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Important boat equipment: ant traps!

Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,812 Mega Baller
Every so often over the years I've had some nasty ant infestations in a ski boat. One time it was out of a horror film...

But if you remember to put a few ordinary ant traps in yout boat at this time of year, you can avoid that fate. So consider this a public service announcement!
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
SkiJay

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  • alex38alex38 Posts: 511 Baller
    Ugh, I saw that movie a couple years ago, it sucked.
  • GOODESkierGOODESkier Posts: 1,107 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan do you have kids that eat in the boat? Gold fish ...... ARGH. Crushed into the carpet! Never had ants though????
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,812 Mega Baller
    @Goodeskier Have had ants before and after kids. It has more to do with the environment I think -- i.e. are the "right" kind of ants living nearby in the first place. All summer long, ants investigate my boat by walking out on the mooring line. But as long as the traps are in, it doesn't go beyond that.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,812 Mega Baller
    Btw, it's morbidly fascinating how fast they can move in. One time a few years back I was gone for less than a week and came back to the aforementioned horror film of ants and eggs everywhere. Those little buggers can really communicate. Consider that there was no food in the boat itself, and that the nearest possible food is across 3' of rope followed by 15' of dock. So basic my boat was a major city and the shore was the farmland out in the boonies. Remarkable species.

    But they still can't live in my boat!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 511 Baller
    They live in the foam, it is heinous, if you ever see little piles of foam particles in your engine compartment or elsewhere the film has started.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 29,755 Administrator
    is this really what we are talking about?

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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,975 Infinite Pandas
    Boric acid powder is reasonably safe. Sprinkle some on the end of the ropes and ants are unlikely to cross it.

    Rats and mice are a way more destructive pest!

    @Horton This topic is more relevant than nit picking differences between motor oil brands. Pests cause real damage.

    Eric
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,047 Mega Baller
    Ants? What about uncles??
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,686 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I thought they liked borax? That seems to be the main ingredient in the baits that I use in the the house. Does do a good job of wiping them out.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,033 Crazy Baller
    Ants = evil
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 511 Baller
    @horton good point, I don't like how much I know about this.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,812 Mega Baller
    Wait a second, isn't @Horton married to an entomologist? Too much ant talk already I guess? We'll keep your disdain for insects secret ... until it's to our advantage.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 29,755 Administrator
    @Than_Bogan Gallagher does not like ants and does not answer questions about bees. She will talk your ear off about almost any mite or agricultural pest.

    If you bring up dung beatles or lady bugs you better have time to listen.

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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,975 Infinite Pandas
    I'm still waiting for Gallagher to cook me garlic fried mealy bugs. Chocolate dipped ants are a waste of chocolate.
    Eric
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