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Old 09-11-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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Rodent Repellants???

Living in the South, we have frequent visitors to our motor homes. The '93 Rockwood is especially inviting and there were signs of the same visitors in the Monaco we bought a couple of weeks ago. RVers are a friendly lot, but the frequency of the drop in guests is both annoying and unhealthy.

No, I'm not talking about people...I'm talking about rodents. Mice and perhaps even chipmunks are an ongoing battle. In addition to their droppings, I occasionally find acorn shells. I have sealed all the openings I can find, but they still find a way, especially in the winter months.

A friend who owns an auto body shop and RV repair center says they are the best friends he has. They bring him a great deal of business repairing electrical as well as other damage.

We have tried the following with limited success. No food is ever let where they can get to it; I have installed an electronic rodent repellant; we have put moth balls throughout the coach and especially heavy in the lower compartments; D-con failed, but they can't resist Just One Bite leaving droppings all around the brick as they eat. I know the latter works because occasionally one doesn't make it out of the coach before it dies.

We live in a rural, densely wooded area, and the coaches are parked under a shed in our backyard. We don't have a mouse problem at the house. We have a family of Chicken Snakes that molt in the crawl space. I suspect some even winter there behind the insulation. I believe their smell is an excellent deterrent.

But back to the RVs...do any of you have a success story for me?

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Old 09-11-2014, 08:04 AM   #2
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Fresh Cab (Murdoch's, Tractor Supply, on-line) put an end to the moth ball and dryer sheet routine for us. I crawled under our coach and shoved steel wool in every nook and cranny, finding the most openings near any electrical compartment. I put one pouch in every compartment, and then several inside the coach. I then placed one in the glove box in our Jeep, and low and behold we have been rodent-free since the day this routine started over a year ago. We have found nests in the electrical compartment and inside the engine compartment of the jeep PRIOR to the Fresh Cab, none since then. And as an added bonus, the scent is similar to pine trees and herbal remedies, unlike the smell of naptha from the moth balls.

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Old 09-11-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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D-Con is the only thing I use when I see evidence of them trying to setup home.

They eat away and then usually go off in search for water and then wither up and die. I have never had to remove any dead carcasses at all.

I don't believe in any of those "remedies" that people use to repel the rodents. Like you they don't work for me.

I recently had a rat chew up some wires on my wife's car which wasn't used for about a month. That was a $160 repair bill.

D-Con has never failed so I will continue to use it to eradicate those pests.

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Old 09-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #4
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Here is a link to some interesting info concerning d-con and the effects it has on non-targeted wildlife, and what the EPA is requiring them to do about it. I am NOT an advocate "for" or "against" d-con, just interested in following the results and what d-con comes up with next to help with the unwanted critters.

Canceling Some d-CON Mouse and Rat Control Products | Rodenticides | US EPA
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do NOT use the glue strips inside your rv !!!!

If my brother-in-law had asked me I would have told him the results !!!

Dead under Dash means the rv is unusable for a LONG time :(
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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Snap traps with buisness end against inside of tire and have a heavy fishing line attached for easy recovery and to prevent lazy critters from taking your catch of the day away with trap for lunch.

Many of ours st home are self cleaning...

Trap gets field rat.

Possum drags trap to end of cord then removes rat
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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I purchased a Transonic Pro Pest Repeller #96743 from Harbor Freight several years ago. I had a mouse in the motorhome at the time. Haven't seen a mouse sign since I hooked this up. I leave it plugged in all the time, you cannot hear the sound. Approx $35.00. I think Home Depot and Lowes also sell the pest repellers.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:54 PM   #8
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Whole cloves. Mouse bait traps on the wheels outside. Standard mouse traps with peanut butter inside and all the rest suggested here. Moth balls, steel wool etc...
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #9
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This is a warning about something that DOESN'T work. Dryer sheets. I tried several different brands, and about the only thing they accomplished was to provide the critters something to shred and make nests out of.

If you spread dryer sheets around and don't have any mice, that doesn't necessarily mean it's because of the sheets.
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We're making some bait stations out of PVC pipe and will dump D-con in them. I want to prevent other critters from eating the D-con (although less possums & coons wouldn't be a bad thing) so will use these bait stations to make the poison available to mice but not to other critters.

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there is another product like decon called bait block even comes in peanut flavor for them,,,,i have had dcone fail numerouse time but the bait block has never let our homes or feed shed that we use to store our horse feed in....only drawback of using dcon and the block is some do not make it out and well they die in places u cant find but u can smell themout after awhile

another thing i do is put a black snake in our feed barn,,,every fed barn should have at least 1 or 2 black snakes in them..mother nature is the best...lol
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The Neighbors cats 3 or 4 of them,
A couple Ring Tailed hawks, 2 osprey (sp) outside and on the inside of garage 3-4 bait stations (D-con) placed in safe locations so only they get the free meal.
And YES on the drier sheets MH, Like 20-30 of them.
No signs of rodents inside the MH 4 years
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