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03-28-2013 12:15 PM
Re: BUG bomb use?

Originally Posted by SimonV View Post
.....let bomb of and lock up boat and sail out the harbour for the next destination. After 3hrs I open the boat and give it a good airing......
Yikes. What would you do, if you had an emergency down below?

I don't think viewers should try this method at home.
03-28-2013 09:32 AM
Re: BUG bomb use?

i used bug bombs in houses--they worked. i used bug bombs in boats--they didnt work. i spray the bee jeezis out of everywhhere on boat with surface spray and i will also try the borax....
save your dough and dont buy bug bombs that do not work in boats. remember you have bilges and other places that do not open entirely so bugs can hide from the bug bombs..imagine your surprise when you poison your boat thoroughly, then come back to ....BUGS!!!!!!!!!!!

you dont have to worry about exploding your boat due to poison--it just doesnt work will still have bugs. boats are not like houses.
03-28-2013 09:01 AM
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I am a firm believer in chemical control of all things crawly. Each time a leave a country or long term anchorage especially in the tropics. Typically every 28 days I bomb the boat , open all lockers cover bedding and work surfaces with news paper let bomb of and lock up boat and sail out the harbour for the next destination. After 3hrs I open the boat and give it a good airing. Spiders I don't like but cockroaches are evil.
03-28-2013 07:54 AM
BUG bomb use?

I suggest bombing and leaving the boat sealed to really fumigate. Then a strong anti bacterial cleaning occurs to remove the residue. take your cushions and otherwise and either use a local laundry to wash out soak and air dry at home. However, I partially agree with the poster who likes the spiders. Typically, a really good cleaning of the boat will eradicate the bulk of your bug issue. I'm more concerned with mold, myself.
Zeehag has a good point. I could've sworn I saw a key west cockroach wearing a backpack as he made his/her way across our companionway
03-27-2013 04:40 PM
Re: BUG bomb use?

If you read the label, some are not explosive.
03-27-2013 04:07 PM
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We have used them in the house, one per room, to combat fleas the cat brought in. They worked fine with no bad effects, that we know of. But, as the cat was an outdoor cat, the fleas came back. We then just basically gave up. Shortly after the cat died and the fleas gradually went away.

Paul T
03-27-2013 12:35 PM
Re: BUG bomb use?

I've used Star brite Spider Away Natural Spider Repellent, 22 oz: Sports & Outdoors Star brite Spider Away Natural Spider Repellent, 22 oz: Sports & Outdoors

with good results on spiders. It lasts until it rains or I wash the boat. Then have to re-spray. We don't get any bugs other than spiders. They make a mess of the boat with their little black spider poops. Plus I got bit by one of the little b!@#$%&s when I picked up a "cotton ball" looking thing in a settee. Hurt like hell for a couple days.
03-27-2013 12:24 PM
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I've thought of it, but most bug bombs are designed for rooms in a house and I worried that it would be way too much vapor in a small cabin. I also think it's explosive if those vapors found a spark.

Taking precautions to make sure there is nothing turned on or in the area that could create a spark or any source of ignition, I occasionally take a can of regular Raid insect spray and starting at the forward end of the boat, spray back and forth as I back out through the companionway and close up. When I've returned after doing this, I found many little insect bodies around, but nothing flying out at me.
03-27-2013 10:49 AM
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i found bug bombs to be a waste of time and money. i buy good poison here in mexico and toxify the heck out of this boat---the tropical bugs are hardy guys and need a shot of poison frequently. the damthings actually have the nerve to fly into the boat while we read at night.....screens help. whenye see the bugs flying out of grocers plastic bags, you know there is a war in wonderful here , as long as the poison lasts....

no, this boat has not been in a yard--this is a daily war ..normal stuff--hauling is gonna be a ###### as there are super weird bugs on land here....
03-27-2013 09:15 AM
BUG bomb use?

I had a similar problem when I bought my boat. She had been sitting in the previous owners yard for almost 8 years. Every time I went in the cabin I would come out covered in bug and the occasional spider bites. I did plenty of research before I purchased a bug bomb, but that was over a year ago and I haven't had any issues. Plus all my bugs are gone!
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