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Old 08-31-2016, 09:20 AM   #1
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Need to Keep the Mice OUT this Winter

We keep our Seneca on our property under a pavilion. With the season winding down I'm looking at what the options are for keeping mice out of our Seneca this winter.

Last year there was new home built on the property next to ours which caused us to have a mouse issue last winter that we hadn't in previous years with just putting bait stations at each wheel.

Mice got into most all the low drawers and even were able to get up interior walls and into the A/C ducts. The loss was limited to clean-up time and a few articles of clothing.

Everything is cleaned-up and working. We are using the drier sheets and glue traps during the season just in case.

But I want a better solution. What is everyone's opinion on Mouse Free and/or Cab Fresh? Is there anything else that you're finding effective that isn't a full-time job?


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Old 08-31-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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Get this or similar for around the tires. Also remember this and Cab Fresh type proiducts are only good for 30 days and need to be replaced.


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Old 08-31-2016, 09:51 AM   #3
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Mouse baits by ALL possible points of entry, not just the tires.

Tongue jack, stabilizers, safety chains, dangling wires or plumbing, tall grass, low hanging branches, nearby buildings....

It takes a shotgun approach to keep mice under control. You'll never be rid of them.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:31 AM   #4
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we have no mice cause our next door neighbor is feeding the feral cats and they are keeping most critters in check

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Old 08-31-2016, 10:32 AM   #5
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I have followed this approached, so far so good after 4 years:

-Seal every hole / entry point you can find on the camper. I use screens, expansion foam, aluminum tape...whatever works for that particular entry point.

-Remove any food that would attract critters (hence why I think putting baited traps inside the camper is silly...you're literally asking them to come in for lunch)

-Put lavender dryer sheets everywhere in the camper (I use half the box)

-moth balls on the ground under the camper (possibly unnecessary but since I can't prove it doesn't work, I'm going to continue...)

-2 outdoor cats that love chewing on critters

-Inspect the camper every other week while in storage to look for evidence the above aren't working
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:39 AM   #6
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We always parked our pup at my mom's place in the country. Lots of mice around there, as is evidenced by her very contented cats.

Never had a mouse problem with the two steps we take. First, seal all openings, permanently with foam for utility holes, and with steel wool for vents and things that have to be reopened. Second, douse cotton balls with pure peppermint oil extract (not artificial), and scatter liberally through the trailer. Added benefit, your RV will smell like Christmas for the first couple of outings once you open her up (yup, this stuff is pretty persistent).

Since you also have a motor to worry about, there are a couple of good resources on the internet for things to do to the engine as well before long term storage. Mice love to nest inside the engine bay and can cause havoc with wiring and hoses.
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Old 08-31-2016, 11:13 AM   #7
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An elecronic hi-frequency device

Found a unit on Amazon with good reviews, keep it on when stored in living area, and of course traps and D-con in engine bay.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:01 PM   #8
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We have a creek and lots of brush behind our lot. Lots of mice. In the shed, which is near the rear of the property. In the lawn and snow equipment, which is in the shed (not fun taking them apart and removing dead mice). In our attached garage, which is about 60 feet from the back of the property. We've had mice get in the wall of the house that adjoins the garage.

We store the trailer next to the garage. Two in fact, mine and my dad's. It's a side-by-side house. In the 23 years that we've parked various trailers there we've never had mice in them.

We don't do anything special. We don't store food in them. There is only gravel under them, no grass, no brush or shrubs around them. No place for them to remain concealed while they are foraging around. And I think that's why we've never had mice.

It seems to me that everyone who gets mice has brush/grass/barns, etc. up against their trailers. Places where mice aren't exposed and feel safe exploring ways to get in the trailer.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:29 PM   #9
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We keep our camper in a storage building that is essentially a barn in a rural setting. Last year when I put it away for the winter at the end of October, I bought a four-piece box of Fresh Cab and used all four.

I know it says it's only good for 30 days, but we didn't see the camper again until the first week in April and didn't have so much as one mouse turd.
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:08 PM   #10
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Found a unit on Amazon with good reviews, keep it on when stored in living area, and of course traps and D-con in engine bay.
We used to have a horrid mouse problem in the winter in Maine..every rodent wanted in.
we got ultrasonic device on Amazon and lo no mice last winter
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