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How to Keep Your RV Bug Free

5 minutes read Jun 21,2018
How to Keep Your RV Bug Free

There's no doubt that summer is the best time of year for RVers. But with the warmer temperatures comes a swarm of small, pesky bugs that can wreak havoc during your time in the great outdoors.

The good news is that you don't have to let hordes of insects ruin your camping trip. There are many tactics you can utilize to reduce your encounters with them. To help you enjoy your RV travels with minimum bug problems, here are a few tips on how to keep your RV bug free!

5 Ways to Keep Your RV Bug Free

1. Block Off Entry Points in Your RV

Start by inspecting your RV for all possible points of entry. The less access bugs have to the inside of your vehicle, the less likely they will be able to get in. Thoroughly look over screens, pipes, doors, and vents for any opening that invites bugs in. Repair holes in window screens, and use caulk to mend over the holes in your RV.

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2. Attach a Screen Room to Your RV Awning

A good quality RV awning is a necessity for many avid RVers, providing much needed shade on those hot sunny days. But an awning is useful to help keep bugs away too. Attachable rooms with screen walls allow you to enjoy fresh air while protecting you from creepy crawlers.

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3. Get Defensive

While repairing open entries does help keep bugs away, it won't stop them from ever getting inside. Bugs are small and swift enough to squeeze by as you open and close the door. To minimize this, you must be proactive and make your RV as undesirable as possible for insects.

There are countless glue traps, zappers, etc. on the market you can take advantage of, and these can be quite effective. But if you prefer to take a kinder, more natural approach, here are some natural remedies to experiment with:

  • Spray peppermint, lemon, or eucalyptus essential oils around bug-attracting areas several times daily.
  • Rub citrus peels in areas of your RV that attract spiders.
  • Spray an even ratio of white wine vinegar and water around areas where bugs are present.
  • Leave garlic and onion near points of entry to repel insects.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon around trouble areas where bugs enter.
  • Burn citronella candles outside of your RV to repel bugs.

4. Spray Away

Don't forget the importance of spraying yourself with bug spray as well. As an alternative to harsh chemicals, you can dab yourself with peppermint oil or make a spray of garlic and water to repel insects.

5. Keep Your RV Clean

Keeping your RV clean and tidy is a great way to reduce your crawly visitors. Spiders are naturally attracted to piles of clothing and many insects seek out food. Be sure not to leave dirty dishes with food particles around, and always package up leftovers and place them in a sealed area.

There you have it! You should be ready to start your vacation feeling confident that you have the bug situation under control. Insects are an inescapable element of nature, and while you can't ditch them completely, you can keep them at bay with just a few simple measures.

Share this article with your friends to help them keep their RV bug free this summer!  

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