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Old 01-13-2020, 10:16 AM   #1
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Mouse deterrent

Has anyone had experience using lights under their RV to deter mice? I recently read a blog post on tips to reduce mice invasion. They suggested that the best deterrent was to light the underside of their RV at night and went so far as to say that they have had zero mouse problems since using some dusk to dawn solar lights. I've never heard of it but it makes some sense. TIA!
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:25 AM   #2
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Yes. Never had had mice with or without the lights so can't say they deter.

Other best practice my boondockers friends do and that I also follow is to park with the hood open so that the engine compartment gets moonlight / starlight. Also can't say if that deters but it's free protection.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:45 PM   #3
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I would have serious doubt as I have often seen mice come into work places while lights are on and folks working! If lights, noise, and people do not stop them, I go for the next step and throw in some rat bars in any open spaces where they are out of sight, etc. but open to rodents.
Heard the recent story about the guy chasing a mouse around the fast food place where he finally dropped into the deep fat? Thinking lights do not deter them much.
And that bring the second thought on which rodents you will need to be aware of and fighting. During storage is where they most often get to me and that can be rats, mice, chipmunks/ground squirrels or just about any of the bushy tailed rat family. A good barn cat is really one good way to slow them down if it fits your situation.
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Old 01-14-2020, 04:30 AM   #4
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Can not speak about the light idea, other than if at a campground it would bother other campers.

I do have the plug in electronic things that make a high pitch noise that they do not like. I keep three of them plugged in all the time. I also for winter storage use moth balls put although out the coach. Knock on wood so far mouse and their friends have not visited.
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Old 01-19-2020, 04:18 PM   #5
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Mice deterrents

We did have mice get into our AC ducts and we had to get an exterminator. We had the rig searched and sealed (found a tiny, tiny crack that we believe was their entry).

After that, we used the lights underneath and Fresh Cab inside and in compartments. We have had no problems since. However, I can't attest to which -- if either -- of the deterrents worked, or whether sealing every little pinhole is the real solution!
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:20 PM   #6
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Easy solution

Cut lengths of aluminized flashing material about 10Ē wide and wrap around all the wheels of your rig and tape the ends closed. Itís low tech and it really works. Especially good for long layup times.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:24 PM   #7
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Has anyone had experience using lights under their RV to deter mice? I recently read a blog post on tips to reduce mice invasion. They suggested that the best deterrent was to light the underside of their RV at night and went so far as to say that they have had zero mouse problems since using some dusk to dawn solar lights. I've never heard of it but it makes some sense. TIA!
We have had mice and pack rat problems here on our Farm. They have caused untold damage to various RV's we have owned. After the last go around at a cost of $6000 to repair the damage, we decided we had to do something other than moth balls and lights (which didn't work) and found Harris Rodent Repellent. We haven't had a trace of mice since we started using it.. in the RV garage or in our house. I highly recommend it. I got ours on Amazon, but Home Depot carries it. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Harris-2...R-20/306928763
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:49 PM   #8
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I live in the country and always had problems with mice getting into my vehicles. I bought solar string lights (72 ft each) that allow you to make lights run along the string. Have been using them for 2 years and never a problem in RV or other 2 vehicles..
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:57 PM   #9
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as long as vehicle manufacturers are installing wiring with soy based insulation, rodents will be a problem. I just got my pickup back after 3 months in the shop dealing with rodent caused wiring issues.

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Old 01-20-2020, 05:22 AM   #10
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Mice?

Tried everything until I read about Peppermint. Cotton balls with a few drops of Peppermint oil in every outside compartment. If itís going to be stored for any length of time I put them inside also and remove when in use. Adjust amount by your own tolerance to the smell.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:50 AM   #11
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I live in pack rat/mouse country...20 years now. Of all the things I've tried...most of them mentioned in this thread...I have found none of them work except:
LED lights than blink. Yes you can get a string of them and plug them in, or you can get them with a tiny solar panel or battery and some come as motion detectors (made to hang some where but can be mounted to a piece of wood. I use these for my truck and 4 wheeler which are parked outside. NO problems. I also use, for garaged vehicles and for the two outside, Rid-a-Rat. About $70 and can be hardwired to vehicle battery with no drain on battery or battery operated. These are small...about the size of a 9V battery and blink constantly with a bright LED light. They have a very strong magnet that holds to the interior engine compartment or anywhere metal. THESE WORK! Mousetrap/rattraps work too. Please don't use poison. Mothballs, peppermint oil, scented packets I've tried them all and they don't work for me (glad if they do for someone elses mice). Invest in some LED lights that blink.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:41 PM   #12
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Started using Fresh Cab which are packets of balsam chips. Mice are gone. Fresh Cab comes with 4 packets which we place around the inside of the RV.
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Only problem is the smell seems to go away fairly quickly and I had to renew it about every 2-3 weeks.....
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