Ants and Power cord

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  1. cindy_k

    cindy_k Member

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    I saw this tip on a website, to wrap your power cord with Gorilla tape to prevent ants from using it as a highway into the camper.

    I like camping, but really hate bugs. The AFrame camper we just bought has the cable coming out of a hole in the side. That would be even worse for bugs, the setup in this image.

    Is this something I should worry about?
     

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    WrkrBee Un-Supported Member

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    Probably just use a rag or copper wool to fill the hole. Once the tape is covered with bugs, it's no longer effective.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Ortho home defense works also, and is not limited to the power cord.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Only once gave I had ants crawl up on that and it was because the campground had the dang power box on a tree vrs a separate pole. I also don't keep food in my camper, and am very particular about possible crumbs laying around. I had done something similar though when it was an issue.
     
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    Rik Peery Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Here you go, problem solved [8D]...they make a eco friendly spray can that'll work, has a strong peppermint scent, but you can spray it on your cords/wheels etc.' Lowes has it, think it's called EcoLogic
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    Rik Peery Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Found it...

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    GalsofEscape Well-Known Member

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    out of 10 years of camping with a camper, we have had an ant problem only once. but that one time....they climbed up anything, felt like i was playing wack-a-mole, i would close out one area and they would find someway else - the jack, the water hose, the power cable, the clothes line, chairs leaned up against the tongue..... i had to go out and get an ant spray and treated the area once per day. What is weird, i have been back to that site since and have not had a recurrence of the problem. and nope, i don't routinely do anything the treat the area.
     
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    We have reservations at Huntington Beach state park in South Carolina later this year, and from what I read in the portal ants are a huge problem there. I gather that they will crawl up anything that touches the ground: power cord, water hose, tongue jack, tires, etc. While the tape hack looks like it would work for cords and hoses, I don't think it would be practical for tires.
     
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    that is where i had my ant problem... but have had an issue only once, the first time i went there. have been back three more times and have not seen them.
     
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    Eric Webber Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yup. The outside walls of my camper and anything touching the ground all get a spritz, as do the sides of the roof when it's closed

    Never had issues besides flies since I started
     
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    Dang it...I Knew i should of got a ant eater instead of a Komodo dragon.
    On the positive side...Nobody cuts through my campsite!
     
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    Thank you everyone for the good ideas! I'm not sure my hubby will let me get an anteater. We have too many pets already. 2 dogs and 3 cats. :D

    Home Defense and EcoLogic spray :cool:
     
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    Don't spray until you actually have a problem though. Willynilly use of insecticides leads to resistance (as well as being kinda seriously bad for native soil fauna).
     
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    Why expose yourself to nuero toxins just because a few ants? I don't have the spare brains cells.

    Ants are going to food. That's all they care about. Clean out the camper. Sealed containers only. No open packages. Eat outside only. In the meantime while you clean the inside, spray the power cord with cedar oil.

    What type of dogs?
     
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    I use a flame thrower...The grass comes back healthier with controlled burns[:D]
    DISCLOSUR...THAT WAS A JOKE BTW!
     
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    A Lhaso Apso and a Lab Mix. Only the Lab mix will go camping with us.
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    I am the working dog type. DW wont let me go over 80 to 100 pounds anymore. She cant control them.

    Trying hiking with a 130 pound sled dog at peak deer season
     
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    Just back from Huntington Beach SP today. No ant problem. Our neighbor had Carolina wrens build three nest while they were there. One in his outside kitchen, one in his beach wagon, and one in a hanging beach bag. Found out when everyone was packing this morning, he was the first cousin to my wife's cousin's wife.
     
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    Ive never had an issue with bugs in the camper... Maybe Im not really paying attention though, I am in their world when camping...
     
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    We've used FreshCab since we had the Pup and never had a problem with mice or bugs. It claims to be all natural. Critters don't like the smell so don't come around. We get a fresh box in the spring, another mid summer and another when we put it up for the winter.
    https://www.earthkind.com/product/fresh-cab-rodent-repellent/
     
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