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Old 06-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Mice and other uninvited guests

Just picked up a 2014 White Hawk [w/ glacier package]. Another current thread mentioned fear of mice getting in under the under belly cover. Had a Keystone TT before and had issues with mice. I tried to seal access points where pipes and wires make entry I also stuffed poison packages under benches and in compartments where the dogs absolutely couldn't get into. All of this helped but still had the occasional visitor. I'm thinking of opening the underbelly cover at various points enough to slip in the packets. They look like those sweetner packages and keep the stuff from scattering. I know I had mice in the past, because several of the packages were partially eaten. Dead mouse I suspect and suffered no real damage or poop mess since taking these steps. Since my underbelly is fully enclosed, it will undoubtably be a haven for these vermin. They can get in thru even the smallest openings so I want to get the ones who make it inside.

Anybody have proven techniques for keeping mice outside?
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I had mice last year and was able to get them with the old fashion trap. At the Country stores you can buy a electronic device that plugs into an ordinary outlet. The directions say it works off the neutral wiring, 20 bucks. It also states you need to combine it with a secondary system like traps. Apparently they work well from what I've read.
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I always hate to use the poisons as the dead varmints end up behind the walls and you have tear up everything getting to them. This is the beauty of using the old fashion mousetrap. I use the cotton balls soaked with "PURE" peppermint oil on the inside alot. At least I can get to all the holes from the inside of the cabinets. When camping in areas around the small sand ants like found at LakeWood at Myrtle Beach I use good ole SEVEN DUST applied around the wheels and stabilizers and the shore power cable etc...

Of course one needs to stop up all the small holes they can find. Having the underbelly membrane in place sure makes all of this difficult to do.

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We use bay leaves in the food areas like the oven fridge and microwave when we winterize. All the other areas I put Bounce dryer sheets. Our trailer still smells spring fresh since opening in April. We haven't had a mouse in the trailer (knock wood) but many in the house lol. We live out in the country and mice are a part of life for us. In our shed we use one of those plug in sound wave mice deterent things, so far so good. I am a wee bit worried about our next trailer having an underbelly as you can't see what is going on under there but we will take extra precautions to protect it and see what happens. We don't use poisons either as we worry where the mice will actually die and not being able to find them.
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I wouldnt cut into the under belly if I didnt have to. Just seal up all opening good and use traps like others stated.
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The underbelly has screwed in patches to access the slide motors. You can gain access from those spots. On ours, the patches were poorly screwed and offered zero sealing for critters. I had to add screws..
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I use the material that they put rice in at weddings, put moth balls in them and hang them from axles and other areas under the trailer to try to keep them away, then I put cinnamin bark in all drawers, compartments, etc. Read that mice hate the smell of cinnamin and peppermind, so it will ward them off.
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At the Country stores you can buy a electronic device that plugs into an ordinary outlet. The directions say it works off the neutral wiring, 20 bucks. It also states you need to combine it with a secondary system like traps. Apparently they work well from what I've read.
We had 3 or 4 of these in a Holiday Rambler motorhome... Still had at least one uninvited guest.
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Cool Easter egg hunt

Dryer softener sheets definitely do the job, critters just don't like them. I distributed an entire box throughout my popup for winter storage and found no signs of unwanted guests when I opened it up this spring. I don't believe brand is important

It is kinda like an easter egg hunt, still finding dryer sheets after 4 weeks.
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We have mice here in AZ that love Bounce sheets, can steal peanut butter from traps and love all the mouse smelly deterrents as pillow
mints. I have used the poison pellets only to have them die and poop in my insulation. grrrrr

Only thing I can use that is usually effective is a raisin in a mouse trap. Have I mentioned how much I hate these things?
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