The mice will play! In the case of your camper, you’re the cat and you certainly don’t want to invite any cute little mice inside to play during the winter months. There are lots of natural ‘remedies’ for keeping mice out of your camper. Which ones will work for you? Sometimes it takes trial and error, or like me – you can err on the side of caution and use more than one!
Lots of campers swear by Irish Spring soap. Put a couple of unwrapped bars in strategic locations in your camper, lock the door and your camper will smell springtime fresh when you open the door come spring! At least that’s the theory. An equal number of campers have debunked this remedy with photos of half eaten bars of soap posted all over social media.
Bounce brand dryer sheets… sprinkled liberally throughout your camper, inside drawers and cabinets, hanging from curtain rods, in the storage areas and under the seats. I have tried this one myself and have never had a mouse borrow my camper during the winter. Of course that might also be because of the next remedy…
Steel wool stuck in every tiny little crack and crevice where I might be able to see the smallest glimmer of light. Mice don’t like steel wool. They can’t chew through it – at least in my experience. If you have an opening where a hose might usually go inside, or a space between a storage compartment door… stick even the tiniest barrier of steel wool inside.
Last but not least is peppermint oil.. known for repelling rodents naturally, it’s readily available at natural food stores and discount stores. Simply soak several cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them throughout your camper. Don’t forget to put a couple on top of each tire and in compartments below the camper too.
As for me? Well, this year I’m going to stick with my trust Bounce dryer sheets, but I think I’ll add some peppermint soaked cotton balls in there too. I like the way it smells, so if nothing else my camper will smell great when I open it up next spring!