Mice in Motorhome

  • 06/30/2019 2:44 PM
    Message # 7709484
    Anonymous

    For the first time in 20 years, we have a mouse infestation in our Motorhome.  It has been parked for three months in its usual spot.  Have never had a problem before.  I will do some traps, but are there any other strategies to eliminate the mice?  Thanks, Mel

  • 07/01/2019 10:04 PM
    Reply # 7727213 on 7709484

    Mel, we feel your pain as the same thing happened to us. Something in your nearby neighborhood changed to chase the critters to your yard, at least that was our experience. Our MH was also parked forever in the same spot in our back yard with no problems. Then we got a neighbor who 'cleaned up' his yard, disturbing the happy balance of critters who apparently occupied his space and they had to go looking for another spot. Under or through the fence they came to our yard. Our repair job was 'only' $750 but we did not want to have to experience that again.

    We have traps set in various areas in the vicinity of our MH that we check every morning. (We have a dab of peanut butter on them; buy the cheapest we can find.) Most days the traps are empty, but some days they have been tripped with a rodent caught in them.

    We think the main thing that works for us is we also have white rope lights entirely surrounding the MH, The MH is 38ft so three light strands overlapped/back to back was what we needed. They are electric, not solar, and we have them on a dusk to dawn timer. Bought them at Big Lots for $10-12, but they are available in quite a few other places too.

    Knock on wood, we never have had a second problem. Neighbors haven't complained about the lights being on all night, but even if they did, they don't pay our repair bills ... the more costly fix is building an RV garage, but replacing the rope lights as necessary is a much cheaper option!

    Good luck with finding a solution that works for you.

  • 07/04/2019 9:56 AM
    Reply # 7754176 on 7709484
    Bill & Laura Johnson (Administrator)

    As you will see, if you search other posts for mice their are dozens of "ideas". Some swear by Irish Spring soap shavings, others say moth balls, neither of which did a thing for our mice. We park in a garage, but mice find their way in. We installed 6 of the ultrasonic pest deterrent units, and have traps in our undercarriage compartments, as well as on the floor around the coach. Capture rate: about 6 a month. I will say, they do like peanut butter in the traps, and occasionally I find the PB gone and the trap not tripped, they seem to be inventive:)

     

  • 07/04/2019 4:44 PM
    Reply # 7758267 on 7709484
    Anonymous

    thanks for all the tips...we found droppings in many drawers and under the bathroom sink....cleaned the rig top to bottom with bleach, put a string of lights under the motorhome, set traps in the motorhome where the droppings were, and put high smell fabric softener sheets all, as in everywhere, places.....caught one in a trap this am...so now we wait....we have had an unusually wet and cool spring which may account for the influx...and we have rabbits breeding like they were rabbits...at a very far away level I am enjoying this as just another fine RV experience...

    love the idea of traps outside...if the fabric softener sheets keep them out, they will still be cruising the neighborhood

    Last modified: 07/04/2019 4:45 PM | Anonymous
  • 07/06/2019 2:57 PM
    Reply # 7766742 on 7709484
    Anonymous

    We did all of the above, but also got a can of foam and foamed all the cracks and holes that you see in a motor home that's used to run the wires, etc. not only under the drawers and cabinets but also in the basement compartments below. I like the "lights under the motorhome" idea but what would happen if I just turned on the basement lights and left them on? Hmmm.

  • 07/26/2019 7:04 AM
    Reply # 7797906 on 7709484
    Dennis & Teena Nottingham (Administrator)

    When our unit is parked at home I have several bars of JUST ONE BITE on the ground, No mice or rats ever.

  • 09/01/2020 10:53 AM
    Reply # 9204349 on 7709484

    We have a 2007 Discovery 39 V as a first year owner. We placed  about 140 traps around tires and jacks. I think we got about 81 mouse during winter storage about eight months. I agreed that they love peanut butter. 

  • 09/28/2020 5:20 PM
    Reply # 9270518 on 7709484

    We use Moth Balls, placed on top of each tire and in each bay, Irish Spring Soap cut in quarters along with Bounce Dryer Sheets placed throughout the RV, in drawers AND on the floor by the slide just behind the driver's seat because there is a slight space there where they can enter.Oh yes, a few traps loaded with peanut butter just to let me know if indeed we have any visitors.


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