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wolfrat1
08-03-2017, 10:52 AM
A general frustration question. None of the items I've used so far do anything to control pests. Dryer sheets, the drop packets sold at camping world, general rv or anyplace else. Does anyone have a tried and true method for pest control? I'd like to hear it before I put my trailer up for the winter. Really gets frustration wasting money on things that don't work...

Thanks in advance...

klp605
08-03-2017, 11:51 AM
Mouse Free is what had been recommended to me. Told it is easy to apply. Available on Amazon.

Also curious to know what other Heartlanders have found to be successful.

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JohnDar
08-03-2017, 01:34 PM
Mouse Free is what had been recommended to me. Told it is easy to apply. Available on Amazon.

Also curious to know what other Heartlanders have found to be successful.

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I've been using MouseFree for several years. It works. You do need to apply it each year. I spray it on in the spring. It can be brushed or rolled on, but spraying is easier and quicker.


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Bob.jr
08-03-2017, 02:35 PM
I have used shredded steel wool and ammonia. Works most of the time.

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CoveredWagon
08-03-2017, 03:10 PM
How big a Rv will a gallon of Mouse-Free cover ? It's fairly expensive stuff. And where does one apply it ?

JohnDar
08-03-2017, 04:39 PM
How big a Rv will a gallon of Mouse-Free cover ? It's fairly expensive stuff. And where does one apply it ?

Their literature says a gallon will do a 24ft. trailer. Obviously, my 3670 is considerably longer than that and I use about 3/4 of a gallon. You only need to apply it to the exposed frame and the struts or jacks that contact the ground. I also brush a little on the power cable near the trailer connection, the water hose where it rises into the UDC, and spray the sewer pipe where it exits the frame. I do not spray the entire underbody.

I even brush a little on the lower area of the Shepherd hooks the wife hangs her plants and bird feeders on to keep crawling insects off.

I originally bought the two gallon option to get the sprayer, since I didn't have one. Actually, that would preclude having to clean a better spray gun that you use for paints, etc.

Per info from the company, it will not lose its potency in storage. And the odor is not strong, even when applying it. It does leave a gel-like coating on the surfaces, but it can be wiped off with a rag.

If you use it and drive through dirty, dusty areas, it will probably collect dirt. But it does have a rust preventative quality since it does coat the frame and stays there.

Your mileage may vary and I am not a paid spokesman.


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TravelTiger
08-03-2017, 05:52 PM
Fwiw, we have used "Fresh Cab", I assume it works, but it looses it's potency after about a month.


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CoveredWagon
08-03-2017, 06:15 PM
Thanks John, there goes another $140 😡

JohnDar
08-03-2017, 09:13 PM
Thanks John, there goes another $140 [emoji35]

A boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. A house is a similar one in the ground. A trailer is simply a platform you pile money on and drag around for all to see. [emoji16][emoji383][emoji383]


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JohnD
08-04-2017, 01:54 AM
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JohnDar
08-04-2017, 05:27 AM
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Much as I love cats, they're only good mousers inside the rig if the mice come out of hiding. They might catch one dummy while the rest are happily chewing up the stuff you can't see under the floor.


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alexb2000
08-04-2017, 06:17 AM
I just had a family move into the roof (between the ceiling panels and roof). We would lay in bed and hear them running, scratching, etc. I wanted to stop that real quick before they damaged something so I took down the vent trim and put a mouse trap baited with peanut butter against the insulation. It worked, each day was like Christmas morning taking down the vent trim to see what we caught over night. Generally I leave Tom Cat poison blocks all over the lower portion of the trailer and that works until they eat them all, which caught me by surprise and I didn't get them replaced quickly enough.

This winter I am going to put one of these under the pin area...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSk79YcuIRQ

My mercy has gone down quite a bit since I've had to rewire at least one trailer a year on my property because of chew damage.

CoveredWagon
08-04-2017, 06:24 AM
A boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. A house is a similar one in the ground. A trailer is simply a platform you pile money on and drag around for all to see. [emoji16][emoji383][emoji383]


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I'm learning faster than slower 😱 Just had to buy a repeater for the TPMS.

B O A T = Bring another thousand.
Aviation AMU = Aviation money unit, 1 AMU = $1000. All parts cost many many AMUs

carl.swoyer
08-04-2017, 06:25 AM
Mint, mice don't like it

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rxbristol
08-04-2017, 08:06 AM
I use preventive measures. I spent a whole day taping and sealing all holes and seams under the RV--and there were lots of them. Then I use brass wool (does not rust) around my electrical cord entrance hole and make sure the UDC hole is blocked (they can get around the seal between the UDC and bay). Two mice got into the RV when we were in Santa Rosa (we were only there for one night) because I did not use the brass wool around the electrical entrance, but they cannot resist peanut butter on a mouse trap.

Rottiesmom
08-04-2017, 08:30 AM
I feel your frustrations we use to have issues with Mice with our SOB brand when we store it in the winter (and it was in a woody area), however a friend told me to put "Bounce" dryer sheets (not all dryer sheets work) I put them all around under cushions, on the bed mattress in drawers, around water line and electrical openings and the pantry (after removing all foods), I put the steel wool around openings for electrical and plumbing also and have used Oregano in coffee filters and spread them out throughout the camper especially by any openings they can get in. I also remove any items they can use for nesting at the end of the season, i.e. sponges, paper towels, comforters etc. We have never had an issue with Mice again. During the camping season we use units that you plug into your outlets we have one inside the camper and the other is in the outlet in our basement and I can honestly say we have never seen a mouse or critter in the unit since. Good luck with your search.

itinerants
08-29-2017, 10:37 PM
I feel your frustrations we use to have issues with Mice with our SOB brand when we store it in the winter (and it was in a woody area), however a friend told me to put "Bounce" dryer sheets (not all dryer sheets work) I put them all around under cushions, on the bed mattress in drawers, around water line and electrical openings and the pantry (after removing all foods), I put the steel wool around openings for electrical and plumbing also and have used Oregano in coffee filters and spread them out throughout the camper especially by any openings they can get in. I also remove any items they can use for nesting at the end of the season, i.e. sponges, paper towels, comforters etc. We have never had an issue with Mice again. During the camping season we use units that you plug into your outlets we have one inside the camper and the other is in the outlet in our basement and I can honestly say we have never seen a mouse or critter in the unit since. Good luck with your search.I found mouse turds one drawer under using one of those plug in units. One day later using a traditional trap in the drawer with the deterrent unit still plugged in, I had the culprit. I wasn't impressed.

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NYSUPstater
08-30-2017, 10:34 AM
With old coach, I'd use, drier sheets, moth cakes and as of recent added those smelly things you get at RV store to the arsenal. Plus would place 3-4 alum baking pans with charcoal to aid as moisture collector. 1st thing is to make sure you have no food in RV. Giving it a good last time cleaning inside is optional. We store ours in a building that owner has corn/soybeans in. Only 1x did we have visitors over the winter, but were gone upon p/u in spring. Been in same barn/building since 2005. Reason was, I failed to use the sheets/moth cakes or so. Also, like others have said, seal up any/all holes with steel wool or such. Come spring time, inside has a combo smell of moth cakes and the smelly (peppermint??) things. Open windows and let air out for a couple days.


Or can use method in link below.......
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alexb2000
08-30-2017, 04:52 PM
Mint, mice don't like it

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I just had a funny experience the other day and then I read your post. I found my labradors digging in the garden, something they never do unless there is an animal around. Well they dig for a few minutes and out run a family of mice.

The mice were living in a bed of mint.;)

dave10a
08-30-2017, 05:00 PM
I use moth balls in cat food tins place in strategic location around the trailer. Never had a rodent problem and the moth ball smell is temporary and air out quickly.

JohnDar
08-30-2017, 08:41 PM
I spray the frame and struts with MouseFree each spring and don't have a mouse problem.


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srcooke
09-02-2017, 08:04 PM
Does anyone have any ideas for this? 4 of my 5 slides have openings through the frame to under the floor.. I just need to add a sign "Mouse Hotel".https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/5031c9530cc0df4d9292755e6635fa72.jpg

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JohnDar
09-02-2017, 10:43 PM
I cut an old inner tube into squares large enough to cover the holes. Cut a slit to the center and make a small diameter hole in the center. Slip it over the rod and use self-tapping screws to attach it to the frame.


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srcooke
09-03-2017, 06:51 AM
I cut an old inner tube into squares large enough to cover the holes. Cut a slit to the center and make a small diameter hole in the center. Slip it over the rod and use self-tapping screws to attach it to the frame.


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Thanks, I'll try that. My choices were that or a thin plastic cutting board. Terrible design. My Cedar Creek had the hydraulics attached to the end of the gear rail so nothing was exposed. I never thought to look at this.

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JohnDar
09-03-2017, 04:17 PM
John,
Thanks, I'll try that. My choices were that or a thin plastic cutting board. Terrible design. My Cedar Creek had the hydraulics attached to the end of the gear rail so nothing was exposed. I never thought to look at this.

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Here's a photo of how I did it. Not pretty, but it seems to work. And I got the idea a few years ago from someone else on this forum.

srcooke
09-04-2017, 07:30 AM
Here's a photo of how I did it. Not pretty, but it seems to work. And I got the idea a few years ago from someone else on this forum.Thanks John.. I'll try something like that.

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NYSUPstater
09-05-2017, 12:52 AM
Another option for the hydraulics is to get a piece of trailer patch and trim to fit. It's made of metal/tin and self stick. I ask our trailer mechanic and he gets me a small section (12"x12"). Others, ask a local trucking company/Ryder/Penske/ or semi trailer repair shop.

paulh
09-07-2017, 03:16 PM
Does anyone have any ideas for this? 4 of my 5 slides have openings through the frame to under the floor.. I just need to add a sign "Mouse Hotel".https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170903/5031c9530cc0df4d9292755e6635fa72.jpg

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Here's another idea for covering those holes in your frame. I did use the plastic cutting board as mentioned earlier and made it into a sliding cover because this particular rod moved 1" up and down while the slide was being activated. I cut a 3/4" hole to fit around the rod fairly tight and then two vertical slots which are behind the washers, you can just barely see the top slot. The screws are tightened down just enough to hold the cover firmly against the frame but allow it to slide vertically with the rod. No chance of mice or hornets getting in there now.

wdk450
11-16-2017, 09:07 PM
In my current stay here in Porterville, Ca. I have had a mice problem in the kitchen slide area. Besides getting into my pata/rice/dried beans storage in the big drawer under the refrigerator, they were also coming into the kitchen area (and the rest of the living room) entering at a small gap at the ends of the kitchen slide floor. I got a piece of hard pressboard, and cut it to the top dimensions of the drawer to seal it off. I used screws into the sides of the wood going through clearance holes in the wood top to keep it in place. I use a square foam gasket stuffed in between the slide lip and the floor for heating/cooling sealing, so I just stuffed in some steel wool in the cracks where the mice were coming in on the ends of the slides. NO MORE MICE PROBLEMS.

GETnBYE
11-16-2017, 09:38 PM
I am a firm believer that you can not ever convince a mouse not to go into your camper, but you can make it harder and them maybe....hopefully.....maybe they will give up and move on.


We try to not leave any food in out camper unless we are camping, and even then we use tupperware and lock and lock containers for everything that is not in the refrigerator.

Every new camper we get is gone over with spray foam in every opening we can find and get to. We remove false cabinet bottoms, cabinet drawers, etc. to get to what we hope is all wiring and pipe openings. I'm guessing we used 7 or 8 cans of the spray foam called "Great Stuff", found at Home Depot.

Lastly, we leave very strong sticky traps in the basement and in the coach and check them at least once per month. More in warm months. I think got one mouse in the belly of camper and all I get upstairs so far is spiders, and I would use them just for the spider removal either way.

A word of caution with the spray, have plenty of paper towels on hand and gloves. Be prepared for it to swell a good bit as it sets, so don't over do it. Just a small learning curve to it.

So far this method has worked for us. (knock on wood).

Good Luck

bwdt
12-06-2017, 11:06 PM
Wanted to share something. A friend of mine use to own a Tiffan Motor home which use to get mice. I used foam in a can to block off all of the electrical and plumbing chases to the basement.

For the slide rods, I would use some wax paper around the rods and foam to fill the holes.

olcoon
12-07-2017, 05:24 PM
Haven't read all the posts, but here is what I do down at the farm to keep the critters under control. I've got a 5 gallon plastic bucked that I put 1 gal. of RV antifreeze in. I drilled a hole on opposite sides of the bucket for a rod to go through, then I took a pop can and drilled a hole in each end & inserted a rod through it to span the top of the bucket. Also I put some wire on the rod on each end of the can & rod to keep then from sliding. I have a small stick running from the floor to the top of the bucket, with small nails tacked on the top end to keep it from falling off the bucket, I've got the stick placed near the rod. I'll coat the pop can with peanut butter. Mouse smells the peanut butter, finds the stick, climbs up bucket, sees the pop can with peanut butter walks across the rod to the pop can. When he gets on the pop can it'll roll dumping him into the RV antifreeze & he takes a final swim.

It's easy & cheap to make, it requires little maintenance, there is no mess. I've got a minnow net near the bucket so when I'm down there I can dip them out easily. Works for me! In an RV, you might need 2, one in the living area, & 1 in the basement. This is the 2nd year of doing this & haven't had near the mouse damage in years past. Keep them going year round, but in the summer I've got water in the bucket instead of RV anti freeze.