Anyone who has owned an RV for long knows that there are a couple of Public Enemies Number One — water intrusion and rodent intrusion (or should we say invasion). Let’s talk about the latter.
Rodents love RVs: They’re nice, warm, cozy places, perfect for their nests and where they can raise their little baby mouses. Mice and squirrels are the most common invaders, but rats can make an appearance, too.
Mice or other rodents can create more than just a mess. While some actually carry the fatal disease hantavirus, others can cause trouble by chewing on water lines or electrical wiring. Imagine the damage a rodent could cause if it chewed through a pressurized water line. Or worse, if it gnawed through a live wire that could cause a fire (it does happen!).
So how do we keep the critters away? Some RVers say to just put Bounce dryer sheets in cabinets and storage compartments. “Mice hate ’em,” some RVers will advise. And then you’ll read later from another RVer who says, “I found mice nesting in Bounce sheets.” Huh?
Others say, “Just put a few bars of Irish Spring soap around. Mice hate it.” And someone will reply, “The mice in my RV ate all the Irish Spring.”
Yet other RVers say the answer is to use an “ultrasonic pest repeller” to send the critters scurrying before they even get inside. Many college and university researchers respond: “Save your money: Ultrasonic repellers don’t work.”
Some RVer believe if they line their campsite with a string of LED lights, the mice will stay away, at least at night.
We’ve sold a lot of Fresh Cab rodent repellent through our Amazon affiliate program. Does it work? We haven’t received any angry letters from buyers saying it didn’t work. We tried it once in a barn. No mice (but then maybe there were none there to begin with).
Of course, the tried-and-true method to keep rodents away is to block their entry. Look carefully for spaces where critters can enter. Tiny spaces where water, sewer or gas lines pass through walls and floors may provide a mouse easy access. Stuff any such crack (it doesn’t need to be big for a mouse to get through) with steel wool, then cover with sealant.
What do you think? Please leave a comment; tell us what works for you (or what hasn’t worked).