What's "Bugging" You? Insect
protection - keeping them outside your van.
How Do I Keep Midges Out of My Caravan?
Conventional flyscreens on caravans, motorhomes, fifth
wheelers and camper trailer tents are unlikely to keep out
smaller insects such as midges. Closing windows and doors
around dusk will reduce the likelihood of entry into the RV.
Caravan doors when closed have a small gap between the door
and the wall of the caravan which can allow access for small
insects. If not already fitted you can purchase a spline
that retains insect mesh in the groove of the door
To keep out midges you need flyscreen mesh of about 20 x 20
or 20 x 30 strands per inch. Some caravanners have made up
another flyscreen that they Velcro over the top of the
existing screen in the hope this will prevent entry of
smaller insects such as the midge.
The downside of the smaller mesh size is it inhibits the air
flow through your RV. This may not be an issue if you are
located on a powered site and choose to use the air
conditioner so all the windows and door would be closed.
Another option is to use an electrical insect
zapper. Mortein produce an odourless mozzie
zapper. It plugs into 240V AC only. There are two
types, about the size of a tennis ball. One that
has a small mat which you take from a foil pack and
slide it under the protective grill and it must sit
on the heat plate to be effective. The other type
has a liquid refill but has been designed to takes
both liquid and the mat. The manufacturer claims it
is effective up to 10 hours.
Insect Screens for Campervans/Bus Conversions/Troop Carrier
There are magnetic flexible insect screen available to fit
over weather shields and sliding windows which will enable
you to leave the window open for ventilation. Similarly
there is a magnetic insect screening curtain for the slide
There is also a product Rollaway Cassette Insect Screening
System for the sliding door of say the Fiat Torino and it is
also suitable for tailgate opening of campervans and for
some doors of bus conversions.
There are flexible magnetic screens for roof hatch on Silver