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11-08-2012 03:59 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

you will be surprised how FAR they can fly, as well.....
11-08-2012 03:48 PM
Navigator Wannabe
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Just a little reminder: You guys all DO know that many cockroaches can fly, right??


But it is true, google it.

Originally Posted by Vasco View Post
Cockroach control is on every cruisers mind. Most anchor and don't tie up much so the danger is bringing them aboard. No paper bags and no cardboard. That usually does the trick. No need to take labels off cans. Just some sensible precautions and you should be bug free. Biggest danger is when the boat is laid up for the summer in Florida. We use Sun-Pacs when we store the boat. Keeps the boat free of mildew and, as a side benefit, kills anything and everything aboard. We make sure to air out the boat before boarding.
10-28-2012 05:09 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Seems like if a person sprayed his/her boat for bugs, like they would do for their home, a person would be just fine. Assuming, of course, that those same folks realized their environment and that south of the freeze line, bugs don't disappear in the winter. Plus, I don't wanna eat something that's been in a can long enough for the label to corrode away.
10-28-2012 04:40 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

with a boat having a wet bilge, as does mine, SPRAYING POISON WORKS. boric acid does not . it jut makes your critter ill if th ebilge water comes out of the bilge and into your house....dont ask....(wasnt my boat, thank gawds..)
i dont let em get into the boat--i spray lines, decks, docks, everything, hatches, ports--cowl vents...dorade boxes--wasps also nest in these in tropix....spray works. or you can get a huge wolf spider... or a gekko or an iguana......
10-28-2012 02:57 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Boric acid is problematic. It does work, by electrostatic and mechanical action to cling to the bugs and then cut holes in their hide so they dry out and die. The problem is that if it gets damp, it doesn't do the static cling anymore. And if it stays dry, the powder can go airborne, get inhaled, do damage in your lungs. So as much as I love simple non-toxic reliable inexpensive ways to kill critters, I use roach baits instead. Works the same way, the critters take the stuff out of the trap and into their nests where they die the same way. Nothing to inhale, nothing to clean up, just change the traps & remove the carcasses as needed. Folks say "it doesn't work I don't see any dead bugs" well, you won't see the dead bugs unless you find the spots where they were nesting, but they'll still be dead.
10-28-2012 01:45 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

I'm currently commuter cruising the Sea of have been anchored as well as in marina's. I have canned, boxed and fresh food onboard from mini tiendas, small grocery stores and mega stores.
Never had roaches or ants aboard. (I've had many flies & moths this summer.)
I've never removed labels from cans.
I do remove some cardboard packaging but that's saving space & keeping trash off the boat while I'm cruising. Trash can build-up.

I suspect this is an old wife's tale. (My wife hates when I say stuff like that!)
10-28-2012 01:15 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Just sprinkle a little boric acid in the bilge and the bottoms of your boat's lockers. Done.
10-28-2012 01:01 PM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Fried lice? What, you never saw Bladerunner?

You want no critters, you need to go to a Vegan restaurant, preferably run by Jains. Gonna cost you extra for that though.
10-28-2012 12:47 PM
daydream sailor
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Anyone ever consider roach fried rice,we had a chain here called holy chow,
holy crap, the last time we bought food from them we got extra roaches at no charge.
10-28-2012 10:53 AM
Re: Removing Can Labels for roaches or bugs?

Originally Posted by finding41 View Post
Huh. I just came across this topic. It's not something you find in the trailer sailor forums.
Whats the big deal about roaches? They don't bite. (Not the ones I've met.) You can get rid of them with spray.
I've seen some huge roaches in Mexico. Hard to miss them. I guess you can just ask the big ones to go away. The small ones...Psst.

cucaroches DO bite, leaving festering wounds on dont move to get tthe icky feel of bugs walkin gon ye to go away. they ar ebadly bitten by roaches--go to emergency rooms to find out this info. roache smor ecommoly DO chew wiring an dother nice plastic coatings for wiring, leaving you with short circuitry and fizzles and fires.
roaches eat your stores and provisions.
roaches fly.
i spray everything except foodstuffs with much success. just keep critters and kids out of the boat for an hour or two.
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