Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: Mouse on the boat?
Got rats aboard in Marathon. Found out when electrical systems began failing as they ate the wiring.
Killed 5 in one day with sticky traps but the last one seemed to learn from it's compatriots' misfortunes. Nothing worked!
Then I heard that getting rid of all potable water on the boat would drive them away, PDQ. So I poured bleach in the bilge and in 24 hours that dirty rat was gone. Kept the bilges bleached for as long as I was in the marinas in Marathon and Tavernier ("Hey, is there a tavern anywhere near here?"), and never had another rat aboard.
Now scorpions, they are another matter completely.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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