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Old 10-03-2010, 02:19   #16
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Get one of these!

Time to get a pet? A couple of these crawling around in the bilge would do the trick. Just keep them away from the dog once the roaches are gone



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Old 10-03-2010, 04:25   #17
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Boric acid in a "puffer" bottle. We live in Houston and it is THE roach capital of the world. We use some stuff called Bengal Roach Powder. You clip the end off the bottle nozzle and sqeeze the bottle while pointing it where ever you want the dust to go. Works amazingly well. Once wet it will need doing again. I can't believe you have roaches in Canada now. I never ever saw a roach before I moved to the states
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:13   #18
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I got an infestation couple years ago. They ate my Panama hat, books, upholstery and anything else edible. I got some 'Raid Fumigator' bombs at Kmart, the kind that give off gas not a fine spray, the mist type will harm your varnish. Anyway I did it two times with three bombs each time (they come in pkg of three each in the box). I vacumned them up after each event. Ninety percent of the bugs died the first round. Good stuff.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:51   #19
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...Do roaches infest RVs? Maybe it's time to look at another mode of travel, lol....
Oh yes. Hired a car in Malaysia and for the first couple of days no problem. Came out of a restaurant late one night and inside the whole car was alive and moving. Seems they lived under the seats and carpets during the day

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Canuck, they also will eat each other for a while once all the food is gone. This take patience.

Re: Boric acid. Hardware stores sell boric acid tablets for killing roaches. You just set them out, no mixing necessary. Combine the tablets with the motels.

As everyone said: Remove/seal all possible food and paper products.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:26   #21
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People! Thank you so very much. I knew this forum's accumulated wisdom would provide the solution to my problem, and it has, along with much entertainment.
I'll add one other solution, for ants, which I once had - ACE Hardware has a spray insecticide that is very effective. Spray across the ant trails, esp. in the nooks, crannies and corners. Makes short work of them. I keep a can of it handy, but am leery of using it with the pup on board.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:28   #22
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fyi, no roaches that I'm aware of in Canada, (outside of a couple of the political parties!) - I'm in FL, heading for Cuba next week to cruise the south coast there.
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Dear Canucksailor,

One of the downsides of living in Latin America is that cockroaches are ubiquitous. Subsequently there are many methodologies and providers of services. Powder solutions can help but in my experience rarely do they completely eradicate. Even although I am extremely careful, I had a problem on my boat last year (a friend left somethings in an old cardboard box). Anyway down here there are many specialist fumigation companies and next day they were there cleaned and fumigated, closed the boat for a few days.... and they were gone. Here they give a certificate and a six month guarantee.

As others have stated above there are other methods, but this is the nuke system here and I would suggest that in the long run worth the extra expense.

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I mix the boric acid in peanutbutter. Place the peanutbutter cocktail in ziplocks. Then place the ziplocks on stringers, and in corners. They seem to run along edges of walls. That is why on stringers, and corners the ziplocks are placed. Then a few roach motels also strategically placed. Solved my problem, and I keep ziplocks strategically replaced at all times.......i2f
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We have been living aboard now at a Marina for two years and when we first moved aboard and moved the boat to the marina we go big roaches, politely called Palmetto bugs in Florida. We talked to some neighbors and they gave us an old bahamian recipe that works. almost 24 months later - we have not seen a roach, an ant or even the spiders have gone (guess they ran out of bugs to eat). We call them smurf turds or (cookies if kids are around) because they end up looking like blue blobs of cookie dough. Here is the recipe...

Boric acid
Powdered sugar
condensed milk.

Use equal parts powdered sugar and boric acid and add the condensed milk to make a paste. Then use a plastic spoon to scoop out a spoonful like you would cookie dough onto aluminum foil. Let is harden overnight then place them around the boat, in the bilge, in lockers and anywhere you can.

The powdered sugar is a magnet for the critters, the boric acid kills them, and the admiral and swab (my daughter) is happy and I don't have to chase bugs around with a wetvac anymore!
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We don't have a roach problem (yet), but I have had roaches in some of the apartments I've lived in (in Florida). What works for me (even on 'Palmetto Bugs') are Harris "Famous" Roach Tablets.

Amazon.com: PF Harris Famous Roach Tablets: Patio, Lawn & Garden

Most grocery stores sell them here in Florida (for a lot less than on Amazon, if I remember correctly). I'm definitley going to take several boxes along when we start cruising. The times I've used them, I'll find dead roaches for a few days, and then nothing.

They are made of boric acid and some other intert ingredients. Just put them in dark corners and places roaches like to hide.

Don't get me started on the rats that made a nest under our flybridge and chewed a hole in one of our cockpit cushions. Got rid of those using traps and poison. How do they even get on the boat???
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I have also found that a product in Canada called Vapona No Pest Strips. Raid makes the same thing in the US but I can't remember the name. They are little yellow bars of "stuff" in a white plastic hanger. 1 will take care of my boat. 2 will work for a larger boat. These are best for when you aren't going to be on board for a few days or a week as you shouldn't breath in the cabin until it's been aired out. I have no idea of the chemicals but I don't have bugs of any kind on my boat. I leave it hanging in the boat when I'm away all week and remove to a ziplock bag when we arrive for the weekend.............m
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Forget the sprays, get the RAID FUMIGATOR which is a "smoke bomb". About $5 each, you place them in a small amount of water and the reaction produces clouds of white SMOKE. Not gas, not spray, but smoke. The smoke infiltrates everything in the boat and kills all the critters, it needs to be given about four hours with the boat closed up to work, then four more with everything opened up to get rid of the vapors before you mov back aboard.

It is safe for pets, leaves no residue, does no harm.

It is't always easy to find, but it is very very effective.

Boric acid is not entirely safe--if you or the pet INHALE the dust, the crystals apparently cause lung damage. So it is safe, if you keep it behind furniture and the like, out of reach. It will prevent critters from coming back in but it won't give you an immediate kill now, so it is a waste for you. And, the moisture aboard a boat may negate it.

The bigger problem with roaches is their breeding cycle: 30-60-90 days. If you want to be sure you've killed them all, you need to fumigate now, then fumigate again in 30 days to kill any eggs that are hatching (30 day hatch cycle), then fumigate again in 30 more days, in case you missed any fresh eggs that are hatching then. And of course, keep any fresh supply of roaches (like corrugated cardboard) off the boat.
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I have also found that a product in Canada called Vapona No Pest Strips. Raid makes the same thing in the US but I can't remember the name...
The “No Pest Strips” strips contained the chemical 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, more commonly known as DDVP. This same chemical was also used in flea collars and is an organophosphate insecticide.

As an organophosphorus insecticide, it was first marketed by the Shell Corporation, under the trademark Vapona. Vapona was registered for pesticide use in 1960, followed by the Shell No-Pest Strip in 1963.

Trade names include:
Apavap, Benfos, Cekusan, Cypona, Derriban, Derribante, Devikol, Didivane, Duo-Kill, Duravos, Elastrel, Fly-Bate, Fly-Die, Fly-Fighter, Herkol, Marvex, No-Pest, Prentox, Vaponite, Vapona, Verdican, Verdipor, and Verdisol.
Trade names used outside of the U.S. include Doom, Nogos, and Nuvan.

The US EPA has classified it as toxicity Class I - Highly Toxic, because it may cause cancer and there is only a small margin of safety for other effects. Products containing dichlorvos must bear the Signal Words DANGER - POISON.
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I am continually astounded by the knowledge, useful, arcane and whimsical, that this forum can bring forth on any subject! I've got to start asking more questions here!
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