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Old 01-10-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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Mice in the walls

I was wondering ??? we live deep in the woods and when my coach is being stored we have problems with mice getting in the walls and this time they have eaten the wires for the back up camera.... darn those critters. Anyone got a tip for us???
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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get a bunch of Irish Spring soap bars. i have a friend who has antique cars and that is what he uses
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If you live deep in the woods, you would think the local owls would take care of them. Do you have any cats? Is there anything food-like inside your coach that might be attracting them? Those mice with their little squishy bodies can get into even the smallest of holes. I've heard mice do not like mint, must be the reason for the Irish Spring soap. You can also scatter cotton balls with drops of mint oil on them.

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I can tell you what doesn't work in our stick house..... our cat and one of the thingys you plug into an electric outlet.
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I live very rural and have to remove not only food products but things that smell like food products such as your lemon smelling soaps, cocoa smelling body lotions. Those little critters don't know the difference between the smell and the real product. I also pour a little bleach or Clorox around the area to help mask the odors. All that and I still use Decon or a similar product to reduce the problem. You have to take a real hard line and do need to stop them or they will do very severe damage to your RV.
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We too live out in the country. Few of the suggestions we've gotten, that others will swear by, have worked for us. The 'electronic thingies' did not work. They built a nest out of a dryer sheet. The only thing I'd ever used that did work was moth balls, but they stink up the RV for months, even after removed. I don't see mouse traps as a viable alternative as you have to check them every day and after the first couple snow falls that's just a royal pain (the first storm piled 4' drifts along side the rig).

This year I was determined to keep them out of our new rig and have taken a multi-pronged approach. I have moth balls in each of the basement storage and service bays. I placed peppermint oil (NOT extract) soaked cotton balls in all the cabinets and a product called fresh cab ( Fresh Cab 12 Pack Standard Web Package ) under the sofas, the bed, larger cabinet areas and closets. The advantage of the Fresh Cab and peppermint oil is, they actually smell good.

Ask me in about 4 months if it worked. I'm not confident. Some have told me we must have mutant mice.

Oh. And because I already had them, I did go ahead and plug the electronic repellants in again.

Shock and ahw. We'll see if it works for me.
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I placed peppermint oil (NOT extract) soaked cotton balls in all the cabinets and a product called fresh cab ( Fresh Cab 12 Pack Standard Web Package ) under the sofas, the bed, larger cabinet areas and closets. The advantage of the Fresh Cab and peppermint oil is, they actually smell good.
I was having a problem with mice getting in the engine compartment of my Chevy Silverado snow plow truck parked under a car port on our woodsy property. I read about the Fresh Cab product. A lot of farmers seem to use it in their farm equipment. I bought several of the packets and placed a couple in the engine compartment of the Silverado with zip ties and a few around the inside of our garage. That was about 6 weeks ago and they seem to be doing a pretty good job of keeping the mice at bay and when the Silverado gets warmed up, she smells soooo sweet.
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I look for holes and stuff steel wool in the holes. We had mice this year in the house and i did the same thing in the house. one place they had chewed thriough the outside insulation and came into the basement, other peopel have told me they have had mice when they never have before, maybe thte mice knew it would be a cold winter.
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... We had mice this year in the house...
With what's in your avatar, you had mice? I'd be lookin for a new cat.

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If all else fails get the wire spring mouse trap and trigger it with peanut butter.
If they are in the walls the peanut butter will draw them critters out and the trap will do its job.
Had 12 mice in one winter spell, they must send out a message didn't get any this winter.
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Are mice a problem only when your rv is stored, or as a soon to be full-timer should I be concerned?
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...Had 12 mice in one winter spell, they must send out a message didn't get any this winter
They told all their buddies: "You know that Newmar in Salisbury that smells like peanut butter??? Don't fall for it....it's a trap!"

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Okmuky, Was traveling in Canada one year and one fell out of wheel well location on my shoe filling up for gas.
Maybe it didn't have its passport and was going to take off, it didn't make it he got caught under my foot.
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At the time of the mouse siege our cat was old (22 yrs) frail as you might expect anyway she could smell them we think because she would watch certain places till the trap did it's work. She is no longer with us, it was time to let her rest. We now have our son's two much younger cats who will give a mouse a run for his life.

I didn't think about the avatar and the subject it would appear that the cat didnt do well at mousing!
So there is, "the rest of the story"
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