Travel Tips: How to Avoid Pests on the Move

It’s one thing to invest in pest control around the home, but what about when you’re on the move? If you’re about to take off on your yearly road trip or caravanning adventure, how can you keep your ‘home’ pest-free?

Spiders, mosquitoes, flies, bees, birds and ants… they love to holiday with you. Let’s go through some pest control tips when you’re travelling.

Common pests to watch out for.

Chances are, you’ll set out on your caravan holiday in summer. Make sure you bring your fly swatter and bug spray. Before you leave, check your caravan for bed bugs. It could have been years since your caravan has been used, so give the sleeping area a good check and clean.

You’ll probably encounter mosquitoes and flies the most on your journey. It’s to be expected on long drives in the desert along some of Australia’s hottest roads. Cockroaches, spiders, bedbugs, snails, rodents, wasps, and lizards are also common for caravanners, especially at campsites.

If you like eating outside every night next to your caravan, invest in good bug repellent. Mosquitoes thrive in warm climates. Ask your doctor about any injections before you travel – particularly if you’re travelling to areas with waterfalls, lakes, and rainforests.

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If you plan to hike and explore these subtropical areas, you might accidentally carry insects and bugs into your caravan from your shoes or clothes. It’s important to educate yourself on the risks in the areas you’re travelling to.

Pack smart and give thought to the clothes you’re bringing. Don’t forget a light long-sleeve top to cover your arms at night and closed shoes for when you’re walking. Keep the area around your caravan clean, too. Just like at home, don’t leave rubbish out that’ll attract pests. Throw away uneaten food, put rubbish in bins, and wipe down cooking areas adequately. Invest in quality cleaning products for your caravan.

Turn your caravan into a pest-deterring sanctuary with things like citronella and lemongrass scents. You can even spray these natural products over all surfaces once they’re cleaned to make it uninviting for pests.

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Avoid going outside or exploring at certain times of the day. For example, mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk.

So, keep your caravan clean, use insect repellent and natural scents, and if mozzies are a big problem, bring fine meshes for your caravan vents.

Don’t let pests bug you on holiday.

Are you planning a holiday? Checked the caravan and noticed pests? Call us. Already on the move but spotted some creepy crawlies in your tiny house? We’ll get rid of them for you. When you’re travelling through different towns, regions and (often) climates, it’s usual to encounter different types of pests. And especially for caravaners, you’re out on the open road in the harsh Australian sun. Hello flies. And spiders!

We’ll keep your home on wheels pest-free.

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Ian Bright