No one likes uninvited guests in their home or home away from home, especially when those uninvited guest are mice. Unfortunately, we’ve encountered these furry pests on more than one occasion, but thankfully we now have solutions to prevent them from entering our RV in the first place.
Hopefully, you don’t have to take this step, but if you already have mice in your RV, using mousetraps can be a great approach to getting them out. Though we recommend taking preventative measures to keep them out in the first place.
When our battle began against mice we were to the point where they were already in our rig. It was nerve-wracking because we had critters scurrying all around, at the same time we knew mice were notorious for chewing through wires. The last thing we wanted was for them to destroy something in the walls that would be a nightmare to repair.
Our first step was to get them out. In order to do that we went to the store and picked up a couple standard mousetraps.
There are many types of traps out there, some more humane than others, so as you do your research try and find the ones you’re most comfortable with.
After we started placing traps throughout the RV we noticed we were capturing at least one mouse a day. While I don’t think they were all living in our RV full time I do think new ones were swinging by every night.
While this worked in capturing the mice, we wanted to make sure they didn’t stop by in the first place. Our worry was that a mouse may visit some of our wires before it found its way to the trap.
2. Steel Wool/Sealing Off Entrances
The next step we took was to add steel wool to any openings mice may be able to enter through. The general understanding we found with steel wool is that the mice do not chew through it because it doesn’t feel great on their teeth. Instead of trying to make their way through they’ll move on to looking for a different opening.
Some people go as far as to permanently seal any openings they can find, which isn’t a bad idea. If there are no holes for the mice to wiggle through then there shouldn’t be any way for them to get into the RV.
After we covered all the openings we found with steel wool we noticed the mice weren’t inside the RV as much, though they still made it in every now and again. We must have missed an entrance.
It’s sometimes difficult to find all the openings your RV may have. If you miss just one the mice will be able to find their way in. If you’re ready to scour for all the openings and close them up I think this would be a great approach for you. All of our openings are still blocked with steel wool. Better safe than sorry, right?
I also want to mention dryer sheets and Irish Spring bar soap. While we did try this and didn’t have the best of luck, we’ve spoken with many people who swear it’s the best way to keep mice away. When we were placing the steel wool we went ahead and placed both dryer sheets and Irish Spring bar soap as well. As I mentioned above, we still had unwanted visitors stop by.
3. Electronic Deterrent Devices
Electronic deterrent devices are also a good approach to keeping mice out of your RV. Many people are completely on board with this approach and will swear by it, just make sure the ones you purchase are safe to use with pets.
An added bonus to using this approach is that many of the deterrent devices will also work in keeping bugs away.
In fact, we currently have a few devices scattered throughout our RV in an attempt to keep spiders out. While we don’t know for sure if they help with mice, we haven’t had any issues since plugging them in.
Fresh Cab is an all-natural, botanical rodent repellent that uses essential oils and plant fiber ingredients. Because of the ingredients used, Fresh Cab is safe for both humans and pets which is a major plus when you’re talking about a smaller environment such as an RV.
When looking online for Fresh Cab you’ll quickly notice it gets four or five stars pretty much everywhere. The main reason for this is that it works.
The combination of ingredients releases a balsam fir scent that rodents don’t like, which in turn prevents them from wanting to enter your RV in the first place.
If you’re looking into ways to keep mice out of your RV we highly recommend keeping Fresh Cab on hand.
5. Peppermint Oil
Aside from Fresh Cab, Peppermint Oil has been our most successful path to keeping mice out of our RV. We even wrote a detailed post about it.
Long story short when we first hit the road in our RV we spent some time on my family’s farm and quickly discovered field mice were entering our tiny home on wheels. My family used to harvest mint and my grandpa even uses peppermint oil to keep mice out of his tractors. Thankfully, they had some extra mint oil on hand so we soaked cotton balls in the oil and placed them all around the RV.
We went from catching one to two mice a day to two weeks with zero mice. Needless to say, we were pretty excited to find a solution that finally kept the mice away.
Peppermint Oil and Fresh Cab have been the two solutions that have worked best for us, although we also keep steel wool in the small openings we’ve come across. With that said, we’ve met people that swear by the other methods.
We hope you found this information helpful and if you’ve used any of the options mentioned above or have additional tips for keeping mice out of your RV, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!