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Old 03-17-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Insects and Bugs

I am wondering what type of insect killer you all use when you go camping.What I mean is,When we go camping and set the Airstream up.We spray the tires and stabalizers. when we are out for a long period of time.(1 week or longer.)We just dont want ants and such to crawl in the Airstream when we are camping.I have seen this happen once already and that is why we do this now.
Do any of you all do the same thing or just leave it as is?If you do,What product do you use.
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Hey Devo,

Try a border of Boric Acid encircling the A/S just inside the drip line of the trailer. I have not used it yet, but I have several friends that boondock a lot and they swear by it!!!
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Try a border of Boric Acid encircling the A/S just inside the drip line of the trailer.
Boric acid is good for long term issues. It damages the exoskeleton of the bugs and they dehydrate. They also carry it back to the nest with them. It is a nice non toxic approach. I am suprised to hear it works in the shorter term, but that is good news.
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:46 AM   #4
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Be very careful with boric acid

Keep in mind that boric acid will poison mammals also. It should not be placed in any areas that are available to children and pets.

Boric acid mixed with some sort of sugar can be used as a bait but should always be placed in a container that makes it inaccessible to our little friends. Even if you do not travel with kids or pets, remember that the next occupant of your campsite very well might.
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a lot of folks shake "Comet" cleanser around their tires and jacks. We carry it but have not needed it yet
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Bugs

So far we have been using the bug spray stuff that can shoot out several feet towards the target.It works great when trying to spray the tires.It works pretty good but I am just curious as to what others have used and can there be a safer solution to it.I plan to go to a local company that can make a non toxic killer that wont hurt animals and people.I dont want something that can hurt someone or there pet.
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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We experienced the ants last summer - nice neighbors had some Comet to sprinkle around each tire and stabilizer - it appeared to have helped, although the little critters stayed with us a few days hidding in every possible place.

We now carry Comet with us, however, will now also get some boric acid powder to try next time - hopefully not a next time.

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FWITW: boric acid toxicity

Boric acid is technically poisonous. However, that should be taken with a grain of salt. The LD50 (lethal dose in 50% of cases) for mammals is at least 3,000 mg/kg. For reference, aspirin is 1,000 mg/kg and table salt is 3,000mg/kg. Hence it is about 1/3 as toxic for mammals (that’s us and our pets) as is aspirin, and slightly more so than table salt. It is rated as PNT (practically nontoxic) at levels below 2,000 mg/kg in birds. It is classified as a group E carcinogen which means it shows “evidence of noncarcinogenicity” for humans. Chronic ingestion is more likely to cause significant toxicity than acute exposure. The EPAs concerns regarding risk to birds, fish, and wildlife are minimal. While chronic exposure to boric acid scattered on floors of homes represent a health risk to children, the greatest risk is from accidental ingestion of significant quantities of the substance.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:25 PM   #9
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As an organic gardener as well as a full-time ASer, I kill pretty much everything with orange oil and/or diatomaceous earth, both safe for kids and pets to be around. Just don't drink the orange oil or inhale the DE. Also swear by Avon original Skin-So-Soft spray body oil. Smothers and deters critters.
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Ditto for Eggman! Can't tout the arange oil, but it sounds viable. However, I know the DE works as does the Skin so Soft. I learned about SSS from Army Special Forces guys I was working with in the jungles of Honduras....It WORKS! I use it on my horses also. The DE dries up a lot of insects!
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Another ditto on the DE. It also works great as a snail repellent sprinkled at the base of plants. But it does need to be reapplied if it gets very wet. I could see it working as a pest deterrent sprinkled around wheels.
For the boric acid to really work, it needs to be taken back to the nest, ingested, etc. and that could take longer than a camping outing. I use the boric acid/sugar syrup traps in my kitchen but have to be very patient and keep it out long enough for the colony to be exposed. Also have to put it where the dogs can't get to it...
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I wonder what the spray might do to the rubber in your tires? Any idea what's in it?
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When I put the AS in storage I use indoor/outdoor bug spray that you buy at home depot or lowes... keeps the spiders, crickets, ants and my least favorite SCORPIONS out of the AS. Seems to work well. I spray inside around all edges on the floor and around the outside just like you would in your home. Once dry it’s safe for kids and pets. It’s basically the same stuff an exterminator uses around your home.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:49 PM   #14
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Every so many years, the Northeast seems to be plagued with Gypsy Moths.
( another bad experiment by man to manipulate nature ) The moths of course start their life as a caterpillar, climb into the trees and feast on the vegetation till they sprout wings and fly off to lay more eggs and do it all again ! Ten zillion of these things can denude a forest pretty quickly.

Anyway......

In an effort to control the infestation and destruction of home landscaping, some people would wrap their tree trunks up about 4' from the ground with sheet metal and then grease up the the tin and the little buggahs would be deterred from venturing further up the tree where they do their damage.

I wonder if this technique could be applied to your stabilizers at least.... Not for this reason, but mine are pretty well slathered with white lithium grease. I haven't any ants ...yet.

Tires ? I dunno...... moths don't eat rubber.

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