Tips for checking your RV, camper or trailer for invasive pests
Invasive pests can travel when you do. Moving insect pests to new areas allows them to spread and infest new areas. This can destroy forests, crops and gardens and cause serious damage to Canada's environment and economy. Don't let these sneaky invaders hitch a ride with you!
A simple inspection before driving is your ticket to enjoy worry-free travels that help protect Canada's forests, agriculture and the environment.
Before you hit the road, inspect your RV, camper or trailer
Pests love to hide and lay eggs in hard-to-reach spots. Check the following areas for soil, plant debris and any signs of insect pests, including egg masses:
- Wheel wells
- Door handles
- Windshield wipers
- Battery boxes and power cords
- Roof racks
- Bike racks
- Folding camp furniture
Remember not to move firewood with you – buy local, burn local.
What to do if you find something
- Familiarize yourself with invasive pests, particularly:
- If you spot something you don't recognize, take a picture and report it to the CFIA
- Scrape off egg masses, or manually remove larvae or adults by soaking in soapy water or alcohol
- Most importantly, don't leave until the pests have been removed and destroyed
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