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Old 10-01-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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We took our Casita to Branson, Mo this past weekend.
When we opened the storage door under the seat-we had a mouse nest there.
Can`t figure how they got in.
Any ideas as to how to keep kritters out of our vacation home on wheels.
I have used the fabric softener sheets but apparently they don`t work.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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moth balls work if you can handle the smell in the spring.
mice can get through an opening of only 1/4 inch so it's tough to keep them out. I used steel wool in every opening I could find on our stationary 31ft trailer and it's working for now. they don't stay if there's no food or nesting material (tissue).
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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moth balls work if you can handle the smell in the spring.
mice can get through an opening of only 1/4 inch so it's tough to keep them out. I used steel wool in every opening I could find on our stationary 31ft trailer and it's working for now. they don't stay if there's no food or nesting material (tissue).
There was no food but they chewed the carpet for nesting. Will see if steel wool will work-hard to find a hole in the camper though.
My mother-in-laws house smelled of mothballs and it just was a smell I couldn`t stand-although she was a wonderful lady.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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Best I've used is those electronic untrasonic thingies - they work very well especially in small trailers - moth balls work good - I throw them under the trailer - so as to no smell in the trailer - lots of traps all over the place and yes aluminum wool - steel tends to rust.

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Old 10-01-2008, 03:23 PM   #5
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good idea to throw them under. I'll do that at the lake for sure.
where did you get aluminum wool?
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:02 PM   #6
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Holes I have found in the past, Gas line thru floor or body,electric line through body.
Get a strong light and lay on the ground under the trailer and think like a mouse.
Really, follow along the axle and see whats there or where the frame is exposed enough for little feet to grab on.
They didn't just fly in so there has to be an opening somewhere.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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I have an classic car that I store in the winter. When I first stored it, I never thought about mice getting in and did nothing - BIG MISTAKE there!! Not only did they use the interior as their bathroom, but I had acorn shells in every a/c vent, engine compartment, trunk -etc. It was a nightmare!!

I then learned to put 2 pie trays of mothballs under the vehicle - 1 front 1 back. sprinkled some around the engine area and a few in the trunk - worked like a charm! Yea, come spring it smelled a little like mothballs inside, but kept the windows open for a week and it went away - sure beat the smell of mouse urine!

This winter we'll be storing our trailer in a rented barn on a farm and I'm already worried about mice getting in - we'll take everything out, cushions and all - inspect the underside of the trailer (to make sure there are not holes or cracks to enter) and put out a couple pie pans of mothballs just to make sure.

If anyone else has ideas I'd be sure glad to institute them!!
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:21 PM   #8
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good idea to throw them under. I'll do that at the lake for sure.
where did you get aluminum wool?
Here is just one source.
<blockquote>Aluminum Wool
http://www.briwax-online.com/GMTAlum.html

Stainless Steel Wool
http://www.briwax-online.com/GMTStainless.html
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:43 PM   #9
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I found this on http://en.allexperts.com/ (they're with "about.com") This is part of the experts answer below. DeCon and the sticky things have worked excellent for me in my seasonal camper and my Scamp. Checking the camper from time to time of course. People at our seasonal site throw them under their trailers, but not inside. Eventually, they melt. Personally, I can't get past the smell. I don't think you can ever get rid of the smell once mothballs are inside.

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"I don't know where you got the information about using mothballs to get rid or rats or mice. This is definitely not an appropriate use for these. Mothballs are made or either 100% naphthalene (if they're older) or 100% 1,4 dichlorobenzene (modern ones, and probably the ones you have used). Both are highly toxic substances, and dangerous to people, as well as moths and other pests. But rats and mice are not likely to be killed by mothballs, at least not over any kind of short period."
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:27 PM   #10
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Another one is Bronze wool.
Can be bought at marine supply.

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where did you get aluminum wool?
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:00 PM   #11
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I don't know about "throwing" mothballs under my trailer! What if one of my precious pugs gets one and eats it when they go outside to potty?

Yikes! Does anybody know what happens if these things are ingested?

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Old 10-01-2008, 07:07 PM   #12
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It doesn't take a very big opening for mice to get in. I had them get inside a stick built that we had through the opening where a wire harness came up through the floor. I bought a can of aerosol foam and sealed anything that looked like a gnat could get in. Also think about the door for the shore power cable, Casita could do a lot better.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:07 PM   #13
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I use Bounce softener sheets and have success with them....a few in each trailer....also a few years ago it was mentioned to use bars of Irish Spring soap.....tried that in my attached garage for mice and seems that they would just chew on the ends of the bars for dessert....Benny
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I go for a more direct approach. Alas, the mice caught on, and upped the ante.



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