It’s great to spend time outdoors and be closer to nature. One of the ways you can do that is by getting or renting a camper. A lot of people have chosen to permanently move their lives into a camper and spend it travelling from place to place.
While you don’t have to move into a camper right away to experience the freedom and thrill of constantly being on the move and being closer to nature, you can still get the experience by renting one out for a long time.
But for those who already have a camper that you use for most of the year, and a home you stay in over the winter, a problem you may face, are mice and how to keep mice out of campers when it isn’t in use. This is especially true during the wintertime, when they are looking for a place to stay safe.
There’s nothing more perfect than a warm, stored camper with no one living in it. Trust me when I say that having those little furry friends around your campers is no fun at all. You end up with all your food eaten, all kinds of dirt everywhere, a possible infestation, and a battle to reclaim your RV.
So in this article, I’m going to give you some tips to easily keep mice or even other rodents out of your camper with just 6 simple items, and keep your experience as pleasant as possible.
What You'll Need To Do
Here are some things you will need to do, which you can follow step by step to help reduce the chance of the mice taking over your RV.
First things first, is you will have to get rid of all your food. One of the things that attract mice to campers in the first place is stored food. If you know you won’t be staying in your camper for the winter, grab all your food and place them in large, plastic storage bins.
Preferably the kinds that are air tight and close securely. You can keep these inside your camper, as long as you make sure every last item of food is kept in those bins. But make sure you don’t keep any perishables such as fresh fruits and vegetables or even meat.
Or you can just take all the food out, put them in the storage bins and store them in your home for the time being. This way, there won’t be food to attract them.
2. A Bowl of Repellent
The next thing you can do to help keep the mice away is to use mothballs. All you need to do is put the mothballs in a bowl and put them around your camper. The mice don’t like the smell and will lessen the chance of them claiming your RV as their own.
3. Cottony Vengeance
You can also try dipping cotton balls in peppermint oil. Mice seem to hate the smell of peppermint. You can then place these cotton balls inside shelves and cabinets to make sure that the mice will stay away.
4. No Entry
You should also check out your water lines and find the access hole where the water lines come in from the outside. Sometimes, these holes can be bigger than necessary. What you can do is cut a piece of wood to fit around the excess space, cover it up and finish it with some spray insulation or spray foam. This will remove a pathway for the mice to come into your RV.
5. Steel Reinforcements
You can block all the access points to your RV with spray foam, but there are some extra determined mice who will do anything to get into your RV and will even start chewing away at the spray foam just to claim your territory. What you can do, as suggested on Love Your RV is to use steel wool. All you need to do is add the steel wool to the spray foam mix, and it should add some extra reinforcements to discourage those aggressive mice.
6. Product Help
If you really want to make sure that the mice stay away, you can try using Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent, which is a rodent repellent that was really meant for RV campers. You just have to place the bags in certain areas, which you can learn about on this video from Earth Kind and Team Fitzgerald:
It is a simple product to use and claims to be all-natural. It is something that can be worth the shot at least, to help you keep your RV rodent free.
Final Run Through
Lastly, go through your RV one more time and as thoroughly as possible. Look for any access points where the mice can make it from the outside to the inside, and make sure they are sealed. You can use pieces of wood to “board” them up, or you can use spray foam to help seal those out. Take your time and make sure you really go through everything, because a little bit of space and the mice will come crawling.
While it may seem like a tedious task to “rodent-proof” your RV, trust me, it is a lot easier than getting them out. You’ll end up either having the most frustrating spring, trying to reclaim your RV, or spend a lot of money on pest control. That is why making sure your RV is as unwelcoming as possible is the best way to go to avoid all the frustration later on. Keep your RV your own home and away from all the mice with the simple steps and tricks you’ve read here.
Let us know if it works for you, as well as the other tips on this article! If you have other suggestions or comments, let us know as well. We would love to know how you keep your home your own and away from mice. If you know a friend with some mice problems, or just anyone you think will benefit from his information, feel free to share this article and let them know how much you’ve enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!