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Old 11-11-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Mouse-Proofing for the Winter

Since it's that time of year, I thought I'd bring up this topic - especially since there is a new product out there.

Personally, I have had no mouse problems in 15 years of owning several trailers. I am vigilant about making sure there are no entry points for mice, I remove all food and paper products/linens so as limit the available nesting materials. And I use the regular scent Bounce dryer sheets, placing a dryer sheet in every nook and cranny, under and on mattress, upholstered components, etc. Some say that doesn't work, but it has for me. When I had trailers with electrical cords that came through a port on the side of the trailer, I always stuffed it full of steel wool when I winterized.

But I found these two videos that some may find informative:


And then this one, specifically about the new product, Mouse Free:


And another repellent:



(And I do not have any connection with this product, nor have I tried it.)
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:07 PM   #2
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Mouse-Proofing for the Winter

Since it's that time of year, I thought I'd bring up this topic - especially since there is a new product out there.

Personally, I have had no mouse problems in 15 years of owning several trailers. I am vigilant about making sure there are no entry points for mice, I remove all food and paper products/linens so as limit the available nesting materials. And I use the regular scent Bounce dryer sheets, placing a dryer sheet in every nook and cranny, under and on mattress, upholstered components, etc. Some say that doesn't work, but it has for me. When I had trailers with electrical cords that came through a port on the side of the trailer, I always stuffed it full of steel wool when I winterized.

But I found these two videos that some may find informative:


And then this one, specifically about the new product, Mouse Free:


And another repellent:


(And I do not have any connection with these products, nor have I tried them.)
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #3
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Sounds like a repackaging of what we already use. We use essential peppermint oil dabbed onto cotton balls placed strategically around the TT. When you open up in the spring, the place still smells like Christmas, and the smell lingers for a week or so after removing the cotton balls. But it is a LOT more pleasant than the smell of moth balls that some others use!


Also jam steel wool into any gaps or openings where a mouse could get through.


Wonder what the price point is for the spray-on. Real essential oils aren't cheap, but they go a long way. Probably buy another 1 oz bottle every 3-4 years.
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Not sure how this got posted twice!!!
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:37 PM   #5
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I just lock a cat in my camper for the winter!!!!! Thus far, no mice problems.
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I just lock a cat in my camper for the winter!!!!! Thus far, no mice problems.
Hahaha.
Bet your camper is a little gamey when you open it up in the Spring.
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Thanks Scoutr2.

Earlier this week I discovered some "saw dust" under our main bed and though it may be mice. I set some traps. So far no kills. I will also do a better job of "sealing" trailer.
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Hahaha.
Bet your camper is a little gamey when you open it up in the Spring.
MORE than gamey would be my guess.
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Thanks Scoutr2.

Earlier this week I discovered some "saw dust" under our main bed and though it may be mice. I set some traps. So far no kills. I will also do a better job of "sealing" trailer.
Not that you asked...

I was finding "saw dust" in our 23b. Turned out it was from ants. I opened things up and thought that I got them all with sprays, etc. I just noticed a few flying ant bodies in the trailer today ( At least an improvement from the 100 last spring.) That indicates i still have some sort of mature nest alive somewhere. Back to the drawing board and searches.

My experience is that mice typically "shred" and not "dust".

Back to topic.

My trailer had entry along an improperly installed plastic wheel well unit since new from the factory. I sealed that and a few other suspicious areas and have no mouse problems since.

My belief is that keeping them out is the secret. The stuff to keep them from entering doesn't need to be steel wool or anything special. It just needs to not provide an easy entry point. That said, once they establish an inside or protected space as home all bets are off on that. They will chew through most anything to get back into their home.

Spend some time under your RV and look for any place that may provide an entry. Look particularly closely at all areas where wires, pipes, tubes, frame members, etc. are visible.

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I talk to the mouse and tell them to go to the U.S.A. lots of opportunities and RV's
When they talk back they say: my unit is to small and they prefer King size beds
Maybe that's the reason I have no problems with them.


Still use electronic devices and traps in case.....
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