Bugs are a fact of life when you head for the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you want to share sleeping quarters with them. One of your goals in buying an RV was to evict the critters from your personal living space, so you definitely don’t want them in your camper. Unfortunately, they can still invade your private space. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get them out and make sure they stay out.
First Line of Defense is Storage Compartments
Located between your living space and the ground, most insects have to travel through storage compartments to get inside. The fact that the children cannot easily get into these compartments and their penchant for being a bug highway makes these areas perfect for insect baits. Place ant and roach disk baits in the back corners of these compartments to stop invaders before they can find your living room.
Consider the Entry Points for Mice
Your power line and water lines are necessary for the comforts of home, but they also provide easy access for mice. Scampering up the cords, it’s a fabulous welcome mat they cannot resist. Leave a box of mouse bait in the compartment these service lines feed through. The mice will find a quick meal and a fast exit. If you cannot stand the thought of the mice meeting an early death, then secure the access hole for your lines with wire mesh.
Stinky Moth Balls Serve Their Purpose
Mothballs reek, and animals cannot stand the smell. Use a few mothballs near the propane lines on your water heater to keep spiders out. Put a few around the water or sewer lines to deter mice. You don’t want them inside the RV, but the smell won’t be noticeable if you only use a few in key storage areas.
The best deterrent for critters is diligence on your part. Keep food packed tightly away so you don’t attract sugar ants. Watch for signs of bees nesting around the camper, and treat any areas as necessary. Use LED lights so you won’t attract mosquitos, and make sure the screen door is kept closed to prevent intruders from flying in through an open door. With a little extra work, you can enjoy a space that is safe from the flying and crawling critters outside.