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Old 09-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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How to keep flies out of my camper?

I was wondering if anyone has had a fly problem in their camper and how it was solved? The last 2 weekends we have been out camping and have had an excessive amount(50-60 at one time) of flies in our camper. The door is shut all the time and there is no rips in the screens either. I know that we are going to have some flies it's camping but the amount is unbearable! Any ideas would be helpful.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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We don't get that many - but one solution i'm looking into is getting a venus fly trap.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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It maybe possible that you have a small dead animal in the trailer or in the under belly. Sometimes it will attract the fries and not smell.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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I have no problem either to that extent, just acouple that might sneak in when going in or out.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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You mentioned that the door is closed but do you use the screen door? On my TT I noticed a gap wide enough for flies to come in even with the slider closed. There's a slight bend with with my slider door so it doesn't fit snug. A strip of form rubber was added which seems to be doing the trick.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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OK, here's a tried and true method I've used at home, and even around horse stables;

Take a quart sized zip lock back, fill it with water, and hang it near the door.

Evidently this water causes vision refraction due to their complex eyes;

HowStuffWorks "Can a bag of water keep flies away?"

Usually the zip lock is hung by tacks thru the area above the zipper. For your RV I'd use the clothes hangers designed to hang trousers, clamping the plastic above the zipper between the tension bars. Then hang the bag by the hook on the awning arms, etc.

I've tried this. I works. I don't swear by *how* it works, it just does.

I've never put the flakes of tinfoil inside the water, or the penny. Just plain clear water in a ziplock bag.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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P.S. Once inside I'd use the sticky fly strips.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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I've heard that pennies inside a ziplock bag filled with water work well. Light reflection confusing the little buggers.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #9
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what about the zip lock baggie thing and a couple magnets .. 1 inside screen door, and the other outside on or in the ziplock bag? should hold it fairly snug.
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I was wondering if anyone has had a fly problem in their camper and how it was solved? The last 2 weekends we have been out camping and have had an excessive amount(50-60 at one time) of flies in our camper. The door is shut all the time and there is no rips in the screens either. I know that we are going to have some flies it's camping but the amount is unbearable! Any ideas would be helpful.
Gun them down with Bug A Salt... A little salt won't hurt nothing and it drops them right in their tracks. Kinda fun to. Doesn't work so well on wasps, tho; it just pisses them off. Don't ask me how I know.

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Old 09-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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Gun them down with Bug A Salt... A little salt won't hurt nothing and it drops them right in their tracks. Kinda fun to. Doesn't work so well on wasps, tho; it just pisses them off. Don't ask me how I know.

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Did they forget to tell you that for wasps. you need wd40?
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:00 PM   #12
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It maybe possible that you have a small dead animal in the trailer or in the under belly. Sometimes it will attract the fries and not smell.
I was thinking that to but how do I go about findng it? The underbelly of my HTT is has a corrugated plastic covering the bottom and spray in foam insulation under it.
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sounds to me like they are laying eggs somewhere inside or close outside. is this only happening at one site or where ever u go? If the fly prob is "following" you you have a prob inside ur rv. keep ur trash covered and away from the rv also. hope this helps.
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The flies in NoDak are as big as birds and bite like an animal
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:32 AM   #15
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The flies in NoDak are as big as birds and bite like an animal
The horse flys will fly off with your kids to.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #16
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The horse flys will fly off with your kids to.

Hopefully they don't try to "sling load" your camper

We'll be up in Grand Forks early next month
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:56 AM   #17
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I use to use a 12 gauge, but the park police complained about the noise. Did not do my RV much good either. So, I switched to a fly swatter. Turned it into a "search and destroy" game. Personal best is 132 kills in one day. We had a fly problem when we first got here. Turned out there were wild burrows in the area, who would leave their "calling cards" as they cruised through the campground at night. Once I cleaned up all the wild life fecal matter around our RV, 200' in all directions, the flies moved on to what they perceived to be better surroundings. Not much of problem now. Flies are attracted to human waste, dead things, garbage, and animal feces. Get rid of and/or control those four items, and flies won't have much interest in your area. They will go "bug someone else".
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The water bag sounds like an interesting idea. Fly strips work well too, especially around the food prep area.

Beyond that, if they are not coming in the door, look for other entrances.

If they are getting after you, you could try an Aussie Cork Hat:
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