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Old 04-26-2016, 09:55 PM   #1
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Keeping away the bugs, critters, unwanted guests

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. My wife & I just purchased this 2016 Dutchmen/Coleman 274BH. I always knew we had ample space to store it on the side of the house but after just 2 days at home, I'm already starting to notice 2 frogs crawling up the sides of the camper onto the roof & one jumping underneath the camper as well.

I live in Lehigh Acres, FL. This city is fairly new & there are tons of vacant lots with overgrowth. As you can clearly see in the picture that's the case with the empty lot next door to my home.

What ideas can you guys give me? Frogs don't bother me in general but they love to crawl into tight spaces & I foresee a HUGE issue in the next few weeks. I'm worried they may attract snakes or even worse, crawl into some electrical component & end up causing an electrical short.

Any help/ideas are greatly appreciated.



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Old 04-27-2016, 06:13 AM   #2
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Our only problem is ants ! But constant spraying handles that. Like that canopy, where did you get it !

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Our only problem is ants ! But constant spraying handles that. Like that canopy, where did you get it !
Thanks, it's actually a standard carport. Only 6 ft tall. I've had it for a couple years. I bought 4 ft pipes & extended all legs to allow the camper to fit inside then tied the carport to the ground so the wind doesn't flip it up like a kite, lol
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:00 PM   #4
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-Glue boards inside for mice
-Ant spray (or comet) at all the touch points outside
- don't use any bait. The mice will go after it.
-screens on furnace, hot water heater fridge
-Moth balls on the ground for snakes, etc

I empty ALL food before storing. Including sweet medicine like liquid gel caps, cough drops, etc.

Also had mice eat a water filter (I assume looking for water).
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:11 AM   #5
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As I'm a vegan I don't resort to glue traps or the like, what always worked for me is storing food into sealed containers, keeping open bags of chips and such in the oven or microwave if not being used, sealing any delamination and openings, and generally making sure you maintain your home and keep it clean. Mice for example come in for two reasons in my experience, heat and food. If your pantry has open packages in it they'll make nests there first, or worse, get into your walls and die. That ain't pretty. Ants are also a big issue if you have food or open drinks out.

I finally found a cure for the wasps I had big issues with. I had this one inch gap in my slide. Fixed that and no more wasps. Hated those things.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:06 PM   #6
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No slides? No problems with critters getting in. Just bugs squeezing in past the screens in their channels, maybe ants, the occasional spider. If you live in FL, you gotta either learn to live with a few bugs, or learn to prevent them getting in yourself. If you choose the latter, best of luck.

I heard a long time ago that mice hate Bounce dryer sheets. I have a box in my trailer. No mice since August, and I have been in some mousy and pack rat places. I cannot be sure it is because of the dryer sheets.
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The only issue I currently deal with is winter Asian lady beetle invasions. There seems to be no way of keeping them out unless you want to seal yourself in all winter by caulking the front door shut. They can get through the tiniest gap. They don't seem attracted to food, and asking the man at Lowe's or Home Depot about ways to repel ladybugs (with a chemical repellant) only gets me looked at funny or asked if I'm nuts.
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I used a black foam and I got it on line not sure ware now but used in auotmotive. But I have sealed every hole and crack I could find with it and mice and pack rats won't eat it. I also use a empty container that has small holes in it on the top, like pepper or salt or even deodorant that was empty. Now I put moth balls in it and some hole crushed garlic and or Eucalyptus essential oil on soaked cotton. The Eucalyptus is one of the best and safe for you and if you spray it on a bug it will die. I keep it in my basement of my RV. The pesty pest just go to some other place for dinner. Hope this helps

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