Mice Have Invaded My Stored RV

Question: Dear Luise: Mice have invaded my stored RV. I have it in a Camping Club. Last year, I didn’t go out very often because I haven’t been well. When I checked it last week, I have signs of mice everywhere. It’s not a new rig but I have had it there for years and have never had mice. I don’t know what to do about it. I went to the store and there are all kinds of ways to get them but I don’t know if any of them work. I can’t put traps in there because I don’t get out there often enough to keep them emptied. Have you had any problem with mice? I read your article about your RV squirrel invasion but this is really quite different. Thanks for any advice you can offer. Ted

Answer: Dear Ted: Pesky little critters aren’t they. And, to me at least, so cute!

OK…there are pros and cons about using Decon. They can get into the walls or under your floors where they die and you can’t remove them. I use it initially and just hope for the best. Then I go to other means when I have it under control. They love an abandoned place, there’s not doubt about that.

I would try buying some of the high frequency deterrents you plug in the wall and put one in each room. They have worked very well for others but, so far, not for me. I have no idea why that is. Leave a radio on, as loud as you can without bothering others. If you can’t do the upkeep on traps, there are enclosed, disposable ones that trap a mouse and can be thrown away. They’re for after the problem is under control.

Make sure you don’t leave any food available and put your paper goods like toilet paper, paper towels and tissues in the fridge where they can’t get to it for nest building. Take your bedding and clothing home until you are ready to use your rig again. Put food staples in covered, metal containers.

Ask the park management if they know of anyone who can check your trailer out for entry points and plug them for you if you’re not up to it. Also, get someone to clean your place out completely using Pine-Sol liberally on all surfaces, (including the insides of drawers and cabinets.) Have them wash your dishes, pans and silver and put them in the fridge, too.

All of this will make your RV much less appealing to these tiny squatters in the future. Mice invading a stored RV is a very common problem but if you approach it aggressively, there’s hope. Blessings, Luise

5 Responses to Mice Have Invaded My Stored RV

  1. J. March 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    Something I have used in the past is this pouch thing called Store it Right. The company that makes it is called Northern Explorer and it is little pouches that you place in your RV and mice hate the smell and run for their lives. I liked the scent and found it refreshing. 2 for 1!!! No mice and my RV smelled nice! (Maybe I should try to sell them that as their motto.) J.

    • Luise March 15, 2009 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you so much! Blessings, Luise

  2. T. June 17, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    I too have had problems with mice getting into my RV and have tried everything out there but nothing was able to work for very long. I came across a product called Mouse Free a few months ago and decided to try it and it is actually working for me! Its a coating that goes on the undercarriage of your trailer or motorhome that keeps mice out. The site where I found it was http://www.mouse-free.com. I used the do it youself kit but there are also RV dealers who can do it for you. The videos on the site are really good for showing how it works. T.

  3. M. November 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I’ve tried everything then I read on the net someone said look under the toilet. I have a peddle flush and there’s a space under the peddle. Sure enough theres droppings and wood chips under there. I stuffed it with steel wool and poured pine sol in the toilet I guess they hate the smell and so for no more mice horray so far so good. M.

    • Luise November 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      M. – WONDERFUL! THANKS!!

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