where it's at to dispose of.
I am not crazy about poison, but from what I understand once a mouse eats the poison they head out side looking for water and die out there somewhere.
As far as a snap traps, I sometimes have trouble setting them, Have you ever had one snap your fingers while setting one?....I have right across the finger nail and WOW what a felling so I can only imagine what a mouse fells like not that it bothers me...
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:07 PM   #4
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Excuse me, rockwood06, for getting off subject but the title of this thread reminds me of a story my Dad use to tell on my Mom.

They were married shortly after WW II and afterwards they settled in on a small farm in rual eastern Oklahoma. One night they had a couple of friends over and were playing cards. Dad said, "All of a sudden a mouse ran up one of Mom's pantlegs and then ran down the other. It went in dry and came out wet!" I can still hear him laughing, "Mom just about drowned that poor mouse."

I wouldn't recommend trying that to get rid of the mouse problem.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:20 AM   #5
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Excuse me, rockwood06, for getting off subject but the title of this thread reminds me of a story my Dad use to tell on my Mom.

They were married shortly after WW II and afterwards they settled in on a small farm in rual eastern Oklahoma. One night they had a couple of friends over and were playing cards. Dad said, "All of a sudden a mouse ran up one of Mom's pantlegs and then ran down the other. It went in dry and came out wet!" I can still hear him laughing, "Mom just about drowned that poor mouse."

I wouldn't recommend trying that to get rid of the mouse problem.
That is funny
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:45 AM   #6
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I deal with them too. My camper sits in a forest on a pad. Its frustrating, to say the least. We keep a real clean camper, we are forever cleaning everything up with bleach wipes no food out, we keep everything in those rubbermaid lock totes and still over the winter we sometimes get mice. I only use snaptraps and we use the peppermint oil on a cottonball in dish in hopes of keeping them away. I guess the best way is to make sure all the holes are sealed up in the camper, that your vents all have some sort of screens on them. I am tempted to peal back the "tarpy" undercovering and see if there is and area under the sink or bathroom that has access for the varmits. Since my camper is there year round I also am thinking I might put some sort of skirting up also. I am also going to plant some mint around the back side of the camper as that is supposed to repel them. I've built an owl house in the hopes it will attract an owl. Its probably a battle I can't win. But I hope to outwit them little varmits!
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Excuse me, rockwood06, for getting off subject but the title of this thread reminds me of a story my Dad use to tell on my Mom.

They were married shortly after WW II and afterwards they settled in on a small farm in rual eastern Oklahoma. One night they had a couple of friends over and were playing cards. Dad said, "All of a sudden a mouse ran up one of Mom's pantlegs and then ran down the other. It went in dry and came out wet!" I can still hear him laughing, "Mom just about drowned that poor mouse."

I wouldn't recommend trying that to get rid of the mouse problem.
OH that is sooooooooooo funny! Thanks for the laugh!!!
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This is a little extra work, but its what we do and seems to be efficient. My parents and I keep our campers side by side under a covered barn. They had mice in their camper last winter and so I devised a plan to avoid this problem. I took pvc pipe and made rectangles or squares to go around my wheels, tongue jack and scissor jack feet. You want to make sure that you have a surround made for all points of ground contact. I did not glue the pipe with the connectors, just dry fit them together so that I can take them apart. Then I drilled holes all the way down 2 sides of the pipe. One about every 2 inches. These "pipe squares" are then filled with moth balls. The smell is pretty strong, but no mice since we put them into place.
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i would say bait an area around the trailer. they seem to always find a way in. they can get thru some very small openings.
here, they tend to move around at season change.
i've had good and bad experience with the poison; they are suposed to eat the poison then go to water. the water hardens the bait and they die. sometimes, they make it back into the house before dieing.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:50 AM   #10
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We use Koenders granular bait stations all around the house and out buildings as well as the trailer has one under it. The Rural Municipality supplies all our pest control chemicals and bait free of charge and since I started putting one of these units under the trailer have never seen any mouse droppings in the trailer. I find the odd dead one in the quonset or garage but that is it.

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