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Old 05-12-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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Exclamation We have mice!

I have sealed (with steel wool and expanding foam) all the openings that I think a mouse could enter from. We set traps, both mechanical and sticky and poison bait. HELP!!! Wife doesn't sleep well till I fix the problem!
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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I can feel your pain.
Cats, traps, careful with poison - don't want dead mice stinking up the rv, glue strips don't work when it's cold but that's the time they are most actively searching for a home.
They walk up the tires, landing jacks or rear stabilizer jacks (unless hydraulic and very smooth), power cord, water hose or anything else touching the trailer. They will find a way in - always.
You can set the jacks in 5 gal. pails and form a 8" - 10" tall smooth box out of aluminum or such around the tires just make sure they can not crawl underneath and make sure you don't leave any hose or cable attached.
This method has worked for me for over 10 years.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #3
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Are you having this problem in storage, or when?

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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Get a cat! Or if this is while in storage, I hear peppermint oil is a deterrent. Personally at my house I use some poison when my motorhome is winterized. Snap traps still work well, use peanut butter or licorice as the bait.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:18 AM   #5
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It's an uphill battle, for sure. Our first motorhome came to us out of storage, and brought some uninvited guests with it. A few traps got two, letting the cat lounge around in it, running ultrasonic pest annoyers, and driving it around convinced the rest to vacate. That was fine until we moved to a different house that had been empty for over a year -- with a bunch of mice who obviously thought we were moving in on them! The ones that left the house made straight for the motorhome that winter! More traps, more cat visits, and a couple of trips for fresh fuel and check-out got them to move out of the motorhome -- and into the garage.

When we got our Winnie, it was mouse-free and stayed that way since we took it straight out that spring and summer. We moved during that time and wondered if any neighborhood mice might find it over the winter, but it turns out the motorhome's parking spot is right along the path all the neighborhood cats take! When the snow piled up, we saw the paw prints go right underneath the coach. No mice at all come spring! DW plans on growing catnip nearby to keep the cats interested...
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:39 AM   #6
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At one of the parks I frequent the people who I normally parked beside complained about mice and ask if I had a problem.

No, I have cats, 2 of them.. No the only Mice I have .. are computer mice, and yes, one of them can be a problem from time to time (When the batteries go low as they did yesterday) but that's not the type of mouse or problem you have.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:40 AM   #7
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We have used Fabric softener sheets and haven't had a mouse problem at all. But we keep ours in our driveway. We do have mice in the garage at the S&B and we use bait stations placed around the walls. We usually will see them (3-4) dead outside during the winter/summer, I've been told they die outside looking for water. Good luck with what ever you decide on.
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We use Irish Spring soap to elevate the problem. During the winter we place a bar in each of the basement compartments, in each of our floor cabinets and a few scattered around the coach and knock on wood we have never had a problem.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:51 AM   #9
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Do you keep pet food in the rig? Mice love that! I was working on a motorcycle for a friend and we found the fairing and airbox full of dry catfood. Turns out he kept the bag of dry food in the garage with the bike, the mice moved in and moved the catfood to store it for "a rainy day".
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:27 PM   #10
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Woodwork1955: I am in the same boat. Never had a problem until I got to this state park. I have poked steel wool everywhere anything comes into the travel trailer. I have crawled all under and sealed with expanding foam, and they are still coming in somehow! I have dryer sheets, Irish spring soap, everything I can think of. Glue traps around the stove too, but they just go around. I had one come up under the stove grate and stare at me last night. Does the Mouse Free or Fresh Cab really work? I am desperate! Help!
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