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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you all know what I say about peppermint chasing mice out or keeping them out, perhaps it works for other rodents and reptiles. Today *I was reading that essence of peppermint oil and essence of lavender are excellent stress reducer, relaxants for human either straight or mixed. So now both you and your vans can benefit!!! Its all a Applause for all. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing like waking up and watching the little guy run around while you shine a red light on it... then the next day as you and your buds are driving back from your surf sesh, the mouse runs out by your feet and hangs out while you drive.

We pulled over and found him hiding under the seat, and eventually scared him out of the van. Then there were signs of another mouse the next night. So annoying!

Time for some traps and peppermint.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasserbox wrote:
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Its a humane trap, so then of course you have to think of something humane to do with this live mouse.


You could always take it to the humane society.


A good excuse "for a ride in the country".
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sodo wrote:

Its a humane trap, so then of course you have to think of something humane to do with this live mouse.


You could always take it to the humane society.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snake skin? I bet someone is playing a joke on you.

I bought a "Pro-Ketch mousetrap at Harbor freight, (less than $15) and it worked great. One morning I had 2 mice in it. I used peanut butter for bait.

Its a humane trap, so then of course you have to think of something humane to do with this live mouse.

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My preference is to prevent them from coming into my van in the first place. I'll try blocking the vents, and the peppermint sounds interesting, but to rely on that I'd need to see more proof.

There's the vent up front, and the battery box vents. Any other holes to plug? I have heard there are other holes. I'll start a new thread, with a new searchable title, hope this helps everyone.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4839691#4839691
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After catching that mouse, I set a bunch more traps to make certain that I had gotten them all. After about 3-4 days with no signs of activity, I decided that I had caught the only culprit.

I was cleaning up the van and opened the glove box to put something in. This is what I found.

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The first thing I noticed was the molted snake skin under the phone charger cord. Yikes. Then I took a look at the red bandana and realized that is where the mouse had taken up residence. I cleaned it all out, but I am left with a bunch of questions:

Where did the snake come from?
Is it still in the van?
How do I get a snake out of the van or confirm that it isn't in there?

I have never seen a snake in Seattle so I'm guessing that it got in while we were camping and was hunting the mouse.

Anybody have experience with a snake in the van?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe painted on some kind of fabric . It's cute. I'm not into cats
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did you paint that? cute.


No, It belongs to Ryan Conners, he has similar paintings, I just googled "cat vw bus" Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you paint that? cute.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cat is the answer to everything.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dryer sheets mouse repellant is a myth. I've worked on more than one car that had mouse nests made from dryer sheets.. Oh yeah moth balls don't work so well either. I'd try the peppermint trick although I have no first hand experience with it

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW mad.macs hope you've read the whole thread!!!!

Archicap, I'm not sure you'll catch them all,, nor are mad made traps a detriment to their desire. Best go with the peppermint oil and cotton baton in glass jar with metal lid with holes in it. It it becomes a proplem with your neighbors it won't because you chased them out. If they get them or BEFORE you use it tell them about it so that they can do preventative treatment.

Whether it be glue traps, cheese, peanut butter, whatever, you won't get them all.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeez, bud, that's horrible. Good job cleaning it out.

We store our Sophia every winter in a tent garage at the edge of a field at the folk's place. Beaucoup mice in the neighbourhood, but no infiltration in the five or six years we've been doing it.

Our secret?

Irish Spring soap - that miserable crap smells disgusting to me and apparently even worse to mice. We leave five or six bars in strategic locations around the van and they stay away in droves. Takes a few weeks in the spring to air her out to the point where I don't feel like hurling while driving, but it works.

Peppermint sounds even better - I like peppermint, and if it works, we're in business. Thanks for the tip.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Removed the heater box to fix the fan and found this. OK, well there were a few other clues ...
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The heater box barely fit in the dishwasher. Did it while the wife wasn't home.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you use Doc Bronner's soap (which is great, BTW) don't ever read the bottle. You'll never get that 10 minutes of your life back, and you'll be seriously confused.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Applause
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: I think it's mild... Reply with quote

I think it's mild, it's never bothered my reasonably-cranky skin at all. But, at the risk of getting clobbered for advertising, which I aint, 'cause I only uses the stuff...

http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm

That ought to answer any questions you've got. Given the counter-cultural affiliations of the stuff, it do seem like a rather good fit for a VW camper.

Of course, whenever someone flashes Winston and ME the peace sign, I always roll down the window and bellow,

"REAGAN in '84!"

Shocked

Anyway...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll use the peppermint in the future. For now I don't just want to scare them aware and potentially into my house or a neighbors. I'm going to

1) set a variety of traps and see if I get any more.
2) clean from top to bottom with bleach.
3) Use Dr. Bronner's on future trips and do the peppermint oil trick.

I'm not going to worry about taking the van apart to try to find a nest.

Thanks folks.....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peppermint soap! Who would have imagined. Neat. Proves my point about peppermint. Thanks msinabottle. Is it a mild soap? I have skin allergies so I pretty well stick to my honey glycerine which has very little to know added scent.

Solutions are always better when you have a choice Laughing With mine you don't have to wash the dishes Wink jk
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:40 pm    Post subject: Inadvertent Rodent Repulsion System Reply with quote

Now watch me jinx it!

Shocked

But I use Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Hemp Soap to wash myself, my dishes, at need my clothes, and Winston's interior when I camp in him.

I love the scent of peppermint, and the soap is very refreshing after a hot day, and I have a lot of those. The peppermint-scented water travels down my drain tube--so about the best means of mouse access is positively reeking with a scent our little gnawing friends can't stand. The stuff is also biodegradable, plants LIKE the water you've used to wash with it.
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I've been meaning to pass this nugget of wisdom along.

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