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Video: How to Protect Your RV from Rodent Damage Using Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent

By: Rita Stadler

Not all who wander are lost.

These wise words have epitomized the lifestyle of outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, and nature lovers alike.

During good times and bad, peace can be found when we set out on the open road and find new ways to appreciate the world around us. Doing so from the comfort and convenience of a motorhome, travel trailer or RV can make the experience more appealing and accessible to even more people. Unfortunately, rodents and other pests may find your RV just as appealing and accessible as you do!

Follow these tips to pest-proof your RV and check out the video below for the easiest way to make sure mice stay away from your home away from home.

Pest Proofing Tip #1

Inspect your equipment and the surrounding area for signs of pests and potential entry points.

Rodents and insects are attracted to areas that offer food, water, and shelter – especially areas that aren’t always full of people. Whether your RV is in storage during the offseason, or just parked and waiting for your next day off, you’ll want to be proactive about pest prevention.

  • Identify cracks and gaps in the walls, windows, doors, and around plumbing and electrical wires. Seal them with caulk or weather-strip so pests (especially mice) can’t get in.
  • Make sure there are no holes in the door and window screens.
  • Watch out for signs of mice such as droppings, gnaw marks, or chewed up material around cushions, bedding, and cardboard boxes.

Pest Proofing Tip #2

Choose your storage solutions wisely.

Both the place you store your RV when it’s not in use, and the way you store camping equipment and items inside your RV will make you more or less likely to experience pest problems. When you’re not using your camper or motorhome, make sure it is parked on level ground and clear of any overhanging tree branches and foliage.

Keep your camper and all of your equipment clean. Food particles left behind on a cooktop or grill will attract rodents and insects. Likewise, graham cracker crumbs and sticky fingerprints can attract ants and feed the whole colony.

Cardboard can attract pests too. Mice and other rodents enjoy chewing on cardboard and will use it as nesting material. Cockroaches feed on the glue used to hold a cardboard box together, and some insects will live or lay eggs in the corrugate. Instead of cardboard boxes, use airtight hard-sided storage containers.

Pest Proofing Tip #3

 Plan ahead to prevent pests.

  • Replace traps and poisons with plant-based repellents. EarthKind’s Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent and EarthKind’s Stay Away® Rodents, Spiders, Ants, and Moth pouches are plant-based and safe for use around children and pets when used as directed
  • Choose a CDC-recommended repellent that’s effective for both mosquitoes and ticks. EarthKind’s Stay Away® Mosquitoes repellent comes in a travel-size spray, is skin-friendly, unscented, and protects against mosquitos, ticks, black flies, gnats and chiggers.