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Dealing With Pests on the Road

I got the idea to write this yesterday.  I was looking in my basement to check the battery disconnect (long story) when I noticed that ants had decided to build a freaking nest inside my box of rubber gloves.  After clearing out all the ants, then cleaning all the ants off of me.  I set out to stop their entrance into the basement with liberal use of duct tape.  This got me thinking, "Hey! This could be a useful blog post.  Also, fire ants suck!" And so that is how I decided to share some of the things I've learned along the road about dealing with pests.

Bugs, mice, ants.  living in a camper does not make you immune to these common pests.  If anything you are more likely to see these little critters. Campsites tend to be in rural areas and that is where the critters are.  Here are some of the tips we have learned on the road to reduce the number of creepy crawlies that make it into your house with wheels.
  1. Wrap your hoses and cables leading into your camper with a strip of duct tape sticky side out.  This is a great way to keep ants from crawling up the hoses and cables right into your home.  The tape works like a sticky trap stopping them dead in their tracks.  You will need to replace the tape periodically because it tends to lose its stickiness when exposed to the elements.
  2. If your camper has an opening to run hoses and cables into the basement it also has a little ladder and door for mice to crawl right in.  stuff steel wool around your hoses to plug the hole and mice will stay out.
  3. Use mint scented garbage bags.  Mice don't like the smell and they will leave your garbage alone.  This is especially useful at campsites where you leave your garbage at the curb.  As a bonus in helps keep trash odors down.
  4. Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place it in cabinets and storage bays.  Mice don't like the smell and will avoid the areas with the scent.  This will also keep those dark areas from smelling musty.
  5. Did you know that wasps are attracted to propane?  I didn't know this one until I noticed wasps kept building nests near my propane tanks.  I asked around and a fellow camper gave me this tip.   You can keep wasps away from your propane tanks and exhaust vents with a little bit of Palmolive dish detergent.   Spread a thin layer near your propane devices and they will stay away.
  6. Roaches happen even to the cleanest of campers.  This is a recipe for a roach bait that works wonders.  It is also pretty effective for ants as well.  Just make sure to keep it out of reach of pets and small children because the borax can be toxic if swallowed.


8oz. Borax
1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons Bacon Drippings
1 Medium Onion chopped fine
1/4 cup sugar


Mix the ingredients together with enough water to make it dough like then place a teaspoon sized dollop into a small foil mini cupcake liner.

If you know of any other tips please let us know in the comments below.  If we like your idea we will add it to the list.


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