Paul and Santina Posted March 1 Share Posted March 1 I’d like to share an interesting story with my fellow Oliver Travel Trailer travelers. We picked up our Oliver LE2 in March, ‘22, and traveled ‘round TN, VA, MD, WV, NY, OH and PA before the holidays. During the early fall of ‘22, we were enjoying a state park in TN when there was a fascinating attack of stink bugs. Neighbors were swatting away at the wee critters as they swooped in to covered our RVs. Apparently the bugs were looking for a nice place to winter. I witnessed a few squeezing between our screen door and the door jam and several were in our window sills. They move sideways and squeeze themselves into every little crevice they can find. Sneaky little devils. A zombie bug attack. Several made in into our camper and I strongly requested that they leave immediately…which they did only after considerable coaxing. No stink bugs bothered us the rest of the camping season. Presently, it’s Feb, ‘23, and we are traveling in Florida, where the temperatures are summer-like, and all month we have had stink bug visitations INSIDE our lovely Oliver. Dozens…yes dozens, have…emerged? One at a time over the month of Feb. Luckily, my wife can’t smell ‘em, but I have a schnoz that can detect a stink bug a mile away. Aha, say I, there’s a stink but about…and sure enough, one appears. I haven’t seen stink bugs outside, so they must be OUR stink bugs from last year!?! Where did they sequester themselves? We keep a mighty tight ship and clean vessel, so we know there are none in the cabin where we’ve cleaned. My guess is that they were hibernating in the crevices of the window shade cover…perhaps they entered through a small hole between the sliding and stationary windows last season and thought they had found the ideal winter haven. I’m hoping that, as of this writing, we are done with stink bug visitations. Has anyone else had a similar stink bug experience? Are there any Entomologists in the Oliver group that could shed some light on these fascinating stinky creatures? p.s., we’ve certainly put our Oliver through it’s paces, and my conclusion is that this is one heck of a travel trailer! 1 1 ‘22 Ram 1500 4x4 Eco-diesel | ‘22 OTT LE2 hull # 1056 | Eastern VA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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