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Old 09-17-2023, 06:07 AM   #1
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Debugging campsite

Haven't spent much time in high humidity areas; currently in AR for a couple of weeks and heard from another camper in the park about Pre-treating campsite to avoid bugs- apparently it's a "thing".

Any suggestions re what to apply and how to apply?

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Usually in the dry west.

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Old 09-17-2023, 07:39 AM   #2
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I suppose there are as many "debugging practices" as there are "campers who use them"... I'd imagine everything from sprinkling Ajax around the picnic table to sprinkling old, used cat litter to ward off snakes and mice....

All that said, here's what we do if we are in a campground with water connections. Spectracide sells a "garden hose end lawn insect spray" that you simply attach to a hose and spray the ground around the trailer. It lasts until the next rain, then you'd need to respray the site. We use it at home (we live in the woods next to a lake) and we sit on the back deck without bugs all summer long. I take a "bottle" with us when we travel.

If, on the other hand, we are camping where there is not a water connection, I have an old "propane fired fogger" that I use to "smoke the bugs out". It's not as effective as the Spectracide, and needs to be reapplied several times through the evening, but it does keep the bugs at bay well enough that you can sit by the campfire without putting "bug spray on you or your clothing"...

Both are available at Lowe's, Home Depot and most hardware stores.
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Old 09-17-2023, 01:43 PM   #3
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State and federal parks are supposed to be a natural surrounding. If you go spraying all sorts of chemicals for every bug known to man, you can be doing harmful damage to the wildlife. Leave your chemicals at home and let the park take care of nature.

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Old 09-17-2023, 04:33 PM   #4
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I suppose there are as many "debugging practices" as there are "campers who use them"... I'd imagine everything from sprinkling Ajax around the picnic table to sprinkling old, used cat litter to ward off snakes and mice....

All that said, here's what we do if we are in a campground with water connections. Spectracide sells a "garden hose end lawn insect spray" that you simply attach to a hose and spray the ground around the trailer. It lasts until the next rain, then you'd need to respray the site. We use it at home (we live in the woods next to a lake) and we sit on the back deck without bugs all summer long. I take a "bottle" with us when we travel.

If, on the other hand, we are camping where there is not a water connection, I have an old "propane fired fogger" that I use to "smoke the bugs out". It's not as effective as the Spectracide, and needs to be reapplied several times through the evening, but it does keep the bugs at bay well enough that you can sit by the campfire without putting "bug spray on you or your clothing"...

Both are available at Lowe's, Home Depot and most hardware stores.
^Thats pretty good stuff. I spray it around the house foundation to kill bugs and l lizards, hoping to keep snakes away.
WalMart usually has it.
Iíll throw some in the campers.
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Old 09-18-2023, 04:58 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2023, 12:06 PM   #6
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We use Sevin and just sprinkle it where the camper parts touch the ground. We just deal with most of the insects since we mostly camp in the South. If the flying bugs are really annoying we put out our box fan when we're sitting outside the camper.
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