How To Get Rid Of Mice In An RV
Holes chewed in your walls and floors, gnawed-on furniture and food, droppings around the RV, and a musty smell… it can only mean one thing: mice in your RV!
Besides just being a bit gross, a mouse infestation in your RV presents a ton of issues, from damage to the RV to the risk of disease. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get rid of mice in an RV (and keep them from coming back).
Ways to get rid of mice
Let’s look at the best ways to get rid of mice in your RV, as well as some tips to prevent them from coming back.
When it comes to getting rid of mice in an RV, your best option is to use mouse traps. There are both lethal and non-lethal options available. Let’s take a look at both.
Lethal mouse traps
Lethal mouse traps are highly effective at getting rid of mice in your RV, but they have some caveats.
Rat poison is effective because rats will take the poison back to their nests, meaning it can kill many rats or mice at once. However, if those rats are somewhere you can’t get to, they’ll start to rot and create an awful stink. Even worse, if a wild animal eats a poisoned rat, it’s liable to kill that animal too.
Glue traps are another option. These are sticky sheets that you place around your RV. Any mouse that steps on it will become stuck and eventually die.
While these sticky glue traps are effective at getting rid of mice, they’re also by far the cruelest method. Any mouse caught in a glue trap will die slowly and painfully from starvation and exhaustion. Even if you hate the little critters, it’s inhumane to make them suffer so much for so long. Terrified mice are even known to scream as they are trying to escape.
Instead, if you want to go with kill traps, the best way to get rid of mice is the tried and true snap mouse traps. Bait the trap with cheese or something else, and any mouse lured into the trap will be immediately killed.
Overall, however, we recommend non-lethal mouse traps when possible. These traps avoid causing unnecessary suffering, plus you don’t have to dispose of a dead mouse.
Non-lethal mice traps
Your typical non-lethal mouse trap is some kind of box that automatically shuts once the mouse is inside. Once the mouse is caught, you’ll simply release them elsewhere. Keep in mind that you should release them far enough away from your RV that they don’t just get back in.
Most non-lethal traps are reusable, and you just need to clean them between each use. It’s also fairly easy to make your own DIY non-lethal mouse trap.
The biggest downside to non-lethal traps is that they aren’t the most efficient. If you have more than a few mice in your RV, you’ll likely have to release, clean, and reset your traps several times. If your mouse infestation has gotten serious, it might be smart to call in a professional.
Letting the pros handle it
Not all pest control services will work on RVs, so you’ll need to do a bit of research to find one that does near you. Many pest control services will have both lethal and non-lethal options available. However, in the case of a serious infestation, you may be required to go with the lethal option.
Hiring a pest control service is going to be quite a bit more expensive than DIY options. But if you’re really struggling, it’s definitely the best way to get rid of a mouse infestation.
Mice prevention tips
If you want to make sure mice don’t get back inside your RV, or prevent them from showing up in the first place, there are a few things you can do.
Keep your RV clean. Don’t leave food or crumbs out, and make sure any pet food is tightly sealed. If mice don’t have anything to eat in your RV, they likely won’t stay.
Mice are also very sensitive to smells, and you can use this to your advantage. Placing products with strong smells around your RV, especially near places mice can enter, will help keep them out. Options include:
- Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil
- Pine needle spray
- Dryer sheets
- Scented soaps
Seal all points of entry. It’s also smart to keep mice out by sealing up holes and other places they can get in. Applying spray foam or caulk to holes and cracks will keep them out for awhile, but mice can eventually chew through them.
Because of this, one of the best ways to seal up holes is actually using steel wool. Mice can’t and won’t chew through it. Simply stuff the steel wool in, and you’re good to go.
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A mouse infestation is no fun – but with a bit of work, you can get rid of mice in your RV. Once you get rid of the mice in your RV, you can easily keep them out by following a few simple tips. The effort is well worth it for the peace of mind of a mouse-free RV.
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Thomas Sharp says
The BoxKat Rodent Barrier is a great prevention system. Checkout MiceOut.com
It’s a corral that keeps mice out
Jim Floyd says
Not practical for most. RVrs spend enough time setting up/breaking down already.
Stan Rodriguez says
I put a electronic devise in mine. Works well
Ya overlooked a 9mm Glock…..
My roommate & I discovered mice in our apartment. She decided to use traditional mouse traps, but so we didn’t have to touch the trap & mouse, she placed the baited trap in a lunch sized brown paper bag. While not preferable for most, closing the bag and disposing of all, worked perfectly for 2 squeamish girls.
Jack Woodstra says
I use Peppermint oil that can be got in a drug store here in Ontario Canada Put 2-3 drops in a water bottle top All over your rv Home And you will see no more mice Garanteed
Jim Floyd says
Purchase some ‘Mice Dice’ and set them in different spots. Mice hate pure peppermint oil. The dice can be popped open and contain a square wick. Sit the wicks on saucer place and pour small amount of pure peppermint oil on the plate and they will soak it up. Then put them back in the dice and snap caps back on.
I also purchased the following for outside the coach. Works great!
Donna Hawk says
Something I learned from chicken raisers was that the mold in bleu cheese is lethal to mice and rats. So I’m baiting my traps with the bleu cheese. Even if the trap doesn’t get them, the cheese will. https://allanimalsfaq.com/rat/does-blue-cheese-kill-rats/
Stanley V says
We use a “Bird-X yard gard” electronic pest chaser…it is battery or 120 VAC operated. We placed it on the ground beneath the motorhome. The high frequency chases rodents, squirrels. When the unit detects motion it emits powerful ultrasound waves. Harmless to humans, pets & works like a champ.