RV Bugs And Insects – How To Get Rid Of Them For Good

RV bugs and insects can turn an enjoyable RV outing into something completely different very quickly.

Of course, when you think about it, we often bring our RVs into their domain. After all, camping in nature is something RVers love to do. And that is their home.

But there are ways to keep your RV essentially free of bugs and insects. We are talking about pests like spiders, roaches, fleas, mosquitoes and others.

Keeping them out of your RV is what this article is all about. So lets start with how to prevent their access to your rig in the first place.

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RV Bugs And Insects – What You Need To Do

To really be able to take steps to prevent having pests in your RV, you need to know what they want.

Simply put, they are looking for water, food and shelter. Pretty much like we do in our own daily lives.

So you need to think of ways to deny them access to what they are searching for. And try to make your rig as inhospitable to them as possible.

By doing that you can keep them from ever setting up shop in your RV in the first place.

Prevention Measures To Take

Here are the top recommended measures you can take to prevent pests from making a home in your RV:

  • Keep your RV and campsite clean – this is one of the most important steps to take. Leave no food sitting out anywhere inside or outside the RV. Don’t leave dirty dishes or standing water in the sink. And wipe down all kitchen counters and tables often.
  • Store all the foods that you can in sealed plastic containers. Don’t leave them in boxes. Pests can still get into a box. But sealed plastic containers makes your dry foods unattainable for bugs and insects.
  • Don’t leave your RV door open for long when entering and exiting the RV. If you want to open the door for ventilation make sure that you use a screen door to prevent access for pests. The same goes for RV windows. Use screens that will keep the bugs out.
  • Make a concerted effort to seal up all holes and gaps you can find where pests can get in. This will probably include hunting around underneath the RV for possible entry spots. Gaps can often be found especially where things like electric cords and water pipes are installed. Remember that only a few small gaps can be all that most pests need to get inside. So use things like gap filler sealant to eliminate those gaps and holes.
  • Use natural scents and smells to repel pests. There are plenty of solutions that RVers have found to be effective. These include citrus juice and water sprays, eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil on cotton balls, and dryer sheets. Using more than one of these home remedies is most effective. And you will need to reapply them from time to time as well.
  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around anything that touches the ground outside your RV. This material is deadly to the exoskeletons of many insects. So use it liberally and often. And reapply it, especially after a rain.
How to get rid of RV bugs and insects

What To Do If you Have An Infestation

But what can you do if RV bugs and insects are already infested in your RV?

Well, in that case you will need to bring out the big guns to eradicate them. And don’t go timid here or waste time addressing the problem.

Allowing an infestation to go on for a while can cause permanent damage to some areas of your RV.

So here are a couple of very effective actions to take right away:

  • Insect foggers are very effective. So use the recommended amount for your size RV. Just be sure to use them safely and according to the directions found on the fogger label. And never allow any person or pet inside the RV while the fogger is being used.
  • Spraying a good insecticide along all the bottoms of every wall is also effective to get rid of pests. And don’t forget the inside of closets and under counters. Again, there is a need to be safe in the application of this kind of product. Always follow the application directions found on the product label. But if you feel uneasy about applying an insecticide, you may want to hire a professional exterminator to do it for you. This is the safest option to take.

Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are kind of in a class of their own when it comes to RV pests. Most often they are a problem to contend with outdoors, not inside the RV.

This is especially true in the summertime when you want to sit outside in the evenings. They can turn a relaxing and pleasant experience into an irritating nightmare quickly.

So here are some of the methods for dealing with mosquitoes that have been found to be effective:

  • Citronella candles – if pure citronella is used in the candle wax, these can be very effective to repel mosquitoes. But you may need several of them depending on the area you need to cover.
  • Thermocell patio shields – these are also known to be very effective as a mosquito repellent. Usually only a couple will cover a fairly large area too.
  • A bug zapper – quite a few RVers carry bug zappers with them to lure pesky flying insects away and kill them.
  • Spray repellents like Repel and Off Deep Woods are also effective to keep the little monsters away. Just be sure to follow the label directions to use them safely.
  • An enclosed screen room – this is one of the most effective measures for handling mosquito infested areas. There are easy-up screen rooms that are available online that can effectively fence them out. And they fold down to a very small size for storage and travel too.

RV Bugs And Insects Conclusions

Clearly, there are lots of pests that can make your RV adventures less enjoyable.

But there are also lots of solutions that many RV travelers and campers have found to be effective.

It will take some planning ahead to have everything you need on hand. But most of the pest repellent products listed above do not take up much precious RV storage space.

If you have found pest removal solutions other than what is mentioned in this article, please comment below. If you share your experience, it can benefit others and contribute to their RVing enjoyment too.

As always, have safe and happy travels my friends …..

Our Louisiana Fairview-Riverside State Park Review

The Fairview-Riverside State Park is located at 119 Fairview Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana.

So what can we tell you about this adorable state park? Well, we have visited this state park twice already and it is definitely on our list to visit again.

There are 82 RV sites and 20 tent sites in the park. And it is very accessible from well traveled roads in the area.

The Interstate that is the closest is I-12. From there, by taking Route 190 and Route 22 you can easily access this park.

Fairview-Riverside State Park Features

This nicely manicured, cypress tree lined park sits right on the Tchefuncte River. And it has a nice little boardwalk that allows you to walk right along the riverbank.

Fairview-Riverside State Park boardwalk

Along the boardwalk you can enjoy the beautiful breeze, gorgeous sunsets and the ability to fish as well. And a small cleaning station is available for cleaning the fish you catch too.

The boardwalk also continues through a nice little Louisiana bayou section that certainly
gives you the flavor of the state you are visiting. And if you have a boat, you can launch from this park too.

This park also contains the Otis House Museum which during non-Covid times can be toured. It’s a step back in time that is both fun and educational.

We went on a self-guided exterior tour of the exterior buildings and found it very interesting. It was a beautiful walk and we learned more about the history of the area.

Camping At This Park

There are two sections to the Fairview-Riverside State Park and both contain 50 amp and 30 amp service. There are also water connections at every site, but no sewer connections And that is very typical of state parks.

However, there is a dump station in the park where you can take care of emptying your gray and black tanks.

The campsites are fairly level and the drainage is pretty good. And many of the sites have trees, but they are located where they would not be in the way.

Fairview-Riverside State Park campsites

We were there not too long after the last hurricane that went through and all of the sites were usable.

They had done a wonderful job of clearing off fallen branches and making the park very easy to negotiate. In fact, we would say that moving around the park roads is very easy even if you have a big rig.

There are not a lot of amenities at the park though. This is again typical of state parks. But the bath houses and laundry rooms are very clean and updated. We have used them both and found them to be very nice and private.

During our stay we definitely enjoyed the southern hospitality of the rangers that were there too.

The nightly camping fee was very reasonable and we even got a better deal than expected during our stay. When we arrived, they made sure they told us about it so we could take advantage of the special rates. Thanks guys!

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They also made sure we knew there was wifi available in the park. But we did not have to use it.

This is because our AT&T hotspot and T-Mobile phone service were more than adequate. And this was no doubt because we were not far away from some larger towns and a small city.

The Local Area Around The State Park

Speaking of places to provision, there are three towns within a very short drive of the park. Madisonville, Mandeville, and Covington, all have grocery stores.

But there is also a Walmart, Home Depot, and even a Whole Foods and a Total Wine nearby too.

There are the typical fast food places for a quick bite to eat. But we also found little
local restaurants that offer a variety of food options. So there is more than enough places for food to please just about everyone.

We enjoyed just staying put in the Fairview-Riverside State Park. But there are other wildlife refuges and state parks around that offer other activities that could be enjoyed as well.

Our Conclusion

We have truly enjoyed our stay at Fairview-Riverside State Park both times we have been here. And if we are in the area again, we will look forward to camping here once more.

I suppose the only thing we missed during our stay in the park is sewer hookups. But once again, most state parks don’t have that anyway.

So given the fact that it is a state park, we would definitely give it a five star rating overall.

Medina Lake RV Campground – Should You Stay There?

Medina Lake RV Campground is located on 215 Spettle Road in Lakehills, TX.

This Thousand Trails campground is nestled down by the edge of Medina Lake. And it’s a park that gave us mixed emotions about how we feel about it.

First of all, it has a woodsy vibe and the surrounding area is beautiful. We enjoyed not only the trees and lake, but also the number of deer that wander through the park.

In fact, we encountered several dozen deer during our stay and they definitely engage with you. It gives you such a feeling of calm and serenity.

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Our Medina Lake RV Campground Impressions

That being said, the park itself could definitely use some improvements. They seem to be making some … but they have a long way to go.

Medina Lake RV Campground map
Medina Lake RV Campground map

For instance, many of the roads inside the park have very large ruts and holes in them. And you have to be very careful while navigating them to ensure the safety of your RV.

And that is especially true for big rigs. We had to be extra careful while finding a spot to hitch and unhitch our tow vehicle.

We also observed that many of the sites are not kept up hardly at all and are pretty much unusable.

The sites that are in decent shape mostly offer only 30 amp service. There are some 50 amp sites scattered through the park though.

In fact, we were very glad to be able to secure our 50 amp site with full hookups. But just be aware that not all sites in the park give you that option.

And if you get a site with 50 amp service, you also need to know that there is a $3 upcharge per night for it.

As far as the appearance of the park is concerned, all of the amenities are older. But they do have a large and fairly nice pool.

And the bath houses are in the process of being updated some, so that is good. The laundry room is definitely older and could use some updating, but the appliances were clean and reasonably priced.

Internet Connectivity At The Campground

Because the park is located away from most sizeable towns, we found that our internet connection was a little difficult. It was not apparent that they even offer campground wifi.

And even getting solid internet service with our AT&T hotspot and our T-Mobile phone plan was spotty. So we had to resort to using our cellular booster to get a reliable internet signal.

It’s not often that we find we need to use our cellular booster at most RV campgrounds. But it was a requirement for us in Medina Lake RV Campground.

After switching the cell booster on, everything worked fine and we were able to stay connected from then on.

Our Conclusion About The Park

The campground staff was very pleasant and accommodating throughout our stay though. And overall, we truly enjoyed our time there. Especially with the resident deer population.

We feel that just seeing the lake, the sunsets on it and the beautiful deer was the highlight of our stay.

It was quiet, relaxing, and very peaceful. And yes, we would return again in the future.

Of course, we know the park’s pros and cons now and so would know better how to work with them.

To be fair to all aspects of this park then, we would give it a 3 star rating.

We hope this review has been helpful for you if you have been considering a stay at Medina Lake RV Campground.