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Old 09-14-2022, 01:56 PM   #1
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New "real" mattress, bag it for winter storage?

Greetings,
We just bought a new mattress for our trailer and for the first time since we've owned it we're deciding whether or not we need to do anything to protect it from nesting mice while it's closed up for the winter. This mattress, unlike the previous one, is a "real" one, so it's a cotton exterior with coils inside, perfect for making a nest out of or in. My first instinct is to just leave it and hope the mice ignore it but we paid a fair amount of money for it and I'd hate to see it wrecked the first winter in storage. Does anyone here do anything to winterize their mattress or is it fairly safe as-is?

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Old 09-14-2022, 02:36 PM   #2
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Personally I wouldn't worry about the mattress but work on keeping them out as the damage they can do elsewhere makes a mattress seem cheap
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Old 09-14-2022, 08:39 PM   #3
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I can't think of anything you could 'bag' it in that mice couldn't chew through. The only way to protect it would be to take it out of the rig and store it in your home.
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Old 09-14-2022, 08:46 PM   #4
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Have never had any trouble with mice. Knock on wood.
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Old 09-15-2022, 02:03 PM   #5
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Complete mice solution

It took less than a day to completely mouse-proof the trailer. Prior to that we were plagued with them. Fortunately, they mostly kept to the kitchen area and ate the labels off all the cleaning supplies. When we tried trapping them, we always got three or four, but the woods had way more mice than we had traps.

The key is to first go under the trailer and mouse-proof every possible entrance point. I got a bag of #3 (coarse) steel wool pads. At each place where a cable or pipe penetrated the floor, I unwrapped a pad and re-wrapped it around the cable/pipe, securing it with a cable tie. I did this regardless of whether there appeared to be a gap around the penetration or not. I had a big sheet from a cardboard carton to slide on and it wasn't too uncomfortable.

Then I went to the top side and took care of the penetrations at the toilet feed and gas feed for the range. These were pretty tight, so I tore off segments of the steel wool and stuffed them in with a flat-blade screwdriver.

Haven't seen a mouse since, and that was 3-4 years ago.

Bronze wool pads (if you can find them) might be better, since they don't rust.
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Old 09-15-2022, 02:36 PM   #6
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I would leave the mattress unsealed so it can breath. If there is any moisture in it, mould could possibly form.
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