2. August, 2012
Trailers and motor homes often sit unattended for long periods and become inviting targets for mice, rats and other rodents. Here’s how to rodent proof your RV and eliminate those unwanted guests.
The first step to successfully mouse proofing of your RV is to understand how the critters get in. While they will occasionally sneak through an open door, the most common entry point is through the access holes made to accommodate pipes (water, sewer, gas) and power lines. Mice can squeeze through incredibly small spaces and a gap of even 1/4″ (about the size of a pencil eraser) is big enough to allow them entry.
Maintaining a mouse free RV means finding those openings and making sure they are sealed securely with something that the rodents can’t chew through, like Xcluder’s rodent proof fill fabric. Xcluder is a tough mesh of stainless steel wool and poly fibers. Because it is made of stainless steel it won’t rust like regular steel wool and the coarse fibers are impervious to gnawing rodents.
If your RV is currently mouse free and you want to make sure it stays that way your task is fairly easy. Simply locate any area where pipes or power lines pass from the inside of your RV to the outside and fill any gap 1/4″ or larger with Xcluder. Don’t forget to check the basement of your RV or motor home for access points as well. As always, use caution around electrical wiring and repair any damaged wires prior to installing Xcluder.
If mice have already invaded your motor home or RV you’ll need to get rid of them in addition to sealing off their access points. For this you can use a variety of baits or traps. You may find traps preferable to poisons as they pose little risk to kids and pets and reduce the possibility of a mouse dying in an inaccessible location in your RV. Also, if you’re not excited about disposing of dead mice there are effective live capture mousetraps available. These allow mice to be captured alive and unharmed and relocated to a more suitable environment.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your RV remains mouse free for seasons to come.