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Old 09-12-2014, 09:04 PM   #1
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How are these bugs getting in my camper?

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

I'm having a problem with small bugs getting in the camper once it's dark out, and I have lights on inside. These are small moths, very small flies and fruit flies, among other small flying creatures. How are they getting in? I have been continually sealing up the camper, any small area that may be exposed to the outside. I've looked at windows, screens, door edges, back of the stove hood that flows outside...I just don't know how else they could be getting in. Some are small enough to get through the screens and there's nothing that can be done there. But the moths and flies and other flying things, i have no idea how they are getting in as they cannot fit through the screen.

Does anyone have any ideas about where I might have missed sealing up? It's really frustrating that by the time I am ready for bed it looks like I'm sleeping outside Then I have to either vacuum them up or get them with a tissue

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Have you checked where your electric cord comes in to the camper? When we camp, we spray flying insect killer on our electric cord and in the area where it goes into the camper. Keeps down the creepy-crawlies!
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Another place I just thought of might be that door or hatch where your utility stuff is under the trailer. Some times I tend to leave mine open during a stay or when I forget to close it. I just wonder how many bug might find their way in through there and on into the cabin of the trailer.

You could hang a sign outside stating "No Bugs Allowed" but not all bugs read those things
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Have you checked where your electric cord comes in to the camper? When we camp, we spray flying insect killer on our electric cord and in the area where it goes into the camper. Keeps down the creepy-crawlies!

Thanks for your reply...I have taped over that leftover from the winter, so I don't think too much is getting in there. Even still, these are mostly bugs that are attracted to the light, and the electric cord hole is under my bed/in a storage area. so it's dark down there.
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Just because they are attracted to light don't dismiss them coming in from underneath or any hole. Little moths settle into grass, etc. I was amazed at how many flew up the last time I mowed my lawn, which was as it was getting dark.

Remember to check around the hot water heater exterior door and any plumbing and electrical coming into the coach from there. I have notice in my '83 T-1550 gaps around such items.

I also found old nut shells in the wheel well area under the refrigerator (inside coach) when I worked on my toilet valve replacement last year. I had removed the panel behind the toilet and there was the nut shells. If chipmunk or mice are getting in, bugs can wall in standing up.

Remove all panels and look into the areas as well as looking at all vents, appliance vent doors, plumbing and electrical penetrations, etc.
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Maybe even that big vent opening behind the fridge.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:55 PM   #7
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Maybe even that big vent opening behind the fridge.
Exactly. I think that is where the little "nut crackers" may have gotten in in my unit.
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My neighbor is having bug problems (like little nats). She finally figured out that they came in with a bag of potatoes.
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I also found old nut shells in the wheel well area under the refrigerator (inside coach) when I worked on my toilet valve replacement last year. I had removed the panel behind the toilet and there was the nut shells. If chipmunk or mice are getting in, bugs can wall in standing up.

Remove all panels and look into the areas as well as looking at all vents, appliance vent doors, plumbing and electrical penetrations, etc.
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Remove all panels and look into the areas as well as looking at all vents, appliance vent doors, plumbing and electrical penetrations, etc.
Do you mean the inside walls when you refer to panels? Or the outside aluminum panels? THat would be a huge job that i am not skilled to do on my own! i have checked all the areas that have been mentioned: places where hoses and electrical are coming in, around water heater, behind the fridge, the storage mini door. there are definitely more ways i can seal around behind the fridge so maybe i'll work on that. it really drives me nuts. there has even been day flies, which are pretty large, that have made their way around. I also screened around the roof vents (there were bees and wasps coming all the way inside through the faucet pipes. all the sudden there would be a gigantic buzzer inside waking me up in the am.
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noralee,

When I say panel, I'm referring to the access panels that allow you to have access to plumbing, etc. These are just panels that Sunline used the square socket head screws to hold in place. These panels (flat door like covers) are on the inside of your trailer.

Your access panels are going to be in different places than mine. I forgot you have a T-1350 and not the T-1550 I have.

As I believe itwas Gene said though is you may need to put screen on the inside of the refrigerator vent (outside of trailer) as the louvers/vents are rather large.
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Another common place is that little space around the vent crank handle. The plastic piece in the screen often has a lot of space where the crank handle passes through.

When all else fails, this "tool" is quite effective at getting all but the smallest of those little critters. We keep one in the house and one in the camper.

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Something else I thought of is that there are two kinds of window screening material. One is mosquito screen and the other is no-see-um screen. the latter having smaller hole size.

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noralee,

When I say panel, I'm referring to the access panels that allow you to have access to plumbing, etc. These are just panels that Sunline used the square socket head screws to hold in place. These panels (flat door like covers) are on the inside of your trailer.

Your access panels are going to be in different places than mine. I forgot you have a T-1350 and not the T-1550 I have.

As I believe itwas Gene said though is you may need to put screen on the inside of the refrigerator vent (outside of trailer) as the louvers/vents are rather large.
Yes, thank you. I don't really have panels like that inside that I can think of. I do need to screen the back of the fridge.

Thanks bunjin for the screen options. I didn't know about that. At least for the next couple nights I don't have to worry about any bugs...due to a cold spell, the low is 42.
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Noralee - just a thought where do you store your sewer hose????
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Noralee - just a thought where do you store your sewer hose????
I have a permanent setup right now so i don't use the hose...but it is outside in the rear bumper.
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i did some patching and the bugs have reduced significantly. hooray for good news it's such a relief.
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