Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Craig calls me his favorite mouser

For my non-RVing friends: mice and rats love RVs.  In addition to being dirty and disgusting, they can do a great deal of damage by chewing through wires or nesting in walls, ceilings, or possessions in the bays. They can get in when the RV is parked, or come aboard at a park or resort. 

Because we park our Alfa under trees in a forested area, I have to be extra vigilant about rodent control.  I have traps in every bay and several in the coach.  No rodent has lasted very long.  I check the traps almost every other day and from time to time catch a mouse.

I have also caught one rat.

My favorite trap has been the Victor Electronic Rat Trap that I bought at Home Depot last fall when I was after one very difficult little guy.  He had escaped from a sticky trap and on several consecutive nights licked all of my snap traps clean. The Electronic Trap got him. 

I wanted to get a couple more, but at $40 plus tax they are a bit pricey. Last week I was browsing the Web and found that the Victor company site sold them directly at three for $99, with free shipping and no tax.  I ordered some.

They came today.  After installing four C batteries each,  I baited them with Skippy.

I put one in the large pass-thru bay. I put it on a sheet of white paper so I can see if anyone visits without actually entering the trap. I know that if a mouse or rat goes in, he WILL be zapped!

I also put one in the bay with the Weber grill, and one each in the power bay and sewer bay. I figure they have holes for cords and hoses that might be likely entry points.

So far, rodents have not really been a big problem.  I just want to keep it that way!

Oh, we bought a replacement pocket camera for my little Canon that died on our Crater Lake trip.  Craig took these pictures with it.  I will review it next week after we've taken it out for a real test at the Big Basin State Park (our local redwoods).

It is a Sony RX100.


  1. You can never be too vigilant where rodents are concerned.

  2. I'm hoping that you don't catch anything in those traps because there aren't any critters around. But it sounds like they work really good.

  3. hope the fancy traps catch those rascally rodents!!

  4. I think I'm going to call you the big white hunter!

  5. Thanks for the info on the traps. Have not had any rodent issues yet, but nice to know what works when we do.

  6. I've never heard about the electronic traps - are they live traps? We have to keep traps out in the winter, but seem to be okay (so far) in the summer. Sometimes I wish for a cat!


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