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Posted: 02/22/16 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hope this dispels some of the myths out there about Mice.
Nothing you put inside your camper is going to keep them out.
You have to stop them from getting in through small hols or other access points.
To prove my point, I put almost everything in my camper that has been suggested. Dyer sheets, moth balls, some tea tree oil, peppermint oil etc.
Guess what. I got a mouse.

One of the drawers actually had the moth balls AND a dyer sheet. Not only did it NOT deter the mouse from entering the drawer, it went to the bathroom on the dryer sheet AND the mothball.

So again, just seal up the access points. If you use one of the above methods, sure you might not have gotten a mouse as I haven't on previous years, the the above had nothing to do with it.


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It has been said they use the dryer sheets as bedding and the mothballs to play soccer. Could be.

Many of us who have a feed room at our horse barns swear that leaving ceder chips on the floor deters mice. I haven't really decided if it actually works or not, but we do it. So in that vein, I keep a couple of socks full of ceder chips in the camper. One in the cabinet under the galley, and the other in the front storage compartment.

But I'm with you, the most important thing is to keep the trailer sealed up. I have not had any mice in this trailer. Could be the cedar chips work ? But then, I have not had any bears, lions or elephants in here either, so who's to say ???? [emoticon] [emoticon]

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Thanks for that. I guess it may work for some people for some mice in some parts of the country.

A cat works for us. We know because she brings us presents!

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Sorry, but in 8 years of using PURE Peppermint oil on cottonballs all throughout our coach we have never had any evidence of mice. Ours is stored in a barn on an acreage, so there are plenty of critters around. Not a myth, I am sold on this method!!


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Posted: 02/22/16 01:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

samhain7 wrote:

I hope this dispels some of the myths out there about Mice.
Nothing you put inside your camper is going to keep them out.


Disagree. I've had a "mouse experience" before and know how unpleasant it can be, since then I've used Fresh Cab and had no issues at all. Of course you want to seal whatever openings there may be but a mouse can get through some awfully tiny spaces so it's easier to say than to do. And FWIW, it's not peppermint oil but PURE peppermint oil you'd want to use.


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Or you can just get a good barn cat and then you won't have to worry about mice. I really don't like cats that much but my daughter has a few and the only good thing I can say about them is I haven't seen a live mouse for years in the camper and/or house.

You can always find someone giving them away for free. If you happen to have a off site storage area for your camper just drop off a few strays. j/k


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Don't know about mice, but I do know for a fact that dryer sheets have kept dinosaurs out of our trailer since we start using them.


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janstey58 wrote:

Sorry, but in 8 years of using PURE Peppermint oil on cottonballs all throughout our coach we have never had any evidence of mice. Ours is stored in a barn on an acreage, so there are plenty of critters around. Not a myth, I am sold on this method!!


As I mentioned, I used peppermint oil (yes PURE as my wife keeps it in the pantry).
It does NOT work.
Once again, in 8 years you have not had mice and that is a coincidence....

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downtheroad wrote:

Don't know about mice, but I do know for a fact that dryer sheets have kept dinosaurs out of our trailer since we start using them.

Funny enough, my combination of stuff kept the dinosaurs out of my trailer too...

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I got this mouse once using peanut butter as bait. Mouse got trapped into a trash can. When I found him in the trash can I carried him outside and throwed him into the woods here.

I'm pretty sure the mouse beat me back into the fifth wheel haha
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I have had good luck with PURE PEPPERMINT OIL and cotton balls. We only one place here in town to buy that stuff. I ordered mine through AMAZON...

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