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Old 05-28-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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How to keep mice out!

I'm a new trailer owner and having trouble with mice in my 2013 Whitehawk. Is there anything specific about about this model and year that make them more susceptible to rodents? I'm quickly falling out-of-love with my camper!

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Old 05-28-2015, 10:48 AM   #2
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Don't blame the camper if you keep in in a area that has a rodent problem. I would suggest the you put de con on the inside of the camper Also look at the camper and seal up any areas that the mice can enter.

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Old 05-28-2015, 11:01 AM   #3
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Some folks say it's hogwash, but I put Bounce dryer sheets in every nook and cranny in the camper. I also put them under mattresses, seat cushions, drawers, and other places. Don't use any fancy aromas (like Febreeze, etc) - just the plain, original Bounce. The word is that mice and other critters do not like the smell. I've parked a camper in a grassy area for nine years and never had a single problem with mice or other bugs (except those darn Asian beetles!).

I would NOT, however, use D-Con or other poison. If they crawl into an inaccessible space and die, the stink would be horrible and would last a long time, until you remove it - if you can find it. Glue boards or traps would be my preference.

I got this tip from an RV dealer and it has worked for me. (It was posted on their website.) Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=15&v=B1y-o4DjM3I

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Old 05-28-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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I had a packrat problem for a while. I put a 'mothball' hangers outside, under the front and rear of my class-B. The packrats never bothered it after that.

The mothball smell inside was minimal, but noticeable. The smell dissipated quickly when we opened the MH and drove it to go camping.

I haven't heard of folks with mice problems using a similar technique so not sure if mice behave the same way.

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Old 05-28-2015, 11:14 AM   #5
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Has anyone used a spray type product, that supposedly repels rodents, that is applied to the underside of the trailer? It sounds messy...?
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:25 AM   #6
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Never had rodents in my trailer, but my barn/shop had clear evidence of an infestation until I put out warfarin/Coumadin poison baits.

The trailer is parked just outside of my shop.

I still have a different brand of bait stations, but they don't see the action they used to.

Rarely to the vermin die in the walls. The poison causes internal bleeding and makes the little critters thirsty. Available water is outside of the building...
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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We park our trailer next to our attached garage. We've had mice in the garage, even mice in the outside wall of our house that is shared with the garage. Never in 23 years of parking various trailers there have we had mice in them.

We never leave unsealed food in the trailer. The pad we park it on is gravel with no weeds or other growth. We never cook in our trailer.

Don't know if any or all those things are discouraging the mice, but for sure I know lack of a food source will help. I had an open container of bird food in the garage and the mice loved that. Once I got a sealed container for the bird seed, the mice stopped coming in the garage.
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We used the Bounce (original) dryer sheets in our previous trailer and the mice were worse that year than ever. Even did their "job" on top of them. I have put the moth balls in childproof medicine bottles and that helped but what helped the most was the Fresh Cab packets I got at a farm supply store. And if you can stuff all openings with steel wool to keep them out to start with.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:21 PM   #9
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:35 PM   #10
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A few years ago with our C class we had mice coming in while we were boondocking. We tried plugging all the access points we could find with tin foil (try chewing some and you'll soon understand the unpleasant sensation) but apparently missed one or two.
The solution that worked for us was laying out a handful of pistachio nuts on a log outside the unit. With easy access to the "offering" the mice didn't bother us for the rest of the stay.

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