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Old 11-14-2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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I'm planning on camping in the wilds of Arkansas(hunting ducks in rice country)and am worried about mice/rat damage to 34ft.D.P. while parked in areas where these critters are abundant.I've seen previous threads about using steel wool to plug entrance points but where exactly are rodents able to get in and do damage?(I can plug areas where the lines and hoses enter the RV but where else?)Are there any chemical or similar substances that can be applied on the ground around the RV to deter their presence?Also, I plan on leaving the RV in AR for a short period of time and returning home-how do I find a safe/secure storage facility(probably West Memphis is the closest city of any size)? Thanks in advance

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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There is a lot of evidence that a string of rope lights under the RV and in the engine compartment will repel pack rats. They like the dark, so light it up and they stay away.

Plug any hole under the RV or wet Bay Area that is bigger than a dime. Copper mesh seems to be a preferred material, as it doesn't rust, and rodents can't chew through it.

If you could surround the tires with a Box of glass smooth panels, there would be no way for them to climb up. Some spices also repel them, cinnamon for one.

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Old 11-14-2014, 10:18 PM   #3
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Any RV we ever owned has chunks of "Black Cat" rat poison hidden behind panels, appliances, under floors, anywhere pets can't access. Rodents eat the poison, which makes them thirsty, and go outside to find water (they're hemorrhaging internally), but die instead. I've never had rodent damage to an RV. (it works on squirrels and raccoons too when they get into the engine bay)
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:02 AM   #4
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Only thing I ever had luck with are spring mouse traps baited with peanut butter.
They will find every hole you think you have plugged doesn't need to be a hole a crack will do.
If your a fisherman use them for bait, just get rid of them, good luck.
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Old 11-15-2014, 04:43 AM   #5
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Only thing I ever had luck with are spring mouse traps baited with peanut butter.
They will find every hole you think you have plugged doesn't need to be a hole a crack will do.
If your a fisherman use them for bait, just get rid of them, good luck.
Been in the pest control business for 44 years and I use spring traps with peanut butter bait around my own property. An effort for exclusion is always good and try to limit harborage areas around what every your truing to protect. I do use bait but on the outside of building and or motorhome. Do not store your grill in the motorhome, that's asking for trouble.

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Old 11-15-2014, 07:01 AM   #6
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If you have a slideout look at the bottom seal where it joins the vertical seals. My seals are in perfect condition but I could see right in. Also if you leave furnace exhaust and intake opening open they can get in their. I know it sounds crazy but after I plugged their I had no more mice. These mice can walk walls. I agree with the above post about the grill. We vacume all carpets and floors for food crumbs and remove all food in the coach. Good luck in Arkansas.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:14 PM   #7
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Dryer sheets with a strong scent will keep them out, we keep them in our basement, sewer manifold area...so far so good.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:26 AM   #8
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For long term storage (pet friendly) I built and reuse these every year around all our parked toys. I feed them before they get in.. Lean them up against the inside tires front and back, they crawl in eat the bait block and run off for water and DIE.

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Mice that have eaten rodenticide are poisonous to cats and dogs that may eat them.

I have used mouse traps with peanut butter for years set out on a several layers of newspaper or a magazine. I check them every few weeks. Only catch a mouse once in awhile.

I am going to try the dryer sheets.

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DIY Redneck mousetrap...

A previous thread on rodent control here...

And a updated version here.... 5 gal bucket (or a dome lid trashcan with a small access hole), pour a gallon of RV antifreeze in the bottom, a plastic bottle with a coat hanger thru it, some peanut butter on the middle of the bottle, and lean a board up against the side. Works great and no smell.

*Recommended for use only in controlled (enclosed) areas*

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I used Mouse Free this year.

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