The professional RV technician team at Rick's RV Center have seen first hand how rodent infestations can cause severe damages to an RV’s wiring, furnishings, and insulation. To make things worse, in some cases insurance policies may exclude covering damages made from rodents, leaving you with hefty repair bills. This growing concern has prompted us to start sharing tips and tricks to help avoid rodent infestations in your RV. In this article, we'll explore some common ways of preventing rodent infestations in your RV.
Block their Entrance: Rodents can enter your RV in various ways, including through holes in the walls, roof, and undercarriage. Inspect your RV carefully for such entry points and block them using different methods, such as steel wool, foam insulation, and silicone caulking. Additionally, try to protect vents, pipes, and wires from rodent damage by installing wire mesh.
Motion detection solar lighting: Installing motion-detecting solar lighting around the perimeter of your RV at night can help keep rodents away. Rodents are active mostly at night and generally avoid bright areas.
Keep Food and Pet Food Sealed: Rodents are attracted to food and pet food. Make sure to store food and pet food in airtight containers to avoid luring in rodents. Be sure to clean any food spills or crumbs as they can also attract rodents.
Home Made Remedies: Natural oils like peppermint oil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil can help make your RV unappealing to rodents. Mix some oil with water in a spray bottle and regularly spray around entry points and inside your RV. Other remedies include using clove oil, cayenne pepper, and fabric softener sheets to repel rodents.
Rodent infestations in an RV can be disastrous, not to mention... upsetting! Taking necessary precautions to prevent rodent infestations can be the simplest and cheapest way to avoid damages. Implementing some of these ideas can go a long way in keeping your RV safe and in good condition. Remember, prevention is key, and simple measures such as sealing food containers, blocking entry points, and using natural remedies can make all the difference.
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