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Old 08-19-2014, 07:32 AM   #1
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Bug Control

Anyone have a good way to keep basement compartments bug free. I considered boric acid but may make a mess. Appreciate any help....
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Diatomaceous Earth

I have had good luck with Diatomaceous earth. Will not hurt animals. I just put it in lids and place out of the way. For ants I put a dab of sugar in middle of lid. If staying at a place for a while, I sprinkle some on ground around tires. Hope this helps.

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isn't this what they use in swimming pool filters. Thanks for info
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There are two kinds of Diatomaceous earth that you can purchase. One is food grade and the other is not food grade. Either will work for insect control but I would use food grade when I had a garden, just so my dogs would be safe. Both types work by the particles getting into the insect thorax and other moving parts, making respiration etc. difficult.
The problem is that diatomaceous earth works like borax and is messy too. We use Ortho Home Defense. It is good for a year, once sprayed, excepts for areas that get wet as it will rinse off. It is ok with pets, once it has dried. Yes, it is a pesticide but to us it is worth it to be pest free.
We get the Ortho product at Lowes, Home Depot etc.
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Heard years ago when I did pool service that DE was also good for bug control, but have never used it myself and did not know that there was a "food grade". I do keep a two gallon pump up sprayer and a bottle of the concentrate in one of the rear storage bins. Periodically spray inside the bins and on occasions around the RV, both here at the HOA and on occasion in RV parks. Thanks for the reminder of it's extra use, will see if I can find it in food grade.
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I also use the Ortho home defense. I purchased the gallon size that comes with a battery powered spray nozzle. Upon arrival at campsite, I spray the perimeter of our Rv, paying attention to really hit anything that touches ground particularly well. I developed this habit when we were hit hard with "crazy ants" at a campground near Austin, TX. It works well. I also leave those little ant bait cans in all of my basement bays, but I don't know if they help or not.
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..... I developed this habit when we were hit hard with "crazy ants" at a campground near Austin, TX. .....
Same song, second verse several years ago, only our case was just north east of there at Crockett, TX. We were staying on in laws property and ended putting down several bags of the fire ant granules and spray going out 12 to 15 feet around the unit. Up until last year, I also carried a can of the granules just in case.
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I'm with the Ortho Home Defense group. Use it at every campground and park we stop at. I also keep a packet of mouse bait in the sewer discharge compartment just in case a rodent climbs up the sewer hose and wants to take up residence in the rig somewhere. Seems to have worked so far.
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