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Old 07-04-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hornets in the Air Conditioner

Had a nice little surprise when I was cleaning the trailer yesterday - seems we have been hosting a hornets nest in the Air Conditioner. Can't actually see the nest but they sure didn't like being disturbed when I was washing the roof.

I've used a hornet/wasp spray several times - seems to be doing the trick - they are getting less and less in numbers (after whacking the top of the shroud with a broom) - but I can't actually hit the nest with the spray - I'm going to wait till I have at least a couple of "hornet free" days before taking the shroud off ....

Anyone have any other ideas?

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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Not 1 but 3!

Here is what I found after taking the shroud off - not 1 but 3 nests - granted - 2 were small - but I'm feeling kinda lucky that I caught them at this stage ....



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Old 07-09-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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well after you finish marveling at their construction you have to wonder how to keep them at bay...I read someone else's thread that said they keep insects away with pieces of dog flea collars. I can't say personally that it works but its worth a try and seems easier than figuring out how to add some screening.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Thats a good sign you are not camping and moving enough Jay???

I had the same little ((&&%^%$ in my mirror last week. After cleaning with the water hose, and going for a day trip, they were back again the day after I returned home. I sprayed the mirror guts with WD40 and have not seen any there since.

I did see one go under my front Penquin unit when I was on the roof, but after looking and banging the shroud I did not get any reaction so I am hopeful they have not moved there.

I am going to try the flee collar trick that 247 suggests. Any prevention is worth a try.

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Had a nice little surprise when I was cleaning the trailer yesterday - seems we have been hosting a hornets nest in the Air Conditioner. Can't actually see the nest but they sure didn't like being disturbed when I was washing the roof.

I've used a hornet/wasp spray several times - seems to be doing the trick - they are getting less and less in numbers (after whacking the top of the shroud with a broom) - but I can't actually hit the nest with the spray - I'm going to wait till I have at least a couple of "hornet free" days before taking the shroud off ....

Anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks,


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Old 07-13-2013, 09:41 AM   #5
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I posted this a while back, but the very best and cheapest way to stop critters entering those kinds of places is to buy about 3 large dog flea collars and cut 4-6 inches off and place in strategic locations; water heater, AC, fridge, etc. The last piece that has the clasp, I hang inside the propane tank. I also put a couple under the bed in opposite corners. No more critters. They last about a year.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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Stink Bugs

I am not having any problem with wasps, just STINK BUGS. Have them here in Tidewater, VA, and just came from camping trip today in James River State Park, Virginia, near Appomattox, and the Stinkers are thicker there than here--into everything. Ironically, I just read today that the collars work and you can bet they will be in the trailer tomorrow. I have had to clean the hot water heater tubes twice within the last 2 weeks with jammed bugs. Collars here I come......Thanks for info...
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