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#1 OFFLINE   blackmaxx

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:43 PM

I have a 2006 Bigfoot camper (no slides) and have noticed recently that mosquitoes seem to be getting into my unit at night.  At suppertime we get rid of all bugs that manage to get in during the day so the place is clean when we go to sleep.  In the morning we ate covered in bites and the headliner has dozens of skeeters roosting on it.  How are they getting into our camper?  I can lay awake at nights looking for possible points of entry but have not discovered anything yet.

 

In addition we are not protected at all from no-see-ums which are so tiny that they just crawl through our existing screens, (on windows, fan & roof vents etc.)  I plan on replacing the screens very soon to a finer mesh but this will not solve how mosquitoes are getting in.

 

Do other owners have experience with areas on campers where the bugs have potential entry points that they have since bug-proofed?  Can they get in through the air conditioner unit on the roof, furnace, fridge, water heater???

 

Scratching my head right now.

 

And - no, I do not want to start using any chemicals inside my camper because I do not want to be breathing this stuff in.  I want to seal it up, even if it takes a lot of work.  I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

 

Thanks in advance



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

Couple ideas.  You can have a dealer tent the camper and locate any access points.  Or/also get an indoor bug zapper.  We have one that works very well. But it is AC so you need shore power.  It stays on watch while you sleep unless the occasional popping will wake you up when one of the buggers get's fried.

 

Perhaps the range hood exhaust vent external flapper is hanging open and letting them in.  Must be pretty buggy where you are if they appear each morning like you left the door open all night.

 

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 05:49 PM

We had a brand new NL on our trip in Alaska and at Kenai, we got eaten alive!  We found they were coming in at night around the crank handle on the fan- billions at least.  We duct taped it up and then just had to deal with the millions that snuck in when we opened the door.  Solution was to drive to a more inland campground.

 

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:49 AM

Keeping the windows closed and the vents running on exhaust help keep out on-see-under yet still allow airflow.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:09 PM

Thanks for the answers from all!

 

Mr. Firewood - What does "tenting the camper" mean?

 

The hood exhaust vent does not have a flapper at all - yikes.  I thought it did but I must have been thinking of our prior camper or else it just fell off.  Off to the RV dealer tomorrow for a new one.

 

I'll get the screen too and that will be my day tomorrow.

 

Again - Thanks.  I'll let you all know how things work when I get this stuff done.



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:35 AM

My camper doesn't have a gasket at the door threshold, it's more like a brush.  When we were in Maine, the mosquitos were SWARMING and a few got in overnight when we left the door open and just kept the screen door closed.  You can spray the bottom of the door with bug killer, that seemed to help.  If we're at a campsite with electric, we use the A/C and button everything up tight, but if boondocking, we can't do that.  My generator only runs MAYBE 2 hours.  No-see-ums on the other hand are pretty much impossible to avoid on some level.  They can get through most screens.  

 

Has anyone used a rechargeable bug zapper?   


Edited by Hempomatic, 13 June 2017 - 03:01 AM.


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 11:37 AM

  I've had the little biting buggers get through a head net.  Would Thermacell repellant be acceptable?  It works fairly well.  Another option would be spraying your screens with a permethrin insecticide.  When it dries, it's quite odorless but still kills any insect that touches it.  Cities use it to kill mosquitoes.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 04:35 AM

The http://Coleman SkinS...nsect Repellent works against no seeum's.

We got rid of the other repellents.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:55 AM

They would get into our citation camper through the fantastic fan until I ran a bead of white silicone around the opening on the inside.



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Posted 25 June 2017 - 01:13 PM

Update on the fan hood.  After a more thorough inspection, the fan hood does have some sort of a flapper door BUT it is just behind the aluminum screen of the vent hood over the stove (inside the duct where it is impossible to reach).  I looked at it closely and there is tons of room for even mosquitoes to get in.  There are no "flaps" that I can button down from the outside as the design simply does not have them at all on the outside.  So I will use a towel in the future and will see how that works.  It will be a bit of a nuisance for when we cook on the stove (to temporarily remove it) but if it stops bugs getting in, it is worth it.

 

Got all of the screens replaced with the finer 20/20 mesh - fingers crossed.

 

I will look into the spraying methods discussed earlier.

 

Thanks all!

 

update - installed 20/20 fine screen over the outside hole for the fan hood.  excellent fix


Edited by blackmaxx, Today, 06:28 AM.





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