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Old 01-07-2015, 08:25 PM   #31
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Who said: I hate them meeces to pieces?
Mr. Jinx the cat in Pixie & Dixie. You can find the quote mentioned on Wikipedia here.

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Old 01-07-2015, 08:30 PM   #32
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Put a couple snakes in the camper....works better than cats.

.....and in my case I wouldn't have to worry about mice anymore because I would burn the camper down if I knew they were a snake in it somewhere!

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Old 01-07-2015, 09:21 PM   #33
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Mr. Jinx is correct.

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Old 01-08-2015, 11:18 AM   #34
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That would be "Mr Jinks"
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:46 PM   #35
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I use 3 boxes of moth balls around anything that touches the ground, has worked well.
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I agree with trying to plug every hole but have still had them get in. Don't like poisons because we have dogs. I've had the most success with the Victor Tri-Kill traps. Bait with peanut butter and you can catch 3 without having to reset. Easy to set, reset and get mice out of trap. I keep 2 of these set year around. So much better than old spring type finger-pinching traps. Around $10 at Walmart.

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Here are some ideas in no particular order;
Remove all foodstuffs, soaps, liquid detergents, shampoos, etc.
Fill all the "under the trailer" openings with steel wool and/or expanding foam from spray can.
Purchase a string of 120V AC "rope lights" and a "dawn to dusk" timer from hardware store and stretch the lights out under the trailer.
Purchase a 12v DC "rid-A-rat" strobe light kit from hardware store.
Here in Southern Arizona, pack rats are a real pest, the rope lights and the Rid a Rat strobe lights are an irritation source for the rats, they hate light!
I also installed the Rid a Rat strobes in each of our trucks. There is an urban legend that suggests that newer vehicles have electrical wiring components coated with Soy oil, Vegetable oil, or other non-petroleum based oils left over as a residue from the wire manufacturing process. These oils are reportedly more environmentally friendly and also more attractive to more pack rats.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:56 AM   #38
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I believe I posted something on here about the use of mothballs so I won't go into that again. I do want to inform some of you on the use of rodenticides. First of all there is no secondary poisoning. If a mouse eats the bait, and a cat eats the mouse, there's no effect. A 10-15 pound cat would have to eat about 22 mice at once before it is recommended to have it checked by a vet. A simple dose of vitamin k reverses the effects. Rodenticides are anticoagulants. They kill by internal hemorrhage. The reason why 12 different dcon products are being pulled from store shelves is because they are being used incorrectly. Don't just throw the rodenticides under your trailer and expect only mice to eat it. You can buy or build a refillable device to store the bait in. Use block type not pellets.

I would recommend a baiting program outside with snap traps inside. Put bait stations near the tires outside. Check and refill every 2 weeks. Install snap traps in all the dark places inside. If you can't check them on a regular basis, put a piece of cardboard under the trap to prevent the dead mouse from sticking to the floor. I know gross, its what happens when they are not removed right away.

Exclusion is the next step. Try to seal up all the entrance holes. A big one I found is the shore power cord entrance. If the cord is being used it hangs down giving mice a bridge right up to the trailer/motorhome. Try to use a copper or steel wool material, coarse not fine. Spray foam will eventually get chewed through.

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Old 03-03-2015, 08:19 AM   #39
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Lots of excellent comments/instructions here; Kurv sounds like a licensed pest control officer. Excellent advice.

I would just say this: if you're going to spend 10 - 50k or more on an RV then why wouldn't you spend 100 bucks at the hardware store on pest control devices as insurance against having it destroyed. That's what I did. Actually I think I spent 50 bucks and had two bags full of stuff: 2 multi-catchers (metal boxes with glue boards inside and a door that allows mice in but not out), a dozen snap traps (baited with peanut butter), several different types of poison. I have never had a mouse enter my unit yet, but if one ever got in it would be dealt with long before it had a chance to do any damage. My point is, this is one area where a little overkill (pardon the pun) would be appropriate.

The neighbour a few doors down has an old garage full of junk that also houses a couple of feral cats. As much as I hate having those cats do their business in my flower beds in the summer, I tolerate them because I have never seen so much as one single mouse dropping anywhere on my property. All winter long they have fresh tracks through the snow as they daily patrol my property and the tracks actually go under the trailer. Not a cat lover, but these two scruffy fellas have earned my respect ;-) [It is also worth noting that I grew up on this same street a few doors down and in that previous house, despite my father's best efforts, at least one mouse would get into the house each fall. This is why I am so certain that those cats are doing the job.]
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