It's so funny! We have written so many articles on RVDream.com, that sometimes we don't even remember what exactly we wrote! Such is the case with his post. We are currently visiting San Lorenzo RV Park in King City. It's just a beautiful spot, which we recommend, but I noticed I started seeing some ants in my rig. Hamilton and I both agreed that would make a good topic to write about. I started out by running a google search on "ants in my rig" and guess what!? I found a really great article #4 on the search and it was mine from 2012!...with over 7,000 reads! Haha...So anyway, here it is again, this time on Pillar Point's website because you might have this little irritation too. Besides, the 4th of July is coming up and you know how ants like picnics!
THERE ARE ANTS IN MY RV!
If you are RVing anywhere in nature, you're going to find ants. Bless their tiny little bodies that work so hard for their queen, but they cannot be tolerated in your RV.
Ants send out scouts who scour the area, looking for suitable food and water sources. If one crawls up your RV tire, water hose, power cable, etc and eventually finds something inside your rig, he leaves a little smell trail of pheromones. That trail will aid the ant to find the source of food after he's returned to bring along his support team of hundreds of ants...
First of all, if you see a single ant, squish it! Don't let it return to the nest. If the scout does, then he'll be following his scent trail and he'll have the troops with him.
If you see an ant that's a little larger than all the rest, it might be a queen looking to establish a new nest. Make sure it doesn't get a chance. Squish her! (Queens are usually 2-3 times larger than workers)
There are several ways you can attack the ant problem. One way is to act to prevent an invasion in the first place.
We use Raid Max Bug Barrier Pesticide unscented. Every time we set up we spray everything that touches the ground and the RV. That means the tires, the jack if you have a travel trailer, I also spray the the satellite cable, power cord, stabilizers and jacks. You will also want to spray the legs of the picnic table and just anywhere an ant can crawl up.
Some people use what is called, the 'magic circle of Comet' which is good as long as you are not parked over an ant hill. The ants won't cross any bleach powered cleanser for whatever reason. Shake a good border around everything around your rig that touches the ground. If it rains, however, you will have to recreate your magic circle, but while the powder's out, the ants are gone.
Use Cornmeal. This can be used as a weapon against ants and it's not poisonous to people or animals. Ants eat it and after consuming water, the cornmeal swells inside their digestive organs, killing the ants
Keep ants out of your
dogs food! Put pet food bowls in a slightly larger bowl. Add some water to the larger bowl, creating a moat around the pet food that the ants can't easily cross.
Same idea works if you're finding ants on the picnic table. Place a plastic container on the bottom of each picnic table leg. Fill with water. The ants won’t be able to crawl past.
Make a mixture of rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water. Get a spray bottle, making sure to wash it out very well, and place about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and about a teaspoon and a half of dish soap. Then fill the spray bottle with water about an inch away from the top and close it up tight. Shake the solution until bubbles start to appear and then you're ready to spray! Because of the alcohol in the solution, the ants will stay clear away from it.
Just a final word and warning...
This idea is probably more for your home and I would NOT put in places where children or animals may find it because it can be harmful to them.
Boric Acid recipe
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons boric acid
3 cups warm water
1 Mix the sugar and Boric Acic well.
2 Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.
3 Store in a jar.
4 When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it, and then saturate the cotton
5 Place the cotton soaked lid where you want it; make several if you need it.
6 Wait for the ants to find it...they will.
7 Let the ants drink as much of this concoction as they want and take it back to the nest
Almost overnight, they will be gone.
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