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Old 06-20-2024, 10:23 AM   #1
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Check everywhere before you leave!

We are heading to my daughters in Fayetteville, AR tomorrow. While looking over the camper while in the outdoor kitchen I noticed an ant. Upon further inspection it was 100's! I didn't get a pic because I was running for spray. After killing those I wondered whats on the other side of that wall. The HW heater compartment under the bottom bunk. Again 100's more! (pic before extermination).. I will now look everywhere every time! I had to get out the bic shop vac to clean them all up. I was also able to give Todd a good cleaning for the first time this year.
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Old 06-20-2024, 11:41 AM   #2
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Holy Ant Man!

We caught a few ants in our last camper a few years ago and got in the habit of spraying any part of the camper that contacted the ground and have been (fingers crossed) ant-free since
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Old 06-20-2024, 02:07 PM   #3
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Like Rob I spray every contact point of the trailer to the ground with Ortho Home Defense anywhere we park. If staying for a longer period I do it every couple of weeks. Tires, landing gear, power cable, water hose, sewer hose....you name it, if it touches the ground it gets doused. I keep a gallon of it with the little battery powered spray attachment in the pass through. If I see signs of their little "nests" I spray around them as well.
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Old 06-20-2024, 03:46 PM   #4
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Just went out and sprayed. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 06-20-2024, 05:29 PM   #5
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Here is a little tip. Get a Citronella candle and just set it out. In your case, set it out near the ants. You don't have to light the candle. Actually don't. Just the smell will drive all the bugs out of your camper. Leave the candle (or several of them) and you won't have bugs at all.

Once the bugs are all gone, then get 4 or 5 bug bombs and set them off in the camper. Make sure you AC fan is running when you do so the bug bomb chemical will get up in your ducts and will blow out through any cracks in your camper ceiling too.

Ten days later, set off a second set of bug bombs with the AC fan on again, and you will NOT have bugs of any type again. The bug bomb chemicals will penetrate every crack in your camper that air can get though. Bugs will pass though those small areas and walk through the poison, killing them off before they can invade again.

It works. We bug bomb once a year now. We don't get bugs, not even mosquitoes, and (if) a fly enters through the door, they don't last very long.
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Old 06-20-2024, 07:23 PM   #6
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Another "little trick" is to use boric acid (don't be afraid, it's one of the solutions you can use to clean "crusties" from an infant's eyes). Just mix equal parts of powdered sugar and boric acid powder, put a cap filled with the powder in various places in or around your RV and ants will pick it up on their feet, carry it back to the nest and it will kill the entire nest. I sprinkle "pure boric acid powder around the pole barn every fall to keep Japanese beetles, ants and spiders out of the pole barn. A little goes a long, LONG way. I use maybe a tablespoon to treat a 28x40' pole barn.

Diamaceous earth will also work, but it is a much finer powder and tends to not stay where you put it for very long. Plus, it usually costs more than boric acid. Any pharmacy can order it for you, but few have boric acid in stock. It's available on Amazon, 4 ounces for $8 or 8 ounces for $10: https://www.amazon.com/Arymar-Multip...zcF9hdGY&psc=1
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Old 06-21-2024, 10:12 AM   #7
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Smile Wow! Good thing you checked!

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We are heading to my daughters in Fayetteville, AR tomorrow. While looking over the camper while in the outdoor kitchen I noticed an ant. Upon further inspection it was 100's! I didn't get a pic because I was running for spray. After killing those I wondered whats on the other side of that wall. The HW heater compartment under the bottom bunk. Again 100's more! (pic before extermination).. I will now look everywhere every time! I had to get out the bic shop vac to clean them all up. I was also able to give Todd a good cleaning for the first time this year.

Oh my gosh! Good thing you checked. Having to deal with that on the road would be so much more difficult.

Thanks for the warning!

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Old 06-24-2024, 03:10 PM   #8
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After one of our 1st trips, we had that many ants. Upon close inspection, one of my kids left a partial Polynesian sauce in a closed ziplock bag after our trip. Since then, I first go over the camper very carefully at the end of each trip, but also use the liquid ant baits throughout the inside and storage areas, and replace every 6 months. Haven't seen a single one inside since. Fruit flies are a different matter. We had the tiny argentine ants. I also use sevin powder on every part the touches the ground when we camp.
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Old 06-25-2024, 08:42 AM   #9
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I got them all the next day there were a dozen, killed them. next day a dozen or so tiny fling ones (babies)? then 2 days of nothing.

Coated a tires and jack with defense and the teeros inside. we'll see in 3-4 weeks how it worked.
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Old 06-30-2024, 09:28 AM   #10
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On one trip to the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas I think I brought home a whole colony. It took 2 weeks of spraying and baiting to finally get them gone but I managed to eradicate them. We have family in West Fork so we stayed at Devil's Den State Park when we visit. Great park with big spaces and full hook-ups, just no phone service or wi-fi. Had to go up the 'hill' to get reception on the phones and check messages and e-mails. Still, I'd stay there again because the park was so nice.
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Old 06-30-2024, 01:04 PM   #11
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We are heading to my daughters in Fayetteville, AR tomorrow. While looking over the camper while in the outdoor kitchen I noticed an ant. Upon further inspection it was 100's! I didn't get a pic because I was running for spray. After killing those I wondered whats on the other side of that wall. The HW heater compartment under the bottom bunk. Again 100's more! (pic before extermination).. I will now look everywhere every time! I had to get out the bic shop vac to clean them all up. I was also able to give Todd a good cleaning for the first time this year.
Terri, we put it out at the first sign and that takes care of the problem. Once they find it they take it back the the rest and they all die.
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Old 06-30-2024, 01:22 PM   #12
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Ant killer

Borax laundry powder mixed with icing sugar is very effective in killing ants. Works like boric acid, but is available in the grocery store.
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Old 07-01-2024, 07:09 AM   #13
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We checked on it in storage yesterday. Lots of dead ants inside the main cabin. Hopefully they're all dead! I didn't open anything up as we were in a hurry. Might be another 3 weeks before we go out again.

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