Camping during the summer is glorious, except for one thing… flies. These tiny, flying pests are more than annoying, they can spread disease. Let’s explore what non-toxic options an RVer has to control pesky flies.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
First of all, make sure your window screens and screen door are in good repair and kept closed. Keeping as many as you can out in the first place is the first step.
However, flies will inevitably get in. Simply going in and out of your rig allows flies to invade your rig. But, keeping your screens closed is the first line of defense against this nuisance.
Also, do not leave bags of garbage or dog poop around your rig; take it to the dumpster right away, or secure it in a closed container. Also, clean up your grill and picnic table, and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. The slightest smell of food will attract flies.
Hanging rolls of old-fashioned fly paper can be helpful, but won’t get rid of the nuisance right away. If you are in an area with a heavy infestation of flies, they can get in faster than the flypaper can catch them. But, it’s definitely worth a try.
If you go with flypaper, hang the strips over the places where flies like to go, such as over the dinette and in the bathroom. But be aware, this stuff is extremely sticky and RV’s have low ceilings. You’ll want to place it so that you won’t accidentally walk into it and get your hair stuck.
Also, you’ll need to either throw it away when you move or make sure it won’t fall down or stick to anything as you drive. As you drive, it’s going to swing back and forth, potentially sticking to the walls or your shades.
Just add water, and disposable, outdoor fly traps work wonders. If you have an infestation indoors, you can place it for a day in the shower. However, these things stink, so you’ll want to move it outside ASAP.
Flies adore the smell of death emanating from these traps, and you can catch literally hundreds per day. Hang it somewhere close by, but far enough away to avoid the smell.
These traps can be found at hardware stores along the way, but they can be priced between $5-8 each. That means you probably won’t want to throw it away if you plan to stay for a short time. But, this type of flytrap is incredibly effective.
Every RV needs a good old-fashioned fly swatter onboard. Hang it up in a place where you can grab it when you need it.
The best technique is to sneak up on a fly slowly, hover the swatter for a moment over the fly, then with a quick flick of the wrist, swat it. Moving too fast at the start will scare it away. You want to pause for a moment to give the fly time to think it’s normal.
Pro tip: Flies will fall asleep at night, usually on the ceiling. If you get up early, arm yourself with the swatter, turn on a single light, and swat as many sleeping flies as you can. If you typically stay up late, don’t turn on the lights at dusk. Instead, let it get dark, and let the flies settle down for the night. Then, turn on a single light and swat the pests.
Battery Powered Electronic Zappers
You can go high-tech with an indoor, rechargeable 12v electronic bug zapper. These devices emanate ultraviolet light to attract flies, mosquitoes, and gnats, then zaps then with a jolt of high voltage.
If you’re up for a little sport, you can also get rechargeable electric fly swatters. These devices also light up with ultraviolet light and give the pests a high voltage zap.
The RV life brings you closer to nature and that includes wildlife you’d prefer not to meet. However, with a little preparation, you can keep pesky flies at bay.