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Old 06-11-2019
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Default Mice, rats

The last few weeks I've been seeing evidence of mice. Up until now I've
apparently been keeping them away by starting my coach about once a
week and allowing it to run about 20 minutes.

There must be a better way than setting traps.


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In the past we've been successful using a few things:
- Ultrasonic plug-in's that emit hi-frequency sound waves
- Dryer sheets scattered around in lower and inside compartments
- Cab Fresh Rodent Repellant (Walmart)
I still set a couple traps for added insurance, but our mouse issues have all but disappeared.
Oh yes, make sure any nesting materials are securely stored (tissue, toilet paper, paper towels, etc). If they can't make a nest, less likely to stay!
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You need to find the holes they are coming in and plug them. I get mice in everything up here - house, shop, cars, garden, etc. But not a one in the bus.
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Any chance you could post a list of the most likely places you’ve found?
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These are just what I've found on mine and I've been through just about everything:
  • Under the bathroom tub/drain
  • Where the wires pass from the engine compartment up into the passenger/rear corner cabinet in the bedroom
  • In front of the driver's feet where the floor sheet metal meets the swing-out panel with the headlights. I believe this is the prime area as it's easy for critters to climb up into by the massive amount of wires. This is also the draftiest place I found, it's just not sealed up well at all.
  • Under the kitchen sink at the low edge of the wall is where the generator power comes inside to my transfer switch and all the rubber sealant had failed and it left a big hole.
  • Under the fridge where the LP line comes in - this is a great area to come in. They can climb up into the upper cabinets directly from here or go into the bathroom unimpeded.
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Not long ago I had a small problem with mice. I placed dryer sheets in every area that their was evidence and a few of the old fashion traps too. I trapped one mouse and left the dryer sheets.
About six months later I found more evidence and a nest - built directly on top of one of the dryer sheets. At least they were comfortable!
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Thanks, I think...gonna have to check out the tub area and the footwell.
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I trapped a record 10 this year. I usually average about 5 per winter. They seem to clear out in the spring but what a mess they leave behind.
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We had our first mouse problem a few weeks ago, found a hole chewed through a bread bag & some of the bread eaten, then mouse droppings in a few of the cupboards. Put all potential mouse food into Tupperware-type containers, then got a bag of Tomcat mouse poison from Walmart; it's green bars, not pellets like some other poisons. Put them in all the cupboards we'd found droppings in. First few days, signs of nibbling on the bars, then nothing, no more fresh droppings since. But while researching, I read some folks who had tried dryer sheets & Mountain Spring soap as deterrents without success used cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil, distributed around in the basement, got rid of their rodents. (I'd have tried it, but we were out in the boonies, camp hosting, & the only stores within 30 miles didn't carry it).
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You cannot poison them. They will curl up and die in an inaccessible spot and your bus will stink. I trapped one and it managed to pull itself and the trap way down behind a furnace and I had to pull the furnace to get him out. I could hear him moving or I would never have known where to look.
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