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Old 03-12-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Angry Mice!!!!

Wife went out yesterday to put a bathroom bag back in the camper and found mice had been in there! They had been in most of the compartments and had even chewed the dinette seat cushion a little. So...we cleaned it all up and I went to crawling under the camper to find a possible hole. It looked as though they had gone in around one of the tubes that come through the floor where they spray foamed. There was also a hole about the size of a half dollar in the plastic weatherproof covering near the outside edge of the camper. Not sure if that was there although the insulation in there was clean so I suspect it was chewed open. Placed SS wool in the hole and taped over it with some awning repair tape. I then removed much of the excess spray foam the factory installed and used the non leveling lap sealant I had to completely seal it up. We also set some mouse traps.

Went out this morning and had caught one! Hopefully this one was in there to make a nest for the babies and was still in there after we got done. Reset the traps and will check everyday.

Does anyone have a fool proof way to keep mice out? We loaded the camper with dryer sheets and placed everything into sealed totes for storage. There is nothing in the cabinets except dryer sheets.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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I have never gotten mice in my pop-up which I had for a few years, but I think it was all luck. As far as the dryer sheets go, that is a myth I hear and does not work although it does make the trailer smell nice.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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Removing food is a good preventative measure but during the winter, they are most likely seeking shelter from the cold.
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One other thing you might try is a product called Mouse Off. Can be found in farm supply stores, such as Farm Bureau or Tractor Supply. Farmers use it to keep mice off their field machinery when not in use. It is put around anyplace that touches the ground, such as wheels, jacks, etc. Have never needed to use it myself, but farmer neighbors say it really works.
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I have also heard that mothballs work as well OUTSIDE the trailer (on the ground around the tires, jacks, etc.). But I have yet to try this.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #6
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When i get seed corn i sprinkle moth ball flackes around pallet keeps mice away . Maybe do this around tires! I also have been told that mice can jump. I put the bags of organic stuff in mine and also use it my combine cab seems to have worked so far!
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That Mouse Off stuff will be great to try. We are very anal about taking all food stuffs into the house at the end of the season as well as running all dishes except for cast iron through the dishwasher and then place everything into totes for storage. We also completely wash the inside to remove any odor of food although we rarely cook inside. Almost 100% of our meals are cooked over an open fire. Going to check our local TSC. Thanks and oh yeah, we kinda knew the dryer sheets didn't work but they had worked for the last 5 or 6 winters and the camper does smell good in spring!
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I have always put mothballs under the camper. I also put brass wool in the opening where the plug is. No mice.
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Best of luck as you hunt mice!

Moth Balls & Dryer Sheets inside our 308RETS "Did Not" work. We caught 3 mice in traps with moth balls & dryer sheets right next to the traps. We also put steel wool around all the openings, cleaned the camper spotless before we covered her up. Still the critters found their way in.

Our campground has a product that is put on the underside of the camper (brushed on I believe)! On a new trailer it comes with a guarentee. Fairly expensive if I remember correctly. It's called "Mouse Free". http://www.mouse-free.com/ If anyone has used this, please let us know. I may consider spending the money on it if our problem continues.

Seems to be quite a challenge with mice and RV's.. Best of luck to you!
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