Rodents Entered RV While in Storage
We all think little Frederick and his little mouse family that live in the wall all winter are adorable, but we’re not so excited when the little mice have made their winter home in our RV. How can you tell if you’ve been hosting these little rodent guests all winter? Here are 3 signs you may have a rodent problem as you pull your RV out of storage to get ready for Spring travels.
- Made the mistake of keeping dry goods in the pantry? Look here first for signs of nibbling on pasta boxes and even eating through packets of creamer and sugar. If you left it in there, they found it.
- Is there an unusually foul smell? This is likely a dead rodent who made and nest, enjoyed a comfortable stay, and then for any number of reasons died. Rodents will go back to their nests to die, so if there had been any “bait bars” or other types of poison in the RV to deter mice and they took the bait, they won’t die near the source, they have gone back to their hidey hole in a wall, mattress or corner cupboard.
- Do you notice outdoor debris scattered around? Mice will bring in their food sources, so if you notice trails of little bits of debris from outdoors, that’s an indication there’s a nest somewhere.
- Holes? If you have a huge RV, inspecting for holes and points of entry can seem like a nightmare. Some people will do an inspection at night, using a flashlight shining from the inside out, and a helper outside looking for any light coming through. Mice can get through an opening as small as a dime, so some RV owners even wrap their RV with plastic wrap around windows and doors to make intrusion that much harder.
A rodent infestation is the worst as it means damage and usually a lengthy clean-up, but if you inspect your RV frequently while it’s in storage, and if you start the engine when you can, that can help deter the little critters to find a quite abode elsewhere.