Does anyone here know of a way to prevent mice from getting into a boat during storage. I have tried D-Con, moth balls, traps etc.. They can be caught with traps or killed with D-Con but I would like to find a way to PREVENT them from getting into the boat and doing damage.
Hi Fisherjeep, mice wonít stay in areas where they donít have an advantage. Short of keeping a cat aboard, you should remove any objects that would provide insulation and shelter. Remove objects like PFD, cushions, seats, paper towels, and especially food items.
Load up the boat with D-Con. You may not like the mess (or smell) in the spring, but it will keep the critters from chewing your wiring.
You could also put in sacrificial bedding for the mice as lone as there is enough D-Con available to last the winter. Put a bail of hay in the boat. The mice will preferentially use it as bedding and leave the rest of your boat alone. However, you also must have enough mice poison aboard to kill your boat guests that try to live there during the winter.
I have had problems with mice with my trailered boat outside of my garage in spring and fall, but that problem goes away when I store it for the winter in my neighbors barn that has tons of hay in it.
Place some D-Con inside the boat, but also place it around the boat.
Please don't place it "around the boat". Think of other wild annimals, pets, and children. In any case, poison will result in dead animals inside your boat, something you don't want. Moth balls work for me and the smell goes away within a day in the spring when the boat is uncovered and opened up.
Other than shrink wrap, I don't think you can seal the boat tight enough to keep them out. The electonic pest repellers might be worth a try in addition to the moth balls.
Try to use Fox urine powder. It is harmless, for pets, children and you can spray it around the bopat and put it on a plate inside the boat. The smell of a fox will keep rodents away. In addition, you can add the green cubes (poison). This will make the rodent look for water, so they die outside of your boat. Last but not leat, I heard that the that the gas evaporating from mothballs (ethylene???) can cause corrosion to some paints and metals.
mice will chew on expensive materials (sunbrella) and on life supporting material (bellows.) I once found a family in my cars air filter; then some of the material worked it's way into the intake. squirrels like poly tarps. mouse poison works on squirrels too.
mice can enter a boat thru the garboard drain hole so place mesh screen on the outside of it. put poison inside and outside. smell as regular as you can for death. mice are a serious threat to the seaworthiness of a boat. even when children are on board. use plenty of poison and be responsible too. I mean this; every boatyard should have a team of felines to keep critters away. feed them dry food only - let them hunt for their meat. a mouse, rat or snake can jam itself into a mechanical part of your motor at startup. spare no mercy for these critters - it's them or you .
How are they getting in, first of all? They can climb a lot of things, but how do they climb your hull sides?
I've never had a mouse in my boat ever, but I also can't see how they could possibly get in......
My guess would be that they are climbing up ropes used to hold down a tarp. I have always stored my boats on their trailer and never had a mouse problem. My current boat has a cockpit cover that snaps on, and since I store indoors, that is enough. My previous boat had a tarp that I tied down with rope that went under the boat and attached to the tarp on the other side. I make sure that nothing is hanging down to the ground that any critters could climb up and I keep my drain plug in so they can't get in there either.
I hope I didn't jinx myself here...
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I just found a product that keeps mice away from your boat. It is these little pouches called "Store it Right" that you place in your boat and the mice detest the scent and run away. I have used these forever and never had any issues with mice in my boat. This way there are no dead mice to deal with, and it is safe around other animals and people... No poisons, and no worries.
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