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Old 11-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Keeping mice out over the winter

We've winterized our motorhome and are parking it for the winter. Recently we have seen signs that mice are trying to move in. Any suggestions on how to keep them out over the winter?
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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Mice do a lot of damage to wiring. Best to try and keep them totally away from the coach, as in spreading something on it's exterior or the ground around it. I can't recommend a product but I'm certain others viewing can.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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Use Oil of Peppermint (pharmacy item) with a drop on a cotton ball. Put the cotton balls in the basement and a couple inside the coach. You will likely need to "re-peppermint" them every 30 days or so.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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I found signs of the cute critters in cabinets and drawers that are near to the fridge. Since the air vents in the access panel for the fridge (On the outside side wall behind the fridge) are not screened, I stretched saran wrap over the vents and secured it with blue painter's tape on the backside of the panel.

I have placed half a dozen mouse traps around the inside of the MH with 12 inch dayglo plastic tape attached to each as a warning reminder so that I don't zap myself.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:54 PM   #5
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Mice don't like to hang out where there is no food. CLean out every cabinet, drawer, under the sink,around the stove, under the fridge, everywhere. Don't leave any tooth paste soap or any thing the mice might try and eat. You will still have to get them out now that they are in. Use lots of mouse traps. NO DECON! Or you will have decomposing carcus smells in the walls.
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As mentioned the good old wire mouse traps with peanut butter for their last treat.
They love your wiring even if you remember to pull everything out of the coach.
Place in fridge vent,under kitchen cabinets, furnace area, motor Gen areas and compartments.
Caught 12 one winter the total will start to drop off in future winters.
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I was thinking of surrounding/skirting the entire coach with insulation board, the type with foil coating. Closing all the seams to prevent entry. Had anyone tried this or know if the mice will eat their way through.

I had to rewire some of the coach when I bought it due to mice, don't want to go thru that again.
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DW and I operated a garden center for a number of years in Ontario, Canada. To protect the stock we were overwintering from the mice we spread moth balls throughout the greenhouses. Never had an issue with mice!! You can buy them at the dollar store. Once they are removed the odor dissapates.
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i put traps with PB on top of all tires. gets em on the way in.
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I have been using a product called CRITTER OUT for the past several years its the only thing that works for me other than heading south for for the winter. I buy it at True Value hardware stores its also on line.
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Mice Repelant

For the last several years we have been using Renuzit air freshners with good success. They come in many different scents and all seem to work equally well.
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I do not recommend using moth balls, as they are hazardous to one's health. I've seen threads in this forum asking how to get rid of the moth ball smell.

I have heard of the peppermint oil trick. Don't know if it works, but it smells pretty nice.

If you have any temporary openings in your coach, such as where your power cord exits the coach, you can surround or fill the opening with steel wool. Mice hate chewing on steel wool.
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I was thinking of surrounding/skirting the entire coach with insulation board, the type with foil coating. Closing all the seams to prevent entry. Had anyone tried this or know if the mice will eat their way through.

I had to rewire some of the coach when I bought it due to mice, don't want to go thru that again.

In combination with traps and mothballs (outside only), you may have a winner. Conventional wisdom says that field mice can squeeze through an opening the diameter of a pencil, so measures beyond just the skirting would be a good idea.
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Perhaps i should enclose a dozen good cats in the skirting
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