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#1 woodlodge

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:24 AM

What is the best way to keep varmints out of the my coach over the winter?

I have heard Bounce dryer sheets in the basement and drawers and also mothballs?

Anyone used these things or have any other ideas? :rolleyes:
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:50 AM

Put steel wool around any landline ports in use. Use a few drops of oil of peppermint on cotton balls thru out the coach, including the engine compartment. OIL OF PEPPERMINT--NOT PEPPERMINT EXTRACT!! Oil of peppermint can be found at most natural vitamin stores but it is not cheap anywhere: about $5.49 for .34 ounces. The advantage is that mice and other rodents really hate and avoid it. Bounce sheets have on occasion been chewed on. If it makes you feel more confident use all three preventatives as you can never have enough!!
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 03:31 PM

I've had mice build nests out of the dryer sheets. This year I'm taking a multi-pronged attack. I've got moth balls in the basement storage areas, Fresh Cab in the large rear closet and under the bed and living room sofas, peppermint oil in the smaller cupboards and storage areas. As I already had them, I also went ahead and plugged in the electronic repellants I had, but they had not been successful, on their own, in repelling the vermin.

With all of this, I'm not at all confident that I won't find their calling cards all over come spring. They are nothing if not tenacious.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 09:36 PM

Thanks, I think I'll try a multiprong attack also. Will use moth balls in the basement and the bounce sheets inside. May try the oil extract o. Cotton if I can find it. Hopefully I will get lucky and keep the pesky little varmints out. :rolleyes:
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 09:38 PM

What is fresh cab? I'm not familiar with this product.
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:30 AM

I put mothballs in a paper cereal bowl and place the bowls on top of the tires, not inside the coach. I use Irish Spring soap bars, cut them in half and place them around the coach, mice hate that smell but humans like it. I place them in the closet areas, behind the sofas, etc. I use about 4 bars.

My first year I thought folks told me Ivory soap, big mistake, the mice ate the soap bars, Ha.
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:33 PM

woodlodge,

Someone on another site had recommended the Fresh Cab. I'm providing the link to their site / information. Smells much better than some of the other options.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:31 PM

Please do not use moth balls inside of your RV. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that para-DCB, moth ball chemicals, may be reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen. Oil of peppermint is very effective. Not cheap, but mice and rat damage isn't either.
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:14 PM

Over many years, and afew different Rvs, we have used, "dried blood". Dried blood is a fertilizer, and mice do not like the smell of it. Normally we can not smell it...but do not allow it to get wet......at that point; you will smell it.......not good. Must admit that the mice will enter, evidenced by a few droppings , but they will not stay. We place a small amount in the plastic yogurt caps and place them throughout the interior and exterior compartments of the motorhome. In number, 12+ inside, and another 12+ outside. Of course during winter storage, we remove all food stuffs, maybe without food they choose to leave. Knock on wood, we have not had any damage of any kind, and this is all we use. We purchased a used Jayco Designer 36' foot 5er, a few years ago, and they had placed dryer sheets in it to protect it against mice, and we never did get the odor of those sheets out of it in the three years we had it....they may have keep the mice out, we do know the the sheets kept us out. The odor was sickening....
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:43 PM

We tried moth balls, dryer sheets, etc..... NO GOOD... they still came in..... resorted to good old fashion traps with peanut butter..... we got the best results on top of the generator.... front of coach was low and they could climb up the generator exhaust pipe..... we averaged 1 -2 a day.... they finally stopped or we got um all!!!!!
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Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:29 PM

A simple way to keep mice and other critters out of your RV is to poke holes in a Gatorade bottles or the like , fill them with moth balls and place them on the ground on the inside area of each set of wheels.
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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:10 PM

2yrs ago had a mouse problem. Went the local janitorial supply and got 5 urinal tabs. Most guys recognize the big non edible peppermints. Didn't unwrap them-- just placed them randomly. Haven't seen any mice since.

The original problem was using rat poison, it dehydrates the pest so they go for water, one went for my black tank and actually ate a hole in it, but the tank repair is another story!
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:54 AM

We use whole cloves placed in old margarine tubs throughout the unit plus a bunch of fresh eucalyptus and leave it set on counter year round unit smells nice and have had no mice or spiders or any other bugs used this for about ten years now and works great.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

Knock on wood not problem yet... like the Fresh Cab idea along with the Irish Spring! We will try this! What is it they say an ounce of prevention outweighs the havoc these lil guys can cause. We had Full time friends that had German cockroaches they couldn't get rid of...
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:34 AM

Oil of peppermint has worked for us. Do not use peppermint extract found in grocery stores. It evaporates too fast.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:05 PM

We have a bigger problem here, pack rats........had them get into my 5th wheel one year, took me couple of days to clean out the mess and repair the damage. I now have a solar powered light that lights the engine compartment each night for the pack rats(they don't like light) and I use traps with peanut butter once in awhile as well. I do use the oil of peppermint too.
In inspecting the bottom of our Vista, I see that it is pretty sealed...so far so good.
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:26 PM

Does using the urinal tabs leave a smell that you can't get rid of?
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:33 AM

An easy method to scare away mice is to take dog or cat hair, put it in a nylon footie tie it up and place them anywhere you see activity. The scent of a predator will make them look elsewhere.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:26 PM

I used Fresh Cab this winter and I am happy to say there were no signs of varmints in any part of my motorhome. The big plus is it has a pleasant scent but mice hate it. I bought it online.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

Fresh Cab is available at our local
Ace Hardware, not cheap but hopefully it works
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