Pest-Proofing Your RV

Ask anyone who owns an RV what it’s like, and they’ll tell you how much freedom and opportunity it gives them to explore the great outdoors - followed quickly by how much work it is to maintain. Part of that maintenance includes pest control.

Pests can cause significant damage, especially when your RV is in storage during the winter months. This guide will help you understand the types of pests that can invade your RV, the potential damage they can cause, and how to effectively protect your vehicle.

Common RV Pests


  • Types: Mice, rats, and squirrels
  • Damage: Rodents can chew through wiring, insulation, and upholstery. They also leave droppings and urine that can contaminate surfaces and pose health risks.


  • Types: Ants, cockroaches, and spiders
  • Damage: Insects can invade food storage areas, damage paper products, and create unsanitary conditions.

Larger Animals

  • Types: Raccoons and birds
  • Damage: These animals can cause physical damage by trying to get inside the RV, often resulting in broken windows, torn screens, and other structural issues.

Pest-Proofing Tips for Your RV

Seal All Entry Points

Inspect your RV for any gaps, cracks, or holes that pests could use to enter. Pay special attention to:

  • Windows and doors: Ensure they close tightly and repair any damaged screens.
  • Vents and plumbing: Use mesh covers to block entry points.
  • Undercarriage: Check for gaps around pipes and wires.

Keep It Clean

A clean RV is less attractive to pests. Follow these cleaning tips:

  • Regularly vacuum and sweep to remove crumbs and debris.
  • Clean all surfaces with disinfectant wipes, especially in the kitchen and dining areas.
  • Store food in airtight containers to prevent access and odors or remove it altogether.

Use Natural Repellents

Certain scents can deter pests. Consider these natural options:

  • Essential oils: Peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender oils can repel insects and rodents.
  • Cedar: Cedar chips or blocks can deter moths and other insects.

Protect Exterior Areas

Don’t forget the outside of your RV. Here’s how:

  • Trim vegetation around your storage area to reduce hiding spots for pests.
  • Avoid parking near water sources that attract insects.
  • Use RV covers to create a barrier between your RV and potential pests.

Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Regularly checking your RV can help you catch potential issues early. Schedule routine inspections:

  • Check for nests: Look for rodent nests under the hood and inside storage compartments.
  • Inspect seals and weatherstripping: Ensure they are in good condition and replace if necessary.
  • Test systems: Verify that your electrical and plumbing systems are free from damage.

It would put a bit of a damper on your summer RV adventures to discover an infestation that caused damage to your vehicle. If you notice signs of an infestation or want to take extra precautions, consider professional pest control services like Pestmaster. Our expert technicians can help identify potential problem areas and apply targeted treatments to address specific pest issues.

Contact us today to learn more and get a quote.