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CliffP
04-15-2012, 09:28 PM
When we've winterized our camper Mindy has always used dryer sheets and cotton balls with peppermint oil to keep out mice. It seemed to work fine on our other camper. First trip with the new camper and we already picked up a stowaway. This one won't crawl up our power cord again.

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What are you using to keep these guys out?

Thanks in advance,

Cliff and Mindy

PeternLiane
04-15-2012, 09:57 PM
Steel wool works really well to keep them out.

JohnDar
04-15-2012, 10:13 PM
For some of the larger holes, taping a piece of mesh screen over it and then covering it with expanding foam works. But, for that cord storage port, there isn't much you can put in there to block it. Maybe stuffing some peppermint oil soaked cotton balls in an old nylon sock and sticking it in the opening while the cord is in use might work.

porthole
04-15-2012, 10:19 PM
Bronze wool is better - no rust. Used for wood finishing on boats.

CliffP
04-24-2012, 11:36 PM
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Getting to know our camper better tonight and looking for places to run wires, came accross the stowaway's nest. He had come up the power cord and built this nest out of moss and a plastic bag. There isn't any moss by our house so wondering if there is some by where it was parked at the dealer for the winter. The bag was under the sink when Mindy noticed it was tore up so thinking there must be some holes in the floor that need sealing. Saw it on the forum before but does anyone know who sells the black foam to seal the holes or know something that works better? It is funny, our dealer put some little bags of stuff to keep the mice out and one of the bags was chewed into by the mouse. Don't think we'll be buying that brand again. Put in some dryer sheets, peppermint oil on cotton balls and getting some bronze wool tomorrow.

porthole
04-25-2012, 06:21 AM
anyone know who sells the black foam to seal the holes or know something that works better?

Amazon, ebay etc HD, lowes. Get the stuff for outdoor ponds, has some UV inhibit in it. Good for the exterior areas, landing gear etc.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=black+pond+foam

cookie
04-25-2012, 07:29 AM
Cliff, you can get it at Menards. It's in the outdoor section where they have stuff for ponds.

Peace
Dave

CliffP
04-25-2012, 07:45 AM
Thanks, just happen to going faucet shopping at Menards and Home Depot tonight. I'll pick some up.

recumbent615
04-25-2012, 09:24 AM
When we've winterized our camper Mindy has always used dryer sheets and cotton balls with peppermint oil to keep out mice. It seemed to work fine on our other camper. First trip with the new camper and we already picked up a stowaway. This one won't crawl up our power cord again.

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What are you using to keep these guys out?

Thanks in advance,

Cliff and Mindy

Cliff,

I had a similar issue with my SOB - I replaced the entire power cord setup with the removable power cord setup to remove the access that the mice and Wasps were using to get into my rig. I had a very large wasp nest right behind the cord access one year - that was my breaking point!

Kevin

CliffP
04-28-2012, 10:48 AM
Cliff,

I had a similar issue with my SOB - I replaced the entire power cord setup with the removable power cord setup to remove the access that the mice and Wasps were using to get into my rig. I had a very large wasp nest right behind the cord access one year - that was my breaking point!

Kevin

Kevin,

A wasp nest there would be terrible! Did the kit cover the whole hole or did you have to make some kind of plate to go behind it?

CliffP
04-28-2012, 11:31 AM
We were at our dealer on Thursday and mentioned mice. They now sell Mouse Free (http://www.mouse-free.com/index.php), which is a spray that has to be applied once a year. Has anyone heard of or tried this product? Snake oil? It would be hard for me to justify $10 / linear foot plus the small (didn't ask) application fee.

cookie
04-28-2012, 01:15 PM
Cliff, Check it out.....MOUSE FREE DIY (http://www.mouse-free.com/products.php?cat=1).

Peace
Dave

TandT
04-28-2012, 01:27 PM
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Getting to know our camper better tonight and looking for places to run wires, came accross the stowaway's nest. He had come up the power cord and built this nest out of moss and a plastic bag. There isn't any moss by our house so wondering if there is some by where it was parked at the dealer for the winter. The bag was under the sink when Mindy noticed it was tore up so thinking there must be some holes in the floor that need sealing. Saw it on the forum before but does anyone know who sells the black foam to seal the holes or know something that works better? It is funny, our dealer put some little bags of stuff to keep the mice out and one of the bags was chewed into by the mouse. Don't think we'll be buying that brand again. Put in some dryer sheets, peppermint oil on cotton balls and getting some bronze wool tomorrow.

If you were driving around down here with that in your rig, the Border Patrol would probably pull you into secondary inspection for a closer look. :) Trace

CliffP
04-28-2012, 01:43 PM
If you were driving around down here with that in your rig, the Border Patrol would probably pull you into secondary inspection for a closer look. :) Trace

I didn't see it before but that is hilarious!

JohnDar
04-28-2012, 04:32 PM
Cliff, Check it out.....MOUSE FREE DIY (http://www.mouse-free.com/products.php?cat=1).

Peace
Dave

Interesting product, if it works as well as they claim.

recumbent615
04-28-2012, 10:11 PM
Kevin,

A wasp nest there would be terrible! Did the kit cover the whole hole or did you have to make some kind of plate to go behind it?

Cliff,

By SOB was Stick and Tin so I needed to put a plate on the outside to allow it to fit. The same may be true for a Glass walled unit depending on the size of the Marine receptacle you install.

Wasps are not fun - and easy to find when you have them in the Power Cord area - they do not like it when you pull the extension cord out of the hole ... and they let you know it too!

Kevin

PeternLiane
04-28-2012, 10:15 PM
Cliff, Check it out.....MOUSE FREE DIY (http://www.mouse-free.com/products.php?cat=1).

Peace
Dave

I think that it would be a good thing if it works.

JohnDar
04-28-2012, 10:41 PM
I've sent them an e-mail to find out what the shelf life of the product is after a part of a gallon has been used. With a BH3670, I would not need a full 2 gallons unless I decide to just coat the beejeebers out of it so I don't have any left over. $200 to DIY vs. $10/foot + travel to a dealer that does it. I am interested.

CliffP
04-28-2012, 11:07 PM
I've sent them an e-mail to find out what the shelf life of the product is after a part of a gallon has been used. With a BH3670, I would not need a full 2 gallons unless I decide to just coat the beejeebers out of it so I don't have any left over. $200 to DIY vs. $10/foot + travel to a dealer that does it. I am interested.

Would you let us know what you find out?

caissiel
04-29-2012, 08:30 AM
We have been using UltraSonic electric mice gaget by Black and Decker for years. The only trouble it has to be plugged in 120V circuit with power.
Never have mouse while plugged in.
Put one of those in the Garage and all my squirrels ran to my neighbour's garage so I gave him one for his to. These are only available in US at WW. that I have located so far. It don't kill but surely creates problems for others.

We now have one in the bedroom, kitchen and the basement.
When I store my classics cars for the winter I place mooth balls around the outside of the cars and Downy dryer sheets inside. Never had a mouse in the cars in the last 7 years doing it and a nice fresh smell inside, who care about the outside.

JohnDar
04-29-2012, 10:44 AM
Would you let us know what you find out?

They replied that it has an indefinite shelf life so long as the cap is secured.

JohnDar
04-29-2012, 10:52 AM
We have been using UltraSonic electric mice gaget by Black and Decker for years. The only trouble it has to be plugged in 120V circuit with power.
Never have mouse while plugged in.
Put one of those in the Garage and all my squirrels ran to my neighbour's garage so I gave him one for his to. These are only available in US at WW. that I have located so far. It don't kill but surely creates problems for others.

We now have one in the bedroom, kitchen and the basement.
When I store my classics cars for the winter I place mooth balls around the outside of the cars and Downy dryer sheets inside. Never had a mouse in the cars in the last 7 years doing it and a nice fresh smell inside, who care about the outside.

I also keep one plugged into the outlet under the kitchen counter in the BH, while we're parked at our site. That's where they were entering the interior from the underbelly, as well as getting into the pipe chase for the W/D. I might stick one in the extra bulkhead outlet behind the basement walls to cover that area. At home, I put one in the garage, near the main door, and another in the attic above (after installing an outlet up there). Little buggers were getting up there, but their activities appear to have been curtailed since my traps have been empty for a long time now.

Any mouse that does feel lucky and venture further has to deal with Jaws & Claws.