Keeping the Ants Out of Your RV

When you think of the advantages of RV camping, what do you think about? If you are like most people, the ability to get up off the ground and away from the critters is one of the best things about sleeping in an RV. Even if you love nature and the outdoors, it is still nice to get inside for a quality night’s sleep. However, if some of that nature has made its way into your RV – specifically, ants – one of the big benefits of RV travel will suddenly be gone.

Ants In RVUnfortunately, it is very much possible to get ants inside your RV during a trip (or even while it is being stored). To reduce the chances of this happening to you, use the simple tips below.

Don’t Build a Bridge

This might seem obvious, but ants need a path to get from the ground up into your RV – so don’t give them that bridge. While there are inevitably going to be points of connection from the ground up into your RV, such as the tires and some hoses or cables, you can prevent ants from following those paths by using an ant powder. There are products on the market today that are meant to be sprinkled around your RV in places where ants may attempt to travel. As long as you cut off these ‘bridges’ effectively, you should be able to enjoy an ant-free vacation.

It’s All About the Source

Your goal should always be to make sure you cut off the ants at the source, long before they make it inside the RV. Once they are in the RV, it will be difficult to get them out. Even if you are able to kill the ones you see, there are always many more waiting behind the scenes. Cut them off at the pass by keeping them outside to begin with whenever possible. If you do find yourself in a position where you have ants inside the RV, do your best to track their trail until you figure out exactly how they got inside to start with.

Seal Up Tight During Storage

Make sure your RV is sealed up tightly while it is being stored to prevent ants from taking up residence during the off-season. By simply checking around your RV for any possible openings, you can pretty easily keep ants on the outside where they belong. Also, make sure you aren’t parked under any long, overhanging branches which could offer the ants direct access to your rig. Of course, no old food scraps or anything of that nature should be left in the RV during the off-season, as that would just serve as motivation for the ants to find a way in.

Ants inside of an RV is no one’s idea of a good vacation. Fortunately, it isn’t all that hard to keep the ants out of your RV, as long as you pay attention and have a plan. Simply by being observant and keeping your rig in good condition throughout the year, you can probably avoid the pain of having to fight an ant war inside of your RV.


  1. A drop of Peppermint on cotton balls will make them exit if they do get in. I refresh our cotton balls monthly. Better to be safe than sorry.

  2. Another trick that works very well, place a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of sugar on a mayo lid or something. Add a few drops of water to make a slightly runny paste. Dip a cotton ball in solution and place it away from kids or animals. Preferable near the trail. It will gather ants over the next day or two, then poooof! They will be gone for a long time. Just repeat as needed. You may need to sprinkle water over the cotton every few days to keep the solution moist.

  3. Ants easy!! Anyone have stink bug remedy. Holy smoke we have a brand new coach as we got into warmer climate I could not believe the amount of stink bugs that were in our coach. They are easy to capture but geez I know I capfht at least a thousand and still counting. I dispose of them in a closed container but seems all we do on vacation is catch theses pests HELP!!!!!

  4. I bring a small jar of grape jelly and if ants appear I place the opened jar at their source or nearby. The ants will begin to go to the jar and remain there until they drain the jar. I am packed and gone before they ever get it finished. I use a larger jar at my house.

    • They sell a insect and rodent electronic repellent on Amazon that works great. Just plug one in to each room. I have used them all winter to bugs our rodents at all.

    • I use fabric softener sheets. Mice don’t like the smell but when you open up in the Spring your camper smells fresh & clean!

  5. I have ants established in my camper. I have done the ant traps, borax and bombed 2X. I keep the cords and stands sprayed so they don’t have a bridge to get in with. I find them in the ceiling light covers and counters. I don’t know what else to do. I used the smoke bomb last time with all the light covers off so it would get in the walls.

  6. Dryer sheets keep mice out of your RV. I use them when we winterize. Place the sheets randomly around your RV in the cupboards, under the sink, everywhere. It keeps the mice out & the camper smells clean like fresh laundry when you open it for the season.

  7. The best cure I have found is Terro Bait. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, etc. I put 4 or 5 in the RV, close it up and about a week later, they are gone. Good luck.


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