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Just use one of those bug bombs on the inside.

That is what I did. I have an older Catalina 38 and the inside was full of spiders (it didn't help that I rolled up my sails last spring, with spiders, and stored them inside). In mid June, I set off one of those inside foggers when I left the boat. Unfortunately, I didn't get back again until last week (yeah, that sucks!), and there were NO spiders. I figured in the two months between fogging and returning, the spiders would have moved back in, but no! As for the outside, I know some people that use the gallon jug of spider killer that has the attached spray nozzle. They spray down their dock and the outside of their boat in the evenings to keep any more from coming aboard.

Good luck.

PS. Another thing that works, but isn't recommended, is a can of starting fluid and a match. Makes a great anti-spider flame thrower. ;-)
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Unfortunately, the bug bombs use a pretty nasty poison to do their jobs.. and that is something I'd personally prefer to not use those kinds of poisons on my boat.
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Well, you can always invest in dirt dobbers...
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I don't know if the poisons work for the eggs or not but I don't like to take chances. A heat gun will take care of the damn things pretty quick. Just be careful.
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My boat is berthed on a lake in middle Tennessee...spider Mecca (beware the Brown Recluse). Someone turned me on to a pest strip (made by Hot Shot or the like). Just hang it inside and no bugs...no spiders, no mosquitos or gnats, no bugs. I keep the foil wapper and cover the strip when I'm on the boat. Every few days I spray the appropriate hidey-holes outside with insecticide and that controls the critters. One strip lasts all summer. I've done this for years...it works.
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I used that too some years ago. In fact, I do not remember seeing the spiders that much. I even put it in the mainsai (when it was down, inside the folds).

Truth is, if you are on your boat quite a bit and keep it really clean, you will get rid of 99% of them. If not, well, not a whole lot you can do.

PS The strip has no smell associated with it. Nice thought langdon.
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Shell No-Pest strips work great for spiders and Mud Daubers (wasps) if you can find them. Zip them up in a plastic bag when you come on board. The strip will last all summer. If you leave bread or crackers on board with the pest strip hanging, the bread/crackers will taste very bad.
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Shell No-Pest strips work great for spiders and Mud Daubers (wasps) if you can find them. Zip them up in a plastic bag when you come on board. The strip will last all summer. If you leave bread or crackers on board with the pest strip hanging, the bread/crackers will taste very bad.
And probably be poisonous too... Hmm...leaving food out where you have pesticides hanging sounds like a good way to win a Darwin Award.
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A couple of months ago my son pointed me towards a product sold by Home Depot which works very well. It's called, "Hot Shot - Home Insect", clear formula for use indoors and outdoors. Kills roaches, ants, spiders, and other insects. Comes in a 32-oz spray bottle. No odor, non-staining.

It is, of course, toxic. People and pets should not be allowed in sprayed areas until it dries.

I've used it on my sailboat in a marina which has to be the mother of all spider-generators. Most aggressive beasts I've ever seen. This stuff kills em, along with other insects. Works well for weeks until it gets washed off.

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And probably be poisonous too... Hmm...leaving food out where you have pesticides hanging sounds like a good way to win a Darwin Award.
That was my point...
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