I know we are in the season to open our campers, get out and enjoy them but this is our first one together. So when it comes time to put them away for the season, Is it a good idea to put mothballs under our trailer to keep the mice away for the winter? Yes living in Pennsy we have to do this. My wife and I found droppings from those lovely critters through out our trailer when we bought her. including the overhead lights. Thanks we look forward to your comments. Bill and Amy
I am not sure about Pennsylvania mice, but here in the Finger Lakes, the mice are known to eat the mothballs for lunch, steal the peanut butter out of the traps for dessert, then go chase the cats around the yard for the afternoon just for sport.
OMG. Chris I lmao reading your comment. Thanks. I put a half spoon of baking flour on our traps, the mice can't steal that and it gets them fast. Having Uncles with farm I found out that mice go for flour faster
Post by drbobdouglas on May 23, 2013 22:43:53 GMT -5
Biil and Amy, Sorry if I'm being too much of a geek here, if I am, please let me know.
I will say that moth-balls do keep away our Massachusetts mountain mice. I have them in cloth bags inside my mower and in the tool drawers of the woodshed. No mice in either of these since I put these in about 5 years ago.
HOWEVER, I'd suggest not putting them in a confined space in which you will share. The chemical, naphthalene is actually a dangerous one. How dangerous? Well its actually forbidden from use in mothballs in China. Yes . . . China. How bad do you have to be to be banned in China?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies naphthalene as possibly carcinogenic to humans and animals (Group 2B). The IARC also points out that acute exposure causes cataracts in humans, rats, rabbits, and mice; and that hemolytic anemia, described above, can occur in children and infants after oral or inhalation exposure or after maternal exposure during pregnancy. Under California's Proposition 65, naphthalene is listed as "known to the State to cause cancer".
So, the choice is yours.
As for Dryer sheets, I have found them shredded and incorporated into a particularly disrespectful mouse's nest.
What I have found does work, is putting those green poison blocks in every ground level compartment in the Shasta. (One under the back couch, one in the street side cabinet, one under the sink, one in each dinette seat, one under the table) and one in the sink. You will find them nibbled, but you will find very little mouse based activity.