How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Camper Trailer
Going out camping in the wilderness is always a great way to unwind and enjoy your time away from home and work.
However, one thing that many people don’t consider when they go into the bush or countryside is that they’re entering territory where various types of pests live, and they will have no problem with entering your camper trailer.
No one likes dealing with the likes of flies, ants, and mice, but you may also have to contend with pests like spiders and snakes too.
They’re just plain annoying and even frustrating to deal with, especially when you’re trying to have a nice time while camping.
Although having pests on board is annoying enough thanks to their droppings and general mess they can cause, they can also cause serious long term damage to the camper trailer itself that can be very expensive to repair.
Some of these pests can chew through parts that make the camper trailer work, like the wires, pipes, rubber, and other bits and bobs.
To help keep these annoying pests out of your camper trailer, we can provide you with effective methods of keeping these vermin outside where they belong or to remove them if they constantly get inside.
Identify Potential Entry Points
In order to fight against these pests, you’ve got to figure out how they’re getting inside your camper trailer in the first place.
Being that they’re so small, it’s likely they have found some very tiny hole to enter through.
You’ll have to crawl under the camper to try to find any holes or cracks that pests have been able to enter through, particularly around where any wires and pipes are.
This will be a tedious job where you’ll probably get a bit dirty, but it will be worth it if it helps you keep pests out.
Next, look over the exterior of your camper trailer to see if there are any gaps around the doors, windows, or anywhere else. After doing this, then check the interior.
Try to do this on a sunny day if possible, as the sunlight will show through any holes that the camper has. Common areas where holes will appear are the back of drawers, cabinets, vents, and stoves.
Seal All Cracks And Gaps
If you do find any cracks and gaps during your inspection that pests are using to enter your camper trailer from, then you need to get them sealed as soon as possible.
The best materials to use to seal cracks and gaps are caulk, spray foam, and wire mesh. Most, if not all, of these materials can be bought at any hardware store.
To seal holes or tears around doors, windows, and vents, use rope caulk or silicone filler. You can simply press it into place to fill the gaps.
It is also easy to remove if need be. If you can, put plugs into the sink drains or any similar device to block this possible entrance. Screen patch kits are a great option to use to cover tears in fly screens on your windows.
When you have your camper trailer stored away when you’re not out camping, put some tape over the outside vents.
Vents are easy ways for insects to get inside, and their numbers will increase if they’re getting in your camper trailer if you’re not using it for a long period of time.
Besides bothersome insects like flies and ants, more worrisome pests like bees, hornets, and wasps may even make a nest in the vent. You may want to leave a note that the vents are taped shut, as they may be overlooked.
Thoroughly Clean Your Camper Trailer After The Trip
Like with any environment, things will surely get messy sooner or later. This includes camper trailers, as things like dirt and mud can get in when you walk in it.
It may go without saying but clean up your camper once your trip’s over so it’s spotless. This includes dusting and vacuuming, as this will remove both general mess and any spider webs.
The one thing you definitely can’t leave in your camper trailer is food!
The main reason any type of pest goes anywhere is because it’s searching for food, and if you’ve left food lying around, pests will not hesitate to invade your camper to get to an easy source.
So, you must make sure that every little crumb or uneaten food that you find in your camper must be removed when you’re cleaning up.
Besides maybe canned food don’t keep any other types of packaged foods in the camper, as pests will find a way to get inside the packaging and have a feast.
You should also lookout for any spillage or sticky spots that may be attractive to pests and clean them up.
If you have any fruit on board, make sure that you either eat it or throw it out, since that will attract fruit flies, as well as more general types of pests.
Keep in mind that you will have to dispose of your fruit between state borders to prevent fruit flies from spreading interstate.
Know What You’re Up Against
There are many different pests that can invade your camper trailer and take over. With that in mind, you will need to know what tactics to use to remove each type of pest.
There are sure-fire methods that we can recommend so you know how to deal with the various pests that can get inside your camper trailer.
The worst case scenario is you may have to hire a pest exterminator to eliminate these pests, but we will help make sure you never get to that stage.
Flies And Mosquitoes
Flies and mosquitos are without a doubt the most annoying type of pest there are. No one wants to spend their times shooing flies out of their face and have flies walk all over your food or get bitten by a mozzie and be itchy for the rest of the trip.
You can use sprays and swatters to kill them, but there are ways of deterring them from coming your way to begin with.
If you have any large openings like doorways or vents, make sure they’re covered with screen mesh or can close fully to stop flies from getting in.
It might seem like overkill to police your family and friends about shutting doors and windows, but it’ll help in the long run.
Another way is to set up a bug zapper, if possible, so the flies and mozzies will be drawn to its light and will get electrocuted by the high voltage.
Besides all this, you should always keep your camper trailer clean, as flies and mozzies are attracted to mess. Doing a simple bit of tiding up can make a big difference to how much you enjoy your getaway.
Ants are one of the most common types of pests that go into camper trailers looking for food. Put all of your dry food in a sealed and airtight container so the ants can’t get to it.
You should also clean up any food spillage that occurs straight away and take your rubbish out of the camper trailer regularly, to not attract ants.
If you’ve got ants, you should thoroughly clean your camper trailers so there isn’t anything inside that will attract more ants.
Place liquid ant killing products like Ant-Rid and Talon where most of the ants are hanging around. It might take a couple of days to work but these products are effective at removing entire ant colonies.
Ants are annoying, but some people are absolutely terrified of spiders. Naturally, you would want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
They say that prevention is better than a cure, so with that in mind, you should keep your camper trailer clean.
Spiders thrive in messy and dirty environments, so you should always vacuum and dust your camper to remove any cobwebs that you see straight away.
Spiders absolutely hate citrus, so you should place any peels you have from oranges, lemons, and limes on surfaces where spiders are most likely to be lurking around.
It is also recommended to use natural oils as they are natural spider repellents that work wonders. You can use eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, or peppermint oil. You can add any of these oils with water in a spray bottle to spray on any spiders you spot.
Although they make honey and pollinate flowers, bees are still a burden to deal with. For starters, don’t just to shoo it away, as this will provoke them, and they will likely try to sting you in return.
When you’re outside, don’t leave any sugary food or drinks lying around, as the smell of anything sweet is often what attracts bees to begin with.
You can use a spray bottle containing really soapy water, or a dishwashing or laundry detergent, as these are great for killing bees.
If you find a beehive inside your camper, contact a pest exterminator who will properly and safely remove it.
Usually the first sign that your camper trailer has mice wandering through it is when you notice their droppings lying around.
Not only are these pests disease carriers, they can also eat through your camper’s wiring that can cause major damage that’s often expensive to fix.
It can be very hard to keep mice out of your camper, since they are small enough to squeeze through small spaces and cracks in the exterior of your camper.
But if you want to try to prevent them from causing problems, mouse repellents are a great idea, as mice hate the strong smells of these repellents.
The tried and true method of using mouse traps are perhaps your best bet though. Setting up traps with some peanut butter or cheese are effective ways to catch and kill these pests.
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