How To Get Rid Of Roaches In An RV

Nobody wants pests in their RV, especially when those pests are notoriously difficult to kill.  

We'll cover some ways to prevent roaches as well as ways to remove them once they've found a home in your RV. 

There are ways to prevent roach infestations in the first place. These insects can be tough to get rid of, so it's ideal if you can avoid this situation altogether.

Ways to prevent roaches

If you leave food out in the open or don't empty the garbage frequently, roaches will be drawn to your camper. 

Seal/remove food containers

The next thing you can do is make sure there is no easy entrance into your RV. Carefully examine your RV exterior and look for any flaws or weaknesses in the surface.

Close off RV entrances

Try spreading baking soda near possible entrances. You can also use oils like peppermint, cypress, and citrus. Roaches don't care for lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruit, so you can use the peels or even whole fruits as a form of defense.

Use off-putting scents

Despite our best efforts, these bugs sometimes still find their way inside. Once this happens, it's up to you to get them out! 

Getting rid of  roaches

If you're like most people and don't want to touch these bugs, you don't have to! Try using a vacuum to suck them up. 

Kill or remove them

Do a thorough cleaning of your RV. Remove all furniture and cargo and sanitize it. If possible, use a steam cleaner on your carpets, fixed furniture items, and other exposed surfaces.

Steam clean and sanitize

Only use these treatments as a last resort because overusing them can damage your RV and your health. You can also set out roach traps, but these need to be emptied frequently.

Use aggressive roach killers

If nothing else is working, consider calling a professional exterminator. These are trained professionals that know how to get rid of roaches in a camper.

Contact an exterminator