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Old 26-11-2019, 10:17   #16
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Re: Stowaway insects, any idea what it is?

I think I would find and contact a University that has folks studying insects and get them to identify it. All bugs on a boat are bad. There are a lot of bugs that are not termites that eat wood. Where I live in the Emerald Triangle almost all houses are not only built of wood but are covered with wood siding and here there are many wood eaters including Powder Wood Beetles that destroy wood at least as efficiently as termites and are very tiny. That one you have does not resemble any termites I have encountered in a long career of being a carpenter.
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Alrighty, I have a positive ID on the bug from a pest controller in London.

Apparently it's a book lice which like damp places. This tallies with the heads as I was pulling out some rotten wood that the shower had been leaking into.

Perhaps this family: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trogiidae

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Itís a polyester mite! Spray the boat with gasoline, light it, and run!
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Itís a polyester mite! Spray the boat with gasoline, light it, and run!
a close relative of the fiberglass toredo worm
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I vote Bed Bug!
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It is definitely a bed bug. you may want to google 'Code of Practice' for bed bugs i think they are up to the 3rd or 4th edition for information on treating them. Let me know if you need any advice.
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A few years ago I ended up having to sell my beloved Chris Craft due to termite infestation. I saw a nest of them once, sprayed, threw out the wood piece, etc., and thought I had gotten all of them. But there was a second nest working elsewhere, and when I came back to Florida in the fall, there was so much damage it was beyond repair. I sold it for 25% of FMV. In conclusion, don't take a chance. I recommend you hire an exterminator and have him check your boat thoroughly and give you a written opinion whether or not you have termites.
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