Homes can be invaded, and through our experience, so can camping trailers. After our invasion, I researched the stink bug. While there are over five thousand species of stink bug in the world, the current villain is the brown marmorated variety ("When Twenty-six Thousand Stink Bugs Invade Your Home"). Airstream, the royalty of travel trailers, is not so royal that the stink bugs are reluctant to invade, and our sixteen-foot Basecamp we found especially vulnerable. Here's how it all went down not in a galaxy far, far away but in a state campground a little over an hour away.
|Folding bike secured, rear door screen rolled up
I'm sure we threw out at least a hundred of the stink bugs while camping, and now even two weeks later I'm still finding a few of the bugs as I clean out and refurbish the trailer for our next trip. Yesterday I winterized the water system and found another five bugs hiding beneath the seat cushions. I threw them outside and then later wondered, am I just seeding my yard for bigger crop of stink bugs for next year?
|A nice moment of the park trail
|The trail has some unique vistas for Iowa
|The ridge trail down to the mill