RVing is all about having fun in the great outdoors (or an awesome RV park) and connecting with friends and family. But chances are high you’ll end up with a few little visitors who are not on your guest list.
If you’ve been taking a lot of RV trips, you know who we’re talking about. Wherever your RV or camper happens to go this summer, it’s likely you’ll have some mice trying to squat in your luxurious pad.
Feel free to evict those suckers, or keep them out from the get-go with these tried and true tips.
How to Keep Mice Out of Your RV
Block their entry points.
If you’re like us, you love your RV. And that probably means you know its entry points. But think about this: mice are a whole lot smaller than you and I, and they can squeeze themselves through really tight spaces.
Take a good look around your RV and make a list of plausible mice entryways. Keep in mind that a mouse can squeeze itself through a hole the size of a dime.
Once you find any “vulnerable” areas, it’s time to block those suckers up. What you use to block them is up to you.
Spray foam is an easy, no-hassle way to quickly block a hole. This is particularly effective in spaces underneath the rig, inside storage compartments, and around plumbing feed-through holes.
Other options include power cord holes, mesh screens, and even steel wool. Steel wool will quickly deter a mouse that gets antsy enough to try to chew his way through.
Keep it clean.
Another great way to keep mice out of your camper is to make it boring – to the mouse, that is. The upside of this is that your RV will likely become MORE appealing to you as it becomes less so to a mouse.
Remove food that is left in unsecured places. If you’re keeping food around, inspect the storage compartments, cupboards, or fridge for access points (even the tiny ones).
Clean out loose paper products, clothing, and other fabrics, because mice love to nest in them.
Mice also love the dark, so installing a nightlight or two may help deter the critters from your rig. Outside lighting is also a great option to keep them from even getting near your territory.
Get a professional mouse deterrent.
Fresh Cab comes in small pouches of botanical material that really turn mice off. Drop a few around the outside of your RV and chances are, you won’t have a mice problem.
Mouse Free is a product you can spray on the undercarriage of your RV that keeps them from sneaking in.
Wagner’s RV is a licensed dealer for Mouse Free (we can install it or we have do-it-yourself kits).
If you’ve already got squatters and you’re ready to evict them, nothing works better than old-fashioned mouse traps. Those little puppies are cheap and easy to use. The only downside is you’ll have to dispose of the dead mice, but at least they won’t be in your RV anymore.
Try a natural mouse deterrent or homemade mouse repellent.
While a commercial solution is easy, there are lots of home remedies you can concoct yourself to deter mice and rats.
Many people claim that fabric softener sheets are a big mice deterrent. While it’s a little impractical to line your RV with dryer sheets while you’re on the go, layering them throughout the rig while it’s in storage is a great way to keep the pests away—and to keep it smelling fresh!
Irish Spring soap, moth balls and peppermint oil work the same way. They deter mice and are easy homemade mouse repellents.
Have you won the battle of RV vs. Mice? Tell us your secret!