On the Road Again – As RV Travel Skyrockets, Pest Infestations in Them May Too, According to Leading Pest Control Expert

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Kari Warberg Block, pest control expert and CEO/Founder of EarthKind®, relays key ways to pest-proof RVs naturally to keep them safe and clean during summer trips.

Pest-Proof Your RV with EarthKind

Campers and RVs are prone to pest problems, especially in the summer, the height of pest season. Though no place is immune to pests, being closer to nature makes RVs much more susceptible to infestations, so it’s important for new RV customers to understand what to anticipate.

Summer RV travel is surging as consumers nationwide swap traditional travel plans for this safer vacation alternative amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Spiking with new customers entering the market, the RV Industry Association reports that 46 million Americans now plan to take an RV trip within the next 12 months, with key players like RV maker Marathon Coach predicting a 30% increase in sales compared to last year.

While RVs are a promising antidote for cabin-fever, Kari Warberg Block, pest control expert and CEO/Founder of plant-based pest prevention brand EarthKind®, explains there’s one added safety measure travelers should be cautious of – pests.

“Campers and RVs are prone to pest problems, especially in the summer, the height of pest season. Though no place is immune to pests, being closer to nature makes RVs much more susceptible to infestations, so it’s important for new RV customers to understand what to anticipate.”

While ticks, mosquitoes, ants, rodents and spiders are to be expected, people traveling cross-country may encounter different types and species of these pests than they’re used to. With pest populations booming, identifying safety and health risks, how species affects what lures them in, and where in the RV they’ll infest is key to prevention.

“A great example of this are different ant species. Odorous ants are drawn to sugary substances, and will often be found in the kitchen, whereas Carpenter ants, found in the eastern US, are wood damaging insects and will head towards floorboards and cabinets of RVs,” she explains. “Termites, a real threat to RVs, will differ too. Subterranean termites will build shelter behind sheetrock and insulation in the RV, whereas Drywood termites will appear in wooden furnishing in your RV. Oriental Cockroaches will come through drains seeking moisture, whereas German Cockroaches will come through wall cracks, searching for food,” she informs. “Of course, always beware of ticks. Blacklegged ticks, known for spreading Lyme Disease, are typically found in Northeast regions of the US, whereas Rocky Mountain Wood ticks are typically sequestered to Northwest regions and are known for spreading diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

The one pest that will be ubiquitous? Rodents. “Even though it’s summer, rodents don’t exactly just pick up and leave. They’re a big threat to RVs, and love to gnaw through furniture, wood and wiring, which can result in costly damage” she adds.

Before you hit the road, Warberg Block recommends pest-proofing your RV naturally, without hazardous poisons and chemicals, to make your home away from home as comfortable and safe as possible by:

  • Looking closely to identify tiny cracks in the walls, windows, doors and around plumbing and electrical wires. Seal them with caulk or weather-strip so pests (especially mice) can’t get in.
  • Fixing any leaks. A leaky faucet or water seeping indoors will encourage critters like spiders, ants, and cockroaches to come in and stay awhile.    
  • Transferring dry foods into airtight glass, metal or plastic containers to protect them from mice, weevils, moths and small beetles.
  • Covering or closing drains after use. This prevents the risk of drain flies, silverfish, cockroaches, and water bugs from coming up the pipes.
  • Leaving out lemon, lime and orange peels in the kitchen. Citrus peels are toxic to the fungi that ants feed on, and act as a natural repellent.
  • Spraying the insides of drawers with a vinegar-based cleaner, then wash them with a warm soap solution.
  • Sprinkling chalk or talcum powder around the tires and landing gear to repel ants, they won’t cross the line.
  • Replacing traps and poisons with plant-based repellents. EarthKind’s Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent and EarthKind’s Stay Away® Rodents, Spiders, Ants, and Moth pouches are plant-based and safe for use around children and pets when used as directed
  • Always using a CDC-recommended repellent that’s effective for both mosquitoes and ticks. EarthKind’s Stay Away® Mosquitoes repellent comes in a travel-size spray, is skin-friendly, unscented and protects against mosquitos, ticks, black flies, gnats and chiggers.

“For the immediate future, the RV travel trend is here to stay. So, as we navigate how to travel during this new normal and continue to rent and purchase RVs, it’s also important to consider natural ways to prevent costly pest damage and health concerns that may ruin the adventure. With continued awareness, education and effective natural solutions, EarthKind® wants to help make sure pests don’t hitch a ride on your road trip, too! Wishing everyone fun, safety and pest-free travels.”

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About EarthKind®
Founded by leading pest prevention expert Kari Warberg Block, EarthKind® is a pioneer in natural prevention for families and households everywhere. EarthKind® is a pest prevention brand that manufactures naturally powerful and effective pest solutions that keep pests away, without killing or poisoning them. EarthKind® products are primarily sourced from American farms and designed by inventive artists, scientists and engineers who care about the earth. EarthKind® products are made in the USA and the company provides handicapped individuals with meaningful employment. Kari was awarded the 2019 GMDC Retail Champions of Change award for her role as an inspirational industry retail leader, and was named to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman Class of 2012, 2013 ND SBA Small Business Person of the Year and National Second Runner Up. Her latest product line, Stay Away® was the winner of the 2015 NEXTY People's Choice Award for Best New Product of the Year.

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