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Old 02-27-2021, 05:46 AM   #1
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How to keep Mice out?

How does everyone keep mice out of their RV? Do not want a stinky smell of a dead mouse? Have to use caution I have a dog.
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You must look into EVERY floor level cabinet for ANY floor penetration. Under EVERY drawer. Behind EVERY panel. Remove the panels. EVERY pipe hole, wire hole. EVERY hole as small as your pinky must be filled With Stainless stealwole and /or spray foam. Next, get on your back under the RV and do the came.
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Avoid temptations. Don't leave open food containers such as chips, crackers, etc. Don't let dirty clothes collect in the RV. I keep some bar soap, Irish Spring for example, in a few places. As said, attempt to seal all entry points.
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There are literally dozens of threads and hundreds of individual posts here on that subject if you do a search. The ONLY way I've found to keep those critters out is to plug or cover any penetration to the interior. If it's a motor home, regardless of type, dang near impossible to seal the engine compartment. These little beast LOVE wire insulation and some plastics. Chipmunks and squirrels are also suspect. And yes, their bodies - they can stink for weeks.
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Avoid temptations. Don't leave open food containers such as chips, crackers, etc. Don't let dirty clothes collect in the RV. I keep some bar soap, Irish Spring for example, in a few places. As said, attempt to seal all entry points.
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I have found that if you feed them a nice healthy diet, high in fiber, they won't die and you won't have that awful smell. I like to call them Fred and Ethel (after I Love Lucy). They will grow up plump (fat and happy) and have lots of little Fred and Ethel's, and you can all go camping. Then they will meet their cousins that live in the forest and they will all move out and live happily ever after. You on the other hand will have a big "Vacancy" sign on the RV which means Larry and Betty will move in when you get back home. Good Luck.
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I guess the little west coast mice have gas masks left over from the riots. I never had a problem after putting in soaps. I think my main critter was squirrels since there were also acorns in the drawer. Chewed the corner of a washcloth.
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Get a cat or a snake and don't feed them. Nothing works on mice forever. Not even chopping their little bodies up and scattering the pieces for the others to see. (Don't ask me how I know)

Oh and mice will attract snakes on their own. (This I know from our hunting camper)
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In past years, we have tried several different tactics to keep mice out of our RV's. Poison's and mouse traps do work, but then we had the lil suckers die in our coach and that's messy (and sometimes smelly)

From past experience, trying to block holes or cracks to keep them out does NOT work. If mice want to get in, they will find a way.

I bought 4 electronic mouse blockers about a year ago. We put two in the coach, one on the engine compartment and one in the motorhome basement. At $100 each, they are not cheap, but they definitely work. We have seen no evidence of mice in our coach since we have had them in place.

https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Blocker...5-2aa47aa18b69
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Keeping mice out is simple. Just plug all the holes.

However, finding ALL the holes is not so simple.
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How does everyone keep mice out of their RV? Do not want a stinky smell of a dead mouse? Have to use caution I have a dog.
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Try them they work and are easy to reset.

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A dead stinky mouse is the least of your worries. They do little damage and the stink eventually goes away. It's the live ones that really do the harm.

Best approach is to not let them in, and if they get in don't give them anything to make them feel welcome like food or water. You'd be surprised where they can find both.

In the winter I make sure to shovel snow from around the coach so that they don't have a nature-made ramp for gaining access or some place under the coach to get out of the wind.
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We park ours inside for the winter and heard that if the motorhome is parked on roofing shingles the granules bother the little feet. Have been doing that for about three years now and so far have not had a mouse problem. Also I put some traps inside just in case some of the little critters gets inside.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:56 AM   #14
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Just thinking "aloud" here.
What about one of those $42 Ozone generators on E-bay?
Accomplish two things. Remove the normal odors AND kill the varmints that are trying to stay in your RV. The ozone generator will keep your RV free of dead critter smells.
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