Ants can be the bane of the RV'er. Over the years, folks have tried many things to prevent them from entering the RV. Here are some of the suggestions:
- Comet sprinkled around any place the trailer touches the ground, including cables, hoses, tires, jacks, etc.- Sprinkle Spectracide's Triazicide in about a 2' diameter circle on the four spots where the tires rest and on the ground where the power cable touches. Refresh it about every month in spring and summer.
- Boric acid kills lots of insects including ants, palmetto bugs, silver fish, etc. It's safe around humans and pets. Cheap too, Home Depot has it under the Hot Shot brand.- Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is very effective, drys out their moisture, clogs up the breathing pores and bugs chinks in their hard shell body armor...bringing them to a grinding halt. Safe enough that farmers and human doctors administer it by mouth to kill and eliminate internal parasites. Rub on dogs and cats for elimination of fleas, ticks, etc.
- For the power cord you can smear some vaseline on it- Twenty Mule Team Borax, kills all kinds of ants etc.
- Borax - mixed with a little bit of brown sugar.
Mud DaubersTo prevent mud daubers from getting into your refrigerator compartment, you can fasten a square (12"X12"?) of ordinary window screen to the back side (inside) of the fridge vent panel using RTV or some sort of sealant. You also might try a pet flea collar inside the compartment.
Some folks place laundry dryer anti-static sheets in the engine compartment to keep mice at bay. Try not to park on a grass surface.
Contributors: WxToad, Steve S.
Revised 15 Jun 2011
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