Any success in getting rid of carpenter ants in an RV? Our tow behind was lest under a maple tree and became infested with ants. We've bug bombed twice with some success but we still have ants emerging now and then.

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Have it sprayed inside & outside by a professional Co like Terminex and leave traps inside the trailer. My favorite is http://www.terro.com/products.php?product=liquid_ant_bait
Thanks Denny - I've got the Terro set out in the trailer and it seems to be attracting ants at a slower rate than last week. Hopefully they're on the decline - but I'll keep the professional spray in mind before winter storage happens.
Hi Gail,
I write a LOT about ant control! The most important thing is to eliminate the pheromone trail, the "scent" trail that ants leave for other ants. Use plain old distilled white vinegar or sudsy ammonia and wipe down EVERYWHERE you have ever seen even ONE ant. These single ants are scout ants and they are the ones that leave the trails. As long as they can "smell" that trail, they'll return.

Use bay leaves, or even better, fresh mint leaves - ants HATE minty odors. Once you wash things down with the ammonia or vinegar make a natural ant repellent of citrus peelings and water. Blend orange peelings in a blender and pour or spray it all over the outside of your trailer - including the tires and undercarriage. Another natural remedy is to mix equal parts of sugar and borax. Place the sugar/borax mixture strategically around the trailer in small containers (jar lids work just fine). The ants are attracted to the sugar and carry it back to the mound and within a week or two the borax will kill the ants. One other natural remedy is to use instant grits or cream of wheat. Sprinkle the grits over the mound. The ants will eat the grits and the grits will expand and blow up inside them. The ant traps you can buy commercially work well too. If you have pets DO NOT USE THE BORAX mixture. Sorry. But the other stuff is okay. Hope this helps!
I love the natural remedies. Keep them a comin'!
Thanks Becky.
Thanks Becky - I love your natural solutions for ant control. I've seen Borax work quite well for roaches so I'm thinking it might have the same effect on ants. And I tend to enjoy a bit of citrus scent so I'll definitely try that approach as well. PS - I enjoyed the sample of your publication regarding storage solutions for campers.
You're welcome Gail. I have a dog and worry about cats and other animals accidentally ingesting anything. I also have an autoimmune disease so any kind of chemical treatments really set it off and I end up covered in hives! Ick. The hives I can handle, the itching I hate!

If the organic doesn't work (I've almost never seen it not work," then try the commercial ant sprays. But if you're patient, they really do a good job! Glad you liked the storage solution book. It was my first. I'm working on others!
Carpenter ants like to live in wet wood. You've got a leak.
I use Bounce fabric softener sheets to repel rodents, replace every 4 mouths. Much better then moth balls.
I used Bounce sheets over the winter and I must admit they worked very well. I just tucked them into cabinets and wherever I thought a rodent might nest. Now we are using this secret weapon for my husband's antique boat collection. I didn't think about their useful time span so thanks for the 4 month replacement suggestion.

Do NOT use Borax around animals - especially cats - it is toxic to them!!

 

Cats are self-cleaning so if they get the borax on their feet, they'll lick it off and ingest it.

 

just an FYI....

 

We got a massive flea/sugar ant infestation a year ago but we have two fur-lions - so we used what pest controllers call "DE" or diatomaceous earth (food grade) - you can find it at a livestock/ranch supply store.  It's very cheap (about $20 for a 35lb bag).

 

wow, I was tired when I posted above and didn't finish.

 

 spread the DE in the carpet (as if it were Carpet Fresh), behind the backs of cabinets and drawer spaces, and in the hidden nooks.

 

the DE has a crystalline structure that resembles broken glass to bugs like ants and fleas - if they crawl on it they'll get cut to ribbons

 

food grade DE is completely safe for humans and pets - it's even used by many homeopathic nutritionists as a dietary cleansing agent and you can even eat it straight in small portions - no promises on the taste, however......

We just use the ant bait traps, tucked all over the RV.. replace every 2-3 months all year long and so far so good... no more ants..  My grandmother always put out cucumber skins around the foundation of her house in Maine... but I have yet to try this spouse tale...

 

For mice we tuck the wax baits deep into cabinets, under the bed, in the one basement, and anywhere far away from where our pups may reach...If I find droppings I will put out snap traps baited with peanut butter and check them daily...

 

To Find your entry points on a dark night, light up the inside of your rig as bright as possible, raise the bed up or light under it,open base cabinets and or have someone inside using a high intensity spot light, Go under the rig and look for holes where light is seeping out... with an awl or screwdriver, stuff steel wool into any holes/cracks etc... A mouse can get in to a hole about as big as a pencil....

 

Tina and Pat

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