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How to Make an Emergency Mousetrap

How to Make an Emergency Mousetrap

Besides showing you how we homemade an emergency mousetrap from items we had around the RV, we have winners to announce in our 360 Siphon contest! Five lucky HowToRVgeeks viewers each won two 360 Siphon Roof Vents. Were you one of them? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out. ;-)

So there we were…. enjoying a quiet evening during a week-long boondocking trip in a remote part of southern Utah. We had the lights in the RV down low, when we thought we spotted something moving in the shadows up front near the driver’s seat. Sure enough, a little field mouse had somehow gotten on board.

We’d never had a mouse on the RV before, so we didn’t have any mousetraps. Even if we had been anywhere near a store that might carry mousetraps, they’d surely be closed this late at night. But we were eager to catch him before he could do any damage to wiring or other important RV systems, so we had to figure out how to make a mousetrap with items we had around the RV.

Watch our short video to see how we did it.

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Bob Pauls

Sunday 30th of November 2014

BTW, was that critter a USB or a PS/2 mouse?

TheRVgeeks

Sunday 30th of November 2014

USB (Apple). :)

Tony King

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

We got a mouse in our RV while in Yellowstone and they don't sell anything that will trap/hurt/poison anything ! Not even bug repellant.....nothing,zip,nada ! So that night I came up with my "Trap" by lying a towel across the kitchen sink and putting some peanut butter on a paper plate and then putting the sink cover back over it, mine had a finger hole in it. Turned off the lights and waited about 5 minutes and could hear it running around etc then it got silent. I slide sink cover to the side while bringing one side of the towel with it. I grabbed both sides of towel and picked it up and bingo ! I could feel him in the bottom of the towel. Me and him went for a short hike and everyone inside finally went to sleep. I carry 2 different kinds of traps now, one kills the other doesn't .

TheRVgeeks

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Great mousetrap story Tony! But I have to be honest... rodents freak me out a little, so it was hard enough carrying one in a stainless steel bowl with an atlas on top. I doubt I could have gotten very far from the RV with him in just a towel! lol Nice work. And we always carry mousetraps on board now too.

Ingrid

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Unfortunately, we've had mice in our RV....not fun. We now travel with a supply of mouse traps but perhaps you've provided another option!

TheRVgeeks

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

This was just our first experience, and so we now carry mousetraps too, to be deployed in case of the slightest sign of mouse activity. ;-)

Scott

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Very cool and funny, too! :)

Bob Alexander

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

I always knew Geeks have a sense of humor!

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