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homer12
06-13-2013, 07:59 AM
Anyone ever have a problem with ants in your boat? I've noticed that when it's on the trailer in the driveway they seem to like to find their way in there. It seems to be a bad couple of years in Indiana for these blasted pests too!
I'm not sure why they like the boat so much, but unless anyone has any good ideas, I'll probably try some hose sprays to get 'em gone.

pmikler
06-13-2013, 08:32 AM
Asked this question about a year ago.... nobody responded so I guess you and I are unlucky. Had major problems until I found and killed the queen. Mine where carpenter ants (I live on a wooded lot)

LYNRDSKYNRD
06-13-2013, 08:38 AM
I have had the same probelm the last couple of years and have actually developed a system. I use a broudcast type granulure for the grassy areas surrounding where my boat is parked, then use a spray around the bottoms of my tires and the jack wheel (yeah I found them using it). Finally for inside the boat I use the terro products which I place in areas I have seen the ants traveling. Early spring I used the broadcast stuff and spray and I haven't had the problem resurface so far this year with ants in the boat. They are the small black ants that I am battling here, btw.

TxsRiverRat
06-13-2013, 09:56 AM
I had a roach on my boat years ago, but i divorced her :D

JimN
06-13-2013, 10:05 AM
Anyone ever have a problem with ants in your boat? I've noticed that when it's on the trailer in the driveway they seem to like to find their way in there. It seems to be a bad couple of years in Indiana for these blasted pests too!
I'm not sure why they like the boat so much, but unless anyone has any good ideas, I'll probably try some hose sprays to get 'em gone.

What kind of ants? If they're the little red ones, clean the carpet- it could be that they found something sweet. Spilled drinks and food cause this.

homer12
06-13-2013, 10:31 AM
I've got the little black ants. Glad to know I'm not the only one. They seem to be liking the dark areas like between hull and top cap where the rub rail is and in the side panels.
I'm going to try LYNRDSKYNRD's approach to treat around the wheels and jack as well as plant some traps maybe. I've got the same problem in my house and picked up some Ortho spray yesterday. Will let you know the longer term results.

gts-20
06-13-2013, 11:55 AM
We had a problem with ants 2 seasons ago. It took me about a week to figure it out. I finally pulled the snap in carpet up and found where someone had spilled a small amout a dark colored drink like Coke in the corner by the observer seat. You could see where it had been cleaned up, but a very small amount has made it through the carpet and had dried on the gell. Once I cleaned that up and cleaned the carpet, no more ants.

deminimis
06-27-2013, 01:04 PM
Get yourself some Tempo insecticide. Spray the ground area around your boat. If need be, spray in your boat. Stuff works amazingly well. Mixes with water. Don't quote me, but I believe it's approved for use in the food service industry, so it's relatively safe as well. I use it in our basement even.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-27-2013, 01:22 PM
Ants can be a problem anywhere, especially if there is any excavation nearby which displaces the dang things. I have had some anthill explosions and a little Raid ant spray takes care of them in a big hurry. Fortunately they have not found my boat................yet.

mikeg205
06-27-2013, 01:24 PM
I recommend cleaning the carpet... the smell of oils and food traces may be attracting the ants...

uplander
06-29-2013, 12:47 PM
When I was on a dock I used Ortho bug spray and sprayed the dock, the same would work for spraying around your trailer. You can spray the stuff in your house so spraying some on your trailer would not hurt anything.

02ProstarSammyD
07-01-2013, 11:17 AM
ants suck. My driveway has a massive tree over it that touches the bimini/tower. Ants would crawl down the tower and invade. The best thing I found was to spray down the cover and wipe down the top deck with ant killer. It never seemed to harm the gel. If they are coming from below wipe down the trailer with it. The bottle I used said 3 months but I just resprayed it around the edges every 2 weeks or so. May get an ant or 2 but they don't seem to like the area now.

Jeffer
07-04-2013, 12:58 PM
I had large black carpenter ants when I lived in NE. Tons of pine trees around my driveway, and when I opened the boat in the spring (had a bass boat then), there would be hundreds in the keel, apparently they came in through the drain plug that I left out all winter. I started spraying the inside of the keel and making sure the plus was always in. Man, the first year, I hadn't noticed them, lifted the cover on the plug when out on the water, and saw a bunch all climbing around the inside, with nothing I could do way out on the lake. Not fun...so you are not alone! Not a problem where I am now, though...