The great outdoors and ants go alongside each other but that does not mean that these tiny pests are welcome in your camper or RV. No doubt they serve a great purpose in cleaning up the food crumbles and decaying leaves but once they get taste of dropped crumbs or spilled beverages, they can turn out to be your biggest enemy to fight with in an enclosed chamber. So to know more about the ways of how to avoid ants in your Camper or RV, the following tips would be really beneficial.
- You need to sweep or vacuum out the camper so as to remove debris and crumbs inside. You also need to clean out the built-in features like tables, chairs and fold-up beds as well.
- The surface inside the camper needs to be washed with hot-water and all-purpose cleaner. You need to clean the walls, kitchen and bathroom surfaces along with the floors so as to remove any kind of sticky spills that holds “great potential” in attracting the ants.
- Diatomaceous earth needs to be sprinkled on the floor and other surfaces that are used by the RV’s occupants. This fine powder is safe for both people and pets but cuts deep into the ant’s exoskeleton, leading them to dehydration and then finally to death in a couple of days. More diatomaceous earth can be applied each time you vacuum.
- Boric acid needs to be poured into a caulking gun (disposable) and fill it by two-thirds. This gun can be used to squirt the acid into gaps around the piping, along baseboards or inside cupboards where the ants can come in and out easily. But you must make sure that this acid is applied only when such areas are not used by pets and small children.
- In order to avoid ants in your camper or RV locate anthills before camping at a place. Locating them would ensure that you are aware of the place where ants might be coming from. Baking soda (1 cup) needs to be poured down these hills. After waiting for 30 minutes, baking soda along with a cup of white vinegar needs to be added further down the hill. This mixture will foam and settle into the nest where the ants will die after eating it.
- Ants can be of numerous types and each one comes with its own brand of causing havoc. But one thing that they have in common is their dislike of anything powdery. A cheap remedy is using talcum powder. You only need to sprinkle some around the landing gear and RV tires or anything touching the ground. It will make sure that they don’t cross the line, whatever would be giving them a way inside. The same effect can be given by borax and chalk. For the long-run, borax may be far more effective. Ants will be carrying it back to their nest to feed and will be killing the queen instead.