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Skimombeach

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Posted: 09/23/13 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a new 5th wheel and will be putting it away for winter storage within the next month. What do people suggest for keeping mice out of the camper during the winter months? Thank you for your help! [emoticon]

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First thing to do is remove all food from the unit. Once that is gone they will have no reason to be in there. Some will say to put mouse or rat poison in the trailer. Problem with that is it will draw them into the trailer as it is made to be appealing to them. You don't want to draw them in there to poison them and have them die in the walls somewhere. When I say all food that includes dog food. Had friend leave a tupperware container with dog food in it. Mice chewed through the container to get to the food.


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Posted: 09/23/13 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skimombeach wrote:

We have a new 5th wheel and will be putting it away for winter storage within the next month. What do people suggest for keeping mice out of the camper during the winter months? Thank you for your help! [emoticon]


Although this was written for structures it easily adaptable RV. The principles are the same.

This article was written by a well recognized authority on pests:


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do all the hints in mouse control. I use peppermint oil and kab clean in my rv and my boats stored in a pole bldg no mice. crawl under that rv and fill every hole ,if its the size of a dime a mouse can get in.

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Keep mice away 2007
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Your best chance to "help" --clean the whole place very thoroughly (vacuum & wash out cabinets, drawers, under furniture, under sinks, etc.); I'd also put all your eating utensils and cookware that are in drawers in heavy plastic containers or remove them entirely or you will have to wash everything come spring); also suggest you seal up your toilet bowl by taping a piece of wood or you'll have dead mice floating in there come spring; fill P-traps with pink antifreeze then close stopper in all sinks (mice will need fluid so these sources are a draw); set many traps and check often; put out dryer sheets everywhere (helps the place smell nice and for some folks will actually deter mice, but hasn't in our case, just smells better); we put out packages of "Fresh Cab" (bought at Menards, so far it helps but did not keep them out 100%); if you live in a humid region set out dehumidifying containers and change as needed (however since these containers will fill with fluid as they work...they too can draw mice); remove anything silicone or foam rubber (mice ate the frying pan handle covers off); store all cotton items elsewhere (mice used the cotton fringe off my throw rugs for nesting, that goes for paper items too); and of course if you can find any small holes mice can get in to...fill them with steel scrubbies or at least steel wool).


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I got under my RV and looked for any openings into the RV. I filled them with expanding foam. People said the mice would chew their way thru it but that has not happened. One place I forgot to seal was where the power cord comes into the RV. I have since sealed that and so far so good. I keep a trap set up in the RV, mainly to tell be when mice have come in. Haven't caught a mouse in a couple of years.


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We stored our TC in our neighbor's shed with his RVs. We took everything out that could be used for bedding or food.

I don't know if it was luck, but we didn't have any mice this spring.


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I thought I had taken all the bedding but the mice built a nest out of the fiberglass insulation of the oven. At first I couldn't figure out what it was but I had to replace the oven insulation.

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