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What do you use? I am currently using an old school analog device, a plastic swatter, with limited success and it is disgusting.

 

I was thinking about a Bug A Salt but my wife vetoed that pretty quickly.

 

https://www.bugasalt.com

 

How about an electric swatter? Anybody use one? Comments?

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F3N8A4Q/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&smid=AEPHQXND4EGVF

 

Some reviewers say it just stuns the bigger fliies and pisses them off. That might be unpleasant....

 

Please tell us your war stories.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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I just use a paper towel and quick reflexes.  We haven't had too much issue with bugs of any sort so far.  I did quickly learn that the porch lights are bug magnets, and if you come and go with them on you'll have a trailer full of little flying things in no time.  I found that an LED strip mounted along the edge of the awning will attract them away from the door and with that we get very few bugs inside, if any.  I have a Lumenoodle but there are plenty of options and I think the awning companies all sell light kits as well.  You can also put the noodle in psychedelic mode and it will repel other campers as well.

 

It also helps that we're fall/winter/spring campers and prefer deserts and mountains to the woods.

 

Last year I sprayed between the hulls and along the edge of the floor before summer storage to keep ants, spiders and such from taking up residence.  I'll probably make that a yearly thing.

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Thanks for the comments. I am too slow to use my hands. I really like your idea of drawing them away from the front door, but I tend to keep a dark campsite and am reluctant to string lights of any kind. Though the ability to repel other campers is a huge bonus that I had not really considered...

 

How about a small residential style 110 volt bug zapper. Hang it from your neighbors trailer and it will draw all the bugs away from your site, to theirs...... Cool.

 

I don’t normally have too much trouble with flying insects, except in spring in the wet mountains (Cascades), when the skeeters hatch out and swarm all day long. I tend to avoid those situations, since I prefer to not be sucked completely dry.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

 

 


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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I changed out my screens to "no see um" type screens:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Mosquito-No-see-um-Netting-Skeeta-Yards/dp/B008TKL214/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1546624942&sr=8-8&keywords=no+see+um+screen

 

This product can be purchased at most Lowe's, Home Depot's, Ace's. etc.

 

Next, I simply don't use many (if any at all) lights at night.

 

I do like Overland's idea but, like John, hate the idea of lighting the campsite.

 

Bill


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I suggest a Bug A Salt for kicks.  Have one, love it.  And camp with someone who tastes better than you.

 

 

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I bet combining the above would be fun and work best:

 

String a set of LED lights in a tree by your neighbor's trailer.  Hang the lights in a circle around a bug zapper, plugged into your neighbor's outdoor outlet.  While wearing full dark cammo, it would be fun to watch in the dark under the cover of the Oliver Shade, armed with a "Lawn and Garden" Bug-A-Salt adapted with night vision sights.  So that my wife can have some fun, we would need an Elucto Electric Bug Zapper hot wired to two 9V (in parallel of course) for any bugs that were blind and unlucky to wander into our Bug Controlled Airspace.

 

Once our batteries run out, we would retreat into Ollie, open wide the window that we had converted the screen to "Mosquito No-see-um Netting" and turn on the Ollie Flying Pest Capture System (AKA, the MaxFan).  After a few minutes, we give the flying bug collection trapped on the MaxFan screen a few spritz of 90% rubbing alcohol to dispatch them directly to Bug Valhalla.   LOL!!!

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p.s.  I do have one of those "electric swatters".  If you have any doubt as to what they do - just go ahead and turn it on and touch the swatter.  Don't ask me how I know this!

 

It probably takes a rather perverse sense of humor, but, there is something about seeing and hearing a mosquito meet her maker on that little swatter thing.  Rather get the mosquito than the mosquito get me.

 

Actually, while camped on the South Carolina beach this past summer, we apparently set up our small Clam shelter over a "nest" of hatching moths.  The first ten minutes or so were spent wildly batting these little suckers into the afterlife.  Perhaps "Mothra" is now out there somewhere looking for me.

 

Bill

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