How to Get Rid of Ants in Camper

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Camper: A Complete Guide

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Ismael Girard
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Are you tired of ants turning your camper into their playground? To get rid of ants in your RV, you have to identify how they're entering your home. Common entry points include windows, door seals, and external hook-ups like power cords and hoses. Seal those gaps and employ a combination of natural and chemical methods like water and vinegar, and liquid ant baits.

This guide will dive into the essentials to understand, combat, and prevent ant infestations in your RV.

Ready to transform your mobile home back into the serene retreat it should be? Let's dive into these strategies and make sure your next camping trip is memorable for all the right reasons!

How Do Ants Get Into an RV?

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Ants can easily get into your camper as they're good at locating tiny gaps and cracks, and because their size allows them to exploit the tiniest breaches on your vehicle's exterior, including the tires, windows, power cords, or water hoses.

How to Eliminate Ants in RVs?

After understanding these little insects and their sneaky tactics, it's time to strike back using natural remedies and chemical methods.

Natural Ant Repellents

With natural remedies, you're choosing an easy, non-toxic route safe for humans, dogs, and cats. DIY solutions include:

  1. Vinegar: Ants detest the smell of vinegar. It disturbs their pheromone trails, cutting communication lines. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and spray on recent ant activity.
  2. Cinnamon: Similarly, ants hate the smell of cinnamon. Sprinkle it around the RV's tires or any other outside entry points.
  3. Peppermint Oil: This serves as a repellent and disruptor. Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil, place them at entry points, and leave behind to ant invasions.
  4. Diatomaceous Earth and other powders: Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth along ant contact points will disrupt them. Simultaneously, baby powder and chalk work equivalently.
  5. Lemon and Orange Peels: Ants dislike citrus smells, so scatter peels around where you park your RV.
  6. Cayenne and Black pepper: Sprinkle these spices at entry points. Ants hate strong smells and will retreat.

Chemical Ant Killers

Try using store-bought ant killers when ant colonies wage war, bringing out the heavy artillery:

  1. Ant Baits: These work well as they are food mixed with insecticides. Ants taking the bait will carry the poison back to their colonies. Brands such as Terro offer liquid and solid baits.
  2. Sprays: Fast-acting, sprays eliminate visible ants but not colonies. Opt for ones like Raid or Spectracide for the job.
  3. Borax Bait: Mix powdered sugar (or honey) with borax. When ants consume this mix, borax kills them. Put this paste in small, used plastic containers along the most recent ant activity. Using bait is an extremely useful method to slowly but steadily kill ants effectively.

Whether it's spring cleaning using a simple DIY ant killer solution or relying on store-bought products, we are equipped with enough knowledge to keep our campers ant-free.

How to Prevent Ants From Getting in Your Camper?

Transforming the camper into an ant-free retreat involves several strategies so that ants never come back inside your RV. These strategies focus on sealing entry points, maintaining top cleanliness, and deploying external barriers and repellents so that ants never come back inside your RV.

Sealing Ant Entry Points

Ants, being small and adaptable, exploit almost any opening in the quest for food and shelter. Identification, followed by sealing these entry points found during inspection, proves a valuable first line of defense. Typical ant highways include:

  • Power cords: Use cord covers treated with an insecticide.
  • Tires and wheels: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around these areas may deter the tiny pests.
  • Water hoses: Especially in a storage lot, incorporate a water hose with an anti-insect cover.

Maintaining Cleanliness

A tidy environment discourages ant infestation. Cleanliness measures include:

  • Kitchen cleanliness: Keeping the kitchen clean goes a long way. Sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping surfaces with vinegar helps eliminate possible pheromone trails and food sources, making the camper less attractive.
  • Efficient storage: Ensuring food is stored in airtight containers prevents the aroma from enticing ants.
  • Pet area cleanliness: Regular cleaning of pet bowls and areas keeps ants away. Feeding pets inside plastic containers filled with water creates a moat that ants find impossible to cross.


Before you go, let's underscore our mission again: turning your RV into an ant-proof fortress. Outsmarting these pests requires consistent effort and strategic implementation of multiple tactics.

Here's what we can do to proactively defend our camper:

  1. Vigilance is key: Understand the ant's behavior and colony structure. Keep an eye out for food trails, as these lead to nests.
  2. Invest in preventive measures: Seal off entry points, apply repellents (such as peppermint oil and commercial sprays), and use natural deterrents (like citrus peels and cinnamon).
  3. Hygiene matters: Maintain cleanliness, focusing particularly on food storage. Avoid leaving spills unchecked; ants can maneuver into the smallest cracks for a sweet treat.
  4. Harness the power of nature: Deploy eco-friendly weapons like diatomaceous earth and vinegar around our beloved camper.
  5. Professional help: Last, but not least, if you've tried all strategies but ants still reign, it might be time to call a pest control specialist. These professionals possess the resources and skills needed to eliminate existing colonies and prevent future infestations.

Remember, the goal is to create an unwelcoming environment for ants, making them search elsewhere. Promptly responding to first sightings of these bugs and taking immediate action can save us headaches (and ant bites!) down the line.

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Frequently asked questions

How do ants get into an RV?

Ants can enter an RV through various entry points such as tires and wheels, power cords and hoses, windows and doorframes, and underbody and floor vents.

How can I use household items to repel ants from my camper?

Household items such as diatomaceous earth, baby powder, chalk, lemon and orange peels, and common spices like cayenne and black pepper can be used to create barriers and repel ants from entering the RV.

How can I maintain cleanliness in my camper to prevent ant infestations?

Maintain cleanliness by regularly sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping surfaces with vinegar to eliminate food residues and pheromone trails that attract ants.