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Old 01-04-2020, 12:35 PM
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Default Help! Hull of boat being eaten alive by ants or termites or something!

I recently had my boat back at the manufacturer to have some work done and they told me they vacuumed up a bunch of pieces of foam in the bilge from what they thought was carpenter ants. They suggested letting off a bug bomb in there.

The suspicion is that they have gone into the wiring harness tunnel to the console. The pieces of foam are showing up directly underneath the opening to the tunnel in the bilge.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this?







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01-04-2020, 12:41 PM
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Looks more like the work of a rodent.
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Looks more like the work of a rodent.
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Clean it all out....looks like rodents....put dryer sheats everywhere....they hate them
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Yep. All the pieces are about the same size and shape. Some type of mouse or pack rat would do that.
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I was going to say same thing, a mouse
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A marinized chupacabra.
Old 01-04-2020, 02:03 PM
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umm bilge rat!!!
Old 01-04-2020, 02:07 PM
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I agree with every one else. We have had carpenter ants in our house chewing up the foam insulation, and it comes out like a powder.
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I've seen something very similar from what I figured was either chip monks or squirrels.
Hope they didn't get onto the wiring.
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If ants or termites order some Taurus SC off amazon. If Rodents get some “just one bite” bars. Not sure then employ both.
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Thanks for the input. I went to a do it yourself pest control place today and the guy also thought it looked like rodent work.
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Rodents also love chewing the insulation of wires for some reason.
The vermin comes back to that spot to drop the foam, remove the pieces and place a trex trap there.
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Or maybe a glue trap here and there, if huge carpenter ants , they will stick.
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Just throw a little rat snake in there.
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Just throw a little rat snake in there.
Then you need a cat to get the snake. Those glue traps leave a brutal crime scene after a few days, with the poison could go feet up in a hard to get to place and stink. I use those small wire/live traps and then let them loose at mother in laws house
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Then throw in a dog to get the cat out.
Old 01-04-2020, 05:55 PM
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Ditto on wire traps, no poison.
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Rodents ate my friends Subaru wiring harness. Year later they ate his BMW motorcycle.
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moth balls are best , old fashioned , gets rid of rodents , or carpenter ants
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Regular spring loaded rat trap, peanut butter and/or bacon for bait. Just secure the trap with leader wire, big rodents can haul off a tripped trap.
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