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Old 08-19-2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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Question Rodent issue

Well I have caught 5 mice this week in a no kill trap.

Do I have nest?

Where to look?

I have it set up on the kitchen counter and for 5 days now I have caught one each night this week.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:09 PM   #2
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If you kill them they wont come back
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if you're not killing them you may be catchngb the same mouse each night. ????
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:27 PM   #4
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You people are cruel

I'll help you find your mice if you will come get rid of the 5 million giant ants that took up residence in our rig while it was parked in Arkansas for 5 months. At least you can count the number of pests you have removed.

I will note that steel wool stuffed in the cracks around where the cables enter the coach seems to deter mice. I have no idea how to deter ants.

My wife found somewhere that sugar mixed 50/50 with borax would stop them and it seemed to work. I just spread a line around the edge of the coach inside then stomped as many as I could see - for days. Have not seen any in about a month.

Hope you are soon rid of your vermin.
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I would hide all of your paper products or keep them in a plastic bag. I had one mouse that chewed my entire stash of toilet paper. They propagate like every 12 days so yes get a kill trap because they spread disease especially on your countertop. You have to kill them they spread disease and it's a constant battle. I think you are catching the same one because they will come right back in the same hole either through the engine or under your rig. Get the Decon snap trap they're great and hands-free and they're reusable
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Well I have caught 5 mice this week in a no kill trap.

Do I have nest?

Where to look?

I have it set up on the kitchen counter and for 5 days now I have caught one each night this week.
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Have you considered a hungry cat?

I agree that if you aren’t killing them you'll never solve the problem. I've had good luck with moth balls. Put some on a plastic bottle or jar that you've drilled holes unto and set then near your tires, electric, water and sewer lines. They need to stay dry and if you can smell them inside your Coach you've used too many. They hate the smell and will go find a sweeter smelling rig.
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We are currently battling mice - and for the last few weeks. Have conventional snap traps and catching a couple three a week.

We have a cat. He just chases and plays with them. But in his defence he's had no formal training as a mouser. (-:

In another couple weeks we will be out of the coach for about a month. Plan to remove all food and put lots of Cab Fresh in the basement and throughout the house. Hopefully will drive them out...
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Canít stand the smell of moth balls. I live in the country and have plenty of mice and other critters to contend with. Trailer is parked in the field when not in use.
I do 2 things that so far have worked very well. Going on 3 years now critter free.
At the dollar store I bought plastic shot glasses. In each glass I place 2 cotton balls and the put 10-15 drops of pure peppermint oil in each. I place the shot glasses in all storage compartments as well as under sinks and storage cabinets. Mice, ants, snakes, and other critters canít stand the smell.
The second thing I buy from the dollar store are cheaper dog flea collars. I unroll them and staple to the floor of the inside of all storage compartments. That includes the outside hot water heater and fridge vents.
It keeps spiders, ants and other nasty critters out. Change the collars every 3 months. Dollar store flea collars are inexpensive.
Lastly, I make up a small spray bottle of peppermint oil and water mixture and spray the under belly where pipes pass through.
Peppermint oil has a pleasant smell unlike moth balls and as I mentioned earlier, I have not had a single mouse, ant, spider, or any other critter in 3 years.
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Canít stand the smell of moth balls.
I canít stand that smell either. That's why I put them in ventilated bottles on the ground around the RV instead of inside any bays. I also have one where I park my toad.

Last summer rats got into my daughter's Prius and chewed up $6000 worth of wiring. This is in suburban Seattle. They arenít just country pests.

Never heard about using flea collars before. Thanks!
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I put dishes of peppermint oil and cotton balls and guess what - they cotton balls disappeared and was found under the cabinets in the kitchen. I resorted to traps with peanut butter but it was a never-ending battle trying to keep them out. When out to storage at night and put lights in the storage compartments and looked for light under the coach plug everything light hole I could find with steel wool. Nothing worked so switch storage areas to one that wasn't next to a farmer field and was inclosed - problem solved.
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rat bait.
take everything out of basement and clean any and all evidence of said mice.
open all your containers and checks for rat evidence.
then at all points of cables, hoses, shore cord stuff steel wool in the opening
rat bait outside under the coach
KILL them do not let them go, they are no where near the endangered list


crushed moth balls around outside as well.
we had one that snuck in the sewer hose hole and was running in the heater vents i saw him one evening and it was on. we removed everything form the basement and found where it was gaining entry to the heater vent. good luck
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The one time we had mice in our MH I was finally able to identify where they were getting in. In our case our water hose exits the MH though a "portal" that seemed barely large enough for the hose itself, but, sure enough, mice were getting through the space. Once I found the point of entry I was able to use a stainless steel scruffy to fill the space around the hose; problem solved!
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My issue with using rat bait is you don't know where the rodent is going to lay down and die...if it's in your coach/trailer you'll probably have a general idea of where it went in a week or so!
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if you're not killing them you may be catchngb the same mouse each night. ????

I take them for a drive to a remote part of the RV Park
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