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Old 12-07-2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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Dryer sheets Fact or Myth

Hi All,
I have heard that placing dryer sheets scattered in your TT when you have it stored will keep any unwelcomed guest away? I have done every year. Although I don't know if its working or if critters have never made it in my TT.
So does anyone know if that actually works or am I just keeping my TT smelling like I just did a load of laundry?

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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Myth.
I've heard folks who found mouse nests made out of chewed up
dryer sheets!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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We've been using them for 11 out of the last 12 years we've put our RV up for storage. The first year we didn't use them mice got in. In fact they chewed on some electrical wiring in the rig.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Dryer Sheets Don't Deter Mice | Cleaning | This Old House - 1

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf63996389.tip.html

Just do a google search and you will see lots of people who swear by dryer sheets and as many who believe it is bunk. Same as the cab fresh, I used it 2 years the first year the mice loved it and crapped everywhere in the trailer until I finally put bait stations down and killed them all. The second year I started the year with the bait stations out and made sure I kept them filled and not a single mouse was found of course I still had the cab fresh but obviously it had no bearing on the mouse population. This year I am using bait stations again and so far no mice or droppings to be seen in the 2 months or so the trailer has been stored.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:50 PM   #5
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Fresh Cab All Natural Rodent Repellent, Control Mice Fast, Safe | EarthKind.com
Been using this in machinery and camper for a while, seem to do the job!
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:54 PM   #6
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Just to add-I have been buying it at machinery dealerships here in Saskatchewan.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:18 PM   #7
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I do know that USED dryer sheets work very well for those dried-on bugs from that last trip in Florida, or wherever!! Pre wash the area with the used sheets in your favorite soapy water first, let it sit for a few minutes, while you wash another area with your traditional rags or towels, then when you come back to that effected bug splattered area, the bugs are all softened up, and come right off, with minimal effort!! Been doing this 2 years now, and it works great!! Wonderful for the front of campers, too. Randy
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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Like John and Debbie, I put a d-Con in the camper when winterizing, and no problems yet.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:55 AM   #9
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Well, actually; you should put the D-con around outside the camper. Putting it in the camper means they have to get in to get to it. Putting it around under the camper means they never have to go inside in the first place. Of course, if you store your camper outside, that's hard to do!
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Well, actually; you should put the D-con around outside the camper. Putting it in the camper means they have to get in to get to it. Putting it around under the camper means they never have to go inside in the first place. Of course, if you store your camper outside, that's hard to do!
What He said!!
We used to have a mouse in the house problem.
Every fall when the air got frosty they would find
a way in.
I checked every nook and cranny looking for the hole
they were getting into.
A mouse can get through a dime sized hole!!
I actually saw a mouse crawling up the bricks on my
2 story house!! We'd lay in bed in the middle of the
night and hear the buggers scratching in the attic

After I began placing bait packs under my deck and around
the outside of my home we have not had one inside in
several years.

The same goes for your trailer.
Place a bait pack in a coffee can with a small hole in the
lid. Place the can(s) on their side under your trailer.
I prefer in between the dual tires or behind a tire out
of sight from casual observers.
Chock the can from blowing away with strategically placed
rocks, bricks, or a chuck or 2 of firewood.

You remember what granny said about an ounce of
prevention.....
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I was going to ask Bama how to keep the weather out, and also how to keep pets, rabbits and squirrels form eating the d-Con, but Dan answered those questions. I think I am going to use your ideas a put a d-Con in coffee cans, and wedge them between the tires.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:21 AM   #12
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We are lucky enough to have a barn in which to store our Surveyor. I also have dogs that I don't want to poison!! So, I use sticky pads and put them everywhere a mouse could access the trailer; by the tires and by the hitch jack. One of my dogs did once step on a sticky pad. He wasn't happy but he wasn't poisoned either. Anyway, no mice in the trailer so far. Did get one on a sticky pad by a wheel.
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We have used mothballs in our rig for many years. I learned the first year that alot is not necessarily better. Just put 1 or two in the drawers, under the cabinets, etc. In the spring, the smell is gone in a few days when the rig is aired out. I hate the smell of mothballs (and Rhode Island mice do also) so I can tell when the smell is gone. We haven't had a mouse problem at all, like we had when the mice made homes out of the dryer sheets!
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Just to add-I have been buying it at machinery dealerships here in Saskatchewan.

All it does for me is make the trailer smell nice. I had more mice in the trailer that year than the house and quonset together.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:47 PM   #15
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I was going to ask Bama how to keep the weather out, and also how to keep pets, rabbits and squirrels form eating the d-Con, but Dan answered those questions. I think I am going to use your ideas a put a d-Con in coffee cans, and wedge them between the tires.

Thanks for the suggestions.
We use the Koenders granular bait stations by each basement window and 4 in the garage and 4 in the quonset, the trailer has one by each set of wheels. The only thing to get in them is mice and other small rodents and they are safe around the dogs as they don't even look at them.
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We use cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil in the compartments and enclosed areas, then we use Bounce scattered all over. What I've gleened after many seasons of reading these Q's & A's about mice control is that you need to make SURE that all open cracks, holes, etc are sealed. The the peppermint oill works as a natural repellant. Bounce reportedly works, but I have seen where folks have said that "dryer sheets" didn't work. Maybe there is something about the composition of "Bounce".... anyway, we've used it for YEARS (almost 20, between the 4 units), and we've never had mouse problems.
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lol i got that old prowler camper outta regina last year and there was bounce sheets all over the place!! in drawers, cupboards, under the seats, everywhere!! it did make the place smell nice but they were just hiding the rotten wood smell lol
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:23 PM   #18
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All I know about dryer sheet if you step on one on my wood floor you better hang on. They are slicker than ice. Lol
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