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Old 04-20-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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May have finally beat those *!X% mice!

As sure as the sun comes up each morning, there will always be a thread, on every RV forum, on how to keep mice out of the RV. For the first time in years, we have zero rodent sign in our RV, and after a particularly tough winter (which is, as I type, giving us yet another kick in the pants). We live out "in the middle of no-where", surrounded by marsh land and woods; there's no shortage of critters looking for a warm place to spend the winter.

Dryer sheets did not work. I've posted previously how they actually made a nest out of one. Traps are impractical, unless I want to trudge through the snow a couple times each day to check the traps. Mothballs work, but it takes half the season to get rid of the smell. I won't use poisons, I'm too concerned about our dogs, and where the little beasts will choose to die, and rot.

I used a three pronged attack. All suggestions I found here, or on other forums. One, in every 'basement' compartment I did use moth balls. I put a few each in a dozen thigh high nylon 'footies' and spread those around in the storage and equipment bays. In the smaller interior areas and cabinets I soaked cotton balls in peppermint oil, placed those in small open plastic containers. Under the bed, in the closet, under the kitchen sink, in the pantry cabinets, laundry closet and dinning room cabinet/computer workstation, as well as under the living room sofas, I placed "Fresh Cab" Fresh Cab 12 Pack Standard Web Package Unlike moth balls, this stuff has a very pleasant smell. It was supposedly developed to help keep mice and rats out of farm equipment and trucks stored for long periods of time.

I've checked every storage and equipment bay, every drawer, closet and under all the furniture, I haven't found a single sign of any critter visits.

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So, leaving your dirty socks in the RV really worked....
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May want to try Victor pest chasers if you are pluged in during storage. they need 110 volts
They have worked for me in motorhome, pole barn, shop warehouse and office. about 22.00 for 3 pack at amazon.com
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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I tried the electronic devices. Didn't work.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:13 AM   #5
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As a deterrent you might try several house cats hanging around on your property as kinda stowage guards for your coach. I know that keeping one or two inside the coach could be a problem but some ''outside cats'' may help.
That will be ten cents for the suggestion. Pay me the next time you see me....

I am real ready for our troops to come home now.....
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Seajay,

Those poor kittys would freeze and/or starve to death over the winter, when there's 3 or 4' of snow on the ground. When the snow melts each spring you can see the 'tunnels' the rodents made through the grass as they continue to roam under the snow.

Now, if you could teach those cats to use a snow shovel...
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I guess it depends... my cats have a 'kitty door' to get into the garage which is their home. Any sunny day in the winter they are out 'mousing' , and they are particularly interrested in the underneath area of the MH. They roam the woodpiles, the shop, and all around the property but generaly stay within scooting distance of their sanctuary. I have no mice anywhere. I live in a very secluded area of NM. Woods all around. I used to be plagued by mice, pack rats, chipmonks, rabbits, and shrews. Thank you kittys!!!
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