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death of insects is in proportion to the can used to kill them, seemingly regardless of the contents of the can. IE - a 16 oz propane can kills more than a 12 oz bug killer but not as much as a 20 pound propane tank (if properly aimed). Note the 20 pound tank will damage gel coat, fiberglass and lead keel but it will also KILL BUGS. Aim and patience is key.
You are not suppose to be throwing the cans at them. You are suppose to be spraying the little buggers.
Flamming propane can kill those little buggers, and peel the paint off the side of your boat, char the wood and so forth...So you may need the local fire department standing by.

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I think the propane is used to freeze them, just fog them like a CO2 fire extinguisher by inverting the bottle.

One note however, propane is heavier than air and will settle on the cabin floor. It will make a very pretty flame and whoosh when it finds a spark. And soon the insect problem will be gone forever .....
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My favorite story is about a guy that waited until night, doused a nest in a tree with gasoline and lit it on fire. Yes, the entire tree caught fire, fell on his house which also caught fire. Very effective on the wasps.

Based on that lesson learned..... open the seacock to your engine, cut the line right off. I give the wasps about 30 minutes.

Or try the crumpled bag thing first.
I was going to suggest a can of hair spray and a bic lighter. But you got me beat on that one!

For the yellowjackets, I found setting a shop vac turned on near their nest entrance with water and a little liquid detergent in the vac cleans them out quickly. Taught to me by a tree specialist.
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One note however, propane is heavier than air and will settle on the cabin floor. It will make a very pretty flame and whoosh when it finds a spark. And soon the insect problem will be gone forever .....
I beg to differ. Your next bug problem will be worms
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I looked in on my boat today as the weather is getting better. By the looks of the moldy head ... I'll either have to get my first mate to work soon, or try the propane trick and give the vessel to the worms !!
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