Originally Posted by rawlus
The concept of treating every campsite with pesticides upon setup seems a bit overkill to me. But perhaps the northeast does not have the issues other locations might?
I would not enjoy my trip if I had to create chemical barriers everywhere I went. If the trailer is in good shape, there's nothing the for the carpenter ant anyway... As to sugar ants, keeping surfaces clean should do a lot, I spend a lot of time in the carribean where sugar ants are plentiful, I'm not sure there's any practical way to fully eliminate them... But if you are not actively feeding them, then they should not cause too much of a problem.
Well the "sugar" ants we encountered never got into our V-Lite. They swarmed the OUTSIDE of the RV. Now just what could have been *all* over our RV that was "actively feeding them"? There were literally solid black lines of them up the sides of the RV.
Our V-Lite was practically brand new when this happened to us. We don't cook inside our RV, (the oven and stove top was still absolutely new and unused when we traded it in after 8 months) except for microwaving something now and then. I even keep the dog food sealed unless Fred is eating.
So, I don't agree with your opinion that unless one is "actively feeding them" then sugar ants should not cause much of a problem".
Oh, and BTW, we have monthly pest control service here at our S&B, and he also services our RV..... the V-Lite then, and with our 5er now.
An ounce of prevention *IS* worth more than a pound of cure.
Pesticides keep more than just piss ants away. I'm more concerned about ticks. Deer are prolific here in the south.
It wouldn't surprise me to learn that parks routinely use pesticides.
Edited to add; our site had a deck out over the bank down to the lake, and those ants were *all over* the railing as well. Again, solid lines of them trailing over the hand rails. We were camping with friends and their site next to us was also infested with them.