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Old 01-08-2016, 09:22 PM   #1
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I Hate Meeces to Pieces

Evening,

My camper is stored outside at a local Rv repair facility. Last year I noticed mouse dropping in the cabinet under the sink. Over the season I got under the camper and used foam to fill a couple of small openings in the underbelly covering. I also put a bunch of mouse glue traps in the camper when I winterized as a precaution.

Yesterday I decided to go check the camper and I found a dead mouse in a trap in the same sink cabinet. He made a pretty good mess before he died so I cleaned up and disinfected the cabinet and put in some xtra traps.

Even though I am skeptical I put a bunch of dryer sheets in the camper, too. I used to use moth balls in my old camper but it would take days for that smell to disipate on our first trip and some of the chemicals in those things are pretty toxic. One more mouse occupancy and I might go back to moth balls.

Oh well, the price od ownership I guess. Thanks for letting me vent!
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I had the same problem. But its my house in the Maine woods. Critters took shelter inside in the winter and I got fed up with it.

The electronic repellers seem to work. However my house has electric, so I don't need a battery powered unit.

If its warm enough where you are, there are sonic battery powered repellents.

We've been down the peanut butter trap, moth ball, D con route too. But we have a dog and those don't work.

If you decide to coexist with mice perhaps Clorox will work on dishes, utensils and surfaces.

Finding how the mice get in is really frustrating.

For us in a house setting the sonic repellent seems to work really well.
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I know I'm not politically correct here, but we are all entitled to self preservation, correct?

My home base site is (was) literally covered up with eastern chipmunks. Last spring, 2015, I'm convinced one of them got in my underbelly and died. I never found the remains, it took a week for the smell to go away and I had to disconnect my propane/CO detector because the methane gas from the decomposition set it off every time I closed the windows. I'm just glad it happened in the spring when I could leave the windows open. I full time and just waiting it out wasn't a good option.

My non-politically solution was a .22 cal pellet rifle with a scope. I had a perfect "blind" to hunt from - slide out windows in all directions. My home base town does allow pellet guns to be used. The first afternoon after I sited in the scope I eliminated 4. The next day 2-3 and I now get about 1 a week. I'm sure these singles are moving in to take over the abandoned burrows. I keep an eye on the burrow openings and they are starting to collapse so I am winning.

Let the flaming begin, but I'm solving my critter problem. And yes I tried every trick I was even told about to make them go away. Nothing worked but lead.
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Mice are easy to keep out of your camper...I keep my campers' underside coated with mouse-free. Has been working perfectly since 2013 when we sprayed ours after having mice in it the first winter we owned it!
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Ed, I see no problem with your method in sending those destructive little rodents into kingdom come. Chipmunks are obnoxious and destructive. Just see for yourself!
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Unfortunately, the pellet gun and electric repellent ideas won't work for me. There is no electric near my camper and discharging guns of any kind is frowned upon in my area.

I looked for battery operated repellents and did not find any in my local hardware stores. I assumed it was a function of effectiveness and battery life in the cold weather. Here in NJ the weather changes often but we do have our extended periods of below freezing cold.

The spray-on mouse-free product looks interesting. I will investigate.

I guess the only real solution is to take a trip!
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Evening,

My camper is stored outside at a local Rv repair facility. Last year I noticed mouse dropping in the cabinet under the sink. Over the season I got under the camper and used foam to fill a couple of small openings in the underbelly covering. I also put a bunch of mouse glue traps in the camper when I winterized as a precaution.

Yesterday I decided to go check the camper and I found a dead mouse in a trap in the same sink cabinet. He made a pretty good mess before he died so I cleaned up and disinfected the cabinet and put in some xtra traps.

Even though I am skeptical I put a bunch of dryer sheets in the camper, too. I used to use moth balls in my old camper but it would take days for that smell to disipate on our first trip and some of the chemicals in those things are pretty toxic. One more mouse occupancy and I might go back to moth balls.

Oh well, the price od ownership I guess. Thanks for letting me vent!
If the sink cabinet is the only evidence, try to figure out how it's getting in there. I just noticed evidence there on mine and during the investigation, noticed that the spray foam around the sink pipes was loose. If a mouse got under the floor, they would be able to squeeze by even though it looked secure. I'd worry mostly about looking for floor penetration. Try to get access into all the dead areas if you can and look for holes.
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Mice are easy to keep out of your camper...I keep my campers' underside coated with mouse-free. Has been working perfectly since 2013 when we sprayed ours after having mice in it the first winter we owned it!
I had to put my glasses on to make sure I was reading the price right. $9.99 sounds like a fair deal for a gallon. Then I realized it was $99.00 for a gallon and it takes two to treat my TT.

Ouch!!!!!
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Tracking down the point(s) of entry.

I have no idea if this will work.

There are RV facilities who offer a service to help locate water leaks. Basically the RV is sealed and pressurized. It may be worth asking if that method would work to help located problem areas under the trailer.

My thought would be to pressurize the RV and go underneath with some sort of smoke producing device. The leak(s) should be revealed by the smoke being displaced from any escaping air currents. Larger leaks may even make some noise as the air flows out.

The belly cloth may mask some areas, but certainly not all.

An additional benefit is that they can also check for water leaks and other potential problems.

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I had to put my glasses on to make sure I was reading the price right. $9.99 sounds like a fair deal for a gallon. Then I realized it was $99.00 for a gallon and it takes two to treat my TT.

Ouch!!!!!
I originally thought that too until we had to buy a new dinette cushion that cost 80 something dollars because mice had chewed through it! The camper was only 6 months old at that time!

So far the $200 I spent has covered me from 2013 until now and I even have a little left. I will buy another gallon in a couple years. I touch it up every other year. That only takes a very small amount, probably 1/2 gallon or less. The first coating takes the majority.
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