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Title: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 19, 2013, 03:10:33 AM
Our war with mice has intensified. We currently have found evidence of our fifth mouse in the coach. Woke up tonight to the sound of scurrying. Found fresh droppings in our salad bowl in the pantry area. I have sealed up literally every hole I could find. I spent an entire day tearing things apart and doing this. I know that mice can fit thru a hole the size of a dime, and they are attracted to warmth and food, and are supposed to hate moth balls...yada yada. Since I've lost an insane amount of sleep over this and are at risk of losing food over this and am in the process of losing my mind over this, we are purchasing a few 240 second 2500 cubic foot non-toxic, high visibility smoke cartridges. We are then going to run a shop vac hose (set to blower mode) into the bus, and attempt to slightly pressurize the coach. I'm sure smoke will wisp from all over the place, but I can ignore some locations like around small rivet holes on the side of the coach since they can't climb my aluminum etc. But anything low, especially near the drivers' area is going to get my attention. I think we may do this Sunday if I can get the smoke....next step if this doesn't work? Well, at 3AM with a creeped out wife, we become a little irrational....and consider selling the bus....and moving into a metal box.....oh, wait....(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/19/6e7yvege.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Nusa on October 19, 2013, 05:08:43 AM
It's also possible you have sealed the entry point already, but haven't discovered where they are hiding inside the coach. But that's what mousetraps are for.

The other solution is a cat. But that comes with it's own set of problems, unless you know one you can borrow for a bit.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: chessie4905 on October 19, 2013, 05:26:26 AM
   Just get a mousetrap and wedge a small piece of bacon on it and set it on the floor in a corner up front. If you catch a mouse, do it again till it sets for several days with no hits. If it doesn't get any hits, try it in area where droppings are showing up.
   Oh wait; bacon is high in cholesterol. Maybe you should use a low fat variety.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Gordie Allen on October 19, 2013, 12:23:01 PM
Poison works great.  Use an anticoagulant (like warfarin) based poison.  Just don't leave any accessible water in the bus.  Most often, mice eat the poison then get real thirsty, leave the bus to find water, and die. We live in the middle of 13 acres of woods and the mice are constantly trying to occupy our spaces.  My house, garage and bus are mouse free, although they have eaten wiring in my wife's car when left outside (some automotive wiring insulation is made of a soy-based plastic).  That cost us about $450!


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Oonrahnjay on October 19, 2013, 02:20:19 PM
  Poison works great. 

    Sorry, Geordie,  I have to disagree on this one.  Small animals (mice, rats, squirrels etc.) eat the poison, go outside to die, and get eaten by predators.  The poison goes up the food chain and hundreds of wild cats (bob cats, pumas, lynxes, etc.) as well as raptor birds die every year due to rat poisons that have come to them "second hand".  If you can't control where the rodents die, poison is a bad deal for the environment and wild animals.  (And, believe me, I am far, far from being one of those "eco types" but this one is just bad for wildlife.
    I think it would be much better if everyone would use traps.  (But that's just my opinion.)


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Larry B on October 19, 2013, 06:14:05 PM
Hi Scott--- Sorry to hear about your mouse problem. They are very annoying ,can do a lot of damage, they stink, and some can carry some scarry diseases. I bought some packages(4) at local hardware store that keep rodents away by the smell of this stuff. It comes in cardboard box about 3"square and 1/2" deep. You poke holes in it with knife and set in bays. I looked inside it looks like dry leaves and grass. I could not smell anything even after pooking holes in box. I have not had a mouse in my bus and we go to many small town rodeo and fairs. We  dry camp a lot in open county. Anyway Scott I am going to shop tomorrow, I will get name of this product before you lite fire to you bus or have the smoke detectors set off. A set of 4 cost about $15.00. Might be something you want to try.
           Larry B 


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Emcemv on October 19, 2013, 06:15:53 PM
We have felt the pain of the poison, our neighbor used it and the mouse came over to our property and died.  Our dog ate the mouse, first symptom was a bloody nose, we were lucky to have taken her to a good local vet quickly, very hard to diagnose, almost lost her. Had to give her vitamin "K" shots for several months to get her clotting factor back up. Bad bad stuff. We stick to good old mouse traps.

Bruce


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 19, 2013, 06:54:23 PM
I can't use poison. I know it's very effective in a controlled environment, but we are not in a controlled environment. Some beautiful blood hounds next door that hunt around the property. Would never forgive myself if I poisoned one inadvertently. Anyway, hoping we caught it. Haven't been home since 2:30. Headed home right now. Larry, tell me more. Is it coyote urine?


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Len Silva on October 19, 2013, 07:45:42 PM
I think your idea is sound but I don't think a shop vac will be enough to pressurize the bus even a little bit.  Something like a carper drying blower that you can rent might work.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 20, 2013, 04:40:43 AM
I think your idea is sound but I don't think a shop vac will be enough to pressurize the bus even a little bit.  Something like a carper drying blower that you can rent might work.

I was thinking that too. Nearly 2000 cubic feet of volume so yeah....we didn't catch one yesterday but dad and I did check the coach again last night around midnight when we got home and found a small hole but plenty large enough for a mouse under my electrical panel. Sealed it ad hoping for the best.


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TexasBorderDude on October 20, 2013, 05:46:11 AM
One product that's the friendly smell kind is Fresh Cab... about $15.  I've used it and no mice yet this year.  Google it, it's all over Amazon

Fresh Cab All Natural Mouse Repellent/ Safe Mouse Control (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utkcsq9ycBw#)

And www.critter-repellent.com/ (http://www.critter-repellent.com/) makes a product called ShakeAway.  I dunno?


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Larry B on October 20, 2013, 04:47:21 PM
Hi Scott-- Took a cople of pictures of the mouse deoderant today. The product was bought at Home Hardware--Canada EH. Just called JI Deoderant. It has a very slight perfume smell. I place one in each bay and I have not had a rodent problem since using them. Good Luck Scott
         Larry B


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: belfert on October 20, 2013, 06:04:04 PM
One thing some people use is those electric rodent repellers.  I know a lot of people say they don't work, but I also know people who swear by them.

I stayed for a week in a staff mobile home at a Scout camp about five years ago.  I asked the staffer what the white box plugged in was.  He said it was to repel mice and said to be sure not to unplug it.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Chuck Hancock on October 20, 2013, 07:27:46 PM
I use an electronic rodent repeller when the bus is parked and it works very well.  It is noisy so can't be used when we are inthe bus.  Have not found a good solution other than traps when we are living in the coach.  I agree poison is a bad option.


Title: Have You Considered Snakes?
Post by: HB of CJ on October 21, 2013, 04:16:48 PM
We used to catch big harmless snakes and release them under the solar cabin years ago.  Seemed to work.  The only problem is that the snakes would follow the mice and pack rats into the house and then want to crawl up into bed with us when it got cold.  No problem.  You got used to it.  HB of CJ (old coot) :) :) :)


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 21, 2013, 06:08:34 PM
This thread is stating to sound like a horror flick. I've read extensive studies on the electronic repellents. Bottom line is that they don't always work and even if they do, eventually rodents in labs became accustomed to the frequencies and became comfortable. Interested in the smelly stuff Larry. Have to order it from canada?


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Van on October 21, 2013, 07:25:40 PM
Put a few scorpions on board, no more mice. Hey! works out here  ;D


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Ed Hackenbruch on October 21, 2013, 07:48:02 PM
Rattle snakes will work too, Van.   ;D


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Van on October 21, 2013, 08:02:36 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TexasBorderDude on October 22, 2013, 05:25:44 AM
 JI s Mouse Deodorizer

    Box 519
    Watson
    SK,
    Canada
    S0K 4V0

Phone: 306-287-3813

Call and see if they have a US distributor or try Fresh Cab http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/300948209779?lpid=82 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/300948209779?lpid=82)


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: muldoonman on October 22, 2013, 08:07:05 AM
Snakes, scorpions, man , the guy was asking for help. But I do think fire would cure the rodent situation! Had a 2006 Alfa Fifthwheel camper bought new when building the ranchito and bottom was sealed. Those things still got in. Brought kitty cat from other place over when we came on weekends and the cat cleared um out. Wouldn't eat them just pound the crap out of them.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Seangie on October 22, 2013, 10:25:48 AM
Scott -

Someone mentioned building one of these in an older thread somewhere.

No poison and if you want to use a big enough bucket you could catch and release.

cola epic mouse trap 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1XNDyxE4c#)

I think it might have been John316.

-Sean


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: John316 on October 22, 2013, 10:52:54 AM
Sean,

I chuckle every time I see that. Thanks for the repost.

John


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: ABart on October 23, 2013, 11:31:48 AM
Speaking of mousing systems . . . http://youtu.be/z2QVM2epT-A (http://youtu.be/z2QVM2epT-A)


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Title: Re: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Seangie on October 23, 2013, 01:15:17 PM
Works for rabbits too .... Adorable Bunny Released Outside Gets Snatched By Hawk (http:// [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FouCqEdUeiE#)] Adorable Bunny Released Outside Gets Snatched By Hawk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FouCqEdUeiE#) [/url]


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Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Seangie on October 23, 2013, 01:15:51 PM
ooopsie


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Post by: Seangie on October 23, 2013, 01:16:22 PM
oopsie


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Dave5Cs on October 23, 2013, 06:36:17 PM
Here's what yas do!... You leave an opened Beer in the Bus. Next you put a small pile of gravel next to it. they come drink the beer and get so drunk they start throwing rocks at each other never to return. Just saying!... :o 8) ::)

Dave5Cs


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: B_K on October 25, 2013, 12:02:28 PM
Poison works great.  Use an anticoagulant (like warfarin) based poison.  Just don't leave any accessible water in the bus.  Most often, mice eat the poison then get real thirsty, leave the bus to find water, and die. We live in the middle of 13 acres of woods and the mice are constantly trying to occupy our spaces.  My house, garage and bus are mouse free, although they have eaten wiring in my wife's car when left outside (some automotive wiring insulation is made of a soy-based plastic).  That cost us about $450!

Here's what yas do!... You leave an opened Beer in the Bus. Next you put a small pile of gravel next to it. they come drink the beer and get so drunk they start throwing rocks at each other never to return. Just saying!... :o 8) ::)

Dave5Cs

Dave and Gordie I really hate to burst yer bubbles BUT........
Mice don't DRINK liquid at all! They get ALL the moisture their bodies require from the food they consume! (I know it doesn't sound right.)

But I have a b-i-l that has been a health inspector for yrs  and part of his duties are rodent control.
He has been schooled on this and has corrected me more than once on it.
He said what the poison does is thins out their blood and they bleed out internally. Additionally he says most times they crawl into the smallest and most inconvenient spot around and die then the smell of them decomposing drives you nuts for ever. (until the smell goes away)

Now just so there is no misunderstanding he did say RATS do drink water/liquid and even though the poison thins out their blood as well. They do tend to go in search of liquid and die.

So all that said it seems a logical solution would be to get a couple rats to kill the mice and THEN poison the RATS so they will leave!  ::) ;D :D
;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Dave5Cs on October 25, 2013, 12:21:49 PM
Well then I guess its the old 12 Gauge!... :o

Dave5Cs


Title: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 27, 2013, 08:17:10 PM
All of this is actually quite amusing. Having mice in our coach, isn't. We are slowly wearing down. Our nerves are shot, and I haven't slept through the night in three and a half weeks. I've spent days sealing the coach on the outside, in the luggage bays, in the wiring compartment in the engine area, inside the coach, in the dash area, and we still have mice/a mouse. Last night we heard one behind our bed head and I realized they were inside the rear cap area. Today, I spent the entire day tearing out the bed head and removing all the insulation I had stuffed back there when we converted the coach three years ago. Sure enough, they were somehow getting into that rear cap area above the radiators and had made a nest in there out of the insulation. I cleared the nest, and sprayed literally 6 cans of spray foam in that area to seal it off. I have placed moth balls in every single luggage bay and the engine compartment and spare tire area. I soaked cotton balls in peppermint oil and placed them everywhere in the rear cap area now that I have it torn apart. Tonight we heard a snap trap go off, and a loud squeaking immediately afterwards. Went into the bedroom and the cheese was gone, trap snapped, no mouse. We've had 2 snap traps, 7 glue mouse traps 4 glue rat traps, 2  bucket/bottle on wire traps, 1 live trap and haven't caught anything in over a week. Daily we vacuum their droppings and have to re-wash all of our dishes because the mouse defecated on everything. We cannot leave any food out so our fridge and freezer are jam packed with all of our food from crackers to cereal to pasta to potato chips. Every night I take the trash out even if it's not full, every night I'm awoke by mice activity around 3 am. I'm done. We've moved out of the bus tonight and are staying at a friends house. The mice will own the coach tonight...tomorrow we will be working on a plan to borrow a cat from some friends and let her go at them in the coach for the next week or so while we stay with friends. After that we will see about getting one for ourselves as much as we don't want to as our schedule is hectic and we travel the country frequently and just don't need a pet to take care of but we are both at the end of our wits on this. We have spent well over $100 over the past nearly 4 weeks trying to deal with this. If someone wants to make an offer on the bus, we would consider it. there just doesn't seem to be a logical way to hermetically seal the coach. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/28/ve9u3egu.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/28/yhehezed.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/28/2ehanege.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/28/3u2enatu.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/28/aqyde6e8.jpg)
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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: B_K on October 27, 2013, 11:20:35 PM
Scott in all seriousness use peanut butter on yer snap traps and be sure to smear it deep in the holes!
Always works for us!
;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 28, 2013, 04:16:47 AM
Scott in all seriousness use peanut butter on yer snap traps and be sure to smear it deep in the holes!
Always works for us!
;D  BK  ;D


Thanks BK. Will try that today. We've used peanut butter ok all the other traps and the mice haven't touched them. So we bought strong smelling aged asiago hard cheese and they snapped the snap trap the same day. Seems to be interested in the cheese for sure. But I'm trying anything now. Peanut butter it is.


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TexasBorderDude on October 28, 2013, 05:31:33 AM
TomCat makes a mouse attractant gel that it says is better than peanut butter.  I found it at Wal-Mart with the glue-traps and traditional spring traps.  Haven't had any inside yet this season that I know of, but had a B-I-G rat in one of the bays.  His poo was gianormous!  I cleaned out his hiding places and am looking for signs again.   Hoping he's moved on.  Interesting he brought in some cedar berries for a snack.  My experience is that the spring traps are safest and work best and once you get the current batch under control you have peace for the rest of the season.  My only female companion is the dog, so I don't have the "F-factor" to contend with as you do.  I hope you get some peace soon and hope you are just joking about selling your bus!


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on October 28, 2013, 06:05:35 AM
TomCat makes a mouse attractant gel that it says is better than peanut butter.  I found it at Wal-Mart with the glue-traps and traditional spring traps.  Haven't had any inside yet this season that I know of, but had a B-I-G rat in one of the bays.  His poo was gianormous!  I cleaned out his hiding places and am looking for signs again.   Hoping he's moved on.  Interesting he brought in some cedar berries for a snack.  My experience is that the spring traps are safest and work best and once you get the current batch under control you have peace for the rest of the season.  My only female companion is the dog, so I don't have the "F-factor" to contend with as you do.  I hope you get some peace soon and hope you are just joking about selling your bus!

We saw the gel advertised but Lowes didn't sell it. Was weird. Now that I know Walmart does, we'll pick some up today. I'll stick some inside our live trap and a dab on our spring traps. picking up two cans of two-part pour foam today from the local marina and will fill the tray behind the bed completely with foam. Slept last night at a friends house and had the best sleep i've had in the nearly 4 weeks of this. Having a mouse in your house...is one thing...lots of space, usually they hang out in the kitchen so you can at least sleep in your bedroom, but in a coach, it's far too cozy. They are walking literally across our comforter under our noses...literally...no kidding. these things want to snuggle. We are moved out of the coach until this is resolved. They didn't spring any of our traps last night but they left poo behind so they are still here I assume. Cleaning up all the poo again for the millionth time and then going to use the attractant gel and seal the tray with foam and tomorrow morning we'll come back and see if we have had more mouse poo. Chatted with another friend last night and their cat is an excellent mouser, so they are on standby. With allergies and just a general "not" love for cats, it's a last resort...but it's a resort.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Mike in GA on October 28, 2013, 09:01:30 AM
Scott- hang in there. You'll eventually get ahead of the problem.
     Two things that I mentioned in a similar post a few months back - Great Stuff now makes an expanding spray foam that has a pesticide in it. Mice can't stomach the taste. Their regular product can be gnawed through, but not the new stuff. Look for it at Home Depot.
     Second, I had the same problem as you, and started sealing up likely entrance points. Found that the steering column in my MCI has a through-floor access point in the ceiling of the spare tire compartment for lots of control cables and wiring. The felt insulation that MCI used to seal the hole had been breeched by rodents. It is now filled with the above foam.
     Keeping my fingers crossed, but so far no more mice,
Mike in GA
PS:  For long-term protection, after you have found and killed off the current intruders, I suggest placing a few random snap traps in the bays, etc., loaded with one large sunflower seed. Unlike cheese and peanut butter the seed doesn't age out and dry up. Mice seem to like the taste if all other food is secured.



Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TexasBorderDude on October 28, 2013, 09:48:41 AM
Scott, I misspoke, Wal-Mart does not have the TomCat mouse attractant gel.  It was HEB a Texas chain of grocery stores.  Perhaps a Kroger or whomever you have in your market.  Sorry!



Title: Re: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Seangie on October 28, 2013, 10:27:04 AM
Scott -

Did it ever occur to you that the mice are also reading this MAK board?

Might be why they have been able avoid all your traps!

Just saying....

-Sean


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: OneLapper on October 28, 2013, 11:33:32 AM
No love for cats in this thread, huh?  I live in the middle of the woods and I haven't seen a mouse in years.  I have an indoor cat and an outdoor cat that lives outside 98% of the time. The outdoor cat got rid of every mouse that was living in the backhoe, crawler, pickup and the bus in about six months.  All gone.  She's independent to say the least, shares the old dog house with a young skunk occasionally.   I leave her water and half a cup of dry cat food daily. That's it.  Happy cat.  Happy bus owner.  Dead mice.  The world is in balance.




Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: trucktramp on October 28, 2013, 06:18:05 PM
If you're still thinking about poisoning the little devils, a friend that raises hawks tells me that normal rat poison does, in fact, harm the animals up the food chain.  She recommends cement/concrete mix (quickrete) that has not been mixed with gravel or water and add some of that to some oats or corn.  The mice eat it and die just like regular poison but it does no harm to other critters that may eat the remains.  Of course you still have to deal with the odor if they die some place that you can't easily access.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Charles in SC on October 28, 2013, 06:38:35 PM
I read this thread and wanted to make a couple of comments. I was told years ago that it is important to put the traps or poison or what ever you use in the paths where the mice travel. If you stop and think about it a mouse's eyes are very close to the ground so they quite often don't see things more than a foot or two away from their normal route of travel. I have heard that mice often live their whole life within a few feet of where they are born. Something I have noticed is that mice are attracted to places where there have been mice before. If you have an old car or bus that has had mice in it at some time then a lot of times you will find them in the same places again, I think they can smell it and are drawn to it. I know you do not want to use poison but the thing I have found works best for me is to buy about 5 pounds of poison  then I put about a cup a piece in a bunch of ziplock  bags. Then I put 3 or 4 around each tire. Of course this is inside a building not outside.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott Crosby on October 29, 2013, 08:38:38 AM
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The best I've used is the regular old mouse trap.  Not the kind with the big plastic fake piece of cheese as the trigger area.  I tried those and had a lot of sprung traps but no mice.  Get the kind with the tiny little metal trigger device in the middle and it catches mice with peanut butter every time.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TexasBorderDude on October 29, 2013, 10:31:41 AM
Get the kind with the tiny little metal trigger device in the middle and it catches mice with peanut butter every time.

Scott, ya mean there is NO BETTER MOUSE TRAP to build?


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Dave5Cs on October 29, 2013, 08:50:03 PM
Is that is that Mouusse Sole-ye.  ;D :o ::)

Dave5Cs


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 01, 2013, 06:32:43 AM
Ok, so update. Wife called me today and also suggested the mouse trap with the metal release instead of the plastic cheese. Going out right now to pick some up. Mouse sprung the trap again last night, ate all the jelly and didn't get caught. We've accidentally sealed him in our coach at this point but he's now too smart for glue traps, snap traps and won't go into the love trap or the bucket/bottle/can spinnynthingy traps. We are picking up two cats tomorrow from a friend who claims they are unbelievable mousers. We will live with them for a week and of course remove all mouse traps while they are here to prevent little paws from injury. On a positive note, the past week we've been sleeping at a friends house and I've slept very well. Having had the mouse get into all of our food and dishes, we finally sprung for cabinetry and now have sealed everything in cabinets. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/01/5azeqany.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 04, 2013, 06:48:12 PM
Proudly announcing that at approximately 10:42 am this morning, after 28 days of frustrating and failed capture and kill attempts, nearly $150 worth of traps, bait, sealing foam, and contaminated food, we  we finally nailed him. This mouse deserves the mouse hall of fame. And I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight...good night all. Wife and I are headed to a dream land where mice don't exist and buses can fly...over and out.(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/05/egegu2eq.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: eagle19952 on November 04, 2013, 08:26:31 PM
Two things...cabinets have never stopped a mouse.
And that looks like a mother mouse whose last thought was...well at least my children have a warm winter home..... ::)


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Dave5Cs on November 04, 2013, 09:25:06 PM
Dryer sheets behind the back panel. Sleep well Friends and don't dream of Disneyland!... ;D ;) :o

Dave5Cs


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Oonrahnjay on November 04, 2013, 09:49:34 PM
    I hope that that's the only one.  But a very wise instructor once started a trouble-shooting class with the maxim "Never assume that you have only one problem".  As I said, I hope that that's the only one.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 05, 2013, 03:58:33 AM
This is the third and final mouse. I've kept track based on droppings, color of mice (I've seen all of them and this one was clearly brown with white belly...field mouse) and I also know where he's hidden this whole time after finding his crazy pile of poo and urine. Also, I checked, all three were male. I've grown up on 50 acres of woods, vineyards and open field and have learned a lot about mice and their behavior but this sucker was amazing and earned my respect. Many thanks to the advice here, especially the advice to lay the old fashioned metal trigger traps. So much more effective and sensitive than the fake plastic Swiss cheese traps. And for the record, we have had the following in our luggage bays, engine bay, and spare tire bay:

1. Moth balls
2. Peppermint oil soaked cotton balls
3. Dryer sheets

Today I'll be picking up a few bags of "Fresh Cab" as I've read it really, actually, honestly works. Thanks again for the advice. On a positive note, I notice our coach is sealed much tighter than ever before :)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Oonrahnjay on November 05, 2013, 05:31:05 AM
  This is the third and final mouse. ... On a positive note, I notice our coach is sealed much tighter than ever before :) 

    Nice -  hope that your winter is critter free and wife-friendly from now on!


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: chessie4905 on November 05, 2013, 06:07:07 AM
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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Mike in GA on November 05, 2013, 07:47:54 AM
Scott:
Sounds like the borrowed cat lost out to the metal trap?
Mike in GA


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 05, 2013, 09:55:51 AM
Scott:
Sounds like the borrowed cat lost out to the metal trap?
Mike in GA


Yep. Actually, we arrived home with the cat, walked in the coach, and there was the mouse caught in the trap. The cat never even made it inside the coach. We took her back to her owners that very moment :)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: TheHollands! on November 05, 2013, 04:16:26 PM
Scott, being that you are parked for a while, you ever consider turning one of those bays into a chicken coop? fresh eggs in the morning. Craig


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 05, 2013, 07:11:06 PM
Scott, being that you are parked for a while, you ever consider turning one of those bays into a chicken coop? fresh eggs in the morning. Craig


Chuckle. Yes, we miss the Hollands...and their humor. You know us Seventh-Day Adventists only eat our eggs with toes. ;-)


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Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: OneLapper on November 06, 2013, 01:07:00 PM
Dare I say that mouse commited suicide?

"Honey, let's borrow that mouse killing cat.  Let's go get that cat right now!"  Unbeknownst to you, the mouse heard your plans and decided to take his life instead of suffering the torturous humility of becoming a cat toy.  All very plausible, you know!


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 07, 2013, 05:18:37 AM
Dare I say that mouse commited suicide?

"Honey, let's borrow that mouse killing cat.  Let's go get that cat right now!"  Unbeknownst to you, the mouse heard your plans and decided to take his life instead of suffering the torturous humility of becoming a cat toy.  All very plausible, you know!

Probably true...We are still mouse-free further confirming we had just one left. Based on the droppings, location, habits, etc I'm positive we only had one left and this is confirming it. Anyway, I guess suicide by snap trap was much better than Catzilla.    :-\


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Kitt on November 07, 2013, 05:47:44 AM
Scott, the photo and trap say it all - victory indeed. Glad you got it sorted out.


Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Chuck Hancock on November 17, 2013, 05:41:07 PM
I do believe you are holding up a picture of the very rare (with your action thought to now be extinct) lop eared, snagle toothed field mouse.  As a member of the MLPCFElESTFM (mouse lovers protective coalition for endangered lop eared, snagle toothed field mice) I feel compelled to point out that by causing the little critters eyes to bug out with that snap trap you have voided the terms of the $1,000,000 reward for the live capture of the last remaining member of the species.  Oh well, use the pelt to make a finger warmer when you flip me off. 



Title: Re: Sealing against mice...
Post by: Scott & Heather on November 17, 2013, 07:44:36 PM
Lol! I was thinking about mounting the head next to my dad's deer mounts :)


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