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Old 12-16-2015, 02:56 PM   #11
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I heard dryer sheets and/or moth balls deter mice. Is there any truth to that?
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:06 PM   #12
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I heard dryer sheets and/or moth balls deter mice. Is there any truth to that?

Can't speak for mothballs but my sister in law said the mice really enjoyed making a cozy bed out of the dryer sheets she used.
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Checked the traps today....empty. Hope that means they are gone!
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:59 PM   #14
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Someone on here mentioned a while back that they had good experience using peppermint oil. I guess you could put some on paper towels or a little in a paper plate or whatever and put it all around. I like the smell of mint, and if it keeps the critters away, that's even better.
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:13 PM   #15
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We use peppermint oil and scented dryer sheets. So far no CRITTER (mice,and insects) issues. We put the peppermint oil (only 100% pure) soaked in cotton in little plastic shot glasses in each of the storage areas right next to the doors along with a dryer sheet. Like I said, no critter issues so far. We also purchased powdered INSECT DUST (See Picture Below). I dump about a 1/4 thick layer on the stabilizers pads, on the electric tongue jack plate and around the tires. When we hook up, I put sprinkle it on and around the water hose and shore power cable (rinse hose and wipe shore cable before storing). Dog is not even interested in the stuff.

BUT DON'T STOP THERE...

The main objective is to keep the critters out!!!

I opted to plug EVERY OPENING on the outside and inside (living area around pipes and wires in floor) with a FOAM SPRAY. I just found a new product by GREAT STUFF that is made to deter rodents, critters/insects from eating their way in. I went to Home Depot and picked up a couple cans and went from one end of the TT to the other, filling in each opening I found and in between the plastic bottom panel and the frame. I went around 2x to make sure I found every opening. If you have a spare tire that is mounted under the TT, there is an opening around the cable (mine was bigger than a 1/2 inch) that raises and lowers the tire. This one is commonly overlooked. There was also 2 (1/2 inch) holes that Jayco had in the front cross frame that had access to the under belly. No idea as to what they were for. Don't forget opening around the wires that go through the frame into the underbelly, plenty of room around the wires for critters to enter. Oh, one important thing to remember... use gloves, long sleeve shirt, safety glasses and old clothes/shoes.. spray can spurt out when cavity is filled... a little messy.

Every few months, I check for any areas that may have been chewed (by mice/rats) so I can take care of them. So far none..

I believe by using all the above products, it is working.. as for which one is the DEFENDER, your guess is as good as mine.

On the good side of the post, I only have a family of 2" lizards that live in the battery box and front tongue jack. They went on vacation with us and returned with us. now that was amazing.

Hope this helps,

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On the good side of the post, I only have a family of 2" lizards that live in the battery box and front tongue jack. They went on vacation with us and returned with us. now that was amazing.
And our storage lot has jack rabbits!
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We use peppermint oil and scented dryer sheets. So far no CRITTER (mice,and insects) issues. We put the peppermint oil (only 100% pure) soaked in cotton in little plastic shot glasses in each of the storage areas right next to the doors along with a dryer sheet.
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Our campsite is in the wilderness - a wooded mountain with tall grass everywhere. There must be a gazillion mice living in the neighborhood.

Our old TT was a 1964 model and it had a type of fiberboard insulation mounted under the plywood flooring. The mice would crawl in between the 2 layers and nest. But we never saw any chew through the plywood. The gas and plumbing lines that went through the floor were all sealed well. In 27 years we only had mice once. That Fall they climbed on the roof and went down the chimney. This unit had a furnace with a roof vent that was open on the sides. A simple chickenwire cover solved the problem.

I crawled under our new Jayco and can't find an opening anywhere. The lines are sealed so well that I was quite impressed. The continuous black poly sheeting covers everything and the plumbing is sealed as good as the roof vents. I can't see how anything can penetrate to the inside of the trailer.

My personal opinion of Great Stuff is not that great. Its messy and looks like heck after it oozes out of the spot you put it in. Its more suitable for inside use only, like sealing outside electric boxes to prevent heat loss. Any part that is exposed to the outside eventually turns off colored brown and deteriorates badly.
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My personal opinion of Great Stuff is not that great. Its messy and looks like heck after it oozes out of the spot you put it in. Its more suitable for inside use only, like sealing outside electric boxes to prevent heat loss. Any part that is exposed to the outside eventually turns off colored brown and deteriorates badly.
Simple solution, just wait till it dries and hardens then take a hacksaw blade to it and trim it flush or shape it how you want. I even painted mine black when I touched up my frame and it's not fading or discolouring.
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The year I tried the dryer sheets the mice were thicker than they had ever been in our old trailer. I'm not sure what scent I used but I vowed I wouldn't do that again. They used the sheets to do their "job" on! In our new Jayco I've put the Fresh Cab packets inside the storage compartments and inside the door. So far no mice. I also used it last year in the old trailer and there were a few droppings so I don't think the mice stuck around too long in there.
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