Guard against rodents, insects & pests coming aboard your boat

 

If you are a long range cruiser or “long term guests” at a marina, the last thing you need are stowaways aboard your boat, particularly those of the rodent family, various insects and other unwanted pests who could invade you boat. They are many to be sure, depending on where you are cruising at the time.

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More than a nuisance

Birds have been known to makes nests in air intake vents and hoses. Ducks like to build nests on swim platforms and other nooks and crannies. Mice and even rats have invaded many a vessel and made them their homes. Ants use dock lines and power cords as highways to move aboard. Spiders just love living aboard boats, particularly under sheds and other shaded places. Then there are flies, wasps, bees and other flying bugs. As if that were not enough, there are varmints such as Boll Weevils and Cockroaches who also thrive on the warm, moist, marine environment.

Defend against pests

Obviously the first defense is to keep your boat clean, inside and out. But, sometimes that simply is not enough! Extra precautions must be taken if one lives aboard and enjoys long range cruising such as the America’s Great Loop Cruise. Make it a practice to nor bring cardboard boxes or paper products aboard your boat.

Take everything out of the cardboard boxes and store them in plastic. (Tupperware) containers. That means cereal, crackers, pasta, etc. Cardboard containers often contain boll weevil and cockroach eggs, etc. Rinse sugary sodas and beverage containers, bottles, jars and cans as soon as possible, keep trash in plastic bags and container lids closed until you can properly dispose of your trash and/or recyclables.