Mice are a common problem for people living in motor homes or RV. They love to chew on anything they come across, including electrical wires, rubber tires, and leather upholstery. The best way to prevent these pests from destroying your RV while you’re on the road is to store anything that could attract them in tight containers and use repellants. Here are eight ways will discuss below to keep mice out of your RV.
Clean Up Food and Rodent Droppings
Keeping a clean, well-stocked RV not only makes it comfy for you but can also make it difficult for rodents to survive. Make sure there is no food left on the table and floor, empty the trash bins regularly, and don’t keep open bags of chips or cookies in kitchen cabinets or drawers. If your RV has a fridge, be sure that there are no spoiled foods inside it and keep the freezer part as well.
Store Food Wisely
Rodents can chew through a lot, so take all precautionary measures to make sure they don’t get into your food supply. Keep all open bags of chips in rodent-proof containers or put them inside sealed plastic bags and try to buy only what you can eat in a few days. Place all dry food that you’re not going to consume in air-tight containers.
The two things mice are the most attracted to are food and water. Keep both of them away from your vehicle with the help of certain chemicals which will drive them out of your RV or motor home. There are different types of repellants, some of them being toxic and others non-toxic such as peppermint oil or ammonia. You can purchase repellants at your local pet shop or make your own using ingredients from your kitchen.
Set Up Traps
If other measures have failed to keep rodents from getting into your RV, you can resort to using traps. One of the best ways to do it is by purchasing a humane trap and baits it with peanut butter or another kind of food that mice like. To make sure the rodent enters the trap and doesn’t avoid it, place some Vaseline around its entrances. If possible, leave the trap in the same place for several days and check it daily.
Store Food Items in Rodent-Proof Containers
Mice can chew through a lot, so take all precautionary measures to make sure they don’t get into your food supply. Keep all open bags of chips in rodent-proof containers or put them inside sealed plastic bags.
Cover The Floor With A Drop Cloth
The best way to keep rodents out is to make your RV or motor home less inviting to them. A great way of doing that is by covering the floor with a drop cloth which mice don’t like walking on and won’t enter it. You can purchase a drop cloth at any local hardware store.
Use Bait Traps
If you’re not using your RV or motor home for a few months, it is best to take all the necessary steps to keep rodents from infesting it. One of the most efficient things you can do is get some poison bait and place them in hidden locations.
Talk With Your Neighbors
If you have a motor home or RV in a campground, cooperate with your neighbors and ask them to take all necessary steps to keep mice from entering your vehicle as well as theirs. If there is one common unit between you, for instance, a trash storage room, it is best that you keep it clean and don’t leave any food residues there.
When it comes to keeping mice out of your RV, there are a number of things you can do. We’ve mentioned some of the most popular ones here but if you have any other questions on how to keep them away from your vehicle or what traps work best, feel free to reach out and ask us!