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How to Prevent Ants and Roaches from Living in Your RV, Motorhome or Camper

It’s one thing to be camping and have ants invade your picnic. It’s another thing altogether to bring your own ants to the picnic, or worse yet, transport ants and roaches with you wherever you go. But when you’re camping and RVing, critters are part of the bargain. While insects might not do as much damage to your RV as a hungry bear or angry weasel, they are a nuisance. And if you’re an RVer, you have to be proactive when it comes to ants and cockroaches.

When you pull into a campground or RV park, you are entering the natural habitat of cockroaches and many different species of ants—including fire ants, argentine ants, and pharaoh ants. These critters not only make their homes outdoors, they understand that the RVs and campers are rolling commissaries filled with goodies like cheese, meat, sweets, and other snacks. The critters gain access to your RV or camper through anything that touches the ground including tires, stabilizers, water hoses, and electric lines. And while you may not want to think about it, your RV septic system is manna from heaven for cockroaches which thrive on fecal matter. And when your trip is over, these stowaways will accompany you home.

The best way to deal with unwanted insect intruders is to place roach and ant bait around your motor home. The bait is formulated with food and insecticide and will keep the creepers from gaining access to your living quarters. You might also want to place baits in storage bins, inside the slide-thru, and at entry points around water and power lines. A daily walk-a-round is also a good idea.

When your rig is parked between trips, you might want to put out some bait strips or gels. This will kill the ants and roaches you see plus thousands more living nearby in nests. While loving nature is part of the fun of camping, an ounce of prevention can stop an infestation that would ruin any vacation.