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    I hadn't even considered this possible, what with the boat on a trailer, and the hull supposedly watertight. The boat was stored in dry storage since the new year except one trip in March to test everything and keep things lubricated. I did a lot of work in April replacing the radio. The annual maintenance check in May found a leak in the cooling system had sprayed seawater all over the front pulley and belt assembly. Boat was at the shipyard for 2 weeks while they waited for parts and replaced everything that was rusted out. I got it back last week and took a brief look inside the cabin and engine bay, but didn't see anything unusual.

    Today I went aboard to work on the plumbing and noticed a few ants crawling around the cockpit. That seemed weird. I squashed them, and opened the engine hatch and began work. Over the next hour, I vacuumed up probably 50 more ants. Most of them seemed to be crawling from under the hot water heater, and near the battery boxes, though that may just be because that's the area I was working on. It's a steady stream coming out 1-3 at a time every few minutes.

    I searched the cabin for any food someone might have left, but didn't find any. I walked around the boat looking for any ant trails on the tires or hull, but nothing. I'm puzzled what could've attracted them. Is there something in the engine which they might find tasty?
    1994 2556, 350 MAG MPI Horizon, Bravo 2

    #2
    Put out a couple of ant traps with the poison in it. You may have a nest that will get more problematic with time.
    Cheers, Hans
    2007 Carver 41 CMY
    Twin Volvo D6-370
    Montreal, Canada
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      #3
      Moisture ants? Carpenter ants? Any wet wood anywhere? I'd pull the water heater and investigate.
      Dave
      Edmonds, WA
      "THE FIX"
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      (.030 over-Vortec top end-part closed cooled)
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      https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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        #4
        Remember the concrete in that area!
        Slightly modified 2859 6.5 Diesel Bravo III X drive
        96 Dodge 5.9 5 speed Gear vender OD.

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          #5
          Heck the darn things were laying eggs in my mail box, hundreds of them. Metal box on a metal pole.

          I put them all to with some ant spray.
          1997 Maxum 2400 SCR 5.7LX Bravo II

          Mike

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            #6
            They looked like the standard Argentine ants. I didn't see any when I dropped by the boat this morning, but all the same I put down some borax/sugar water mixture I'd prepared (same stuff as Terro ant poison). Hopefully that takes care of any possible nest.
            1994 2556, 350 MAG MPI Horizon, Bravo 2

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              #7
              Aerosols are the most popular remedies to fight ants. They destroy those insects in 2-2 hours. But gels are more effective. They can kill not only workers but other ants too. You can also use long-lasting insecticide pencils and chalks. Boric acid, vinegar, the Pyrethum powder are good against ants too. Read this article to know how to use those remedies appropriately. Hope it will come in handy.

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                #8
                I have been noticing a few ants on board. The boat is in my slip so I guess they must be coming aboard via the dock lines. I have noticed them on the dock as well. I will be buying ant traps today but what can I put on the dock lines to prevent further encroachment?
                P/C Bob Hicks JN
                Dock Holiday, 1992 Bayliner 3888 Double Cabin Flybridge Cruiser
                Twin Hino W04TI 210 HP Diesels with Hurth HSW630A 2.0:1 Trannys
                Westerbeke 8.0 BTD-614 8KW Genset
                Avon 9 ft 6 in Tender with a Tohatsu M8B 8HP outboard
                Currently moored at Stones in Nanamio, B.C.

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                  #9
                  I had the same thing happen in our 5th wheel.. i went to home depot and got some of the Amdro ant killer granuals and sprinkled around in the trailer... the ants were gone within a day... these work much qucker than the terro ant bait, which takes a week to 10 days to kill them...


                  NU LIBERTE'
                  Salem, OR

                  1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
                  5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
                  N2K equipped throughout..
                  2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
                  2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
                  '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
                  Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding

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                    #10
                    Spray the line with Ortho Home Defense. This will help keep them off the lines
                    2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
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                    2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
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