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Old 10-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Anybody use either of those things to repel little critters like mice from in and around your trailer when storing for the winter?

How well did they work?

Any other methods you've tried that have worked?

The moth balls and dryer sheets are both things I've heard of. I've tried bothof themin and around our MG over the winter. But I've never been certain that it really did much to dissuade mice from living in my car.

I'd REALLY like to keep mice out of the trailer over the winter.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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I can absolutely testify the NEITHER solution works. Did the dryer sheets for years, then one year got mice. Tried moth balls, and again got mice.



Better to look for areas where they can enter and close them off.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's kind of been our experience with previous trailers, too, and, as I said, with our MG Midget. I've found a couple of places in the fifth-wheel's front baggage compartment where they could get in and sealed those with duct tape -- not exactly a mouse-proof barrier, but it's at least a start.

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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I shove steel wool in the small holes. I have started mouseproofing again for this winter and see most of the steel wool is still in place.



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Old 10-08-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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The best thing that I have found is Fresh Cab. You can get it a local hardware stores. The farmers around here has used it in there tractors and combines and have not had any trouble. Neither have I.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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Have used a box of bounce each year, but might have to try the Fresh Cab. Of course, WHERE you park is just as important along with what you are parked on.....grass, gravel, concrete...



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Old 10-09-2012, 09:56 AM   #7
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Mothballs leave a naptha smell of course, they are useful in repelling larger creatures from a building but the smell! I used bounce last year throughout our Zinger 240 prior to placing it in a very large hangar (B-52) for storage.But on the advice of local dealer I also cleaned very thoroughly and used a bleach-solution wipe-down throughout our Zinger. Both options are cheap and have other positives like the residiual smell after six months. My firstwinter storage ( Oct to April) with the Zingerleft no evidence of mice in the Zinger. I will repeat the process this year and hope for the same results.



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Because I never got mice using dryer sheets I assumed they worked ... until they had a party in my unit one year. Stored in the same place as always. Just goes to show that you can be lucky for a very long time but that is not proof the method used works.

Tried moth balls the next two years. Year one, no mice. Year two, another rodent rodeo in my ST. Again, same place.

Fresh cab has been mentioned on here in the past. A little research showed that is no better than dryer sheets or moth balls. Some people on the Amazon reviews I read actually contended the fresh cab was an attractant, not a deterrent.

Other alternatives as well. Until they fail (and I hope they never do) you're likely to go on believing they work. Of course, you're welcome to do so at your own risk. Hard won wisdom to spend my time and money looking to plug all entry points rather than so called deterrents.
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After 40 years of camping and campers, Fresh Cab outshines dryer sheets, moth balls and other remedies. I use it in the living area (2 bags is enough) and use last year's in the storage compartments. One bag on top of the Motorhome engine keeps critters away as we'll as the generator in motor homes. My Zinger smells good with Fresh Cab; smells like pot pouri.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:12 AM   #10
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like the fresh cab. but I also keep a good cat around outside on patrol. no problems yet.
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