It’s this time of the year again. The leaves are falling off the trees. Fall has come. Winter will follow it soon enough before you can prepare yourself for a camper winterizing mice. If you are a traveling person, often going on tours and camping in the remote places of the states, you are most probably very protective of your camper.
So keeping it mice free during the winter or any time the camper is going to be in the garage for long is essential as mice can do a plethora of damages to your precious camping vehicle. So winterizing it properly is a very effective way to keep the mice away from your vehicle. In this article we are going to learn a few tips and tricks for the winterizing process in a rodent-free way.
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- What is winterizing?
When campers hear the word “winterize,” they might think about the process of keeping the systems of the camper from freezing up during the winter. But in general winterization means to prepare a certain thing for a long period of time in storage in the cold weather. It could be your house or your car or in this case, your camper.
The winterization process does not only mean the ant-rodent war you are going to fight. Mainly it is keeping your vehicle in good shape for the season. Keeping the mice away would be your secondary but an important concern. So, that is winterizing in a nutshell.
- How do mice get in the camper?
The mouse can be a very clever creature when it comes to the hunt for foods which might include your wirings, hoses, or other electrical and interior components. They can get in and out of a very small hole if necessary. A nickel-sized hole can make way for a full-sized mouse to get inside a camper. There are many pipes going in and out of the camper which can be an entry point for the mice.
There may be a crack in the underside of the camper which can lead a mice into the vehicle. And don’t fool yourself by thinking that it’s going to leave easily. Once it enters the place, it is most likely that it is not going to get out of there that easily. There might be other places for a rodent to enter a camper. Such as cracks on the doors, pull-out sections, gaps in the floors, gaps in the plumbing section, gaps in the wirings, gaps in the corners, access panel with loose bolts for plumbing or other electrical components, etc.
- Why are rodents dangerous for your camper?
First of all, mice are responsible for spreading over 30 diseases. So, you don’t want your camper to be infested with diseases that can cause you and your family to be in health risks. You might think that a mouse cannot do that much of a harm to your camper. But you would be terribly wrong if you think that way. In case of mice and rodents, you are better safe than sorry.
Because after the mice infest your camper, the cleaning up process could be a potential health hazard for you. As for the damage to your vehicle, it can basically destroy the camper if one or more rodents can crawl into it. The upholstery, pillows, cushions, machinery, anything made of rubber would be ruined. They usually make nests out of these things in the camper. These type of damages are not only costly but also very time consuming and annoying to do.
- How to prepare yourself for the anti-mice process?
Your first priority should be keeping the mice away from the camper as effectively as possible. That way you not only save the repair money that can cost a fortune but also the mess you would have to deal with afterward. The first step of the winterization process is to identify the entry points of the mice. By doing that, you can block them and prevent the mice from ever getting in. Get under your camper vehicle and inspect the whole undercarriage part to identify any holes or cracks.
Do not underestimate even the smallest holes. In the bright sunlight look for any ray of light coming through any part of the vehicle. If you see any sunlight coming through, you have a possible breach. Take a look at the drawers and cabinets to look for any cracks. Look at the corners for cracks or holes. Also keep an eye on any wiring or plumbing entry point which can lead to a mice infestation. Check all the seals outside of the camper. Check all the access panels of the camper and look for possible breaches.
- Wrapping it up in a rodent-free way.
After finding all the gaps and holes, now it is time to seal them all. You can use expanding spray foam sealant as a solution. The product expands to the open areas and dries very quickly, making it very convenient to use. Be careful about using too much of the foam.
It can damage the vehicle if used too much. Another effective solution could be silicone caulk. If you don’t have access to this type of products, you can just use homemade solutions like thin sheets of paper or clothes. You can also use thin slices of wood to seal them up. Keep any food items and other smell emitting substances that can attract mice into the camper. Also you can use various mouse repellent products around the camper to keep the mice away from the camper. The camper winterizing mice repellents can be a great solution for this.
The process of camper winterizing mice can be a little intimidating. But it is definitely worth it when you think about the repairs and other hassles you have to deal with if mice infestation happens.