How do I keep the spiders out?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jattea, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. jattea

    jattea New Member

    102
    Sep 5, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    2003 260 Sundancer
    350 Mag / Bravo III
    I thought someone would have asked about this already, but I searched the forums and couldn't find anything...

    In my area (Buffalo), the spiders start showing up in droves around August. In the two years that I've owned my boat, I've used it very little after mid-august because there are SO MANY spiders. I'm talking hundreds. And the spider poop is gross as well. It makes my pre-departure cleaning take forever...

    So, any tips on keeping the critters off the craft?
     
  2. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
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  3. speakrdude

    speakrdude Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    2002 Sea Ray 340 DA
    Raymarine C80 Tri Data
    twin 6.2 MX MPI
    Bounce Fabric softner sheets do the trick for us, Plus it makes things smell god.
     
  4. Sundancer

    Sundancer Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    33 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Dually Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    What DOES God smell like? :grin::smt043

    Bounce on the lines and a few in the rafters if the boat house is covered. I've seen folks do some crazy things, but whatever it takes!
     
  5. jattea

    jattea New Member

    102
    Sep 5, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    2003 260 Sundancer
    350 Mag / Bravo III
    So I just tie bounce fabric softener sheets to the lines?? really??
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport
    40hp 2-Stroke Evinrude
    Do you spray the boat for them?

    I start spraying in the spring and spray about every 3 weeks all summer and into the fall.

    When I spray I do the edges of the docks, the power stand, water hose fittings, cleats (dock and boat ends), all mooring lines, along bow rails, canvas, around the door, hatches, etc.

    If you keep after 'em on a regular basis you shouldn't have much of a problem.
     
  7. jattea

    jattea New Member

    102
    Sep 5, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    2003 260 Sundancer
    350 Mag / Bravo III
    No, I don't... What product do you use?
     
  8. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Try Bug b Gone (for ornamental trees and gardens) or Seven. Attaches to your garden hose and you can do the entire boat and dock in 5 minutes. We use it in the Spring and then again in August. We have no spiders at all.
     
  9. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport
    40hp 2-Stroke Evinrude
    I wouldn't recommend any type of spray that attaches to a garden hose. Every pesticide container I've ever seen cautions against using them in ways not approved, or in locations not approved. If you're using a sprayer attached to a hose on or around the boat a lot of the spray and the poison is going to end up in the water. That is a violation of so many federal laws that you'd never get out of the slammer. Aside from the legal aspects, you don't want to be putting that much poison in the waters you boat on.

    I used a product from Ortho called Home Defense Max. It comes in a gallon container with its own sprayer attached. You can get it at Lowe's and probably any other place that carries Ortho products. It works very well.

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  10. jmunro123

    jmunro123 Member

    370
    Feb 2, 2008
    Gran Bend, Great Lakes
    2004 Sea Ray 390 Motor Yacht
    8.1's
    I started putting this in our cockpit when we are not on the boat

    Ortho Home Defense MAX No-Pest Strip 65

    So far it has worked great. when I get to the boat, I put the strip in a sealed plastic bag. There are no spiders after I have started with this. I think the reasone they are bad in August is that the egg sack hatch in late August. I found a huge amount of small baby spiders on the boat this august. We also spray anything that touches the boat with home defense from Ortho and we do it weekly
     
  11. Daniel P Thomas

    Daniel P Thomas Member

    755
    Nov 26, 2006
    Clarendon Hills, IL
    1992 350 EB
    Twin 454 Mercruisers 330 hp each

    w/ Bravo II Drives
    Ditto on the Ortho Home Defense.
    We spray the dock, pedestal, power cords and lines on Sunday when we leave the boat.
    Seems to do a pretty good job most of the time.

    This past weekend was a bi$$h.
    As jmunro above said...there were tons of small spiders when I took my cockpit cover off.
    Took two hours of scrubbing and cleaning before the Admiral showed up to get rid of them.
    So when the Admiral showed she knew the boat was safe for her. :)

    Dan
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  12. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    We use the Home Defense in lockers and under the cockpit covering boards. We spend so much time in late June to early August traveling to out of the way marinas that do not spray that our boat is loaded with spiders by the end of July. We bring them all home to our dock in early August and then give the boat and dock a good quick wash down with Seven and kill them in one shot. We wash the boat the following day and we are spider free the rest of the season. Everything in moderation.
     
  13. rcknecht

    rcknecht Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    Anyone every try one of thes sonic systems to keep bugs and rodents away?

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  14. KayKook

    KayKook New Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Mitten State
    89' 200CC Cuddy (Sold)
    175HP 4.3L V-6
    Spectracide Bug Off. The best for the money you can find. Kills those Buffalo spiders especially well.
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    $5.95 at Wally World or at Mangione Hardware on Niagara St.
     
  15. Skuza

    Skuza Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    I've tried the bounce sheets and have had webs attached to them. I've always written it off that at least its leaving a good smell.
     
  16. I wouldn't know nothing about that :huh:. Am I right Guys. !!. :grin:
     
  17. Bobbyg416

    Bobbyg416 New Member

    2
    Oct 11, 2009
    Tampa
    240 Sundancer 2008
    260 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    West Marine sells a spider spray, guess they can help you
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  18. Bobbyg416

    Bobbyg416 New Member

    2
    Oct 11, 2009
    Tampa
    240 Sundancer 2008
    260 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    West Marine sells a spider spray, guess they can help you
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  19. jmunro123

    jmunro123 Member

    370
    Feb 2, 2008
    Gran Bend, Great Lakes
    2004 Sea Ray 390 Motor Yacht
    8.1's
    I tried Seven but it did not seem to kill the spiders. It was about 5 years old. I mixed it up in a pail and actually dropped a spider in the pail. The spider just crawled around for about 3 min. Does SEVEN take longer to work, or maybe it was just old.
     
  20. jmunro123

    jmunro123 Member

    370
    Feb 2, 2008
    Gran Bend, Great Lakes
    2004 Sea Ray 390 Motor Yacht
    8.1's
    How do you use this. Do you spray the whole boat , leave it for a day then wash the boat the next day?
     

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