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06-25-2014 03:16 PM
saldrich
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

That would suck if you found one of these spiders on your boat.....


or this...

06-25-2014 12:35 PM
travlineasy
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

Avon Skin So Soft keeps a lot of critters out of the boat's interior. I wiped on on the screens and not only did it repel the spiders, it kept the noseeums out, which is a blessing.

I've tried Home Defense Max, and it kills them on contact, but washes off when it rains, thus no long lasting effect.

Next, an electronic device - something's gotta work - eventually.

Cheers,

Gary
06-24-2014 09:55 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

06-24-2014 01:27 AM
Trekka
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

"STAR BRITE Spider Away" is a non-toxic repellant that is safe to use around pets, the marine environment, and you. It works great.

Those pesticides are really deadly, and not something you should use on any interior setting. And used outside will inevitably leach into the waterways where they can be damaging, even lethal, to tiny but esential marine organisms.

The Star Brite product costs a lot more than the poisons, sure. But it works, and is safe.
06-18-2014 09:19 AM
Ulladh
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

Remove the spider egg sacks (white fuzzy pea size ball) before they hatch in the spring, after that a few spiders on board will take care of any mosquito problem.

My mother would never kill a spider, she would just pick it up and take it outside, I do the same.
06-18-2014 05:42 AM
wind_magic
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

I know I am more tolerant of spiders than most, but they don't really bother me unless they are large and move fast like a wolf spider. As long as they are small and mind their own business, which they tend to do, I don't mind them.

How to get rid of them ? Don't know. Cats will eat them if they are large enough to be worth their trouble.
06-18-2014 05:20 AM
Kenn43
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

Bengal Roach Spray. Sprays like a fog so you can get into cracks and crevices. Also kills wasps and mud daubers. Won't spot or mar paint or fabric. Lasts for a long time when used as a space fogger. My #1 go to for critters.
06-18-2014 03:21 AM
PaulinVictoria
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

I think you need a bird. Of course you'll need a cat to catch that, then a dog, a goat, a cow and a horse. You won't have any flies though so that's a bonus.
06-17-2014 02:29 PM
Faster
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

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Originally Posted by SecondWindNC View Post

Maybe some posters from saltwater locations can chime in on whether they deal with this as well?
Can't say we have any kind of significant spider issue, very occasional much as we might see at home.

Thinking back, though, for some years we moored in an old river estuary that was quite brackish, with a larger nearby river laying on a fresh water 'layer' over the sea water for much of the year. While I don't remember chasing spiders, I do recall seemingly indestructable 'free telltales' in the form of spider webs all up and down the rig - so presumably spiders were around.

Haven't noticed the rigging webs so much since we moved to a saltier marina..
06-17-2014 02:14 PM
SVTatia
Re: What's the *second* best way to keep spiders off your boat?

Quote:
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
It seems to be regional (or continental). On Lake Ontario the spider battle seems constant. We left our boat for months at docks in Australia and South Africa and on a mooring in Ecuador for a month and nary a spider (probably a particularly good thing in Oz where they have all the dangerous 8-leggers. In fact I can't think we ever had a spider on board in 33,000 miles. I guess they know I had spider spray onboard.
After a long battle with roaches when they came aboard first in Bermuda and then Brazil (yes, they do fly to the boat!!), spiders are not an issue at all, and sometimes welcome, given the stuff they catch.... But still needs some kind of birth control - an occasional squish.
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