I know that four-legged furry critters can come in all shapes and sizes, but today the guys I am writing about are little, with whiskers and supposedly like cheese. Yup – mice. Living in the prairies, there are lots of small furry four-legged critters, but generally no rats (except for the Medicine Hat 2012 summer escapade). Alberta claims to be rat free so when a small concern (rat/s) pops up the government brings out all the bells, whistles, incident command centres and hired rat hunters to take care of the problem. Phew glad I don’t have to worry about rats, but mice are still very common concern. Why you ask? When the weather starts to get colder, mice being opportunistic look at your RV as a great place to live, rent free. So these little creatures can and will squat in your rig and have a free-for-all at your expense. They can create havoc with electric wiring and any flex hose running in your rig. This little bundles of joy can get into your cushions or mattresses and set up cozy homes for themselves and all their offspring.
A first timer RVer and friend phoned and asked me about mice and how do we deal with the potential problem of having them stay all winter. So what do we do?
We clean take out all the food, put all paper and fabric products into Rubbermaid containers. We then clean the trailer like crazy. We then let our cat roam around a bit to give them a warning. We use steel wool on all openings. We also put some traps in the undercarriage. We check on the rig regularly. We did have a little solar panel and would use electric mouse deterrents, but the solar panel is not working so hot at the moment so we didn’t plug the electric mouse deterrents in this year.
Searching the net, I found an interesting Canadian product called Mouse Free, which is a spray on, non-toxic, mouse deterrent for a trailer or RV. I think we may look into seeing how this works for next year.
What other people have used and have had varying degrees of success are:
- Peppermint Oil
- Bay Leaves
- Cayenne Pepper
- Aluminum Foil
- Mouse poison (D-con)
- Dryer Sheets (bounce or bounce-like product)
We have stuck to our old standard. We may need to take our cat or a visit to the rig a couple of times this winter, but I am certain we will be mouse free again this year! Happy winterizing here’s to a mouse free winter!