Mice, mice, and more mice

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by Kevin849, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Kevin849

    Kevin849 New Member

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    Took a while to get up to the family property due to busy schedule and some doctor stuff, but when we finally got there the mice had taken over the cavernous closed crevices of Coleman Niagara canvas. Several significant holes and a few not so worrisome, the popup will survive this year thank to TEAR AID but I may not from all the cleaning it required. My mother and I spent 6 hours making it habitabal.

    It absolutely can't come down to our driveway for the winter, no room! Can't find a local storage place long enough to store it. Last fall I stuffed it with mouse traps, poison, moth balls and cedar chips. Now it smells and looks like a grandmothers old motheaten wool coat.

    Help? Next year they'll propbably be no more canvas to patch, they'll have eaten it all!

    Suggestions? Comments?
     
  2. Mike101

    Mike101 New Member

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    This is a fear of mine too so interested in answer. We just bout a used Jayco and will be storing it at the cottage with a tarp on it. the woman at the local trailer store in Ottawa said to add Fabric Softeners in and around the tarp to discourage mice... I need to research this soon.
     
  3. Kevin849

    Kevin849 New Member

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    Not to make your job any harder, but don't even bother with the fabric sheets. I tried that also, for the last two years and it did nothing....

    The only thing that worked were the mouse glue traps but it didn't stop them from eating the canvas and screening.
     
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    Cats, cats and more Cats....

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    We kept our camper in the garage. My husband got underneath and used clear silicone to cover any holes that he saw. Then we put 5 or 6 sticky traps around the whole thing. When putting it down we also put a whole box of Bounce dryer sheets in the camper and we didn't have even on mouse dropping when we opened it this spring. Plus, it smelled VERY good due to fabric softner.

    Brian & Shannon
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    I have been lucky so far not to have this happen to us, but I did read somewhere that Irish Spring bar soap keeps the mice out.

    My dad also told me that cutting a flea collar into pieces and putting the pieces inside the pop up keeps ants away.

    Don't know if either of these ideas work, but I thought I'd throw it out there...

    Kimmyg
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    I have heard moth balls, spearamint, or peppermint, dryer sheets, etc...I know for a fact mice do not like tin foil. Not aluminum foil...but tin.... you can cover the whole thing in foil LOL.. Just kidding! We dumped two boxes of moth balls in ours last year... no mice etc... grant you it took about a week to air out.. but it worked! I know it worked cuz they all ended up in the house!

    Jen,Jim,Bryon
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    1992 Pontiac Grand Prix
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    I hope this is a regional problem. We don't have a huge mice population here as far as i know. (GA) Plus we have a cat so maybe that helps. I dont know.. but i would absolutely have a heart attack if i found one in my house OR in the camper.. ICK

    2000 Coleman Westlake
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  9. jhower

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    The best way to keep mice out of the PUP is to make sure every nook and cranny is sealed. Every place a wire or pipe goes through the floor is a potential open door for mice. Unfortunately, the factory isn't too careful about sealing all the holes or even about drilling them the right size.

    Crawl underneath and look over every square inch for holes. Have a helper inside shining a flashlight into all the cabinets, nooks and crannies while you look for light leaking through the floor.

    Foam sealant works but what I prefer it to use brass or copper wool (steel wool will rust), tear it up and mix it with caulking. That will provide a good seal and mice won't chew through it. If they're desperate enough, they'll chew through foam.


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  10. outdoorxman

    outdoorxman The mountains are calling me and I must go.

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    We put lots of bounce dryer sheets in our camper and no mice so far but we don't have mice in the house either but do have them in our area. That would be aweful to have the mice eat up your camper.

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  11. Kevin849

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    Thanks, someone just told me this recently. Its just a very difficult thing for me to do because the popup has been in the same spot for a couple of years so underneath is a muddy bug ridden mess but its get dirty one way or another.
     
  12. jhower

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    Take some sheets of cardboard along so you can lay those on the ground before laying yourself on the ground. I always keep some big pieces of cardboard for working under the vehicles -- gravel driveways don't lend themselves to creepers and the gravel is tough on the skin!


    John & Cindy in Pennsylvania
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle> 2007 Flagstaff 620ST purchased 05/07
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    The only thing we ever do is a whole box of Bounce Dryer sheets. No mice. Did get a couple in the house this year. Summer too.... Yucky little critters. I think because of all the rain in central Texas. We have a yard full of cats. Barn cats. Coz we don't do house cats. Can't take them too close. Allergies. Love cats, and especially kittens. Just not too close. The pup never gets even one dropping that I have seen. The Bounce sheets DO work.

    DW Bobbie
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  14. jpawlishn

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    I have an idea... buy sheets of steel wool and line the whole bottom of the camper. Put moth balls in the cabinets, fabric softners under the cushions. Close it up.. before you get it locked down, throw some moth balls around the canvas on all four sides. Put traps all around it and build an enclosure for cats on top of the pup with stairs going to under the pup. LOL... betcha we all wouldn't have mice then!

    Jen,Jim,Bryon
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    1992 Pontiac Grand Prix
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