Well, today is my DW's birthday. So yesterday about 1 PM I set out for home, leaving the TT set up where it is. I only saw a few stragglers yesterday morning so I cleaned up what I could see and left for home, 6 to 7 hours and 2 ferry rides away, so I could take wifey for dinner and wish her a happy bday.
Stayed home overnight, left this afternoon to come back here. I just arrived a few minutes ago, came in kinda holding my breath in anticipation aaaaaaaaaand not even one ant to be seen. Nothing in the tub, nothing on the floor that I could see. I scouted around everywhere, looked in the kitchen, light globes etc., no sign of life, ZERO!!
Like Sergeant Shultz used to say on Hogans Heroes, "I see nnnnnnnnnnothing, nothing!!"
Boy do I ever hope this is it.
Now as for pulling the bezel off the F Fan, I want to do it to vacuum out as much as I can but I have to strip my bed, remove the mattress, bathmat, towels etc., as I am sure the debris is going to flutter down all over everything including me. And I need to drop 4 light fixtures for the same purpose too. Yuk, a task I am not looking forward to but I want to make sure the fallout cleanup is easy. If I drop that stuff in my bed I won't sleep there until I totally launder everything. Ugh! Think I'll wait a few more days. I'm going to be set up here for at least another week before I go home.
Thanks for all your support and suggestions everyone!! You guys & gals are great!
2007 GMC 3500 dually ext. cab 4X4 LBZ
Duramax / Allison Fire Red
You are lucky that you were able to locate the nest. Sometimes, you treat the problem, but the source is unknown. Good luck with your clean-up. Let's hope you don't have any additional unwanted guests any time in the future.
I had a problem with mice for 2 Winters in my old 5er, until I found that Pure Pepperment oil keeps them out. Now, every Winter I take some and put it on cotton balls and put them in the basement, cupboards, and in the living quarters. No mice.
I'm chiming in here just so i can be subscribed and see how this turns out. I had ants similiar a couple years ago. Saw only a couple here and there and at the same time relized that my fantastic fan vent had a leak, so I dropped the bezel to look at something and there were piles of them in there alive and dropping all over me. They were also above a light in the rear of the rv. Resealed some areas in the roof that may have been leaking, sprayed the ant spray and haven't had them back.
I also took everything out, dropped all light fixtures and bombed the camper. Also found them in my fridge compartment on the outside. I don't recall if they were live ones or dead ones, but so many I had to vacuum them out.
I friggin hate ants too.
This was also in my pull along trailer.
I have a permenant parked camper that last week I saw a few inside the camper, so I sprayed around the base of the camper on the outside and put traps. We'll see what happens.
2005 Chateau 33-L, with Hensley
2004 Ram 2500 QC, 4wd Long bed
Bob, I just went through an ant raid over the 4th. I had set-up an ant perimeter by spraying around all tires and ground contact points, but, I did not spray something I set up against the camper. By morning, I had several trails of Pharoah ants setting-up camp inside my trailer. Well, I dusted the outside trails, and set-up another perimeter with Sevin dust, and then used Terro near the trails inside the trailer. Within two days, I had no ants showing there faces. Hopefully I got them, Then when I opened the door to my truck, a large trail of ants there too... more Terro. So far so good.
There is Terro powder or granules as well and if you park where there are ants put the Terro around the tires and where the electrical cords hits the ground and up the cord a little to stop them from coming up the cord and hopefully they will bring it back to the nest and die.
Chevy Silverado 2500HD with Duramax engine and Allison transmission
2002 Sunnybrook 34BWTS with lots of goodies
Pullrite Superglide Hitch, Prodigy brake controller
S and S Co-Travelers and along for the ride is Ketzel the wonder cat.
I have using Raid liquid bait. Its 7.7% borax....little stronger than the Terro, not sure it really makes a difference. Been fighting them in the house and seems clear after 3 days. Time to do a good exterior clean up and perimeter dusting.
The only thing missing from your story are some pictures
2004 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2012 Open Range Mesa Ridge
Well, another full day and not one single ant showed up. I may be doing the happy dance soon!
The weather has been very warm and humid, the kind of weather that ants seem to like to show their presence inside places. If there were any alive I am quite sure I would have seen them today.
It has been over 2 years that I have had the pesky little things inside my TT. I wasn't smart enough to think they had set up residence here, as I only saw a few here and there over a 2 year time frame......
Funny thing, I have been thinking 2 years. I just checked the date stamp of a picture I took of a project when I first had the invasion and it has been 3 years not two. Summer of 2009 I was set up on a site, coincidentally in the same town I am in now, when I had a huge trail of them entering via my shore power cable. The place I was at had ants everywhere and I was parked on the grass when they came in.
I am glad I finally recognized I am carrying them instead of thinking they crawled in at random in various destinations.
Well,maybe I don't have to set fire to this thing after all!
I hadn't thought of posting pictures of the ordeal. Too late now, I didn't take any.