Posted by John Fasoldt on 13:27:13 7/19/2010 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants? posted by Patrick on 11:01:54 7/19/2010 from 18.104.22.168:
I sometimes have the very same problems in my RV.
Yes, most any kind of ant will nest in that insulation or in your camper. As far as treatment to camping spaces is concerned, pick up one of the pyroids (pyrethrum substitutes) at home depot or your local garden shop, you want a product you MIX, not that "Home Defense" crap that Home Depot advertises. If you don't have to mix it, you don't want it. Look for "ants" on the label. Use that OUTSIDE, when you have set up, or when you know where you're going to set up. Use that at home, where it's parked too.
Inside, get an exterminator to use Phantom. It's a non-repellent spray, and your exterminator should be familiar with the use of Phantom - sometimes it's tricky stuff to use. If you mix it too strong, it doesn't work as well. Do it in the spring, before you head out, and do it in the fall, when you stop. That's the way I do it. Even then, sometimes I notice them trailing into my camper. I don't worry too much about it, they are generally a nuisance rather than being destructive.
Using baits is also tricky - what worked before, doesn't work anymore. I can have 15 different baits in my truck and sometimes NONE of them work... Phantom, applied properly, always works.
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