RVA customer called us last month and said while his RV was stored for the winter, the rodents got into the engine compartment and interior and did over a $2000 worth of damage. He wanted to know what our experience was with some of the recommended solutions that he read about online and whether our DX610 Electronic Pest Repeller would help. What’s the best way to keep mice and rats out of an RV is actually a very common question from our customers.

As an RV owner myself, I can tell you that I have tried a lot of remedies to keep mice and rats out of my RV. My results are below. Would love your feedback!

First let me say, that rats and mice are intelligent critters and not easily fooled by some of these suggestions which is why it is so hard to get rid of them once they have invaded.

Dryer Sheets
Success Yes or No:
NO
Had no impact on the rodents at all. They actually tore up the sheets to use for nesting material. It was the same result when I put dryer sheets on my car engine at night to keep mice away. They tore up my car wiring ($600).

Peppermint Oil
Success Yes or No:
NO
Did not work for me. It needs to be applied at the exact spot that the rodents are entering and there are MANY ways for rodents to get into places. The oil also needs to get reapplied every 1-2 weeks at a minimum which was not possible for me when it was stored for the season.

Urine
SuccessYes or No:
Not Personally Tested
Sorry, my wife said NO to this one. I have heard though that it is NOT effective.

Traps
Success Yes or No:
Mixed (if you keep on top of it and have enough in and around the RV the results were better than the others)
OK if you can bait and check them regularly. NOT recommended when the RV is stored. If the rodent dies in the trap, the foul smell will stay in the RV for months. I learned my lesson the hard way. I also did not like picking up or checking the traps.

Poisons
Success Yes or No:
NO
NOT recommended around pets or children. As mentioned above, if the rodent eats the poison and goes under a cabinet to die, the stench will last for months. Nearly half of RVers travel with their pets and so do I and I would not use it around my dogs. My grand kids travel with us occasionally, so using poison when they are around is definitely NOT AN OPTION.

So, what does work?

DX610 Electronic Pest Repeller
Success Yes or No:
YES
For the past few years I have been using my company’s DX610 Electronic Pest Repeller plug in product in the RV both when we store it and when we are RVing. Basically the rodent repeller uses high frequency sound output to keep the mice and rats away. The sound creates a constant uncomfortable environment and works on the rodents nervous system. What makes our repeller so effective, is the auto-changing sound levels and patterns that prevent the rats and mice from getting use to the sound and from nesting which is what they do when your RV is stored.

I use one repeller on an extension cord dangling in the engine compartment (only when stored) and one repeller plugged into an outlet inside the RV (24/7) and I have not had a rodent problem since. The DX610 electronic rodent repeller consumes VERY little power at 1.2 Watts. For us, it has proven to be the best solution for keeping mice and rats out of our RV both for the winter when we store it and when we are RVing.

In addition to using them in the RV motorhome, we also have these electronic mouse repelllers in our house. We have one in the garage to protect our cars, and several in the barn and workshop. So far, no rodents, and a huge reduction of spiders and other bugs as well.

You can CLICK HERE to read all about the DX610 Pest-A-Repel to see if it might work for you as well. Happy RVing!