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Old 10-12-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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I've see mice climb concrete block walls, so tires and any opening should not be a problem for them. From personal experience dryer sheets make perfect bedding material (storing cars) so I use decon in ,around. few cats wouldn't hurt either.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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thanks for all the help, will use many of your suggestions, don't like mice, like the smell of dead mice even less.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:05 PM   #17
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I don't like to poison mice because I can't control where they die and I worry about secondarily poisoning owls or other predators.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #18
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Mice have cause me so many problems with a large bird loft I keep, that I had to poison them. They nearly took over my loft and were actually eating the feathers off my birds at night to make nests. I took a peanut butter plastic jar and cut a small opening(just big enough for a mouse) in the plastic top and mix peanut butter with the poison. The peanut butter keeps all the poison stuck together so I dont have to worry about pellets falling out and another animal eating it. Then I put the jar in a tight area where no other animals can get to it. Mice love peanut butter, so they find it and eat it.
Mice can really do a lot of damage. I have seen where they ate holes through 2x4's and press wood to gain entry. They have nothing but time on their hands and every night they will keep gnawing until they gain access if they want in.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #19
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Years ago we had a Honda civic become infested. Numerous nests. They came in through the vent. Nest in the blower. Nest in the head liner. Under the spare. In the kick panels. Sealing a gap in the vent grill stopped the entry. Traps and decon took care of the mice. We pulled the head liner, seats, carpet, etc. to clean up. A citrus cleaner took care of the smell. This was twenty years ago. There's a lot more stuff for them to damage in today's cars. On the trailer I seal the fridge vent with aluminum screen and clean the trailer inside very well. We remove all the cushions and anything else that could make a nice home. Raz
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:02 PM   #20
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Definitely do whatever you can to keep them out of your trailer. I had a old VW Westphalia that the mice got into - dead mice, mice poop and mice nests in the headliner, in the heater vents (can you spell "Hanta Virus"). One mouse chewed a hole into my fresh water tank and drowned!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:19 PM   #21
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Unhappy Avoid mice

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #22
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We had mice & chipmunks in our Kodiak a year ago. There was a large opening on the underside. Closing that took care of it. When we go south in the winter one vehicle stays home. We've had mice in the heater blower and under the hood. We put a lot of moth balls in a pan underneath and hang a bag or two under the hood. No more problems.
Mothballs work great in house attics for rodents / bats. There are packages that have lavender mixed in with mothball crystals that have less benzine odor to humans but apparently still work fine in my house for both types of critters.

Many years ago I just put duct tape over camper openings for the winter...
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I have had that issue!!
We were introduced to a product called Fresh Cab
Believe it to be outta North Dakota. All natural combination of seeds
Smells ok to us but mice seem to hate it. We live in the country and there are lots a those things around.I use Fresh Cab in the Boler and my hot rod
which are stored indoors but not secure from mice never a problem.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:55 AM   #24
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We used fresh cab in all the farm vehicles. The only thing better was the cats.
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Fresh Cab direct link, with a link to find a retailer in your area.
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If you've got a power hatch something like this: Locking Hatch , it can be a welcome mat for critters. After one camping trip in VT, (not winter storage) we came home with ants and mice.

After trapping all the mice and placing ant cups throughout, I replaced the hatch with a slightly larger (lockable) hatch that provided access to the area previously used for the power cord (now storage for small items) and installed a sealed 30 amp Hubbell connector for shore power. No more ants or mice and a new storage locker.
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If you've got a power hatch something like this: Locking Hatch , it can be a welcome mat for critters. After one camping trip in VT, (not winter storage) we came home with ants and mice.

After trapping all the mice and placing ant cups throughout, I replaced the hatch with a slightly larger (lockable) hatch that provided access to the area previously used for the power cord (now storage for small items) and installed a sealed 30 amp Hubbell connector for shore power. No more ants or mice and a new storage locker.
I did the same changeout - the other huge benefit is that now the power cable is a like a thick extension cord I can curl up and store separately in the truck instead of trying to wrestle it in and out of a little camper storage space.........
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