Technique For Keeping Rats and Mice Out of an RV


Junior Member
Recently, I read one suggestion about how to keep mice & rats from entering an RV; it consisted of placing metal ducting around each tire. The idea is that the ducting is too slick for them to climb and too high for them to jump onto. Being placed around each tire, it prevents them from climbing up the tire treads, then into the RV via whatever entrance they can find.

However, the person who posted this excellent-sounding idea didn't really give any details about just what kind of ducting he was talking about, other than saying that he got it at Lowe's.

Does anyone on this forum have any experience with this method? If so, I would appreciate hearing from you as to just what kind of ducting is being used, here, and exactly how it is done.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Junior Member
Probably galvanized stovepipe. It might work, but it would take a lot of pipe and the pipe would have to be about 10".


Junior Member
Oh wow, I didn't even think of this! I certainly don't want to EVER see mice or rats in my RV. After 11 years we had our first "terrorists" in the house. We caught 3 of them and it was enough to make me crazy!


New Member
Another good method would be to put moth balls inside the RV as well as under the hood because the smell repulses mice and rats. Works every year. Also great for boats and vehicles. Never had any mice problems.


New Member
How do you keep nice from nesting and eating fuel line over gas tank? And from nesting in the generator? I left ours plugged in and radio on and cranked all winter, no mice inside!!! However, this is the third time I've had to have the m/h tower and the gas tank dropped to replace the flexible connector hose at the tank, and get nice nests cleaned out of my generator. We live in rural area about three miles out of town. Any ideas short of chaining feral cats to the two rear axles. 😂 HELP!!!!!
Rats are annoying. I've been using a roll-on copper mesh for rat rodent control. I tried using steel wool to block the openings in my RV, but it fell out on my first trip and I had a HUGE rodent issue.

I spent over 100 dollars on poisons and traps and it didn't stop them. I purchased copper mesh and some pest block insulating foam and resealed everything and the rodents were gone within a week. The mesh is easier to work into tight spots than steel wool and is holding up well.