For many people, their RV or camper sits parked on their property for a good portion of the year, only being pressed into service for a summer adventure and a few weekend get-aways. This can make your RV a magnet for pests. They can invade and multiply over weeks, or even months, before you open up the RV and notice the problem. The following tips can help you control pests in your RV.
Tip #1: Keep It Food-Free
You should never store food, even dry items, in your RV. If you must store some dry foods, seal them in thick plastic containers so that they don't attract any pests. Wipe out cabinets, sinks, counters, the fridge, and the floor to remove any crumbs, and then wipe them down a second time with a disinfecting spray just to make sure there are no odors that can attract pests.
Remember, not all pests eat traditional food. Clothing and blankets can also attract certain pests, such as carpet beetles or clothing moths. Storing these in sealed containers or bags will keep them safe.
Tip #2: Check for Entries
Rodents and bugs can only invade your RV if they can find an entry point. While it is likely impossible to seal up all entry points, you can find and seal the biggest. This will at least keep rodents out. Survey the underside and sides of your siding for any holes. Fill these with an expanding foam caulk. You can trim the foam down after it dries so it doesn't protrude too much. For larger holes, or if you are worried about rodents chewing through the foam, cut a piece of wire mesh slightly larger than the hole, and then anchor it in place with the foam.
Tip #3: Monitor With Traps
If the RV is setting empty for awhile, you may want to consider placing pest traps inside of it. These are available for roaches, ants, rodents and a few other common pests. Simply place the traps around the inside of the RV and monitor them weekly. Not only will this discourage any pests that come nosing around, it allows you to monitor for pest activity so you can catch a potential problem early.
Tip #4: Keep the Weeds Down
It's best to park your RV on a concrete pad. If this isn't possible, you need to at least manage the weeds and grass that grows around your RV. Keep everything mowed, both under and around the vehicle. Pests, especially animal pests, use overgrown areas for cover or as nesting sites. As it gets cooler, they are then attracted to the even warmer and better protected interior of your RV. They may even move into the engine compartment.
Tip #5: Consult an Expert
Call a pest control technician, such as Eagle Pest Eliminators, if you can't get the pests eradicated quickly, since they can do irreparable damage to your RV. The tech can use professional grade pesticides that target the specific pest. They have options that work well in small areas and dissipate quickly, so you aren't stuck with toxic fumes. There may also be concerns with damage to plastic and laminated surfaces inside an RV. Pest experts know which chemicals can react with these items and avoid them, so that the surfaces inside your RV aren't damaged.