Once, when I was young, a squirrel found its way into the living room of our home. Have you ever seen a wild squirrel trapped in a place where it doesn’t want to be? I have never seen anything like it. That little guy was like a furious ping pong ball. I’m pretty sure he covered every inch of the walls. He was all over that room at once, climbing the curtains, bouncing off the furniture. My father finally slipped in and opened a window, ducking and dodging as he went (I can still see his 6’4”, 275-pound frame ducking away from that little bitty squirrel).My brother befriended a raccoon once (I have an odd family – I don’t advocate befriending woodland creatures unless you know what you are doing) and she decided to come find him – in our house. She made her way to his room and when he got home she was in the middle of his bed. Every single thing on all of his shelves had been rifled through. Lids were taken off of everything, the contents scattered. It was a mess. Of course, when she saw him she did her special little chatter to him and ambled over for a scratch. She acted like everything was wonderful, she hadn’t just turned his room into a disaster area, all she wanted was a little attention.
Finally, the squirrel saw the open window and dove for it. He literally flew through the window and up a nearby tree where he proceeded to scold us – from a very safe distance.
As human continue to encroach on wild animal habitats, there will be times when the animals find their way into our homes. When you are camping, you are in an even better position for unwanted visitors. If a wild animal got into your RV, would you know what to do?Don’t let the Cuteness Fool You
Wild animals don’t want to be in your RV any more than you want them there. If you are scared and the animal is scared, all that panic is a recipe for trouble. No matter how cute an animal is, when they are scared or feel cornered, they can bite or harm you or your pets. They may also hide and refuse to come out until you are not around. You have to approach the situation in a calmly so that you don’t frighten them further.
Tips for getting Wildlife out of your RV
Don’t touch it – Even babies can bite. No matter what, don’t touch a live wild animal that is trapped in your RV.
Close it in a room – If possible, keep it contained in one room. Very calmly and quietly, close as many interior doors as possible to keep it in one room – ideally a room with a door leading to outside.
Make a clear path to outside – Open all outer doors and any windows that don’t have screens, allowing the animal plenty of options for escape.
Put kids and pets in another room – Move children, dogs, and cats to a different room and close the door. This will keep them safe and keep them from possibly exacerbating the situation. Also, the quieter the area is, the more likely the animal will venture out of its hiding spot and find its way outside.
Be patient – A frightened animal will hide and won’t be very eager to come out, even to escape the strange environment of the RV. You might have to wait awhile, even until night, for the animal to emerge.
Leave a trail – Rather, let the animal leave a trail. If you can’t watch to make sure it gets out, spread some flour on the floor by the door so that the animal will have to walk through it, leaving footprints, and you will know they have left the building.Animal Specific Tips
These are just a few extra tips that are specific to animals.
Don’t put out the Welcome Mat for the Area Wildlife
- Birds – Birds can panic when trapped indoors and flail wildly about. If you can throw a towel or blanket over the bird, it will usually settle immediately. Then you can gently scoop up the bird in the blanket and carry it outside – well away from your RV – and let it go.
- Bats – Bats are protected so it is illegal to kill them. They are not all rampant with rabies though. But they are nocturnal so you will probably have to wait until the sun goes down before they will venture out and leave.
- Raccoons – Raccoons are also nocturnal. You may have to wait until evening before they will come out and leave. However, they are also very curious so try to put everything up in cabinets so there is nothing tempting or shiny to draw their attention. If you can block off all areas except for a path going from the hiding place to the outer door, that would be your best bet.
- Squirrels – Squirrels are crazy. Your best bet is to open the door and move out of the way.
These tips will help keep animals from viewing your RV as the next great adventure.
If you are dealing with a snake in your RV, these snake removal tips will help.
- Animals and pests will usually enter a home in search of food, water, and harborage.
- Don’t leave pet food out at night; pick it up after they are finished eating
- Don’t leave pet food bowls near the door
- Don’t leave food out on counters or tables if your doors or windows are open
- Don’t leave your garbage next to the door – inside or outside
- Don’t leave your door open for hours, especially in the evening
- If you are not in the room or not around your RV, don’t leave the door open. Animals are not as likely to enter your RV if there are people around.
- If the animal is getting into your RV via means other than the door, find out where they are getting in and block them.
Have you ever had an animal get in your RV? How did you handle it?