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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:52 pm 
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Well it's that time of year again...open up the BF and start cleaning and finding mice have been there..caught 2. I have used EVERYTHING that I've read about: Bounce, Mouse Magic, The nice white box mouse traps (caught 2) Cab Fresh, moth balls, etc.. I've come to the conclusion nothing works. There's a guy that did some body work on it that may be able to spray the foam underneath.
Hopefully that will do the trick, but I'm not optimistic.
Now to go clean under the cabinets in the kitchen and bath sink, I did catch one on the kitchen sink, so hopefully he's the only one who got out.
The cabinets have tp and anything paper shredded.
Any idea's for repellent other than a black snake or hungry cat??!!!!
Sad in St. Louis.... :cry:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:41 pm 
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I've found d-Con very effective.

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When the mice got into my Tracker I put it into the barn with the engine running and closed the doors and let the engine idle for 40 minutes. It killed the mice but the odor remained for some time and took several deodorizing things to get the car smelling good again.
When I put the born Free away for a spell ion the fall I spray deer and squirrel repellent around all the foot prints. It seems to work on the concrete pad, but doesn't always work on the pickup which has to be parked out in the open under the oak trees. The squirrels chewed wires twice while in that location and I finally resorted to putting a bag of moth balls in the engine compartment.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:39 pm 
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We have used No Cab repellent with great success. We buy it at a local farm supply store. This is a natural product and here is website
http://www.earth-kind.com/products/repe ... cab-12-pk/
This product has been used for years in our barn where we store 2 vehicles and in the house as well. Our RV has never had a mice problem and neither has my convertible, which is far more vulnerable in my opinion.
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Don't know if this would work in your situation, but we live in the woods by Lake Michigan and have a mouse problem in the attached garage and house. We had bait traps installed around the perimeter of the house. The mice go in, eat the bait and try to find water, then die. The dead mice are not toxic to animals, our dogs would eat them, and we never see dead ones. But, no more mice in the two years we have used this system. It costs about $150 or so a year, in connection with our general exterior maintenance for spiders. We don't like the whole concept but it beats chasing down the critters and trapping them.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:03 pm 
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Thanks for the replies, I've tried the Fresh Cab and my mice must like it, moth balls are in the engine and I hope that works, but they ignored it under the cabinets.
My next step is the D-Con, I do have 3 dog's and worry about putting poison outside...but something has to be done.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:19 pm 
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Cathy, I would put the D-Con right in your rig where your dogs can't get at it.
I put a box in a storage compartment.

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My question is; how do they get inside in the first place? I had them once, before I mouse-proofed my storage building. I looked all over the motor home and could not find a place where they could enter. The only entry I could think of is the heater inlet?? Can they get in through there if the fresh air doors are open? I don’t know, but now I try to remember to always shut the heater/air conditioning control to “off” before I turn the engine off.
One thought I have about poison is; where do they go to die? When I had them in my motor home I caught one with a mouse trap and then I left the trap set in case there were more mice to be caught. I didn’t catch any more so thought I had them all. However, shortly thereafter a very putrid odor came on. After extensive searching I found a mouse nest with two dead baby mice in it. It took a couple months for the odor to disappear so I don’t want to go through that again. But, if I can’t keep them out I think I prefer traps, either lethal or live ones. Then I can remove them before they become rotten and stink up the place.

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Mice need only about 1/2" space to squeeze through. I've never had a mouse die inside an RV. They will eat the poison then go out and search for water. One time when away for the winter, there was one in our house that got trapped in the bathtub but they will usually exit the same way they got in. I prefer to trap them if I'm able to check the traps daily. Trapping is more satisfying and probably less cruel. But D-Con is better when the coach is in storage.

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I'll try that under the kitchen sink/stove area, that's where they had to get in ..also under the bath sink. So I think there's a space open on that side that I'll have to use the foam spray and close it up.

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Cathy, Steel(stainless) wool stuffed into those small openings around the coach is a good alternative to filling them with foam spray. It is can also be removed in future if you don't need or want it.

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