Mice

Munchkins

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Hi, Having just had my motorhome serviced, I went to collect it and the mechanic informed me that when changing the air filter he found two dead mice in the base of the air filter. I asked how they could have got into the system? He had no idea. Has anyone had a similar problem with mice? If you have, I’d interested to hear how they got in to your air system and how you stopped the little blighters and made others mice homeless. Cheers Keith
 

Lorraine

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Hi Keith
Johndoris keep their motorhome on a farm it contracted lots of mice in a short time they used mouse traps once eradicated they use peppermint oil regularly which as yet it seems to keep them away at least 3 years maybe more
 

mr brown

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after van went to limp mode found dead mice in airfilter , same . think they got in via the fan, not difficult on a sprinter. used 3 of those plastic pre-baited traps fom Proper Job ,killed 8 ,and they got the message
 

Munchkins

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Hi Keith
Johndoris keep their motorhome on a farm it contracted lots of mice in a short time they used mouse traps once eradicated they use peppermint oil regularly which as yet it seems to keep them away at least 3 years maybe more
Hi thank you for your reply, much appreciated. I’ll check out the peppermint oil. Cheers Keith
 

Munchkins

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after van went to limp mode found dead mice in airfilter , same . think they got in via the fan, not difficult on a sprinter. used 3 of those plastic pre-baited traps fom Proper Job ,killed 8 ,and they got the message
Hi, thank you for your reply. I’ll look into your idea of traps. What bothers me is, what would have happened if they got in to the engine, aarrrrhhhh!!!!! The cost would be sky high. Cheers Keith
 

Gabbie

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Apparently peppermint oil keeps them away, so they clear out don’t like the smell you won’t need to face the dead bodies.
I have put moth balls down over winter that worked
 

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Rentokil was in my work two days ago. Talking to the guy he said peanut butter and said thay go daft for sesame seeds. Thay were in putting down what looked like a sealer to me. And he said the mice have to eat it twice to kill them. The idea been. After the first time thay bring the young ones to show them where it is. He said that if you put to much down that just ignore it.
 

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I had a ducati that had been stored in a container for some time. When I went to start it, it only ran on one cylinder. After removing the seat I found mice had eaten through the air filter. Then used one of the carburettors as a toilet. Carb was corroded and scrap.mouse.jpgmouse1.jpg
 

JFD

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We keep our motorhome on a local farm when we are not using it and, to prevent any mice/rats/other critters getting ideas about rehoming, I hang a “marten” deterrent under the bonnet, using crocodile clips, to the chassis and the jump start terminal. It hangs down on its wires, and floods the underside of the vehicle with noise that mice and rats detest!

Since using this deterrent, we have had no issues at all. Before, we had frequent evidence of mice inside!!

This is the type of device:

 

GWAYGWAY

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I keep getting woken in my bedroom by a little sod chewing wood and insulation in the wall, sounds like a racoon scrabbling around in there.
 

Caz

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We get field mice in our kitchen in winter. Have tried everything to get rid of them. The sonic repellents don't worry them - maybe they are deaf. They are too small and light to trigger traps, they just steal the food off them. Have tried humane traps - again they are able to steal the food without getting caught. They are very cheeky little devils. I don't want to poison them because I don't want dead bodies everywhere but don't know what else I can do. They are very pretty little things but they leave poo everywhere.
 

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A friend tried to get me involved with his insurance company he had a claim in with, his bungalow was severely damaged by fire and the result of water damage by the fire service. The insurance were refusing the claim on grounds that the bungalow had been plagued with a mice problem and they Had not taken any action to get rid of them, unfortunately by there own admission they had told the investigator this and inspection had foun damaged electrical cables throughout the property that was still standing. The wife had steadfastly refused to trap or poison I refused to get involved as I had repaired mouse damaged cables in the post. Not only did it cost him dearly he found all insurance extortionate afterwards.
Alf

ps insurance claimed electrical fault and blamed mice eating cables. There was evidence left in undamaged cables
 
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We had two or so last year in house,next door tried to put blame on me until i pointed out they had been poisoned ,he layed it down and they came through the wall cavity gaps to die in our home.
Good cure is to get a cat as the mice can smell them and stay well clear.
Rememeber if you set traps and catch/kill shrews then you are braking the law. :unsure:i have had a word with my cat about this. 😂 😂 😂
 
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witzend

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We get field mice in our kitchen in winter. Have tried everything to get rid of them. They are too small and light to trigger traps,
There are sticky pad traps available on ebay should do the job
 

isnbill

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Hi unfortunately YES, after having current van for 6 years with no mice problems, 2 weeks ago van started losing power in high gears and would not rev over 3000rpm. Mouse droppings all over plastic cover over engine and more worryingly in the bonnet slam cross member. Lifted air cleaner lid, mouse nest jammed in inlet pipe to air cleaner housing, chewed through air cleaner element, lined nest with shreddings from under bonnet sound deadening fibres and 3 dead field mice.
Short story, various developing and changing fault conditions led mechanics and diagnostic tester on 3 day merry go round before nailing a fix, new airflow sensor, EGR valve, removal of debris from intercooler and a hefty £££ bill.
I'm a bit pushed for time just now but when I get a mo I will give full chapter and verse to help anyone finding themselves in similar circumstances and my mod to prevent reoccurance.
 

in h

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We get field mice in our kitchen in winter. Have tried everything to get rid of them. The sonic repellents don't worry them - maybe they are deaf. They are too small and light to trigger traps, they just steal the food off them. Have tried humane traps - again they are able to steal the food without getting caught. They are very cheeky little devils. I don't want to poison them because I don't want dead bodies everywhere but don't know what else I can do. They are very pretty little things but they leave poo everywhere.
In my experience, the sonic devices won't drive away mice with babies. But they will leave when the kids are old enough. Humane traps seem to work for us, but in the end we found poison the best approach. Never found a dead body, but the mice stopped being there.
 

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