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Old 08-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #1
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Do bugs get inside?

I stayed in my new AS this past weekend and was freaked out when I went to bed and found a beetle and a spider. They may have come in during the day when I had the screen door open. But was wondering if bugs can get in very easily when everything is shut. If so, what does everyone do to keep bugs out, like if you are storing the AS out in the country. I was extra freaked out because we had found a kissing bug earlier that night outside the AS. They are scary. Google them if you don't know what they are.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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Yes, they get in. Yes, you will have to spray. Yes, you will have to put ant bait in the trailer in storage unless you are very very clean.

Oh, and mice too.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Clearly you folks have more and more determined bugs where you are. I was going to say I very rarely find bugs in my trailer, and once a mouse snuck in and tore up some TP. I just have to make sure the hole the electrical cord goes out through is capped off when not in use, and stuffed full of steel wool when it is open.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:06 PM   #4
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I hate bugs and very rarely find anything other than a fly in ours. I spray every spring and fall with Home Defense. Inside and outside. I spray in the outside storage compartments.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:24 PM   #5
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Yes, bugs do get inside, it is part of the camping experience. No, I do not like them either, but you have to balance the good with the bad.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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I left the screen door open one evening while working on our trailer and had a firefly get inside. It drove Dexter, one of our rescue Shar Peis, crazy trying to catch it! Maizie, the older one, was more irritated at his jumping around.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:41 PM   #7
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It seems they can get in thru the air conditioner since it is open on top and most of us park under trees in the parks and trees always have spiders in them.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:45 PM   #8
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Yes, they get in. Yes, you will have to spray. Yes, you will have to put ant bait in the trailer in storage unless you are very very clean.

Oh, and mice too.
Oh, and snakes, too.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:56 PM   #9
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We found that Mosquitos seem to be a problem. From our best guess, they were entering where you lift the windows. The fuzzy material had separated allowing easy access for the Mosquitos. Tried to fill the holes with paper towels. Doesn't look great but works.


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Old 08-06-2014, 03:16 PM   #10
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We have had gnats get in through the screen in the ceiling vents if we leave the vents open and the inside lights on at dusk. They slip in through the plastic ring where the crank arm goes through


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Old 08-06-2014, 04:14 PM   #11
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Yes, a few bugs make their way inside. It's a whole lot fewer than it would be if you were camping in a tent.

There's a lotta bugs in the world. Most of them are quite harmless, although you did mention two that are not so much.

Incidentally, wasp and hornet spray takes care of black widows very nicely. Never tried it on a kissing bug, but I'm not sure I'd recognize one of those if I saw it. Guess I need to do some reading.

The same measures that keep bugs out of your house work pretty well on a trailer. Keep it clean, spray occasionally if you need to, keep the screens in good shape.

This is the great outdoors we're talking about, and there will be an occasional critter to share it with you. Relax and enjoy it!
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Old 08-06-2014, 05:03 PM   #12
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Oh, and moths, too.

In early May, we camped at a CG with dirt/gravel sites. Our last night there was the night of the miller moth hatch. I think they hatched out from the ground under our trailer. We were inundated with moths--a couple dozen that night, and dozens more over the next month. They left spots on our white drapes.

I think they got into the belly area through gaps in the panels underneath, then found there way into the occupied area of the trailer. Mostly they just seemed to appear suddenly, but sometimes one would fly out when we open a drawer or under-bench cabinet.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:03 PM   #13
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Wife's dog has a large flea collar. But he is a small dog. So I cut the extra off and leave in the AS. No bugs yet inside .

We also close and secure all hatches... Spray around the tires and anything that contacts the ground.

Don't tell anyone in Austin you do that as they will probably have the City Council ban it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:47 PM   #14
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I wish I only got bugs. I get mice in mine. I have tried to button up every hole possible, but they get in.

The type of bugs is determined where you camp. We stay by a horse sometimes and we get horse flies and they bite.

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