Mice vs. RV - Page 12 - MyTractorForum.com - The Friendliest Tractor Forum and Best Place for Tractor Information
The Great Outdoors Hunting/fishing, Firearms, Shooting sports, Water sports, and Hiking and Biking... If you can do it outside.... Talk about it here!!!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #166 of 192 Old 05-04-2019, 07:33 PM
Senior MTF Member
 
Country1966?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 652
We bought a set of ultrasonic devices and put them in the house and I have not seen a mouse since and we usually had them pretty thick. Been a couple months now but the real test will be this fall.

You could run an extension cord to your RV and put some in there.

I believe they are working for us.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Massey GC2400
Gravely ZT HD 60" 24hp Kaw.
Ingersoll 3014 44' deck, 38" Snow Blower
Old Troy Build Horse Tiller
Husky Snow Blower 24" 6hp
Not Enough Barn
Country1966? is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #167 of 192 Old 05-04-2019, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

My kids are 8 and 12, so I know what you mean about keeping food out. Truthfully, we all eat in our vehicles, and it's probably impossible to remove every speck of food that would entice a mouse to enter.

I put out a fresh pouch of Fresh Cab in the cab, and replaced the one in the water tank cabinet, which looked pretty clean for a change.

Mike



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
post #168 of 192 Old 05-09-2019, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeinri View Post
Destructive and creative...

The PO of this RV installed steel mesh over the opening of the air box intake. After getting a nasty nest in the air box of my Explorer, I added a piece to that one as well.

Mike
Here's a pic of what's in the RV. It looks like it's just a piece of window screen, held on by a zip tie.

Doesn't look like much, but it's been in there since before I bought the RV in 2004

Mike
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190508_193429607.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	3.03 MB
ID:	2375889  



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #169 of 192 Old 05-17-2019, 11:55 AM
Senior MTF Member
 
Paystar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 374
Re: Mice vs. RV

Not sure if it is just coincidence, but I have not had a problem in the RV or vehicles since I started using pure peppermint oil and Irish Springs soap.

I just soak cotton balls in the peppermint oil and put it in old clean margarine containers. And I leave bars of Irish Springs soap all over too.

And for sheds or garage I use the pail traps. A 5 gallon bucket with a wire across the top with a pop can covered in penaut butter on it. Fill the pail with some water and make a ramp going up to the top where the wire and can is.

Works excellent, gets them all. But you have to clean it regularly or it starts to stink.

Kubota B2620, 1955 Allis Chalmers CA, John Deere JS48, 1982 MTD 824 Classic and lots of implements and equipment.
Paystar is offline  
post #170 of 192 Old 05-18-2019, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Yes, I've done the bucket trap, only caught one using that. The glue traps seem to work best for me. Snap traps are OK too, but fail more often than the glue traps.

I was going through the RV for spring cleaning earlier this week. The kids left some hard candy pieces in there, and I found remants of them under the stove lid (lifts for cleaning around the burners). I don't know if there's an entry point up through the back of the stove, or if that's just a hiding place once they're in.

Mike



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
post #171 of 192 Old 05-18-2019, 03:40 PM
Senior MTF Member
 
Paystar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 374
Re: Mice vs. RV

Well the bad part is they follow their scent trail. So once they go somewhere they, and others will keep following. I think that's why they say the peppermint oil works. They don't like it and it masks their scent trail.

Unfortunately there are many entry points for them in all brands of travel trailers. None of them are built the best. There are spaces everywhere in places you don't see.

Lots of times they follow up the power cord and get in through there.

Kubota B2620, 1955 Allis Chalmers CA, John Deere JS48, 1982 MTD 824 Classic and lots of implements and equipment.
Paystar is offline  
post #172 of 192 Old 06-27-2019, 05:42 PM
Proud Member of the 1K Club
 
mowergene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: East Tennessee Mountains
Posts: 1,858
Re: Mice vs. RV

We had serious flooding this Spring and unbeknownst to me (until recently) Rats have come to live in my barnyard! They've burrowed underneath one of the chicken cages (the birds are free ranging all day but put up at night....too many predators). I've poured gasoline into their entryways, let the fumes go throughout there den and then ignite one hole......whuuuuumph! Fire shoot out all openings. Sometimes rats come out, too. I don't know if I'll ever be able to eradicate them completely due to the surrounding terrain features (Woods, woodpiles, an plenty of hiding places) and, of course, I've got to toss out food for the chickens! So, basically, I'm feeding these guys. I've got 12 sonic vermin chasers on order and I've set up a large garbage can with two "walk the plank" rodent catchers (got one last night). I don't dare put out poison due to the chickens, Barn cat, and our dogs. So far, they've stayed out of the barn (the cat sleeps in there), but they might get bolder as time goes on.
Any other suggestions???

In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
In use:
1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year

Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!
mowergene is offline  
post #173 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Trying to troubleshoot some problems with my RV (dim CEL), pulled the instrument cluster. Found an abandoned nest, complete with candy wrappers.

Looks like the insulation fell, and the little buggers chewed some of the insulation to pack it in and make a cozy bed. I think this explains why I couldn't get rid of the mouse smell, even after shampooing the rugs and cleaning the upholstery. It was always worse when hot/sunny outside.

I cleaned out what I could, but this insulation was installed all the way across the dash. I'm tempted to rip it all out and leave it out, not sure what the downside is to that idea?

Pic is after cleanup. Still a mess, but no remnants of the nest.

Mike
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190714_120417736.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	2.19 MB
ID:	2386599  



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
post #174 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 07:58 PM
Professional Homeowner
 
steddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Posts: 6,676
Re: Mice vs. RV

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeinri View Post
Trying to troubleshoot some problems with my RV (dim CEL), pulled the instrument cluster. Found an abandoned nest, complete with candy wrappers.

Looks like the insulation fell, and the little buggers chewed some of the insulation to pack it in and make a cozy bed. I think this explains why I couldn't get rid of the mouse smell, even after shampooing the rugs and cleaning the upholstery. It was always worse when hot/sunny outside.

I cleaned out what I could, but this insulation was installed all the way across the dash. I'm tempted to rip it all out and leave it out, not sure what the downside is to that idea?

Pic is after cleanup. Still a mess, but no remnants of the nest.

Mike
Mostly road Noise & possibly a very little bit of engine heat, even though the majority of the engine is in the cab already.


Overkill.
I love overkill.

I'm Ted.

How'd you get your screen name?
(Click Here)
steddy is online now  
post #175 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 08:03 PM
Senior MTF Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 494
Re: Mice vs. RV

That picture could have been my half ton a couple years ago. I turfed the insulation and washed everything, including cable bundles, down with Windex,They will have used the bundles for pathways and there will be a build up of mouse crap on some of them anyway. It took a few days but the smell disappeared. I'm 99% sure that insulation strip is more for sound deadening than anything else. I haven't noticed much increase in noise level in my truck but maybe replace it with some new . Get a can of spray adhesive and a piece of pink and you're good.
hippycy is offline  
post #176 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Thanks guys!

What pink stuff are you referring to, hippy?

BTW, haven't put traps out this year, and no signs of them having been back. I also vacuumed a lot of acorns from areas in the engine bay last fall. Maybe they're getting the hint that they're not wanted (yeah, right)...

Mike



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
post #177 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 09:24 PM
Senior MTF Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 494
Re: Mice vs. RV

I was thinking pink fibreglass, R12, tear in half so it's about R6. I don't know where a fella would get the stuff they have under there at a price that would be reasonable, but if you could find some that would likely be better.
hippycy is offline  
post #178 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Understood, thanks. I'm not putting anything under there that could be used as nesting material ever again, that's for sure.

Outside of removing the entire dash (which is not something I'm comfortable with even thinking about), I really don't know how I'd be able to get all of the old stuff out, let alone adding new.

I could only get to this point by pulling out the cluster. The stuff in the middle has the radio and HVAC controls in the way, and the far right has nothing obviously removable, so I really don't see a good way to access that area.

It's kind of funny, I've done much harder (physically) things to vehicles, but I hate guessing how to fix a problem.

Mike



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
post #179 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 10:05 PM
MTF Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Indiana
Posts: 65
Re: Mice vs. RV

Thought I would tell of my problem and resolve.
I have a 24 ft. travel trailer and 3 acres mostly wooded.
Aside from mice, the chipmunks are the worse.
A guy at Tractor Supply give me the best trick idea yet.
Get some Tom Cat rodent bait. They sell at tractor supply by the bucket.
Get a section of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe about 18" to 24" long. Can use 2" also.
Put a couple pieces of the Tom Cat bait inside the pipe and try to center in the pipe.
Just lay it down on the ground where the critters seem to be.
And check it daily. They love that stuff. Eat it up fast.
My neighbor has horses and also has mice and rat problems.
I told him of this and he put out several of these and wiped them out.
Nice thing is that squirrels, rabbits and other larger animals cant get to it.
And it works just as well on the **** chipmunks.
Most people think they are cute but wait till they undermine your garage floor
and it collapses with a vehicle inside.
They can do just as much if not more damage as mice.
But anyhoo the Tom Cat bait chunks solved both my problems.
Its also sold at Rural King if no Tractor Supply near you.
Good luck with it.
Wlmitty is offline  
post #180 of 192 Old 07-14-2019, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
5000 Strong & Climbing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 7,443
Re: Mice vs. RV

Wow, that's an idea I hadn't heard of before!

Didn't know chipmunks could do that kind of damage, either. But, I've seen them trying to burrow under my bulkhead stairs.

We had a Fisher cat in the yard last year. Haven't seen as many chipmunks or rabbits since (we had an explosion of rabbits last year). Haven't seen the Fisher come back this year, but did see a good sized woodchuck a few weeks ago. Ran from under a pine tree to under my shed when he saw me coming.

Mike



TRACTORS:
2005 Craftsman GS6500 (2010 Kohler Courage): JB Jr, electric sleeve hitch
2003 Husqvarna GTH2548 (2014 Briggs Intek): Craftsman 46-inch snowblower

OTHER (NOTABLE) EQUIPMENT:
2013 Honda HS1332TAS tracked snowblower
American CLS 40TC24-200 Logsplitter (2019 Predator 301)
1997 Troy Bilt Horse PTO: tiller, chipper/shredder
Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)
mikeinri is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MyTractorForum.com - The Friendliest Tractor Forum and Best Place for Tractor Information forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome