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# How Do I Get Rid Of The Mice In My RV?

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How to Get Rid of Mice in an RV

Hello,

I am a very discouraged Dakota Hybrid owner. I purchased my trailer 2 years ago and experienced ongoing problems with leaks in the bed ends resulting in many warranty struggles and finally having two new beds installed around Christmas.

On opening my trailer this month I have discovered a mouse has gained entry and nested in and destroyed the canvas and screening of one bed end. My unit was stored indoors during the winter months and I did not anticipate this.

I have 2 questions:

a) How do I go about finding a replacement for my chewed up end? Are they still available? Are they available direct or do I have to go through a dealer?

b) Does anyone have any tips to keep the rodents out in the future? How do I figure out where they entered?

Thanks.

I suggest that you read this article that I recently wrote How To Keep Your RV Insect-Free During Storage; even though it talks about insects there is also a section on how to get rid of your rodent friends.

Of course there are all kinds of Mouse Traps available. Some traps are known as humane traps and just capture your rodent friends so you can kindly release them back into the wild or put them near someone else’s RV. The not so humane traps just send them directly to mouse heaven.

You can also purchase Rodent Poisons; which in my opinion are really not safe to use around your pets or curious grandkids.

A better and more humane way to get rid of rodents for good and keep them away is using a Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. Rodent Repellers plug into a 120 Volt electrical system or work off of batteries and produce ultrasonic sounds that basically makes mice and rats leave the area and never come back. The ultrasonic sounds are not audible to humans, cats or dogs. But if you have a pet Rat, Mouse, Gerbil or Hamster you should not use this solution as it will drive your little rodent pet insane.

Another repellent that some RVers swear by is called Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent. Fresh Cab is an all natural repellent that is safe to use around children and with no special handling required. In fact it is the only natural pest repellent approved for inside use by the federal EPA.

Take a look at the news report below, for an explanation on why Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent is so effective and safe.

A few of these packets spread around your RV may help get the mice to leave. Fresh Cab will also work well in your home or garage.

As far as the availability of your bed ends are concerned, hopefully one our visitors can steer you in the right direction as to where to get the replacements.

Happy RVing and "mouse hunting"

RVing Al

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### Comments for How Do I Get Rid Of The Mice In My RV?

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 Rating problems with mice by: Anonymous we used the cotton balls with peppermint oil on them and we still got infested with mice, they got under the shelf in the cupboards and the base of the cupboards and went all along the wall. \it was a nasty clean up. Now we use traps and still are catching them and can't seem to keep them out. There is no food in the motorhome. We have poison in the compartments as well and nothing seems to help. I am ready to burn the thing down. YHou get rid of all the mess etc and they keep coming back. I have tried all the things you talk about above and nothing seems to work, they go in spurts. I need help

 Rating Get rid of mice by: GmaBernie Mice also don't like clove oil.

 Rating Pepermintoil! by: Anonymous Peppermint oil!!! Rats HATE the smell. Got rid of all of ours in under an hour!!! You can get it from just about anywhere. You can mix it with water and spray it everywhere or put it in a candle wax warmer with some water and it will disburse throughout the space. Best part is is that it's safe to be around little ones!!! Hope this helps you as much as it helped us!!!

 Rating Re: Insurance question by: Anonymous If you carry full coverage, I know at least Allstate does cover rodent damages. My class A is in the process of being cleaned and evaluated to determine if it will cost more to fix than the RV is worth or not. They had it professionally cleaned/disinfected (was told that was 1500-2000). They were everywhere, (even areas where there couldn't possibly have been food for them like the bathroom, in the silverware, under the comforter (gross...) On opening the door to check on things the smell was overpowering. I did consider putting my cats in there temporarily, but didn't really want them in the mess. We put out normal traps, which we believe got rid of them before calling insurance, they sent out an adjuster the next day.I'd like to prevent this in the future and came across this in my research.

 Rating Nasty little things by: GmaBernie We had a bad problem a couple summers ago with mice. We left the fifth wheel trailer parked on our private land and they had a field day. We bought the DCon but it comes with a black box that you lift the lid and put the DCon in it. You close the lid and the mice crawl through the the hole to eat the poison. Then my husband put two or three of these boxes in the storage compartment under the front of the trailer. They go in there first so they find it before they get into the main trailer. I haven't had any mice in the trailer since then. We check it frequently and add more cubes of DCon to the boxes.. I also check the floors where any pipes come up through. I pushed steel wool around the pipe as tight as I can. They will not chew through steel wool. I hope that helps.

 Rating Mice by: Anonymous We had a terrible problem one year where a mouse had eaten the electrical wire that operated the slide in our bedroom (5th) wheel. We were unable to open or close the slide. They also nested in my dish towels in the drawer in kitchen area. Pee and poop all over my silverware. They got into my pots and pans. We asked an RV repair man about the cost to repair the wire in slide. He quoted between $800 -$1,000. Luckily, I have a very talented husband who had to drill a hole up through the outside storage area and feed a new wire through. This was a several hour project. We also used mesh under the body with foam to seal any open entrances. So far this has worked since being done.

 Rating cats cats cats by: Anonymous we have 6 or 7 stray cats that live in our parking lot .we have a plastic bin with a door in it that goes under the camper and a big hub cap that i fill with dry food the little house and food stay nice and dry under the trailer the cats love it and a lot of people fill the food . result not a single mouse in 4 years!! i do see a lot of dead mice all around the area . the cats do a great job!!

 Rating Get rid of mice by: Anonymous We had mice from the beginning......Best and least expensive way to get rid of mice is take the time to search out the under belly of your RV and close off all holes no matter how small. We used fine mesh screen and screwed and/or stapled it in. We also put it inside around the piping just in case.Two years ago mice found their way in....they climbed up the water hose and found a tiny hole to the basement....we sealed it as well.No more mice.We've used mice poison and of course it works. Keep under the rig up against the inner wheels where it can't be reached by children or pets. We only used it for a short time until we found all the holes.

 Rating Mouse repellant by: Anonymous We had quite a problem with mice in our RV, even after using moth balls but we were told to use "Irish Spring" bath soap bars in place of the moth balls, and our problem was eliminated. The soap is safer than moth balls for my husband's asthma and allergies too.

 Rating This worked for us. Kept mice out! by: MSGLOBAL For the past few years I have been using the DX610 Electronic Pest Repeller plug in product in the RV both when we store it and when we are RVing. You can see it at http://www.electronicpestcontrol.net. The rodent repeller uses high frequency sound output to keep the mice and rats away. The sound creates a constant uncomfortable environment and works on the rodents nervous system.What makes this particular mouse and rat repeller so effective, is the auto-changing sound levels and patterns that prevent the rats and mice from getting use to the sound and from nesting which is what they do when your RV is stored.When I park the RV inside, I use one repeller plugged into an outlet in the garage and one repeller inside the RV plugged into an extension cord.When it is stored outdoors but close to the house or garage, I use one DX610 repelller inside the RV and one dangling in the engine compartment (both on extension cords) and I have not had a rodent problem since.We tested a lot of other ways to both get rid of and keep the mice out of the RV and you can see our test results at http://www.electronicpestcontrol.net/best-way-to-keep-mice-and-rats-out-of-an-rv/Hopefully this will be the answer for you too!

 Rating Try CAB by: wildak8246 Look up Cab on the internet. It is a mouse repellent or deterrent that is highly recommended, though a little pricey. It will explain how often to change the packets, etc. It sounded like something I would try. Hope this helps.

 Rating Get rid of those Mieces to Pieces by: JERZEY JOE First I have Motor Home store inside if you can.Mice still get in.I park on those Basement 2 ' x 2 ' square plywood with plastic corrugated bottoms .They sell at home depot for basement floors.Then I put Ice and water shield on Plywood .Making a Rubber cover.This keeps tires from dry rot,Then Moth ball under camper and by tires where they climb.I have not had a problem.Until this year.Battling cancer.I did all but the Moth balls by tires .Some got in.It is Glue and Trap time.That or $1000.00's in wiring or worse problems.  Rating Mice by: Mak Lutes We use Bounce sheets, glue pads and mouse traps to catch them before they become a family. We also use Mouse poison. Gives them something to eat instead ion my wiring . So far no more mice.  Rating mice deterrent by: I've tried everything, electronics, dryer sheets, d con and traps (messy, and the only thing that works for us is peppermint oil on cotton balls. Haven't had a mouse all winter and I was bombarded with them last yr.  Rating mice by: Jeff Jones We use a product called Shake away. Got it online. Its a granule product made out of fox urine i believe. Just sprinkle some around your rv about every 2 weeks.I do have poison in my garage where my dogs arent let in it. Our rv is parked outdoors next to the garage. Itll be our 4th winter so far. 1st winter we had mice. Been using Shake away ever since and knock on wood, no mice since. I even sprinkle it during rv season as a precaution. Hope if you try it, you have good luck with it as well.  Rating Tried Everything by: Anonymous I have a park model RV that is permanent at a campground. Due to health issues I have not actively lived in the trailer so there is zero in the way of food on the premises. I have used the ultrasonic repellers along with peppermint oil on cotton balls placed on aluminum foil, bounce sheets, moth balls and DCon pellets all at the same time. Any openings are filled with steel wool and then duct taped as well as the outside vents for the furnace. All of this to no avail. I am still infested. My sofas are sleeper sofas. They nest in the folds that go up into the backs. I have also lined the couches and all the shelves with aluminum foil. Nothing deters them. I have found part of my wall chewed open in a storage area and have sealed that with steel wool and duct tape. There are major droppings and I also found a dead chipmunk in the bathroom sink. Don't know what else to do.  Rating RODENT REPELLERS by: EDWARD ULTRASONIC RODENT REPELLERS DO NOT WORK. I BOUGHT TWO OF THE BEST QUALITY AND LARGEST SIZE I COULD FIND FOR MY BRAND NEW FLEETWOOD CLASS A AND STILL THE MICE INVADED AND CHEWED UP THE WIRES WHICH GETS TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR I,VE TRIED CATs, TRAPS AND POISONS AND HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS WITH OLD FASHIONED SPRING TRAPS THOUGH NOT HUMANE GOOD LUCK  Rating Don't forget Hanta virus during clean up! by: Anonymous Please do not forget that rodents can carry Hanta virus which is shed in dust with feces particles in it. It is a particularly nasty bug and can kill you. If you must work in an area where contact with rodent urine or feces is possible, follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):When opening an unused cabin, shed, or other building, open all the doors and windows, leave the building, and allow the space to air out for 30 minutes.Return to the building and spray the surfaces, carpet, and other areas with a disinfectant. Leave the building for another 30 minutes.Spray mouse nests and droppings with a 10% solution of chlorine bleach or similar disinfectant. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Using rubber gloves, place the materials in plastic bags. Seal the bags and throw them in the trash or an incinerator. Dispose of gloves and cleaning materials in the same way.Wash all potentially contaminated hard surfaces with a bleach or disinfectant solution. Avoid vacuuming until the area has been thoroughly decontaminated. Then, vacuum the first few times with enough ventilation. Surgical masks may provide some protection.  Rating keep mice out of rv,s by: Anonymous when i close up my trailer for the winter , i throw about 5 boxes of mothballs under my trailer ,, also i put smelly bounce sheets all through my trailer, ive sealed up all holes that gas lines , electric cables go through with spray foam insulation , mice wont eat this,,and make sure that all food is removed before closing , this works well for me ,, i hope that this help you  Rating nothing works! by: Anonymous We have been experiencing problems with mice since we owned our rv's. At least 10 yrs now. We tried everything, even spray foamed all the holes under the rv. Still having issues. Mice made nests in both our sofa's. I patched them myself with material I bought online. This year they got our mattress!Haven't found anything to work, moth balls, dryer sheets, even coyote urine! Help!  Rating Good Luck! by: Anonymous with the exception of Mouse Free we've tried it all...most recently all our friends tried the tea bag like repellant...our mice opened the bags up and used the bag liner for nesting!  Rating Mice problems! by: Anonymous Hi everyone, I heard about this product called Mouse Free from a friend and decided to try it out on my RV last summer. Have not seen a mouse since! Plus it's easy to apply, you just connect an air compressor to the application gun and spray the product under the RV. Here's the website if any one wants to have a look, www.mouse-free.com  Rating mice in rv by: Anonymous Since owning a travel trailer I have always had the fear of opening the camper in the Spring and seeing the damage mice could do. Every Fall when we close our camper up we put out 2-3 boxes of D-Con. Much rather kill a mouse than the mouse destroy the inside of my camper. So far-no damage (knock on wood)!!  Rating Mouse Damage Insurance Estimate by: Anonymous I just received an estimate from a shop indicating that the damage caused by this one rodent is approximately$7,000.00. I decided that I probably won't have the repairs done there, because their expertise is TT not MH. I am not sure if there is a huge difference structurally, but the last time I did have repairs done at a TT type shop, my RV did not fare so well from the outcome.

 Rating Mouses in the trailer !!! by: Anonymous Hi I tried peppermint oil on cotton balls and the mice just loved them for nesting material, drier sheets where no better unfortuately.Tried ultrasonic repellers and they didn't work either.The sound of those little B%#\$&@*s chewing in my ceiling and pooping in my A/C vents was driving me nuts.Sealing up all the holes under the trailer ( like where gas lines go , and dinged up flashing ) as well as industrial strength poison outside of the trailer was the only way to go. If it is fall good luck as the little critters have a strong life force. Also all food remove from trailer and keep trailer cold so there is no incentive to nest there. Mouse vs man ; mouse 1 man 0

 Rating Dryer Sheets for Mice by: Joe K. 2010-2011, I used dryer sheets all over my 35' Class C. It didn't work. They chewed through a bench cushion right next to the sheet. Several times throughout the winter season I added new sheets too.

 Rating Anybody tried Mouse Free product? by: Anonymous Came across site www.mouse-free.com. Looks like a pretty good idea, the videos sure make it look like its going to keep mice out of your RV. Its a coating that goes on the undercarriage. I'm going to give the do it yourself kit a try on our trailer. Has anybody else tried it?

 Rating TomCat by: Travel EASY Decks by J n K Innovations, LLC NOTE: This comment was submitted on the Everything About RVing Facebook Fan Page.I have used a product called TomCat. Yes it is a poison, but it comes in blocks that you can put behind the cabinets and in places pets and children cannot get to. I also put it under the hood of my cars and motor home to keep the mice from chewing up the wires.

 Rating Will insurance cover extensive rodent damage? by: Anonymous Does anyone have experience with this or know if insurance covers it? I discovered that the exterior laminate above the cab of my Class C was "peeling off", so I went up above the cab inside to investigate. I found a small hole where most of the interior of the wall has been removed and piled up in a corner. And then I actually spotted the mouse itself. As disgusting as it might seem, I opted not to disturb his nest just yet, but placed a trap with peanut butter just outside of the hole, hoping he will return there and get trapped. I was afraid if I cleaned up the mess he might seek out a new place to create more damage. Then I discovered that he has also eaten the black rubber gasket from around the inside of one of my exterior cargo doors, at the rear of the RV, near the electrical connection, and the black rubber was also neatly piled in the cargo bin.

 Rating Dryer Sheets by: Big Dog I echo the comments about dryer sheets, we have used them every year during our winter storage and have never had mice get into the Travel Trailer. We have stored our TT in places where you would/should/can easily get mice and never even had a sign of one...

 Rating MICES by: Anonymous When I am camping in the bush. I use a roll of flashing and put it around the tires.And put dirt around the bottom of the flashing. All in 1 piece Also legs and jacks wrap flashing on them.Anything that is touching the ground.Also but around circle flashing on your electric cord You can do the same think when not in use. After doing this I never got a mouse in my 5th wheel agin.

 Rating Keeping the rodents away by: cafay1 When we close our camper up for the winter we put dryer sheets all through the camper even in the cupboards and drawers. This seems to help. We have been putting moth balls in small netting bags under the camper to discourage them from entering the camper too. This really works but it does leave a bad odor around the outside of the camper. The small netting bags are then easy to pick up and dispose of in the spring when we open up.

 Rating Rodents In RV's by: Anonymous We use BOUNCE softner sheets all over the RV. This has been a successful method over the years in our house boat also. They dont like the smell and any holes can be filled with steel wool and they wont chew through.

 Rating critters by: Lynette I had a rodent problem in a class A but there was no way to plug in when it was stored and we had a dog so we didn't want poison. A friend suggested cotton balls with a few drops of peppermint oil put here and there. It worked. The smell wasn't bad and the cotton balls can be put in cupboards or numerous places out of sight. I was a skeptic but anything is worth a try to keep the pesky critters out.