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Old 08-01-2020, 12:00 PM   #1
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Mice deterrents?

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The best deterrent is prevention. It takes time and patience to find every and all openings and seal them up. SS wool, stainless steel screen, and several cansmof rodent proof spray foam is what you need.
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Watched several of Shawn's videos - seems that only one thing actually worked - capsaicin crystals dissolved in vodka. Wonder if spraying that would work in the engine compartment - I, or rather Progressive, just paid $3300 to replace my engine wiring harness and firewall insulation after some packrats made themselves at home. I really would like to avoid having that happen again - might have to move somewhere where I can have a tightly sealed RV garage.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:58 PM   #4
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I was bothered by Micky and Minnie and cleaned out their nest a couple times.

The last time a put Down 2 dryer sheets and they didnít come back at all. Also tried same result in a truck I had same results mice left.

Thatís my results. Iím sure someone is going to say BS that wonít work.

Like I said this was my results
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I was bothered by Micky and Minnie and cleaned out their nest a couple times.

The last time a put Down 2 dryer sheets and they didnít come back at all. Also tried same result in a truck I had same results mice left.

Thatís my results. Iím sure someone is going to say BS that wonít work.

Like I said this was my results
What brand dryer sheets were you using?
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We have used dryer sheets for a number of years. For the most part it has worked well. One thing we found though- the sheets won't necessarily drive existing tenants out. We had to put our cat in the rv at home for a few nights, with all the cupboard doors and drawers open. Once evicted, the sheets seem to do the job. We just used the smelliest sheets we could find. The smelly ones show up right through their wrapping in the store.
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Mice and rats live in sewers, do you really think a dryer sheet will smell bad to them???
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Use what ever seems to work for you but monitor with traps or sticky boards.

But. ask yourself the following questions: If they are truly are effective, why doesn't the pest control industry use them? Same with Smelly soap, or smelly sprays like peppermint oil. The second question is: If they really are effective, why don't the companies that make them market them as mouse repellents too? You'd find the "Mouse B-Gone" version of Bounce drier sheets in the pest control section of your local hardware store. Think of the additional revenue the Bounce company would make with this additional market. There's the answer to those two questions are they don't.

Rodent control is a HUGE problem all over the world, and I'm sure every restaurant, food processing plant, grocery store, and grain storage facility would buy millions of cases of the things instead of using bait and traps if they had been proven to work. Your local pest control guy would have a case on his truck. Billions are spent in research and control of rodents every year. In our pesticide license classes, rodent control is a subject that is talked about all the time. Not once has any researcher said we should be using any of those products, in fact, when they are mentioned it is to tell us research shows they don't work and they had the photos to back it up. Bars of soap chewed up, drier sheets used as nesting material, and mice contently washing themselves while sitting right infront of an electronic "pest repeller." The boring fact is, they kept telling us to use the same methods over and over: Exclude, bait, and monitor. There is no magic product.

All that said, there's certainly no harm in using them as long as you monitor for activity and don't assume that because you are not seeing mice that the battle has been won. Local pest populations rise and fall in cycles and there's many natural reasons you may see mice one time and then they are gone for a while. I experienced that many times over the years, with people even saying to me : " I don't know what you did but the X is gone." In some of those cases I did nothing. The local pest pressure had let up, either by a change to the local environment, and change in population numbers, or a change in the predator/prey ratio.

So there you go. That's the science side of it, but the world is full of home remedies and people swear by them. Videos like that are a layperson's example of the type of research that's done continually to try to find better solutions to the problem. What's the old saying? "Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door." People have been trying since the first mouse ate the first person's food.
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Dryer sheets, moth balls and traps did not keep them out of our steel shop where we store our motorhome.

What has worked for us are strobe lights.
We use these from Amazon at home and also keep one in the cargo bay all the time.
"ENUOLI Mini LED Strobe Light White"

We also have one of these "Loraffe Under Hood Animal Repeller Car Rat Repeller"
off the chassis batteries which has an access hole to the engine & transmission from the battery comoartment.

Since we got both of these no more mice. Your mileage may vary.
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Follow on videos showed him trying moth balls - which sisn't work then one that showed a mint deterrant from Victor that did. I be giving that stuff a try along with the usual good ol' Victor snap traps. I have spent hours under our 5er trying to close up holes but evidently there is one or several that I haven't found and let a few very tiny mice in last winter. Fresh Cab used to work but doesn't with their new formula - discovered when I found poop and pee on a couple pouches.
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I have found TomCat mouse bait blocks always work. No, the dead mice do not stink. No the small amount of poison they eat will not harm other animals. Warfarin is the main ingredient, when prescribed for humans it is by body weight, so they do not die by bleeding internally; like the mice.
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I use bait blocks and have no issues. Also I just read that Victor came out with pods that you hang filled with peppermint. I've read a lot that peppermint oils do not work. Look at the videos that Victor has out. It shoes me that it does work.
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I was recommended to Tractor Supply that sells small cloth bags with natural ingredient scent that keeps rodents out. SO fa so good.. Not a bad smell either.
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I found a peppernint plug in by air wick. I also ordered pure peppermint extract to refill my plug in's. Ill let ya know how that goes.
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