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Tips And Tricks For Keeping Bugs Out Of Your RV
Storing your dry goods in the pantry leaves them susceptible to bug infestations, mold, and mice. Stock the RV fridge and pantry with only what you'll need.
Food Storage
Pack anything you aren't using in airtight storage totes in a cool, dry place inside your RV. Most importantly, make sure everyone knows to keep everything sealed.
Between eating, sleeping, hanging out, gas station stops, and roadside attractions, your RV floor can pick up a lot of dirt. Vacuum or sweep it at least once a day.
Keep It Clean
Keep plenty of disinfectant wipes on hand to wipe down all of the surfaces in your RV, wash dishes after every meal, and store your waste inside sealed waste containers.
Some swear by Pine-Sol's insect-repellent properties due to its potent pine odor, particularly against flies, ants, and mosquitos, and it is safe to use near kids and pets.
Wipe down all surfaces, place Pine-Sol-soaked cotton balls where flies or ants swarm, and wipe out your waste bin each time you empty it.
Mothballs are small, round balls that emit a deodorant and a chemical pesticide called naphthalene. They are effective on other bugs like silverfish as well as moths.
Follow the label carefully, using them only in tightly closed containers with your clothing. And always keep mothballs out of reach of children and pets.
Most fabric softeners contain two key ingredients, linalool and beta-citronellol, which can have detrimental effects on some bugs while making your RV smell great.
Dryer Sheets
A 2010 study found Bounce dryer sheets repelled fungus gnats, providing further evidence for the bug-banishing value of fabric softener sheets.
Try placing them in your luggage, drawers, and cabinets, and remember to stick one in your pocket before heading outside.