The mouse war goes on:
No more mice have been caught and no other droppings have been sighted.
I am reluctant to put mouse bait inside the coach because I didn't want a mouse to die in some hidden place and smell. I bought some baits that were called All Weather blocks, put them onto plastic container lids and slid them under the RV. I also put three into the bays. Since the bays are empty, I put a sheet of white poster board down under the bait. That way I will be able to see if anyone visits the bait without having to pull it out and examine it. It is much easier to see any droppings on the white than on the dark gray flooring.
When it comes to traps, I favor the black TOMCAT snap traps. There are a couple of cheeper versions that I have bought that have fallen apart. Unfortunately, today was not my day, because both Home Depot and the Rural Supply were out of them.
I really don't like the Victor wood traps. I have never caught anything with one, and they are hard to set. I also do not like the traps where the mouse is supposed to crawl in and not be able to get out again.
The only problem I've had with TOMCATS is that sometimes the rodent will only get a leg caught and either be still alive when I check the trap, or drag the whole thing away. I finally have gotten smart about that and tie the trap to something with a string!
Because I didn't want to come home without any traps, I bought six sticky traps. I have never tried them before, but I figure they will tell me if there is any action. However, since they are one use traps, they are less cost effective than the TomCats.
I put five of them into the bays and one behind the toilet.
I have a TOMCAT baited with peanut butter up front where I caught the one mouse.
I've had a couple of people tell me about Fresh Cab, and about a spray repellent that is advertised. We shall see. My objective is to trap or kill them before they have time to destroy anything or start a family. The Rural Supply said they would have more TOMCATS in, in a few days.
I'd love to get a cat, but it really would do no good. The RV is quite far from the house and a cat that I was keeping as a pet would probably be an indoor cat, eating gourmet food and sleeping on my bed at night!
So thats were I am today. From what I hear from other RVers it is a never ending war. (Caught two in the garage this morning. - mice, not RVers!)
Update: I just ordered a half dozen TOMCATS and some of the FRESH CAB from AMAZON.