How to Keep Your Boat Pest Free

As a fishing enthusiast and pest guy, I can tell you that nothing will ruin your day on the water like seeing a critter crawl across your boat. Get ahead of the issue to ensure smooth sailing for the rest of the summer.

Boats can be difficult to keep pest-free because they’re usually stored outside and often in marinas that are less than clean. Cockroaches, pesky birds, and mice are messy unwanted intruders that can require costly repairs. As we often say here on the Green Wing blog, it’s far easier to prevent these kinds of infestations than it is to clean them up.

If you think you might have an infestation on your boat, the first step is to call for an inspection. Call Now: (321) 499-9114 

Here are some tips to keep pests and critters on your boat at bay: 

Keep It Clean

Pests like trash. The cleaner your boat, the less likely infestation will occur. This means vacuuming and disinfecting the floors after every outing, cleaning up trash, emptying coolers, and using a disinfectant on surfaces when appropriate.

Scare Them Away

Birds not only create a mess themselves but can attract other pests with the scraps they leave behind. The easiest way to keep birds from making a mess of your boat is to use deterrents. Back in the day, we used to put plastic owls on the roof of our boat, but technology has progressed substantially since then. Ultrasonic boxes emit a sound when a bird passes by, scaring them and any other nearby miscreants away.

Use Natural Repellants

Natural repellents don’t do much once an infestation has already started, but they can do wonders preventatively. Peppermint oil is a great example. Combine peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle and spray the mixture in problem spots, including entrances to your boat.

There’s still a chance pesky cockroaches, rats, and silverfish still make it onto your boat at which points it’s best to call for professional help. Luckily, these pests can be controlled starting with the first visit. We create a follow-up schedule for your home or business to keep these pests at bay. Life is good pest-free! 

Your bug guy,

Jeff Daniels