Welcome To National Camping Month
June 5, 2018
It's June! And you know what that means. Lots of people are going camping. In fact, there are so many people camping all across the country that June is National Camping Month. And how do you celebrate National Camping Month? You go camping! It could be something as simple as putting up a tent in the backyard, and having a night of camping fun with the kids, or something as complicated as renting an RV and heading somewhere spectacular. If you decide to go with the latter, be sure to keep pest control in mind. There is nothing that can ruin a camping experience like unwanted pests.
There is something about being in the great outdoors that speaks to the soul. The fresh air invigorates the lungs. The sunlight feeds the skin vitamin D. The view from the top of a mountain reminds you how magnificent this world is. But, when you get back to your camper or RV, you might notice that nature and "home" don't go together. While you might pay too much attention to bugs while you're hiking a trail, they are very noticeable when you're trying to sleep or trying to have a quiet dinner. Here are a few quick pest-control tips for making your RV less "buggy."
- Make sure all of your screens are in good working condition. It doesn't take much of a hole for flying pests to get in.
- Management of food is key to preventing bugs from getting into your home away from home. Try to not leave food outside.
- This will attract everything from a yellow jacket to a 7 foot, 300-pound bear. Store garbage away from your RV. Keep things as clean inside as you can. If you leave fruit out, you're likely to have fly issues. If you leave your trash open, you may get cockroaches. Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife will be drawn to a food-rich environment.
- Keep doors and windows closed. An open door is an open door for pests.
- Do a detailed inspection of your rig and seal any holes, gaps, or cracks that pests can use as entry points.
- Keep foods in sealed, plastic containers to keep smells in and pests away.
- If you'll be bringing a pet with you, be sure that your pet(s) have veterinarian-prescribed tick and flea protection. Also, consider mosquito repellents that are designed for pets. Mosquitoes don't just target humans. And mosquito repellent does more than keep mosquitoes away.
- Refrain from leaving objects outside when you go to bed at night. Spiders, snakes, and other harmful creatures hide in holes, crevices, and cavities. This could bring you into contact with them when you go outside in the morning.
- Netting is your friend. If you're looking to prevent mosquito bites, and deter other flying pests, consider using netting around outside areas in the morning and the evening when mosquito activity is high.
Pest Proofing Your RV
If you're looking to enjoy the outdoors but not interested in allowing the outdoors to enjoy your space with you, professional pest control is the best way to go. A professional can assist you with pest-proofing your rig in ways you may not be able to. Pest management professionals are educated in pest management and pest control products. Your technician can identify trouble spots and apply many treatment options to make sure your home-with-wheels feels like a home.
One of the biggest pest threats people don't think about when camping is the cute and quiet mouse. While mice may look cute, they are definitely not cute when they get into a camper or RV. Wild mice can carry ticks, fleas, mites, and other parasites, into your living space. They can transfer harmful bacteria from dumpsters and trash bins to your food storage areas and food prep surfaces. Mice leave feces and urine everywhere they go, and these can present a disease threat. Your pest management professional can give you effective solutions for preventing these dangerous critters from exposing you and your family to health threats.
Whether you're camping or at home, Lindsey Pest Services can help you keep pests from getting in. For more information, or to get started, request a free inspection right here. We serve Jacksonville and the surrounding area with industry-leading pest control. We look forward to serving you.
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