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Old 05-27-2007, 11:45 AM   #15
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Hey gang, our problem has always been ANTS.ANTS.and ANTS. Pat B
We use a gallon container of ant killer from Home Depot or similar. It comes with an attached spray head. I spray the 4 stabilisers, the four tires, the jack post and the umbilical cord and the water hose. Any that get on board before I get to spray are dealt with by placing some poison syrup on pieces of card placed on the worktops inside the trailer. I don't recall the brand of the syrup, but it's in the hardware stores. I'm a long way from my trailer, so I can't look up the brand. We tend to get the tiny sugar ants, but fire ants don't seem attracted to our trailer, fortunately.
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Old 05-27-2007, 02:41 PM   #16
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We use a gallon container of ant killer from Home Depot or similar. It comes with an attached spray head. I spray the 4 stabilisers, the four tires, the jack post and the umbilical cord and the water hose. Any that get on board before I get to spray are dealt with by placing some poison syrup on pieces of card placed on the worktops inside the trailer. I don't recall the brand of the syrup, but it's in the hardware stores. I'm a long way from my trailer, so I can't look up the brand. We tend to get the tiny sugar ants, but fire ants don't seem attracted to our trailer, fortunately.
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You say you also spray the water hose. Do you take any extra measures when rolling up your water hose to avoid contamination of the ends?

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Old 05-27-2007, 05:43 PM   #17
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Hey gang, our problem has always been ANTS.ANTS.and ANTS. They climb up the power cord, the fresh water hose, the stabilizer jacks, the tires, and the electric jack stand. It does not matter if we are at the beach or the mountains, the ANTS always welcome us. I know that with all of your camping experience, someone has come up with a way to discourage these pesky critters. Any and all help will be appreciated and will be tried , Thanks, Pat B
We heard about putting fabric softener sheets in all the closets and it really did seem to work. It also makes the unit smell better
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:28 PM   #18
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We heard about putting fabric softener sheets in all the closets and it really did seem to work. It also makes the unit smell better
Hi, fabric softener sheets do work and smell good. Never spray or put poison inside and around kitchen or food; We use windex with ammonia to kill ants and other bugs.
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:59 PM   #19
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A see this started out with mosquitoes then went "buggy" I place pet flea collars in my access doors. I believe the cow ear tags still use diazion or something like that, nasty effictive stuff. I have problems with bees














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Old 05-28-2007, 06:44 AM   #20
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Julie is running a mist net station to catch and band birds on the bombing range lately. She found "Thermocell" units for not a lot of money. They use sheets impregnated with "pyrethrin" (spelling not sure of) and are powered by a small integral replaceable fuel cell. All for about $20.
The little unit worked so well that they all discounted it's worth while on their first outing. After switching the unit off they soon became aware of it's value as the flying vampires returned almost immediatly.
I'll get the details and post here later.... she just left for work...

Bats, while bat houses are a great idea and the little guys are actually great to have around, they do little to control skeeters. Sorry Guy.

Bats feed on larger prey. They go for moths and bigger flying insects, hence the cast catch I guess. They will consume mosquitoes but they prefer the larger insects. While we lived in Florida Julie did quite a bit of bat work. In fact we met the first time at a costume party where she came as a bat.

I've done some extended duty as a bat catcher, cause I'm good with a net. Very cool critters and you all should have some. In bat boxes, not your attic.

Oh, and I'm so tuned into them that I can smell them. We walk around the historic area of town and I can tell you each of the many buildings they're making their homes in. Pretty talented Huh?
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:22 AM   #21
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Hey gang, our problem has always been ANTS.ANTS.and ANTS. They climb up the power cord, the fresh water hose, the stabilizer jacks, the tires, and the electric jack stand. It does not matter if we are at the beach or the mountains, the ANTS always welcome us. I know that with all of your camping experience, someone has come up with a way to discourage these pesky critters. Any and all help will be appreciated and will be tried , Thanks, Pat B
Borax! The ants ingest it then take it back to their nests. The only thing I have found that works. You can get it in powder form or liquid. Ace Hardware has the liquid and it is called Terro.
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One extreme measure is to use bovine (cow) ear tags available at any Farm Coop. Use care when handling them (gloves). put one on each stabilizer, and the power cord/hose. will repel all insects.
Hey Scott can you explain how they work?
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Ranchers clip one to an ear on the cow. Normal sweat helps spread the repellant. If you put one on each stabilizer and/or each compartment, the odor will repel insects. As Doorgunner said, it is effective nasty stuff. Actually had an Airstream Tech guy tell me about several of his customers that use them. Just wear a glove.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:12 PM   #24
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Julie is running a mist net station to catch and band birds on the bombing range lately. She found "Thermocell" units for not a lot of money. They use sheets impregnated with "pyrethrin" (spelling not sure of) and are powered by a small integral replaceable fuel cell. All for about $20.
The little unit worked so well that they all discounted it's worth while on their first outing. After switching the unit off they soon became aware of it's value as the flying vampires returned almost immediatly.
I'll get the details and post here later.... she just left for work...

Bats, while bat houses are a great idea and the little guys are actually great to have around, they do little to control skeeters. Sorry Guy.

Bats feed on larger prey. They go for moths and bigger flying insects, hence the cast catch I guess. They will consume mosquitoes but they prefer the larger insects. While we lived in Florida Julie did quite a bit of bat work. In fact we met the first time at a costume party where she came as a bat.

I've done some extended duty as a bat catcher, cause I'm good with a net. Very cool critters and you all should have some. In bat boxes, not your attic.

Oh, and I'm so tuned into them that I can smell them. We walk around the historic area of town and I can tell you each of the many buildings they're making their homes in. Pretty talented Huh?
I think this might be the unit you are referring to http://www.mosquitorepellent.com/category-cordless.html

Any chance we have different bats out my way? I would swear I've sen them gorging on mosquitoes.

The fly I caught the bat on was a #18 or 20 midge pattern. Certainly smaller than some of our mosquitoes.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:47 PM   #25
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You say you also spray the water hose. Do you take any extra measures when rolling up your water hose to avoid contamination of the ends?

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I screw the ends of the hose into each other after coiling, and before stowing. I only spray a short section of the hose that is in the air, close to the trailer connection. Terro is also the syrup we use inside the trailer, I now recall.
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I have put comet around tires and powercords ants wont cross it I guess it burns there foot haha dont know but seems to work unless it rains then it is back to putting it out again...SAM
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"Another benefit that bats provide is all natural pest control. Worldwide, bats are the most important natural predators of night-f lying insects. just one of California's little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) can catch and eat 600 mosquitoes per hour. The 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) from Bracken Cave in Texas eat 250 tons of insects nightly. A colony of ISO big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) can protect local farmers from up to 18 million or more crop-damaging rootworms each summer. Recognizing that bats help control insects and reduce the need for and expense of chemical pesticides, many farmers and vintners are now constructing bat houses or otherwise encouraging bats to reside on their property. Homeowners also construct or purchase bat houses to attract bats for pest control. Bat houses are often installed nearby a home or business to provide new lodging for bats evicted as unwelcome guests in the attic."
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Bats work. Search the web for several bat house plans and suggestions for places to intall them. I have seen and heard of the propane/CO2 method, most say it works. I believe Coleman makes one for RV use, more portable and a little less money.
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