Termites on your Boat or Yacht? Top 5 Places Where to Find Them
Published: Jun 20
Most boat or yacht owners have a special connection with their vessel. Many live on them or spend endless hours out in the sea. They know every corner of their marine vessel, from bow to stem. They take care of every problem or dilemma as soon as it is found. If you own one, then you must understand the connection that I am describing. As well as know how important it is for proper maintenance to be performed.
But termites, when would someone find termites on a boat if it’s always on the water or if the body of the vessel is made out of fiberglass?
The answer to that question is most commonly that you will believe. There are many factors involved, but primarily you have to understand that drywood termites can fly (swarm) from one location to another in order to expand. Many times docks, marinas and even other boats are already infested with them, and with time they tend to find its way into your ship. Even if the body is made of fiberglass there are many areas of the boat that are made from wood like cabinets, furniture, chairs and many time even the framing that holds your interior walls in place.
For this reason, it is very important that you do regular inspections to your boat or yacht. If you do a complete inspection once a year, you will be able to find and eradicate any termite infestations before they create any significant damage to it. Look at every corner of your boat, especially on these top 5 places where you will most commonly find them:
- Interior Cabinets
- Exterior Cabinets / Furniture
- Access Hatches
- Window Sills
- Inside the Engine Compartment
If you are not sure what are the signs of a termite infestation make sure to read our separate article: ‘Termites: What Every Property Owner Should Be Looking For‘. This will show you how swarmer’s, their wings, their pellets, and damage look like. Be proactive and do not avoid this step, mark it on your calendar and it will be easier to remember. If you use a digital calendar, they have an option to make it a recurrent event which will take all of the mental work out of it.
Hopefully, the inspection did not show any signs, but in the case that it did make sure that a professional take a look at it. There are many termite products that are sold at the store but remember you are on a water vessel and proper precautions have to be taken. As well many of these products will just displace the infestation and not kill it, making a successful treatment harder afterward due to the difference in properties of the pesticides.
Our licensed termite inspectors have the experience and the proper knowledge to handle these infestations. Contact Us today either by phone at (619) 421 – 2101 or online and we will be more than happy to schedule an inspection. Once your licensed termite inspector evaluates the infestation and its extent, he will recommend the best customized solution to control the problem completely.
Gilberto A. Cortez
California Licensed Operator and Contractor