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Old 06-04-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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Advice to stop mice

I recently posted a thread about snakes being effective at getting rid of mice in the RV, for better or worse. I would like to get some real feedback from my fellow FROGs regarding the best way to keep mice out of your rig (which of course would decrease likelihood of a snake showing up!). We were lucky that they only showed up in the storage area (as far as I know); the closest they came to the main unit was a drawer above the air return, which was right by the storage area. I have not seen any evidence elsewhere inside, and we spent 10 days in the unit after discovering the rodent (and think the snake ran them off).

I have put down traps, and some bagged repellent. I also have sprinkled snake repellant (more or less granulated mothballs) inside and around the unit; maybe the bag of that with picture of snake on it will help! I read on the forum about spraying mint around with mixed results.

They may have entered the cargo area by way of opening where the Level Up hydraulic jacks are located, so I can't seal that area off. I didn't see much else in way of opening, but also know they don't need much anyhow.

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Thats a bummer for sure. I'm glad we haven't run into that problem. I live out in the country in the woods, and there are a lot of critters for sure. Either we've been lucky, or our big black cat (the big H ) is keeping us covered. Big H loves to hunt, and he's 12 years old. Good luck.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:14 PM   #3
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I haven't had any problems with mice in the camper so far but I had a LOT of trouble with mice in my house a few years ago. Didn't want to use D-Con because I have a dog. And the mice ignored the traps. I found out my dog is a great mouser but she couldn't keep up. I ran across a mouse repellant called Mouse Magic & decided to give it a try. It's made of ground corn cobs soaked in spearmint & peppermint oil. You can buy it in packets (sort of like large teabags) or in a 3-pound jug. I put some around in places where I thought the mice were coming in. And in no time, all the mice disappeared & they haven't been back since. It's non-toxic & smells good.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:32 PM   #4
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Ok, this is my personal observation: mice don't like gravel, but that's not a guarantee.
Mice can not climb smooth vertical surfaces. If you place the trailer jacks in 5 gallon pails and park the trailer on smooth concrete or even plywood, build a box maybe 8" tall box out of something like aluminum flashing around the wheels and make sure it hugs the ground all the way around. Also when a water hose or power cord is attached, get something like a lid from an icecream pail cut a round hole in the center just slightly smaller than the hose or cable and slide that over about a foot above ground. Don't lean anything against the trailer that mice can climb up on.
It's probably not the most convenient way to deter mice but it will work. Golden rue is smooth and vertical.

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Old 06-08-2014, 12:46 AM   #5
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Question Mice.

Took the rig out of storage this spring. The back-up camera didnt work. Took to shop, they found the camera wires chewed in two. The chew was about eight inches from the camera in the back wall at top end.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:12 AM   #6
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I have put down traps, and some bagged repellent.
Provided there's no allergy issues, put some peanut butter in the traps. We've yet to meet a mouse that didn't like peanut butter. They can smell it from the opposite end of a 40 ft RV.
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:47 AM   #7
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For winter storage I put dryer sheets in every compartment, they hate the smell.
I have done this w an antique car I store also.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:24 AM   #8
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For winter storage I put dryer sheets in every compartment, they hate the smell.
I have done this w an antique car I store also.
X2 never had a issue either
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:29 AM   #9
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We use to use moth balls at camp years ago and never found a mouse there. The moth balls do leave a nasty odor until you can air the trailer out though.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:52 PM   #10
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Drier sheets worked for us.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:41 PM   #11
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It may be the great white north thing but the mine used the Bounce drier sheets as nest material while MH was in storage. I use oil of wintergeen and moth balls to try and keep mice out. Crush the moth balls and spread around the tires ( the mice climb up tires to get to frame and find entry points)Oil of wintergeen though out interior ( smells good ) to repel mice ( they hate it!!!)
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We use Freshcab in all of the non-food storage areas. We have mice in our area as our property is rural amd we have never had an issue. You replace them every six months (midwest). We spray foam underneath to ensure they can't get in. We cut the grass really short all the way around as well. Hope this helps.
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Never heard of "Freshcab" what is it?
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:18 PM   #14
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Peppermint oil

We started using cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil a couple of years ago and have not had mice in our RV since. We place 4-6 cotton balls in an open sandwich baggie and pour in some oil. Put the baggies in places that you have seen evidence of mice. We buy the peppermint oil from Amazon.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:38 PM   #15
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For your landing gear, couldn't you use the disposable tinfoil pie plates cut to fight tightly around the legs? I'd use that also for the fresh water hose and the power chord.

I've never used it, but Mouse Magic is an option.

You could also use steel wool pads stuffed into any cracks, since they won't chew metal.
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Here is a link to Amazon but Fleet Farm, Tractor Supply, Walmart sell it. It is all natural, makes your RV smell great. It was recommended by the RV dealer and gets very good reviews. We know we have mice, our dog has caught them. What we don't have is any in our RV! Good luck
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:07 PM   #17
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I haven't had mice in the RV, thank goodness, but did have one in my van, caught it on a sticky trap and then found the nest, ewwww... SO I'm adding different suggestions from here to the inside of the van and hopefully it will keep them out. Thanks everyone...
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:27 AM   #18
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Thanks for all of the feedback. I have deployed a few of the ideas. No signs of any mice since the initial incident - have been checking regularly. No signs of any snakes either thank goodness!

Keeping my fingers crossed!
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I use a multi step approach to mouse control.

1. I have a fake owl perched on a pole on the trailer tongue.

2. A mouse can only enter a trailer via something that touching/very near the ground. That narrows the entry points down. For the tongue jack, I use a spin trap on top of the hitch. For the wheels, I place a coffee can between the wheels with a small hole cut into the lid placed towards the inside of the trailer. Inside of the can are some rocks to weigh it down, and a D-Con bait pack. For the umbilical cord, I place a sticky trap around the cord near up near where it hooks to the camper.

3. Inside of the camper, I have a couple of peanut butter laced snap traps.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:33 AM   #20
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I use a multi step approach to mouse control.

1. I have a fake owl perched on a pole on the trailer tongue.

2. A mouse can only enter a trailer via something that touching/very near the ground. That narrows the entry points down. For the tongue jack, I use a spin trap on top of the hitch. For the wheels, I place a coffee can between the wheels with a small hole cut into the lid placed towards the inside of the trailer. Inside of the can are some rocks to weigh it down, and a D-Con bait pack. For the umbilical cord, I place a sticky trap around the cord near up near where it hooks to the camper.

3. Inside of the camper, I have a couple of peanut butter laced snap traps.
Ya know, I was in Lowes yesterday and joked to the wife that we should get one of those fake owls to put in the RV to scare the mice! I have one at home on patio so maybe I'll take it (it's a bigger one, so might opt to get the smaller one from Lowes).

I'll be sure to put some stuff on tires and jacks as well - great advice!
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