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Old 09-12-2015, 01:58 PM   #1
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Mouse in new trailer. How common? How to prevent?

This trailer has been in our back yard maybe 4 months. Keep A/C on 85 to keep it fresh, no water or food around. Today we went out to open the windows for fresh air (nice little cold front blew through) and while looking in the bathroom counter where we keep our toilet paper...shredded toilet paper.

No signs anywhere else, but i know mice are good at hiding their tracks.

So I put out a snap trap with some peanut butter. He/she should be gone by tomorrow morning, assuming there is only one. Might have to set it for a few days to clear them out.

So, how common is it for mice to find their way into a trailer? Especially a new one?

What are good practices (other than obvious not leaving out water, food, gaps in walls) to keep them from returning?
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Several of the NWR.s where we have volunteered place this product in all of their vehicles. Not unpleasant to humans but seems to work for mice. If you have any floor level drawers I would pull them all the way out off the runners and check the spaces behind. We stay parked 3 months at a time in highly infested areas so I use snap traps and sticky traps in the engine compartment, propane tank, and on top of the generator. Most of my other cautions are open to debate as to effectivness but I will tell you I have gone unmolested in woodrat and mouse habitat while all 5 of my neighbors had unwanted visitors. Good luck.

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We use moth balls in our garage and around the perimeter of our TT to keep them away.
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I assume they are getting in through slideout seals? Rest of the trailer seems pretty tight.

My wife is into making her own soaps, diffuser oils, and perfumes, and she has looked up the ingredients. Might try the packets until she can tweak her own formula that works.
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Shredded toilet paper means they're building a nest. A nest means babies. If you catch two mice, you have at least seven. Keep at it until they're gone.
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Pure peppermint oil on cotton balls also repels them, and it smell nice !
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we are fulltimers and have had mice, didnt know they were there for some time until we found the 'signs' - stored paper towels ate apart, as well as having seen movement of one while watching tv outside(he was in the main bay, the door was open) - we took um all the way from the N Ga mountains to WakarusaIN Thor service facility, where I snap trapped 3 or 4 in one night. Got back to Ga in several weeks, and caught 5 more. Finally also realized that they were coming in during the night, caught 3 or 4 over several days in traps near the rear wheels, where I felt they may be finding a place to climb in. Haven't seen anymore in several weeks. But you never really know! Just keep the traps in place. They love peanut butter!
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So, how common is it for mice to find their way into a trailer? Especially a new one?
Mice don't care if your RV is new or old!

Remember, they can fit in the smallest openings. Put on the lights at night and crawl underneath to see if you can see any light. Check for openings in your storage areas. If you have your electric or water hose connected the opening at the entry to your RV could be the culprit. They can just walk up and come in. Check around your sink pipes.

When it's stored, keep your toilet paper and paper products stored in an upper cabinet so nesting material isn't convenient for them. Put some moth balls in a mesh bag and hang it your storage areas. We used to do that in our motorhome engine compartment and never had an issue of pack rats coming in and chewing on wires which can happen, also.

Best to find their entry now as fall is approaching and they'll come in to your nice warm RV. Good luck!
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Friend of mine works for a pest control company.

He said to place at least two traps because mice travel in pairs.
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Be ruthless and relentless in addressing this.

You don't have a mouse. You have mice. They are probably passing out party flyers whilst you are inside typing out your post.

I don't wanna be all chicken little here, but mice will destroy your trailer. Turds, wiring chewed, insulation peed on, oh man.....

You need to go all kinds of off the reservation on this. I wish I knew to tell you how or what, but I would be taking apart every possible part and panel and going all out with every home made AND carcinogen causing remedy ever told, rumored, or hinted at. I had a neighbor have mice get into his van unit thingy and it had to be gutted.

Now, stop typing, grab yer shotgun, getcha some NVGs, and get out there!
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Shredded toilet paper means they're building a nest. A nest means babies. If you catch two mice, you have at least seven. Keep at it until they're gone.
THAT is what I am afraid of.

Only had one trap yesterday, and set it. Will be going to the walmart in a few minutes to buy several more.

Need to post them in my garage and around my home, as well.
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Posted that last post before I read the rest, and I agree 100%!!!

Luckily, weather has cooled today so I can actually get out there and look around without sweating through my clothes in 5 minutes
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