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Old 11-08-2017, 10:59 AM   #1
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How to keep mice out?

We are having problems with mice getting in our travel trailer. They are coming in under the sinks only. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions on how to better seal this area?
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:01 AM   #2
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Mice can squeeze through an opening the size of a pencil. Get yourself some spray foam, crawl up under your trailer and fill every little opening no matter how small.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:05 AM   #3
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I have been using this in our trailer for years, all the farmers around here use it in their combines and tractors and have very good success. I usually use 3 bags, one in each room of the trailer.

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Old 11-08-2017, 11:07 AM   #4
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I have been using this in our trailer for years, all the farmers around here use it in their combines and tractors and have very good success. I usually use 3 bags, one in each room of the trailer.

https://www.earthkind.com/fresh-cab/
+1.

They smell nice too, like a fresh cut Christmas tree.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:07 AM   #5
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MJWink,

First post! Welcome!

This topic is much debated and often discussed on this forum with thousands of suggestions about what works and what doesn't.

I'll suggest a search of the forum and you'll have days of reading.
Here is one such search..
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:16 AM   #6
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I have been using this in our trailer for years, all the farmers around here use it in their combines and tractors and have very good success. I usually use 3 bags, one in each room of the trailer.

https://www.earthkind.com/fresh-cab/
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+1.

They smell nice too, like a fresh cut Christmas tree.
I'm wondering if the formula or contents of this product has changed?
We tried this product several years ago on two different occasions (two different years) and the damn mice chewed the bags open and made nests out of the stuff!
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we heard that Irish spring soap worked so we tried it the is the 3rd year using it and i haven't seen any sign of mice
so does it work ? maybe or then again we may be blessed to not have any mice around
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to me,the best way to eliminate having a mice problem is to prevent them from getting in the trailer in the first place. in my camper,i started seeing evidence of mice and my first thought was traps . so i put out a couple of glue traps and caught several. then i looked at the locations where i was seeing droppings. the things in common were they were all connected to where the gas line for the water heater came through the floor. from there, mice were traveling the "raceway" where the water pipes run along the wall. they got under the vanity,shower and then made their way to the kitchen sink. from there,they got in the stove and up on the kitchen counter. . looking underneath the trailer,i found where they were getting in,(up the landing leg to the gas pipe and through to the waterline raceway.) i sealed that ONE location) look under the trailer for other openings but found none. after sealing that ONE opening,i have had ZERO mice problems. they simply don't have a way to get in !
I used Rodent Proof Spray Foam .
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I agree with the other posters that the best method is to block their entry points. If they are already in, you can use some traps to try to get the ones that don't want to leave while you're sealing up the holes. We found a nest with about 6 babies in one of the drawers beside our bed and I caught 2-3 adult mice in traps.

I plugged all the openings I could find with Pest Block spray foam. For larger holes, I first plugged them with stainless steel wool from a dollar store and then applied the spray foam. You can also use copper wool pads instead of stainless steel. I found an opening in the floor where the propane line comes in near the external propane connector and larger potential entry spot where all the electrical wires come and go to the electrical distribution panel (you need to pull the panel out to access that spot to fill it with the spray foam). I also plugged openings where plumbing and tank vent pipes go through the floor. Don't forget to check under the shower pan. There is a hole for the drain there that they can use to get in.

Now that I've plugged up everything I could find, I keep about 4-5 bags of Fresh Cab throughout the TT, especially in the areas where we had mice droppings.

In addition, in each room and in the two main external storage compartments, I have a ceramic mug with cotton balls soaked in Essential Oil of Peppermint. I leave the drawers and cabinet doors open so there are no dark spots in the cabinets and to allow the peppermint scent to travel everywhere.

The peppermint scent is a bit strong when we first open it up but it dissipates fairly quickly and just leaves a pleasant hint of a scent when we're camping.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:19 PM   #11
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Never had a problem but seems like travel trailers are vulnerable . I have a motorhome . They are sealed.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:22 PM   #12
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Mice don't jump, they climb up the tires to get in! As stated use peppermint oil & put it on the tires directly or with cotton balls soaked & left on top of tire & jacks.
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Never had a problem but seems like travel trailers are vulnerable . I have a motorhome . They are sealed.
HA-Ha... some day you'll find out just how 'sealed' they are!
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:26 PM   #14
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Fresh Cab & dryer sheets do the trick, as well as steel wool in all the crevices under your trailer
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Another trick is to get pure fox urine and spray it around your tires, jacks, blocks, whatever is touching the ground or a couple of inches from the ground. It will take a couple bottles. You can get it at Cabela's, Fleet Farm, Farm and Fleet or a good hunting supply store. Don't get it on metal as it will cause it to rust. Just beware, it stinks!
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Mice don't jump, they climb up the tires to get in! As stated use peppermint oil & put it on the tires directly or with cotton balls soaked & left on top of tire & jacks.
Mice can and do jump, about 1-1/2 times their body length.
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We have used the Bounce dryer sheets for the last few years and do not find any evidence of mice droppings. I put these sheets everywhere in the winter months, and it seems to work. I am going to try the peppermint oil now too, just in case.
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Do not put the oil directly on the tires ( or any other non glass /ceramic) surface as it is corrosive in pure form. You will need to refresh it about once every 4-6 weeks.
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window screen over openings like air cleaner intake on engine. use pop rivet or screw to plastic tube.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:34 PM   #20
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In our farm equipment we use mothballs and mouse bait. Green little pellets I can get you the name if you like.

We had $33,000 damage to the electronic quite some years back to the electronics.

When I camp in the fall/spring I pour moth flakes on the pad if I am staying for awhile. I only use the poison if I am going to be away for some time. Poison only used inside in its little box. The moth ball/flake smell leaves the trailer after a few hours opening it up. I also do as recommended above with the spray in injection for the undercarriage with any tiny hole I have found.
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