We try hard not to have ants and roaches on the boat. But this summer we are living on the northern edge of the Everglades. Ants and roaches are a fact of life around here.
Talking to people on the few other boats here in the yard, I think ours is the only one without an infestation of ants or roaches.
From our conversations, I think there’s only one thing that I’m doing differently. So I have to assume that’s what’s making the difference.
Every time we start a new trash bag, we spray a squirt of ant and roach killer into it before we put anything into it. Ditto for the bag lining the trash can in the head, and the recycled bags and jars that I use for garbage (food scraps) in the galley.
I can’t just spray around the floor or really anywhere on the boat, as we have a small (7 pound) dog. Paz is the licking-est dog I’ve ever encountered, but by spraying inside the bag when it’s empty, it’s nowhere that she can get into.
NOTE: when we first got the boat out of storage after just two months away – with plenty of ant and roach traps set out and no food having been on the boat while we were gone – we did have some ants and even a couple of roaches aboard. Within just a couple of days, there were none.