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Old 09-24-2020, 06:34 PM   #1
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So, We are parked in a kind of field at a Winery in Indiana for the night. I am lying here contemplating nothing in particular, and it occurred to me there are probably hoards of little critters running around the coach in the middle of the night. Disturbing thought.
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Any place you are there's hoards of little furry or crawly critters around. Just don't invite them into your RV by having food around and it probably won't be a issue. Since you're at a Harvest Host you will probably be leaving in the morning. I don't think you really have a problem. Now if you were there for a month that might be a different story.
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Any place you are there's hoards of little furry or crawly critters around. Just don't invite them into your RV by having food around and it probably won't be a issue. Since you're at a Harvest Host you will probably be leaving in the morning. I don't think you really have a problem. Now if you were there for a month that might be a different story.


Hope youíre right, we will run with that idea in any case.
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We have been summer traveling since 03 and have stayed in many areas next grain fields and mice. I also store my MH on a 37 acre estate in an aircraft hanger surround by horse pastures and the horse barn. Lots of grain and feed, so I am sure there are mice.

We don't leave any food out, store all food in sealed container or the refrigerator and have never had a problem with rodents. I don't, but I know others that keep a bar of Irish Spring in each basement compartment to deter mice.
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My experience is that in the north country the field mice will seek shelter in the late fall and winter. Every time that we have had a mouse problem in our Minnesota S&Bs it's been during those times. If you are storing your coach in those areas and conditions you may get mice. Our biggest problem in our travels has been ants, especially in the south. I carry insecticide spray to use on our sites that I can put on a hose and cover a large area. Spraying the site when you first get there is a good practice. And it's not the fire ants that are the problem it's the little brown stink ants.
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We store our coach in the countryside and there are lots of critters around. I've opened the basement doors and seen mice running around. We now have one (at least I think it is one based on the amount of poop) that has entered the coach and leaves droppings under the sink and around the fridge. We've tried Irish Spring and it didn't do anything. We tried peppermint oil, no luck. Tried the little gadgets that you plug in and they are supposed to make a high frequency noise that mice don't like, didn't work. So now I have poison in every bay and under the sink. That seems to work the best and I can see it's been eaten. One of these days I'll try to find all the openings inside the coach and spray expanding foam to seal the gaps.
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Thought we picked up a hitchhiker in Egg Harbor on our last night. Heard lots of scratching from the closet area.
We carry a small live trap and set it in the closet for our next leg of the trip. No mouse. Reset that night. No mouse.
Guessing it took off when I started the engine..was probably scratching on the foil in the engine compartment.
I am going to order some LED rope lights to cover the distance from the tags to steer tires and back around. The multi flashing style. The guys in Phoenix swear they keep mice and pack rats from getting up inside their rvís while parked for months.
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So, We are parked in a kind of field at a Winery in Indiana for the night. I am lying here contemplating nothing in particular, and it occurred to me there are probably hoards of little critters running around the coach in the middle of the night. Disturbing thought.


In Ouray, Co. Last year after return from Pagosa Springs CO, discovered mice signs in the storage area of our CS. Nothing in the coach. Put bait in all bays and they finally disappeared. We travel with two cats, which maybe why we didnít find any signs in the interior. I still have bait in the storage area.Click image for larger version

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Night before last we were watching TV. Cats were looking around the kitchen area. Have our dog food and water between end of kitchen and the theater couch. Heard something and looked down just in time to see Jinx BK, our black cat saw a mouse come out from under kitchen counter heading for dog food and he took a swipe at him and hung his claws in the mouse and in pulling back, slung him off and he took off back under kitchen counter! Donít guess the mouse was expecting that! Bought mouse traps and put them at both ends of the counter and no results. Jinx BK and Sheba are taking turns watching for the mouse every night and no mouse. Maybe the mouse took that as a sign to visit this old Country Coach next to us! They do t have a cat!
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The pitch packs have a type of poison that the mice come out from cover looking for water in their last ditch effort before death. So they don’t die inside walls and stink.
They work great as a last line of defense after all other deterrents fail.
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