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Old 11-10-2021, 06:44 PM   #1
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Ideas on rodent control

Heard horror stories, of which I may be a victim, of rats, mice In my case squirrels chewing wires. I read what I could and found a product Bonide, garlic and oil/egg based. Says it is aromatic, am reluctant to use around and under the coach fear of permeating the interior.
Anyone out there have any experience with this type repellent or have any suggestions that may be helpful? This must be an age old issue.
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Best solution I found is 2 cats living full time in the coach
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On the outside of the coach, I keep rat and mouse bait available in a bait house that cats & dogs can't get into. If they take that bait they immediately start looking for water away from the coach. Inside the bays and in the living area I keep a couple of traps baited with peanut butter. So far I've caught five mice over the years. These are the best traps I've found as they are easily set and reusable.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N6XKVNY

Inside the coach I use this one as it's self contained and the dogs can't get to the bait.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N6XKV4I
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On the outside of the coach, I keep rat and mouse bait available in a bait house that cats & dogs can't get into. If they take that bait they immediately start looking for water away from the coach. Inside the bays and in the living area I keep a couple of traps baited with peanut butter. So far I've caught five mice over the years. These are the best traps I've found as they are easily set and reusable.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N6XKVNY

Inside the coach I use this one as it's self contained and the dogs can't get to the bait.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N6XKV4I

+2 for years. We live in the country and this time of the year every field mouse is looking for winter shelter.
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Best solution I found is 2 cats living full time in the coach

We also used to have mice and ground squirrels invading our RV until we got a couple of barn/shop cats. A lot more effective than anything you can buy.
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Outside cats and mothballs.
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Old 11-11-2021, 05:48 AM   #7
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Heard horror stories, of which I may be a victim, of rats, mice In my case squirrels chewing wires. I read what I could and found a product Bonide, garlic and oil/egg based. Says it is aromatic, am reluctant to use around and under the coach fear of permeating the interior.
Anyone out there have any experience with this type repellent or have any suggestions that may be helpful? This must be an age old issue.

That product looks like it is a concentrated bottle you have to hook a water hose to in order to apply. Your coach must be outdoors or on gravel or dirt? I currently have zero protection in place and have been thinking of doing something, but I have the coach in an enclosed storage on concrete. I do see droppings on the concrete near the walls, so I know there are mice, but no signs of them in the coach yet. Guess I better do something before I have a problem.


Ever researched the ultrasonic repellents. Many reviews on Amazon seem to show results. Found some articles out there that say they don't work, but some of the testimonials on Amazon dispute that.
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Ideas on rodent control

I use peppermint oil soaked cotton balls in sandwich bags with a couple of holes punched through. Inside the coach and in all the basement compartments, especially the electrical connection. Drip peppermint oil on the electrical cable and put around the wood panels the tires sit on. Also have several of the traps mentioned above inside the coach.

The peppermint oil confuses their sense of smell, but I like it.
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I had someone tell me they simply put "Irish Spring" soap bars in their RV. They've been doing that for several years while it's sored outside and have not had any issues with rodents. I've done that on mine and am hopeful it helps. The problem in our area is mostly silly rabbits.
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When parked for extended periods, I use a couple of snap traps where mice have been before and I place a Rat Zapper under the coach, just make sure it stays dry. The Rat Zapper is big enough to handle most rodents.
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I strongly urge you to type mice into the search box at the top of the page. This is a
very frequent question. Add my forum name to the search and you'll see what I've said many times. I spent 16 years in institutional pest control and rodents and ants were my most common problems. I would have loved it if there was a way of repelling them. Sure would have made my job a whole lot easier.
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I live in a ranching community and there is no over the counter product that will eliminate rodents. If there were, every rancher would use it. Rodents are very skittish so the more predators around the less rodents. To this end, if rodents smell predators, they will skedaddle. I use predator urine sprayed in the grass around my parking area. I reapply after every rain storm. I haven't had rodent damage since I began this routine.
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There are a number of Youtube videos that show that peppermint is effective at repelling mice. During the winter, I use a number of mini Tupperware type containers that a drilled holes in the lids, inserted a piece of sponge, and then filled with a mixture of water and concentrated peppermint oil. I place these on the floor around the RV and in the water connection compartment. Also spay the mixture inside the engine compartment. I have not seen any evidence of mice in the spring when I take it out storage.
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Heard horror stories, of which I may be a victim, of rats, mice In my case squirrels chewing wires.
I have had the same problem with squirrels. I am reluctant to use poisons as my neighbors let their dogs loose occasionally. I have tried many solutions. The best I have found so far is the "Squirrelinator". This trap catches multiple squirrels at a time. When I first used it, I had a high squirrel population and I caught as many as 5 at a time. With the population decreased, I usually only get one or two.

https://smile.amazon.com/Rugged-Ranc...2-d605505c9d1e
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