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Mice In The Motorhome
Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:12 PM
We found mouse poop in the battery compartment so that led us to start looking and when we pulled out drawers in the bathroom we found nests made out of paper towels with acorns, etc. brought in from the outside.
We are going to open up the basement to start looking for holes that allow mice to get into the interior of the motorhome...at least that is a start...I hear steel wool is great for stopping up holes.
I have heard that they hate the smell of mothballs...I want them to stop coming in and not having to deal with this problem once they have moved in...
Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:32 PM
You are on the right track. Seal all holes you can find. Since you are in a humid area where steel wool could rust, I would use bronze or stainless steel course wool to fill the holes around wires and plumbing. You can also use the spray foam insulation.
Don't store food in the coach.
If your coach is stored in the same place all the time, I would put some regular mouse traps with peanut butter around the tires/perimeter of the coach and try to diminish the number of mice in the area.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:04 PM
At one time we had squirrels in our attic. To find where they were getting into the house I stationed family at all four corners of the house then I took my sons BOOOOOM box set it in th attic as loud as it would go. They left in a hurry and we saw where they were getting in and were able to seal the openings.
Even squirrels could not stand my sons music.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:00 AM
Unfortunately we keep our coach at our place of business which has a "public dump" on the next property.
It is kept clean and it is supervised but where there is food, there is rodents and we have problems.
You both have given me good advice and will put it to good use and see if we can prevent the problem from happening.
Right now we have the coach at home and will see what we can do to eradicate the invader or invaders (and let's hope it is not invaders with an "s")...
Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:57 PM
I have used Irish spring soap bars in different part of our couch and 3 years now no mice. Good luck Mike Whipple.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:45 PM
I use plumbers putty, the rope style or the blocks that you remove and mold up the size needed to plug around things, it stays soft for a long time,seals the areas from dust and can be removed to make repairs easier.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:24 AM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:14 PM
It did eat the poison my husband put out as I was freaking out and wanted an instant solution.
Thank gawd it did not get out of the motorhome into my yard.
We found it in the basement of the motorhome in the battery compartment which leads us to believe there must be holes to the interior somewhere in that compartment.
We will be going to the Strawberry Festive in Tampa and will be staying at LazyDays and will have service do some maintenance for us and we are hoping that they can lift the motorhome so we can see if there are any holes underneath we can plug up. I hope that is not wishful thinking.
Thank you again for the speedy replies...I will see if I can find peppermint oil in Ocala but am figuring not...Pat
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:13 PM
Moth balls work great for repelling almost all critters if you can stand the smell. Put several in half closed ziplock bags and spread around. Over did it in the house once and had to go around and get rid of some bags. Maybe putting them in basement might not smell to badly.
We use Irish spring around shrubs to keep deer away.
Living in the country we share with many critters, do not use poison as rat poison killed my dog after she ate the dead rat.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:04 AM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:22 PM
Thanks for tha thoughts about what to use to get rid of them.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:58 AM
We are still using glue traps baited with peanut butter and check the motorhome very frequently.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:11 PM
I went online and ordered some this morning, after reading a number of good reviews on the product. Also Amazon seems to have the best price for it and if you are a prime member it free shipping.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:34 PM
Now ants are another problem. whenever I notice ants in a campground I'll spread an ant treatment all the way around the motor home with a concentration on the area around the power and utility openings. That has worked so far.
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Posted 19 October 2013 - 03:22 PM
Came across this topic today while searching for an unrelated topic, well after the last post.
For what it's worth, we've had good luck with mint leaves. We put some in small mesh bags and stow them in various bins, drawers and shelves throughout the RV. As the leaves continue to dry out, just massage them a little and more aroma will be released.
It seems to work pretty well. Needed to take action when one of the critters got into my clothes and ate some of my underwear. No kidding.
(We have a crop of mint in the yard, so there's no shortage of leaves.)
Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:09 AM
Try putting the poison under and not in the coach.
We've tried dryer sheets, the sonic beepers, mouse traps, decon in the compartments...all it seemed to do was attract them even more, and they seemed to get worse! Finally I got the idea to get rid of them before they came in.
Take a cheap tupperware bowl with a lid, screw the lid, upside down, to a 2x4 (the 2x4 just keeps it off the ground so when it rains it doesn't soak all the decon, and I leave the 2x a little long, so they're easy to get to,so I don't have to crawl under the coach to slide them out), put some decon on the lid and snap the bowl on tight to the lid. Now you have a 2x4 with a upside down tupperware bowl attached to it. I usually paint the bowl black just to give them a "little privacy" . Take and make small holes (about the size of a quarter) in a couple spots around the bowl rim...so the mice can get into the bowl and get to the poison. I make 4 of these and put them by each tire under the coach. Since we've been doing this...no mice!!
I've mentioned it to a few others I've talked to with rodent problems and they all said it worked great for them too!
Give it a try.
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