Rodents are a big concern for homeowners pretty much everywhere. Whether you own a country home, an apartment in the city, or even travel the world in an RV, it’s quite likely that you’ll run across a mouse problem sooner rather than later. So that’s what this article is here to help you with.
In the lines below, we’ll look at what exactly is attracting rodents to your RV and what you can do to keep them out of it.
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Look for entry points.
The first thing you need to do is inspect your RV for potential entry points. Rodents are sneaky, flexible creatures, yes, but even they need a way in, right? This means that if you’ve got a rodent problem, you also probably have a crack or two in your camper, which in itself is a much worse problem. Why? Left unfixed, these holes and cracks will permit access to wild animals over and over. So no matter how much you spend on mouse trapping, or other removal methods, you’ll still have the same problem.
This is why you should periodically inspect your RV regularly for cracks, holes, and other potential entry points.
When you find them, fix them.
Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to do once you’ve spotted the cracks will be to fix them. This can be done rather easily with caulk or expanding spray foam. Remember, you need a material that won’t be easy to chew through, otherwise, the mice will find their way in, regardless. You can find repair products designed especially for cars and RVs, particularly with this problem in mind, and they’ll all come with instructions, which means you’ll be able to fix up your RV in no time at all!
Clean up your RV.
We seriously can not stress this enough - in this particular case, cleanliness really is next to godliness. Why? Because rodents are attracted to human dwellings in search of food and shelter. Now, there’s not much you can do about the warmth in your camper, granted, but you can get rid of the food.
It’s no secret that road trips can get sloppy easily, which is why, when you get home, the first thing you’ll want to do is thoroughly clean out your RV. Vacuum, sweep the floors, scrub and polish. Throw out the trash, and get rid of any leftovers, otherwise, you’re just waiting for that rodent invasion to happen.
Here’s the deal - rodents and humans tend to have different views on what constitutes food. Rodents are attracted to all sorts of things: fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, leftovers, scraps, meat, and so on. This means that they may be attracted to things you didn’t even realize were a problem. That’s why you need to thoroughly clean out your RV on a regular basis.
Get rid of any food.
That one should be a no-brainer, particularly after that last point, but still, it’s worth mentioning. It’s not uncommon for people to forget some crackers, or something in their RV when they come back from a long trip. And wherever there are forgotten crackers or any type of food, really, there will be rodents to stalk it. So make sure you throw out any uneaten food, or at the very least, bring it into the house, and not leave it in the RV.
Check your water supply.
Like any other living creature, rodents also need a steady source of water, in order to thrive. This may be another reason why they’re attracted to your RV - not for the food, but the water. So if you’ve got leaky pipes or a running toilet in your RV, it might be precisely the reason why, next thing you know, your RV is flooded with rodents.
So make sure there aren’t any readily available sources of water, and if there are issues with your water supply, make sure you fix them promptly. Remember, getting rid of rats out of your vehicle is difficult enough as it is, so investing in some early repairs might prove to be a wise choice, in the long run.
Keep your camper on hard ground.
Ideally, don’t store your camper on a grassy surface over a long period of time, as rodents are more prone to prowl such a surface. If at all possible, store your RV on solid pavement, and at a safe distance from woods, grass, trees or fields.
If you’ve had rodent problems in the past, consider repellents.
If rodents aren’t just a possibility, but have given you trouble in the past, you could always try using a natural or store-bought repellent to keep them away from your camper. Depending on the product you choose, these may be motion-activated repellents that emit a sound or light if they sense rodents, or may just involve a strong odor that will repel them. In the end, it’s up to you.
We wouldn’t really recommend using traditional mouse traps or even live traps unless you’re sure there’s a rodent problem inside your RV. Since these necessitate bait to work, leaving the bait unattended for long periods of time in your vehicle might be exactly what attracts the rodents to your RV in the first place. So, as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Also, make sure you check your RV regularly while it’s unused and in storage. Ideally, check on your RV on a day when you can also spare an hour or so to clean around a bit, so as to minimize the chance of attracting rodents or any other wild animals to your vehicle.
Ask a professional for help
If rodents are or have in the past been a serious concern in your RV, don’t hesitate to call a professional wildlife removal company, like Complete Wildlife Removal. These trained professionals will advise you on the best prevention techniques in your particular case, and also deal with any rodents, should the need arise.