This nasty picture is the view through the back window of the van (behind the blackout curtain). Isn’t that gross? What you see is clear fly paper and a lot of unfortunate bugs. I’ve also hung fly strips inside the van. Serena quickly (and painfully) learned that fly paper is NOT something to play with!
Living in a van normally means dealing with a few bugs and assorted critters that crawl or sting. But living next to a bunch of cattle means TONS of flies every day! They are aggressive and hungry and find any means of entry. Worse yet, because of the need for Serena to be able to enter and exit the van at will, a tarp covers the driver’s door window opening… thus letting in even more flies!
At a minimum, the van has to be cleaned of dead insects at least a couple of times per week but I try to maintain it daily. But after having neglected it a few days, the inside was almost uninhabitable.
Thanks to my buddy Johnnie (from Muscatine, Iowa) for a suggestion that actually works to repel the flies. All you need is a 50/50 mixture of Pine-Sol and water. I scrubbed the floors and walls of the van thoroughly. The flies left and the Express van smelled heavenly!
To let the flies know they are NOT welcome, I now keep a large soda pop cup with about 8 ounces of the pine cleaning solution in it. This keeps the vehicle’s interior smelling fresh and drives the flies away. No fly strips are needed.
Today was the true test. It’s about to rain and after returning home from work, the flies and gnats were ferocious; they attacked the moment the car door was opened. Thankfully, there were only a very few flies inside the van – as opposed to the normal couple dozen or more. It looks like that problem is solved!
By the time I get all this farm vandwelling figured out, it will be time to move again… and that day is coming quickly. There was a development today and it looks like the future is coming into focus. In August my beloved tomcat, Jesse James, will be coming home from Minnesota; Jesse, Serena and I will be at our new home base in “trout country”.
Stay tuned! Take care and thanks for visiting today!
Bradford and Serena, Vandwelling in Eastern Iowa
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