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Old 08-06-2014, 08:08 PM   #15
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OMG yes

We went to the Everglades a couple of years ago during the NOT bug season (winter time). We came back to our stream and the white cabinet over the sink and stove was black with no see-ums. We eventually used a grill lighter to burn them off the surface.

This past spring we went to a park in Kansas and ended up with giant moths for weeks, dozens of them. It was sooooo creepy. We would wake up in the morning and see them on the floor, think they were dead, and then realize when we tried to pick them up that they were alive. They were under our bedroom pillows. IEIEIEIEIEIEIIEIEIEEEEEEE

The bugs come in thru the brush thingies when you have your windows open.

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Old 08-06-2014, 08:30 PM   #16
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Beetles? Spiders? Just move them back outside where they'll be happier.

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Old 08-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #17
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Normally I'm not TOO squeamish about handling insects, but moths, and big hairy legged spiders, yuck.

I bought a Dyson stick vacuum sort of on a whim, but boy do I love it when something really creepy crawly finds it's way into my camper. The state motto says "Virginia is for Lovers" but it is overrun with bugs in summer. It beats going nuts with insect spray when you need to be inside because it's raining cats and dogs!

A plain old candle can actually be a bug zapper for moths, but warning, they smell when they go "pouf".

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Old 08-06-2014, 09:51 PM   #18
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We use no bug sprays on us or in the trailer. They will follow you in on your clothes, and concentrate near light sources. Use a lamp rather than the overhead lights inside at night to keep bright light away from the entrance door. Yes the vacuum is an excellent way to pick the few, or many, that find there way in. Expect some.

When not being used take all food and bar soap out of the trailer so mice are not encouraged to come in.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:14 PM   #19
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Yall need to check out kissing bugs! I never sleep good anymore since I found that one. I mailed it to Texas A&M to see if it has the Chagas disease. Should hear back in a couple of months.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:42 PM   #20
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:46 PM   #21
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Go buy about a half dozen dog flea collars and cut them into smaller pieces. Place them in all openings around your AS and hang a few over the sink, inside the propane tank, hang from a light, etc. No more bugs.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:38 PM   #22
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Some years ago we had an infestation of stink bugs. I suspect they were in a passing front that year. I was vacuuming them up. They were everywhere and mostly found in tight close spaces. After that year and for the next few we found a few with fewer and fewer each passing year. Haven't seen any this year. By the time I found them most were dead but not all. As far as I know they don't bite but do stink when crushed. I didn't crush any to find out. So if you find them they certainly will get in. Maybe in large numbers but their numbers should decline.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:46 PM   #23
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Shlagel is the fuzzy stuff and it can be replace if it is worn out.
If you are useing a vacuum cleaner to get them make sure it has a working flapper at the collection point(when I checked ours the rubber(plastic door was deformed and wouldn't hold back anything live sucked up.
Clean has little to do with bug intrusions, they live on labels, crumbs and anything organic.
If you are real serious about keeping them out, get a strong light, one person inside and one out and check to see if you can see the others shining light. I found a 1x2 hole cut by AS installers in the clothes closet. While fixing things I have found numerous holes cut oversize for pipes and wires. Vents for air or exhaust are prime places of entrance.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:58 PM   #24
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Dave. I've tried searching for "shlagel". Could you post a link if you have a minute. Thanks

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Old 08-14-2014, 07:04 PM   #25
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Like "silver fish"???
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:11 PM   #26
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What ever can get into a house, can get into a trailer.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:54 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by john4170 View Post
Dave. I've tried searching for "shlagel". Could you post a link if you have a minute. Thanks

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Excuse the typo or spelling error not a word I use every day.

"schlegel" should get you this site.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:07 PM   #28
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Smile Bugs and mice

As you can see I also live in central Texas. This is what we do. First you get Downey dryer sheets, the original in the blue box, this will keep out the mice. Then get an electronic bug rapeller, this will keep almost everything else out. We also have property in Colorado that is closed up all winter and the dryer sheets have worked great for over 25 yrs, so I thought why not the Airstream. This has also worked great for over the last 7 years of owning the Airstreams.
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