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Old 21-05-2019, 13:36   #1
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Insect control while on the hard for hurricane season

Last year was the first year we have hauled the boat for hurricane season (after Irma). When I got back to St Martin in October there were roaches in the boat EVERYWHERE! Thank goodness the admiral wasn't there or she would have never gotten on the boat again. I got it cleaned up but am now getting ready to haul again, in Antigua this time. Does anyone have any magic bullets to avoid roaches from getting into the boat? Of course we removed anything that even resembles food. I am thinking about buying a LOT of roach motels and leaving them around but there must be something more effective. Any thoughts about avoiding mildew? Any other advise from people who have hauled for the season in the past?
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Last year was the first year we have hauled the boat for hurricane season (after Irma). When I got back to St Martin in October there were roaches in the boat EVERYWHERE! Thank goodness the admiral wasn't there or she would have never gotten on the boat again. I got it cleaned up but am now getting ready to haul again, in Antigua this time. Does anyone have any magic bullets to avoid roaches from getting into the boat? Of course we removed anything that even resembles food. I am thinking about buying a LOT of roach motels and leaving them around but there must be something more effective. Any thoughts about avoiding mildew? Any other advise from people who have hauled for the season in the past?
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Old 21-05-2019, 14:27   #3
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Thanks. I just ordered four packs.
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If you tie to a dock, you are vulnerable, especially to the large flying tropical roaches.

Pest control in hot climates is an ongoing issue. Especially rats... Keeping them out of the boat should be an even higher priority. Roaches are just annoying, rats can sink your boat!
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Thanks. I just ordered four packs.
I use 9. 1 each in the two heads, 1 in fwd cabin, 2 in main cabin, 1 in aft cabin and 1 in each of the three lockers. Never had a problem. Been doing it for 15 years. They used to be 99 cents now nearly $3 but worth every cent!
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I use 9. 1 each in the two heads, 1 in fwd cabin, 2 in main cabin, 1 in aft cabin and 1 in each of the three lockers. Never had a problem. Been doing it for 15 years. They used to be 99 cents now nearly $3 but worth every cent!
And no mold either.
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And no mold either.
Remember it's heavier than air so hang em high
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Never heard of this and have no idea what a sunpac is
Looked on Amazon and nothing came up
Some more info would be helpful
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We've spent the last 5 summers on the hard in Puerto Rico. We try to wash down the headliner and walls with a vinegar-based solution, remove ALL cardboard and food packaging, put any remaining food in sealed plastic containers, and usually set off a cockroach bomb before we haul. We use "DampRid" (4-1 qt size spread around the cabin) to help control humidity and mold, and the boat tending service we employ not only regualrily checks the HD ratchet straps and applies vaseleine or other bug preventor on each of those straps, but also goes below at least 1/week to check for/remove any mold and mildew as he checks our batteries. And if he sees anything....he sets out some ant/roach poison. So far-no issues!
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Never heard of this and have no idea what a sunpac is
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https://www.superslickstuff.com/lubr...ildewcide.html
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Re: Insect control while on the hard for hurricane season

The first time I left my boat for a few months in Jacksonville Beach, FL, I was horrified to find giant cockroaches, took almost a year to finally get rid of them all through various traps, etc.

The next time I left my boat there for a few months, I bought a product that was a "house perimeter control", to keep any kinds of bugs out of houses- it is sprayed around the outside perimeter of a house and keeps all kinds of insects out, including cockroaches. You find it at Home Depot or Lowe's. My boat was in a slip, so I locked up the boat tightly and then sprayed the stuff around any possible opening on the boat and the lines, both on and off the boat. When I returned- no bug problem.
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Thanks for this ......... will be ordering it shortly
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Re: Insect control while on the hard for hurricane season

We live in South Texas. Roaches at home and on the pier can be a challenge. They are everywhere outside. A friend told us he uses Roach Motels at home, replaces them every 6 months. So, we started doing that. Holy carp, they are amazing. We put the date on the backs, and we've seen ZERO roaches on the boat since. And at home, they are very, very rare.
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+1 for Sunpacs!
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I was going to talk about boric acid powder mixed with powdered sugar. But I learned a lot here. Thanks.
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