Securing Your RV From Pests Vol. 2:  Mice

Securing Your RV From Pests Vol. 2: Mice

How to Keep Mice Out of Your RV

When you’re on a fun family camping trip or spending most of your time in your RV in the great outdoors, you’re bound to share some space with local critters. This includes, as you might expect, mice. You can’t really blame a mouse for trying to sneak into your mobile home. After all, you pulled up to his territory first!

But, no one likes these little rodents scurrying around their RV. We’re not talking about Mickey, here. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep mice out of your home on wheels. If one does happen to get inside, we’ll let you know what you can do to get rid of them quickly.

Keep Your RV Clean

We all know the story: If you give a mouse a cookie...well, he’s probably going to stick around for a while! Mice are great at finding everything from open food containers to loose papers that can be used for a nest. They are also attracted to dark areas.

The good news? Keeping your rig clean will not only deter mice from getting inside, but it’ll also make a more pleasant living space for you and your passengers. Simply cleaning up after yourself and making sure all of your food is stored away safely is one of the best ways to prevent mice from finding your place interesting enough to stay.

Block the Entrances

It doesn’t take much space for a mouse to be able to squirm their way inside. The common entry-points of your RV like the door and windows should obviously be shut as often as possible. But, try thinking like a mouse (and stay away from that cheese!).

Take a good look at your home on wheels and try to think of any entry points that might be appealing for a mouse. This might include areas like plumbing feed holes or mesh screens. You should pay particular attention to any entry points underneath the rig. The sooner you can close up these gaps, the better!

Getting Rid of Your Little Passengers

Of course, even with preventative measures, there’s always a chance that a mouse might find their way into your RV. No one wants to open a bag of chips to see a rodent inside. If you know you have a mouse inside your mobile home, don’t panic.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get rid of a mouse in an RV is to set a trap or two. The smaller enclosed space will allow you to catch the critter fairly quickly. Of course, some people are against this kind of trapping/killing. Others simply don’t want to have to deal with a dead mouse on board.

There are mouse traps that don’t actually kill the mouse once they’ve been caught. In choosing a trap like this, you can release the rodent back into nature. It doesn’t automatically mean they’ll find their way back inside. But, if you do ‘catch and release’ a mouse, make sure to take the extra precautionary steps listed here to keep your RV as safe as possible from a rodent infestation.

Mice are a part of the great outdoors and there’s nothing any of us can do about that. But, you can keep your RV protected from these furry little creatures by using some of the simple tips suggested here. By keeping your food stored safely and sealing off any possible entry points, it’s unlikely a mouse will find their way onto your rig this camping season.

Aug 8th 2018 Stacey Blaske

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