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Getting Rid of Seagulls, Fruit Flies, and Wasps on your Boat

Seeing a boat that had a bunch of dollar store plastic snakes placed strategically on the top bimini, bow, and antenna base was intriguing, so we asked what this was all about. Evidently, snakes eat seagull eggs so seagulls avoid snakes. The boat owner explained that he was parked in a marina next to two other boats with the exact same slips and all three boats were constantly covered in bird poop. After putting the snakes on his boat only the other two boats got hit.

 It started us thinking about the other "natural deterrents" out there. Who can forget the crumpled brown paper bag that was supposed to act as a nest and deter wasps? You can try this out before purchasing one of the commercial versions. It's hard not to walk down the dock without seeing a Waspinator. It looks just like a wasp nest and is sold in packs of 2 for about $10. The product is based on the idea that wasps are territorial and view the Waspinator as an enemy nest and fly away. They claim that one Waspinator can clear up to a 40 foot area. 

Another common foe is the fruit fly. Quite often there is not enough room in the pint size boat fridge for all of your fruit and no matter where you hide it, they find it (the same goes for an unattended glass of wine). The hands down best way to clear them out of your galley is to put about 2 - 3 inches of apple cider vinegar, wine, or tequila in the bottom of a glass bottle, top it off with a funnel and watch them flock. The funnel creates a welcome entrance but they can't figure out how to exit. Because fruit flies breed and live in moist places like garbage disposals and drains, you should rinse them daily with hot, hot water. If you are running short on hot water, there is a theory that placing a couple of ice cubes in the drain before you go to bed will act as a deterrent and they will move on. We would love to hear your home remedy ideas, especially the ones that work!

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