You might think that, on the water, you’ll be safe from most pests, but animals can still wreak havoc on your vessel if you’re not careful. No matter what condition you keep your boat in, certain creatures will still want access. With that in mind, here are some key tips for dealing with pests on your boat.
Ultrasonic Sound Devices
Usually deployed to detract unwanted visitors on land, boaters have recently adapted ultrasonic all pest repellers for marine use. Emitting a sound at a pitch too high for humans to hear, one of these devices should help keep birds at bay while at sea, while rats, mice, foxes, cats and dogs will also be deterred when you’re docked.
Rid Yourself of Rats
Discovering a rat aboard your boat is enough to strike fear into anyone, but it’s actually a more common problem than you’d think. While you could deploy one of the ultrasonic sound devices mentioned above, you’ll probably be looking for a bespoke solution for dealing with an outbreak of these furry pests. Tips for dealing with rats aboard your boat include: leaving a bright light and radio on during night-time hours (rats love quiet and dark), soaking a towel in ammonia or using a rat trap or bait station.
Discourage Birds from Landing
Had enough of seagulls dropping by and making a deposit on your boat? Dori poles are ideal for acting as a deterrent. These long, tall poles have a pennant flag attached and are designed to spook birds from flying near, or landing on, your vessel. More extreme measures to prevent birds from landing aboard include bow rail lines or even bird spikes.
Termites aren’t put off by water, and if your boat contains significant amounts of wood, you could be at risk. If you see signs of a termite infestation, you need to act right away – measures to take include using baits, heat treatments or spray-in termicides.