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Re: Roaches !!!

Groundhog,

You might want to watch our short (about 2 min) Youtube video on positive cure for crawlies!
It's part of our "little things" series and is at;

Hope this helps!

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Re: Roaches !!!

My wife is an expert on killing them... she has 6 yrs of Caribbean experience

First go to home depot and get the ammo!

Treat the lines and fenders with Ortho insect spray to help prevent them getting aboard. You need a gallon!

Boaric acid in all the bilges and cupboards.

Bag or remove all food from the cupboards and refrigerator and then bomb the boat twice while you are in a hotel.

Repeat all of the above as necessary.

It works but you need to do it quickly before they breed for the tenth time.

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Paper.. They eat paper, cardboard especially
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Re: Roaches !!!

I would struggle leaving acid in the bilge for any length of time, especially vinegar. Drop a nail in dillute vinegar for a day or two, if you want to see what happens. Stainless, if you prefer, same result.

Roaches look for food. Once you get them, you'll have to bomb. However, keeping zero crumbs or cardboard or containers they can eat through, is the only way to keep them from coming aboard.

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Re: Roaches !!!

borax is better and cheaper and easier to find....BUT even that doesntr kill all of em, nor does bug bombing aboat..there ar emany nooks and crannies in joinery, in steel boat weńlds, in fg layups for bugs to hide well and avoid contact with the poison for loooong times. that is why i suggested tenting boat and fuill out poison.
borax and other stuff we use will only keep the bugs at bay, not kill all of em. we were lucky in louisiana that the bugs liked the dock better than the boat..
i spray the dock, my lines, the deck, and coach house roof and all the crevasses and corners where wood joins wood and where wood joins fg...everywhere..keep them out , and spray everything in and outside boat if you see even one. spray sails and covers also. as the critters fly,also spray booms and masts.
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My wife is an expert on killing them... she has 6 yrs of Caribbean experience

First go to home depot and get the ammo!

Treat the lines and fenders with Ortho insect spray to help prevent them getting aboard. You need a gallon!

Boaric acid in all the bilges and cupboards.

Bag or remove all food from the cupboards and refrigerator and then bomb the boat twice while you are in a hotel.

Repeat all of the above as necessary.

It works but you need to do it quickly before they breed for the tenth time.

Change marina!
all those chemicals are dangerous some listed human carcinogens except for boric acid. Boric acid< powdered> is approved even for food use and will kill all vermin of this type and their spawn in three weeks or less. Please don't add more chemicals to our water that will add to the man made chemical load we have already added to our water. When I was a kid the water was clean now we cant eat the fish because of toxic buildup from mans chemical factories. I'm 66, worked for EPA for 24 years. Just imagine what the fish consumption will be in another fifty years if we keep adding to the pot?
I know they say you can eat a couple of servings a week but I don't trust them do you? The old timers used to put funnels on dock lines to keep vermin from getting aboard
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the only vermin that stay off a boat because of funnels or cones are rats and mice.
roaches fly, crawl, jump up,sideways, upside down, and watch you move...they will inherit this earth.
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Re: Roaches !!!

Boric acid sprinkled in the bilge, and paper towels soaked in a sugar water/boric acid mixture as a "bait" (put it inside a small throw-away food container with a hole cut in the top). Also set up a half-dozed sticky traps (e.g., Roach Motels) to monitor for continuing and/or new infestations.
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borax, commonly used as a laundry detergent booster also works.
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Boric acid sprinkled in the bilge, and paper towels soaked in a sugar water/boric acid mixture as a "bait" (put it inside a small throw-away food container with a hole cut in the top). Also set up a half-dozed sticky traps (e.g., Roach Motels) to monitor for continuing and/or new infestations.
all good and if the concentration is less than 1% boric acid with water will get ants.
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