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Old 01-21-2016, 09:30 PM   #1
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Mouse control

I was recently told that some people have success keeping the mice away by putting charcoal in a few socks and leaving them around. Apparently the critters think there either is or was a fire and run away.
Does anyone have experience with this trick?
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:01 AM   #2
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Haven't heard of or tried the charcoal. We sprinkle cayenne pepper around possible mouse routes (plumbing and electrical holes) and hang containers of moth balls on plumbing inside cabinets. I'm sure you'll get plenty of other fixes!


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Old 01-22-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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Besides trying to keep every possible entry sealed, as I'm sure that everyone else does, I scatter a box of moth balls around and under the outside of the camper. I don't like the smell of the moth balls on the inside. Don't know if that works or I've just been lucky but I've not had a problem with mice and I live by a fescue pasture.


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Old 01-22-2016, 10:58 AM   #4
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We use pepermint oil on cotton balls, pouches of fresh cab and moth balls we put then in solo plastic bowls so the smell does not soak in to anything, in the spring open it up and within a couple of days it is aired out. we have been doing this for the last three yeasr and have had no mice since and we live and store it inthe country
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:15 PM   #5
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We like the peppermint oil smells great. Also shave some Irish spring soap in bowels and set under cabinets. Both smell good and won't stain.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:25 PM   #6
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X3 on peppermint oil. Use essential oil of peppermint ( health food store) not cooking peppermint oil. Put cotton balls in an old mug or glass as the oil will damage surfaces. We have used this for 9 yrs with no mice. Also keeps out spiders.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:41 PM   #7
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Professional exterminators use two things...Poison or traps....I think they know more about it that anyone else. These other remedies may seem to work only if there are no mice to eliminate...I don't think I would feel very good about paying an exterminator to throw around some dryer sheets, peppermint whatever, fairy dust or soap....they use what WORKS!!!
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:49 PM   #8
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Please do not use poison, Rat/mouse poison works by causing the animal to bleed to death internally. In the process they leave and search for water. A dying rodent is an easy target for a hawk or an owl which then results in the death of the hawk or owl.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:52 PM   #9
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We've used the dryer sheets for the last few winters without any signs of mice, but I don't really know how many mice are around. The storage lot is right next to the airport, so lots of open fields so there's a good chance they're around.


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Old 01-24-2016, 06:02 PM   #10
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Use whatever works for you. The oil, sheets and soap are just suggestions that have worked for some of us.
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All good ideas but the bottom line is make sure any open food is removed including crumbs behind cushions.
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I think the best way is to prevent the intrusion in the first place. Poison and such is not a solution in my opinion. Who wants the smell of a decaying rodent inside their trailer or coach.


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