Monday, June 15, 2015

Pest Proofing Your RV


Late May, early June bring a lot of changes to the Ontario landscape the birch and poplar trees are budding, the grouse are drumming and the mosquitos are humming. That’s right like an annual passage, mosquito-geddon has arrived in Ontario. I am not talking a few annoying buggers that you can swat away and ignore, I am talking hundreds on the mini vampires that swarm you when you walk out the door. As a matter of fact I think they are conspiring together to see how many it would take to actually lift you off the ground and carry you away. Poor Daisy has learned some interesting new moves as she tries to scratch some of her more sensitive areas that the mosquitoes seem to favor. Two of my favorites are ones that I refer to as “the belly crawl” and the other one I just call “the sit and spin”

Since these nasty little creatures seem to be constantly on our minds this time of year I thought I would dedicate this blog post to how we pest-proof our rig here in the north country in an attempt to keep them out.  Our first line of defense for our rig is our screened house that attaches to our awning. Although it is not totally bug-proof it significantly decrease the number that sneak in when we open up the door. The next step in our exterior defense is to seal the slides. I have yet to see a slide that is totally bug proof. There are a couple of small spots on ours that you can actually see outside. To close these up we use blue painters tape on the inside and out to plug up these entry points. I have even taped a few of the slider windows as there is a little gap between the window and the screen that they might be sneaking in from.
Screen house to keep the bugs out and LED lights along the ground to keep the mice out.

The corners where the rubber meets is where the gaps are
Next up are the fogger and mosquito coils. Although we don’t use them daily, we will use them when things get out of control in the screen house. Although both are effective I actually think the coils work a little better than the fogger.
Even with all this we end up with dozens of invaders each day and on days when we are in and out a lot I would not be surprised if there 50+  in the rig at a given time. Our main defense inside a battery operated zapper shaped like a tennis racket. There is a weird sense of satisfaction when you see the spark as another one spirals to the ground. On really bad days it is not unheard of to vacate the trailer all together and I will hit it inside with the fogger. (Kids do not try this at home). Last but certainly not least is the box fan in our bedroom. After Barb does her final assault with the zapper before bed we run for the bedroom, shut the door and turn on the box fan which blows on our heads to keep them off while we sleep.
Part of our pest control arsenal!
Mosquitoes are not the only invaders since we arrived. Some of the local mice have decided that it is a lot drier and warmer in our trailer than the abode they have been living. In an attempt to keep them out I have sealed all the access points I can with expanding spray foam. We also use Fresh Cab in the belly and in some of the access to the ceiling. I really don't know how effective it is but it allegedly has a smell that mice cannot tolerate. Since using it I have not heard one running in the ceiling panels and the mouse trap in the belly has been empty. I recently installed LED lights around the base of the trailer as well. I have read in some forums that the mice do not like to cross these. Inside the rig we have a couple of mouse traps and glue pads tucked away in the back of cabinets where they tend to travel. The glue pads have worked better than the traps but a word of caution….. check the traps frequently but if you forget for a few days and catch one the smell will remind you!

Despite all this fun, we have managed to get out fishing and exploring a few times. Fishing has been a little slow due constant rainy and ever changing weather but we have managed to get a few fish each outing. Only a couple of pictures as we have been keeping the camera in the waterproof case.
Barb sport'in her new hat on warm day

Trolling for pike

Sport'in her new hat on a not so warm day

Nothing like a 23" walleye to start the day!
Last week one of the best walleye lakes in the area opened up. Onaman Lake is a premier walleye lake in the area and is only accessible by air or a mile and a half walk. However resort owners with boats on the lake are allowed to use a 4 wheeler to get their equipment in before the season opens. Chad had yet to get his motors in so I volunteered to help him the day before the season opens. I cannot wait to get in to fish it!
I think we overloaded her!


Barb recently discovered the most effective way to get away from them….. she left for Minnesota for a few days to visit a friend and follow up on an exciting project she has been working on. More details on that in our next post!

17 comments:

  1. It sounds like those mosquito's like the new blood. I will share a little trick Lisa has learned to keep the pests away. She keeps the beer outside. It works she says.

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    1. Nice, I will have to remember that next time we see you!

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  2. We had a bug zapper that we got as a joke gift. Never had the occasion to use it. I always wondered if they really worked. The coils remind me of going to the drive in. How are the mosquitoes when you're out fishing? Hate the mice more so than the mosquitoes! Hope you plugged all the holes. We're now in Kaycee Wy. Scenery here is beautiful! Stock that freezer with fish!

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    1. Kaycee is an awesome area, we have antelope hunted over there in the past.

      Once you get on the water the bugs disappear so it is not so bad.

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  3. Do the skeeters let up when it gets warmer? We have been fortunate not to have any pests so far here in Michigan...knock on wood!

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    1. During the heat of the day they seem to head for the shadier cooler areas so it is not so bad in the open. But if you wander into the woods, garage or other shaded areas watch out!

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  4. We had a major mouse issue in our rig here at Monck Park. I probably trapped 25 of them. I can tell you that Irish Spring soap and rope lights do not work. For awhile I was still trapping them using Fresh Cab. So I set up a pail of water with a piece of dowelling inserted into 2 water bottles cut in half and joined together, zap strapped it to the pail handles then added a little peanut butter to the bottles. The mice fall into the pail when the bottle spins. I got 5 mice and unfortunately 3 chipmunks. It's been about
    a week now and the pail and all traps in our rig have been empty. Yay!

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    1. I remember reading about your mouse troubles, glad to hear that you got rid of the little bastards. We have a couple pails w/dowels set up around the resort and they seem to work really well!

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  5. Mosquitos and mice - living the dream, eh! I remember those mosquitos very well while portaging near a creek somewhere around Gunflint Lake. We were coated in DEET and the mosquitos were hovering around our heads making it look almost like a helmet. Trips to northern MN were moved from June into mid July, Aug, or Sept. I don't dare tell hubby about that Walleye lake.... green with envy.

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    1. There is nothing worse that walking through the woods carrying something and not being able to kill a mosquito that is biting you and driving you crazy! They should get better in the next few weeks one the weather warms up.

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  6. Thanks for the info...that is super helpful. Trying to I agine dealing with 50 mosquitoes inside the rig thoug...Youch

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    1. Lets hope that you never need to use the information!

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  7. I like Barb's idea better. But the fish pics make it very tempting! Poor Daisy! Tie a garlic strand around her neck!

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    1. She is finally coming back today! I tried the garlic around Daisy's neck yesterday but she ate it!

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  8. We are heading east for two months and I am so not looking forward to the bugs!!!! And the humidity. But I am working on my attitude:) I would love to join you for a walleye fish dinner:)

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    1. The humidity has not been too bad so far. Let us know if you are in the area, we will cook a few up!

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  9. I like your screen house, it looks very well made. Where'd you find it?

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