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Posted by Patrick on 11:01:54 7/19/2010 from 204.98.2.180:

John, I live in Denver Co. I have what may be a fairly common problem but have seen very little posted on the subject. My problem is with my 23' travel trailer. We travel yearly to Illinois to see my father. The campground we stay at is always loaded with hords of ants and many other insects, which is normal for this part of Illinois (south central). It takes only about an hour or two and they begin invading the inside of our camper. Last year was the worst ever as when we were out for a couple of hours and returned we found a steady line of black ants and 3-4 flying ants comming in near the stove vent, moving along one wall inside toward the rear (not really around any food items other than a small amount of grease that might be around the hood vent). The outside of the camper had 50 to 100 ants crawling on it. My wife and daughter freeked out and started killing ants inside left and right untill there were no more to kill. That seemed to take care of the problem as they did not return in such numbers for the rest of the trip. What did appear though were small piles of sawdust and wood shavings at the seem between one wall and the floor near the rear of the camper where they seem to be headed. We cleaned it up but it kept comming back. Also in that area we often saw what we thought were regular black ants which my daughter would kill. (about 5-20 per night)When we returned home we thouroughly cleaned the camper and got rid of all food inside. I winterized the camper by pumping antifreeze in the water lines and drained all water from the camper. I rechecked the camper about 3-4 months later and no piles of wood shavings. The camper has no leaks and other than a little antifreeze in the drains it is completely dry. Yesterday I visited the camper as we may soon be taking it back to Illinois. The small piles of sawdust in the same locations have returned and I found 2-3 black ants in the trailer, but not near the piles of sawdust. I am worried that I may have a number of carpenter ants in between the floor layers of the trailer. I have seen no flying ants in the trailer since our return, only smaller black ants. There is really no way to inspect the layered construction of the floor. My questions are: Do regular black ants also leave piles of wood and foam insulation shavings? What action, if any, should I take, and what should I do to help prevent the insect problem once I return to the campground?



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