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Cleaning and spraying for sanity’s sake

April 10th, 2008

So you know that we moved up the street to save some money on rent. Not only is the place cheaper, but its also a bit more spread out and wild, which we love. But, with that wildness comes problems. Bugs. I am not too worried about most bugs. What I cannot handle is roaches. Ugh. Yuck. No way. The campground seems to have a roach problem, and it was becoming ours.
Now, I do try to be an environmentally friendly person. I don’t want to introduce chemicals into my living area or the area around my home. However, I can’t take roaches in the house!

So, earlier this week, we finally did what I would always do before moving in to somewhere new, we sprayed the joint down with Demon Dust WP. My folks say they used to get the stuff from an old family friend who was an exterminator. Thankfully, its available to the public now.

This stuff can’t be beat. I have never had a bug problem after using it. When I was a teenager, I moved into this country home in the middle of nowhere. It had bugs. An infestation. The dreaded German roach. One application of Demon Dust later and I never saw another roach. I am sure that some day I will grow an extra limb because of it. So be it. Until then, I can’t recommend it enough. I have never found anything else that works as well.

So, we emptied out all of the outside storage, pulled all of the drawers out, and vacuumed every nook and cranny that the hose would reach. Then, we went back and sprayed all of those areas. It was a much needed spring cleaning. Not that the living area was bad, but the outside storage and unseen areas were “a bit” dusty. The outside areas were dirty from use, where the unseen areas were dirty because they weren’t used. We were very pressed for time when we got the camper and were unable to do the cleaning and spraying that we had wanted.

Our new 1 gallon shopvac was well worth the $20 ($19.89 to be exact) too. It worked better than expected.

We plan on doing another deep cleaning in 6 months. Probably another spraying in a year.

Hopefully we will be on private property, though. That way, we wont have to get all of the strange looks again for having our home emptied out and stacked up on the picnic table and concrete slab.

I am curious how others handle this kind of situation. Do you spot spray, let the pets handle the pests, dowse the place in poison, or do you just live in harmony and rename your camper to Joe’s Camper?

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One Response to “Cleaning and spraying for sanity’s sake”

  1. LiveWorkDream says:

    Oh you are cracking me up! When we were in Florida, the bugs drove me INSANE. I’d never seen so many flying nasty critters in my life.

    When I first found out that RVers would spray around their rig in certain parts of the country (the south), I was appalled. Then we got to Florida, and I found cockroaches in my always spotless rig. Disgusting! It doesn’t matter how clean you are in the south, those nasty bugs will find a way in. We often swatted them at dinner time, while dining inside!

    In complete hypocritical fashion, I went out and bought an arsenal of bug killers. They seemed to work OK.

    Once we left the south east, bugs became a non-issue. I believe you’ll find that’s the case when you get out of there too.

    Best bug/ant control product I found, with minimal environmental effects, was pouring diatomaceous earth (not sure about the spelling) around our tires, along with Amdro.

    Good luck!

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