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We are very careful with cleanliness and keep cardboard, a source of cockroach eggs off the boat but recently we have had an infestation of very small, 1-2 mm, bugs.

Over the last week we have noticed a marked reduction in the bug count and yesterday we discovered the cause...

We have acquired a small pet gecko! if we develop an infestation of cockroaches we may need to acquire an iguana!

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I'm very anti bug too.
Along with spray, some traps, I also carry a few foggers.
Set one or two off, close off below, spend 8-12 hrs on deck....should be good.
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I'm very anti bug too.
Along with spray, some traps, I also carry a few foggers.
Set one or two off, close off below, spend 8-12 hrs on deck....should be good.
I would prefer the gecko
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Re: Insect Infestation

Boric acid powder is a sure fire way to rid a boat of roaches, and keep it so, but it takes months. Be patient. And remember, many roach species can fly, so you are always at risk of an infestation. Ants are also a problem if you buy fruit from anywhere other than a supermarket, sealed in plastic.
I searched and searched to find out if it was toxic to our Mourning Gecko, Hiccup, but could not find a definitive answer. However, Hiccup has been aboard since October and we had the boric acid around way before that and she seems fine.

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We are very careful with cleanliness and keep cardboard, a source of cockroach eggs off the boat but recently we have had an infestation of very small, 1-2 mm, bugs.......
To really get the job done, you need to rinse everything, before it comes aboard, in a dilute bleach bath, even fruit, and remove all can labels too. Freezing any dry good overnight will kill bugs that are most certainly in there too (ie flour, rice, beans, etc). You probably know all this. Bug are frustrating.


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To really get the job done, you need to rinse everything, before it comes aboard, in a dilute bleach bath, even fruit, and remove all can labels too. Freezing any dry good overnight will kill bugs that are most certainly in there too (ie flour, rice, beans, etc). You probably know all this. Bug are frustrating.
If cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust, what makes you think freezing will do anything to them? lol

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If cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust, what makes you think freezing will do anything to them? lol
For one, you’re not just trying to kill roaches.

Secondly, I’m pretty sure that freezing will kill both a live cockroach and it’s eggs, but I may have to take back my reference to overnight. Could take cold a bit longer.


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Re: Insect Infestation

Yes, having a gecko on board is a very positive thing. Two are better, because one always seems to eventually get itself into a bad place - we closed a hatch once to find a squashed gecko the next time we opened it.

Some bugs you just live with. We always seem to have these extremely small mites or similar. Nothing gets rid of them; on the other hand, we only notice them rarely. They seem to like books.

Things that grow in rice, noodles, and flour are tough. There are ways to kill them, and then try to seal them up well, but every so often we just toss some of it and buy more.

Knock on wood, we have not had a cockroach infestation. I have a couple of times found a single dead cockroach, and have had random individuals fly on the boat, which I immediately kill, but no communities of live ones.

We grow some plants on board and they alway get small bugs that stay on the plants, but our gecko always keeps them tidy for us. Geckos seem to love spiders because we never have them when we have a gecko, but we get them everywhere when we do not have a gecko.

So the moral of the story is do everything you can to invite a gecko or two on board. Right now, we only have a single 1" one. Hopefully he will grow into an eating machine, and maybe we can get another soon.

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If cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust
I'm not aware of that supposition being put to a test, but maybe soon...

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Re: Insect Infestation

I've read that bay leafs keep buggies away from dry foods, but have no personal experience with this.
I'm very familiar with sugar ants.
Maybe ziplock your daily-use container with a bay leaf...?

I know you can bomb/fog sugar ants away.

Geckos are your buddies for sure.
One website about geckos as pets said they like music...
Does your local West Marine stock geckos?
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