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Old 12-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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Evidence of mice in my X17Z - first timer storing camping for winter

Hi everyone,

I have my X17Z stored in my front yard for the winter. I went inside it today (just because I miss it haha) and noticed mice droppings in the sink and in the bathroom vanity cabinet saw some RV toilet paper all chewed up with more droppings. I wasn't expecting mice at all, how in the heck are they getting in? I have grates covering all the outside vents. Is it possible they're coming from underneath?

I set some traps, but my wife and kids are freaking out at the thought of camping in our beloved camper in the Spring when mice have been hanging out in there all Winter.

I've read other threads that suggest placing dryer sheets throughout the camper to prevent mice. Does this work?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-05-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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We have always used dryer (Bounce) sheets and have never had a problem. Stored it in a few locations too.

Some folks on here will say they don't work though
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We use fresh cab rodent repellent bags and peppermint oil. one benefit is your trailer smells like christmas.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:52 PM   #4
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Yikes! Mice!

I tried the Bounce sheets one winter on someone's recommendation. The mice were worse than ever that year. Trying the Fresh Cab this year.....also got an outside cat to hopefully lower the mice population.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:04 PM   #5
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If it's close to your house so you can plug it in I'd get an electronic mouse Anoyer. I have had them get into my trailer by chewing into the heating ducts and then through furnace. Blocked that. Then they moved through the cabinets that had plumbing chases. PITA.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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Put the sticky traps in the trailer if it's near the house and check it every few days. They work much better than snap traps. We live in the woods and get 2 or 3 mice each winter in the garage and attic and use those traps. I have them in the trailer, but haven't gotten any mice in there in years. I tie the traps to something, as the mouse sometimes drags it under something.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:44 PM   #7
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I like the snap traps but I tie some cotton trussing string to the trigger and rub peanut butter into the string. That way the mice can't s real your bait and they trigger the trap tugging on the string.
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The best thing you can do is make sure all attractants are removed from the inside of the trailer. Don't give them a reason to go in there. Retract all stabilizers as the fewer ground contact points the better. Put some steel wool over the furnace exhaust port, and put mothballs all around the exterior frame underneath.

I can say from experience that dryer sheets do nothing for mouse repellent. They leave a great fresh scent in the trailer but I have found mouse droppings sitting on top of dryer sheets in the storage bays of trailers. I have also heard that peppermint oil soaked into cotton works, but have no personal experience with it.

If I see evidence of a mouse, I'll set a snap trap. Once one mouse is removed, I clean up all droppings, leave it for a few days and check again. I will only set a trap again if I see new droppings.
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the tips. I set a couple of traps, but will check out the Fresh Cab bags and dryer sheets to prevent them from coming in. My guess is they're coming in from under the bathroom vanity in the gaps where the hoses come up. So far the only damage has been to items (like toilet paper and dish rags) not the trailer. I removed EVERYTHING from the trailer today so there's no reason for them to come in other than to seek out a warmer place than outside to nest.
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:34 AM   #10
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I have noticed on a few new trailers that there are in fact large gaps and holes in the underbelly where hoses and lines come up through the floor. I usually go over the underside with a fine tooth comb, patching any small slits or tears in the plastic membrane and spraying expanding foam insulation into the gaps around the water line from the fresh tank. I would encourage everyone to have a look at theirs as I was sure surprised at the size of gap - I could see right through the floor!
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