The Management at Rick's RV Center have been surprised to see a substantial increase in the number of RV's coming in for repairs caused by Rodent Infestations.
We have seen some instances this year where the damage was so substantial that the insurance company decided to total the RV rather than repair it!
And unfortunately, some insurance policies have clauses that exclude covering Rodent damage! Be sure to review your RV Insurance Policy!
Here are a few tips and tricks we've heard that can help avoid Rodent Damage:
- BLOCK THEIR ENTRANCE: Remember a rodent can fit through a hole smaller than the size of a dime! Common products to use are:
- KEEP FOOD, PET FOOD, AND OTHER ATTRACTANTS IN SEALED CONTAINERS. The rodents are searching for food, water, and nests. Keep all attractants in sealed containers to reduce the scent that serves as a draw for infestations.
- ROPE LIGHTS AT NIGHT AROUND PERIMETER OF RV Rope lights are often believed to be for creating a nice outdoor living space, but the bright rope light perimiter also serves as a rodent deterent.
- Spray Foam Insulation/Sealant. Cracks around doorways, windows, outside cubbies where wires come through to inside RV, entry spots for pipes, basically any place that has even the smallest gap. A few cans of this spray can save you a lot of headaches.
- Motion detection solar lighting. The engine compartment is also vulnerable to having parts and wires chewed beyond repair. Having motion sensor lighting on the ground under the engine compartment and other vulnerable areas of the RV that puts out a bright light will often deter night time rodent intrusion.
- Steel Wool. Rodents will chew threw almost every type of insulation, plastic, even fiberglass; however they will not chew through steel wool. Stuffing every opening you can find with steel wool will help reduce infiltration.
- HOME MADE REMEDIES We have heard many customers tell us that the following items are very good at deterring rodents because they don't like the smell. They are inexpensive and it is worth trying: Fabric Softener Sheets, Irish Spring Soap, Cloth soaked in Peppermint oil, and moth balls.
- THE WIRE SNAP TRAP TRICK If you decide to use the wire snap trap a trick that we hear increases success is to blue pieces of dog food on the trap. This requires them to work hard enough to get the food that the odds of trapping them are greatly increased.
It is our desire to provide our customers with information that will help them have the best RVing experience possible. We want to get you on the road and keep you on the road.