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Old 10-30-2019, 05:11 PM   #1
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Managing mice in your stored trailer

This is our first storage season with our 5.0TA. With our previous RV we frequently had mice enter and make quite a mess over the winter. We tried various control measures with mixed success, including:

A sonic device - annoyed the dog but didn't do a thing about the mice

Mothballs- DONT EVER DO THIS.....YOU WILL RUIN YOUR TRAILER

Classic mousetraps baited with peanut butter - this worked but we had to remember to check the traps frequently

The 5.0 TA seems to be sealed against mice much better than our old camper van but I am stil tending toward putting a couple of traps in.

What's your experience been? Any advice or suggestions?
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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No evidence of mice, no rats in the trailer. Lots in the back yard. I set traps for them.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:35 PM   #3
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Here’s what I do. My process may be different because we keep the Escape in a metal building with a concrete floor.
I put mothballs in small boxes and distribute the boxes on the floor by “climb up points” like tires, stabilizers etc.
We use dryer sheets on the curved door taped up with painters masking tape.
I tape over all vents and holes in the trailer.
I put two glue boards by each corner of the doors.
We remove all food and water from the trailer, spices and all.
All of my control joints under the door in the concrete are caulked
The building is very tight at ground level. It does have screened soffit vents, they do not have any openings in them and are framed tight with wood strips.
Six years, no damage and only insects on the glue boards. Save the admonitions about glue boards and birds or other animals.
I trap mice in my other building which is not tight at all. I use them for coyote bait.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:38 PM   #4
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I agree the Escape is pretty mouse tight. I used to use the various traps and poisons, also mothballs. Never had a problem with mothballs, when I remove them I toss em under the shed to try and keep the vermits out of there. Haven't bothered with the mouse stuff since I started going away for part of the winter. I take out all the stuff I mentioned in the other thread and leave everything open.

A lot probably depends on where you live. Mice are not much of a problem around here.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:58 PM   #5
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I have a 2018 19 and live in a rural, extremely mouse ridden area. It’s a constant battle to keep them out of our vehicles. We’ve had the trailer over a year now, sitting outside all the time we’re not using it. As far as I know, they have not gotten into the trailer. I monitor the situation closely, but no evidence of these pests so far. Fingers crossed!
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:25 PM   #6
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I also live out in the country no mice issues here but then I have my rat patrol, 6 outside cats haven’t seen or had any mouse issues the last 8 yrs with them on patrol.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:36 PM   #7
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Cut up a bar of Irish Spring soap & put the pieces in different areas. Works like the dryer heat method.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:38 PM   #8
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Cut up a bar of Irish Spring soap & put the pieces in different areas. Works like the dryer heat method.
Irish Spring gives mice minty fresh breath.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:22 PM   #9
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I tried Irish spring n the dang birds took them ........ guess they forgot their soap for their baths at the creek lol
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We live in a very rural area with aggressive mice. Our Casita could not keep them away. The Escape has not had a mouse intrusion! Our cars suffer hundreds of dollars of damage, a favorite item to chew is the $1000 NOX sensor. The Casita was attacked via the power cord, the rodents were able to squeeze in the power cord door, I finally stuffed the area with stainless steel scrub pads. We ordered the removable power cord on the Escape. The Casita had the window screens chewed up and access was gained with a slightly opened window for ventilation. We keep all windows and vents shut tight on the Escape. We used a fabric cover on the Casita and the mice crawled all over the trailer using the fabric as a ladder, their laterine was the area between the Fiama awning and the roof. We built a vinyl covered portable garage for the Escape, and do not use an cover. So far we have not found pools of mouse liquids or solids on the roof.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:54 AM   #11
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I responded to a craigslist ad a couple of miles out of town once and the guy had 3 cars all with the hoods all open.
He said it was to keep the mice/rats/squirrels out as they would feel too exposed to predators. I guess hawks and eagles?
He thought it worked.
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I have found the best solution. A small portable player that runs off 12 volt. It plays "What's up Pussycat!" every 30 minutes.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:12 AM   #13
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We put steel wool around each tire and the landing gear. Mice don't like the poke in the nose they get from the steel. We put dryer sheets throughout the trailer because I heard they don't like the smell. And we don't leave any food in the trailer. I vacuum thoroughly to reduce the amount of food crumbs. So far, so good. :-)
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We put dryer sheets throughout the trailer because I heard they don't like the smell.

I smell a rat.
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:40 PM   #15
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We used to use Irish Spring soap to keep deer away from our
Flower beds, especially Hostas. We would buy a couple cases at the railroad salvage store and slice wafers of the soap with a salad shooter and hang it at feeding height. Your tax dollar at work. Lunch tasted funny some days though.
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:51 PM   #16
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I had a huge mouse problem so I brought in a couple of cats. After many months I checked back and the mice were all gone but there were cats all over the place. I am currently looking at adding a couple of dogs to the mix to solve my cat problem! - just joking, i don't really have any mice, it is much too cold here in the winter for the mice to bother with my Escape!
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:56 PM   #17
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I have had mice in all my other trailers, but none in 10 years of Escape ownership, and I do nothing other than shut the door to keep them out.
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I use these in my house and garage. They don't bother the dogs but do make a squeaky noise I had to get used to. They have worked really well for me and I no longer hear what sounds like a herd of elephants in my ceiling between floors.
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I keep jello in the home refrigerator to keep out the elephants, so far have not found any elephant prints in the jello............it works
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Do you rent or loan out the cats?
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