Mice are sneaky little creatures. They can find their way into the tiniest of spaces, and once they’ve found a place to live, they keep coming back again and again. To keep mice out of your motorhome is challenging, but it’s not impossible. You just need to know their tricks and come up with a solid plan to stop them from getting in.
If you own a motorhome or other campervan, then you’re probably worried about how these little rodents could ruin your getaway plans. Not only do they leave behind nasty smelling urine and faeces, but mice can also chew on things like wiring and insulation inside the walls of your motorhome, leading to an expensive repair bill if left unchecked. To prevent this from happening, here are some tips and tricks to keep mice out of your motorhome:
Check Your Tyres and Hoses
Mice like to nest in cars, motorhomes, and other vehicles. To stay warm and protected, they’ll make nests out of the insulation of hoses and wires. So, check your tyres and hoses for signs of damage or nests. If you spot any, you can either call a professional to remove the nest, or you can do it yourself. In some cases, it’s best to just replace the hose or wire. If the nest is really bad, you might have to contact a pest control company to help. It’s best to do this in the summer/autumn before mice start looking for places to nest for the winter.
Seal Off Entry Points
Mice can squeeze through holes as small as half an inch wide. That means every opening in your motorhome, from the vents to the doors, needs to be closed off. Use steel wool to plug up holes in the floor and walls, and seal off any vents or openings that lead outside. If there are windows in your motorhome, make sure they are shut tight as well. You can also get creative and use items like cardboard to close off holes and gaps.
If you find that your motorhome doors don’t seal properly, or there are gaps in the walls, you can use weather stripping to close them off. This is easily found at any home improvement store. If you’re in a winter climate, you also might want to look into getting some extra insulation for your motorhome, as mice like to nest in warm places.
Install a Mouse Trap
There are a tonne of different kinds of mouse traps out there, including classic wooden ones, modern electronic ones, and even glue boards. Make sure to choose a trap that works for your situation. For example, if you have kids and pets, you probably don’t want to use a snap trap. If you have a garage that has been proven to be a source of mice, you might want to install more than one type of trap. You don’t want to risk your trap getting full and letting a mouse go free. Dispose of the mice as soon as they are caught.
Do not leave food around your motorhome
Mice may not only be coming into your motorhome for warmth and protection from the elements, but they may also be coming in for food. Any food and crumbs left lying around your van will also be attracting in mice. Make sure to keep your food away in your cupboards and to keep on top of the cleaning of food and crumbs and empty your bins regularly.
Clean Up the Mess
Once you’ve set your trap, you’ll want to start cleaning up the mess mice leave behind. Start by cleaning up any grease or food spills in your motorhome, as mice love to eat these types of things. You can also use some citrus oil around your motorhome to keep mice away, and also peppermint oil is said to deter mice. We put a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton wool and leave them in our cupboards. You will also want to clean up any droppings that may have been left in your motorhome.
Get A Cat or Dog
You can use a cat or dog to hunt any mice that come into your motorhome, so if you travel with your pets then you have a chance of mice being scared away anyway! Cats are natural predators and will hunt mice and other rodents inside your motorhome. Dogs are also very effective at hunting for rodents.
Conclusion on how to keep mice out of your motorhome
Unfortunately, mice are a common problem for motorhome owners. While there are many steps you can take to prevent them from getting in in the first place, there are also a few steps you can take to keep them away once they’re already in your home. In the end, keeping mice out of your motorhome is a team effort. You need to do your part by checking your tyres, hoses, and wires, sealing off all entry points, and installing the proper traps, and the mice will need to do their part by staying out of your motorhome. We hope that this post has given you some ideas on how to keep mice out of your motorhome.
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