Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-20-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Cardwell,MT
Posts: 15
Mouse-Free: did it work for you?

I would like to know if anyone has tried a spray on product called mouse-free. We had mice in late summer. I trapped them out went underneath and used stainless steel wool, caulk, and spray foam to seal up everything. All was well until today when I did my weekly check. We have tried dryer sheets essential oils and moth balls in the past on our other trailers with no positive results. I think this fairly new spray product is probably snake oil but woukd like to hear from anyone who had mice, used mouse-free and kept mice out. I would also like to hear if it did not work for you.
Thank you
__________________

RMartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
GMA385's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cicero
Posts: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMartin View Post
I would like to know if anyone has tried a spray on product called mouse-free. We had mice in late summer. I trapped them out went underneath and used stainless steel wool, caulk, and spray foam to seal up everything. All was well until today when I did my weekly check. We have tried dryer sheets essential oils and moth balls in the past on our other trailers with no positive results. I think this fairly new spray product is probably snake oil but woukd like to hear from anyone who had mice, used mouse-free and kept mice out. I would also like to hear if it did not work for you.
Thank you
I have not used this nor have I even heard of the product. I visited their website and read the description/FAQ's and watched the videos. Quite an interesting product. I will be watching this post to see if anyone has used it and what their thoughts are. Thanks for starting the thread and hopefully there will be some input.
__________________

__________________
Gary & Elaine
Cicero, NY

2017 Precept 35S
2008 Honda CRV toad
Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain tow system
Retired firefighter
GMA385 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 03:30 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
GraftonGuns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Grafton
Posts: 307
Rmartin, It's definitely not snake oil. I have been using it for two years now with fantastic results, Honest. I was skeptical like you, I purchased the 2 gallons as this quantity include a "free" sprayer. I spray the entire underside of my 5er including backs of the tires. I took two metal five gallon steel pails and put my front landing gear in them and sprayed the outside of the pails. I also made sheet metal "boxes" for the wheels. These are nothing more than return air ducting from home depot that is pre-bent. They are 5' long by 10" tall. I pop riveted a cap on the one end and then backed the trailer into the boxes. Then I put the cap on the other end with sheet metal screws. Then I sprayed the boxes with mouse free on the boxes as well. Last but not least I did not put the rear stabilizers down, I thought about building boxes for them. But, they would have been huge! BTW the mouse free has the consistency of a "thin" Vaseline and smells like spearmint/peppermint. according to what I read,Mice don't like the smell nor the feel of it I guess. Hope this helps. I still put a couple of peanut butter laced mouse traps in my 5er just in case...LOL
__________________
2017 Jayco 27.5 RLTS
2016 Ford F-350 crew cab Lariat. 6.2 liter
GraftonGuns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2019, 07:55 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
RogerR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Mapleton
Posts: 2,084
While you are waiting for a chemical solution and since you know they can come in try looking again for the mouse "highway to heaven".

I your RV plugged in? They will be happy to walk up the power cord and walk in through the hole the power cord comes out of. Try stuffing it with steel wool without the caulk.

Look at your doors and hatches for places to come in. A tiny crack in the seal is enough. You may have to reinforce or replace the seals. Don't miss taking the fridge, furnace and water heater vents off and putting wire over them or inside them.

Is there an overhanging branch that touches the roof. Yep, they can come in from the top through vents.

Try crawling under with a light at night so your eyes may see what they must have missed the first time. Even a seam that has a quarter inch gap is enough.

Last, go inside, do the steel wool and sealant every place you can find the floor is pierced.
__________________
2017 SLX 195RB
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, gas 3.7 V6
Andersen WDH hitch
Dometic Milenco Aero mirrors
RogerR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 01:45 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Cardwell,MT
Posts: 15
GraftonGuns thank you for the detailed response. I also have been thinking about building "walls" around access points. I did find one opening on the frame that I missed last fall. I am curious to know if you had any mouse problems before you started using mouse-free? I have read many amazon reviews on the product but very few, if any, give a before and after report. I also feel that this forum offers far more useful and honest information.

Thanks to all for your input. I have two fresh pelts and nothing for last two days so I hope that's the end of the invasion.
RMartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 03:26 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Inland Empire
Posts: 1,169
There are 22 reviews at amazon - interesting reading: https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Free-Ro.../dp/B00DVMJYNS

I plugged holes with (stainless) steel wool but after reading this think that copper might be a better option: https://pestkill.org/mice/steel-wool/
__________________
.
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
.
Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 03:55 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
RogerR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Mapleton
Posts: 2,084
I was cheap and lazy. I had several feet of aluminum screen wire from years ago handy in the garage. I cut it into strips 2 or 3 inches wide and kept stuffing around pipes and such until I was near the surface and it felt firm. Then, depending on which one I had I sued silicone caulk or foam sealant to lock it in place. Either has the side effect of keeping out wind, water spray from tires and bugs.

If you would like I can give you some tips on foaming overhead and how to reuse the cans several times.
__________________
2017 SLX 195RB
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, gas 3.7 V6
Andersen WDH hitch
Dometic Milenco Aero mirrors
RogerR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2019, 07:08 PM   #8
Site Team
 
Mustang65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL area
Posts: 5,195
When we purchased our 284BHS in 2012, the first thing I did was go to Lowes and get the Insulation Foam Sealant with PestBlock. I went around the bottom of the TT 2x. Foaming in EVERY crack or hole that was visible. I foamed all along the TT and the bottom plastic underbelly. I was amazed how many small openings were along the frame. There was a 3/4" hole in the front cross member that went directly into the underbelly, foamed that right away. If you have the spare tire under the TT, let it down and look at the large hole around the cable that raises and lowers the tire. Made a plate with a hole just big enough for the cable to fit through, and caulked the thin slot to the hole. Yes it is a messy job, but well worth it.


To this day, we have not had any critters inside the TT, where our neighbors have been battling them on a regular basis. After every rainstorm I spread SEVEN Insect Dust (Lowes) on all things that touch the ground and are in some way connected to the TT. We have been bug free so far. The wife also puts the dryer sheets and peppermint oil in strategic locations in the TT.

Every spring I crawl under the TT and take a look to see if the foam is still in its place. Other than some discoloring of the foam... all looks good.

I am a firm believer that you need to FOAM every TINY opening that is a possible entrance. I even did this on our home here in Florida.

Works for us... wife is TOTALLY HAPPY and when she is happy, I am VERY HAPPY.
Good Luck,
Don
My Registry

RVing with SOLAR
Attached Thumbnails
FOAM SPRAY - Great Stup with Pestblock.jpg   INSECT DUST.jpg  
__________________
2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73,Max Tow Pkg.
Our Solar Album https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329
Mustang65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 07:50 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
us71na's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: McKean, PA
Posts: 771
Just a couple of facts about mice:

A mouse is so flexible that it can get into your home through a crack or hole as small as 1/4-inch.
A mouse can jump as high as a foot, and climb 13 inches up smooth, vertical walls.
It can run 12 feet per second and swim as far as 1/2 mile.
__________________
2011 Skylark 21FKV
us71na is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 07:59 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: McCalla, AL
Posts: 1,073
Quote:
Originally Posted by us71na View Post
Just a couple of facts about mice:

A mouse is so flexible that it can get into your home through a crack or hole as small as 1/4-inch.
A mouse can jump as high as a foot, and climb 13 inches up smooth, vertical walls.
It can run 12 feet per second and swim as far as 1/2 mile.
[IMG][/IMG]
__________________
2017 North Point 315RLTS
Disc Brakes/Joy Rider Shocks/SRE4000/EMS-HW50C/TST507
2020 F350 CCSB SRW
50 gal aux tank/Rancho 9000xl/air bags/Hellwig Big Wig Sway Bar/Trailer Saver BD5
2naEagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 10:04 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulton, NY
Posts: 958
I have been using mouse-free since 2013. We had mice in our new 2012 26BH over the winter. They destroyed a seat cushion. After that I ordered and sprayed the mouse-free. Never had another mouse in it until 2016 when we ordered and traded for our current 28 BHBE. That summer we had 1 mouse get in...while we were camping! I sprayed it in the fall of 2016 and only ever had 1 more mouse get in...again, while we were camping. I suspect the mice got in around the slideout. You can not spray the bottom of the slideout as the bottom will slide across the carpet inside and get it filthy if you do. With the camper closed up we have never gotten a mouse in. I swear by it!
__________________

__________________


2017 28BHBE Kitchen skylight, remote control and Aluminum wheels hitched by ProPride 3P
2017 Ram 2500 CC LB 4x4 Big Horn Cummins
LiftedAWDAstro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×