Pest Control Services For Boats & Yachts

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Pest Control Services For Boats & Yachts

Pest Control Services For Boats & Yachts

Each day thousands of ships are moving from port to port around the world and the shipping industry provides an excellent environment for pests to live and multiply.

Boats and Yachts provide an excellent vehicle for pests such as Rodents, cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitoes and fleas to live and thrive.

As ships port for short periods of time to be restocked and serviced, early identification of pests and a quick response time is important to prevent large infestations from forming.

Ongoing monitoring is essential to keep boats pest free.

Sydneys Best Pest Controls’ technicians have the skill and expertise in keeping boats and yachts free of pests.

Cockroaches can quite often be an issue on boats as they can be introduced with deliveries and stock brought on board.  Breeding grounds are ideal for cockroaches due to the high humidity and warm environment within the kitchen/kitchenettes on board.

Wood destroying pests such as termites or powder post beetles could also be a major problem for boat owners.  Termites in boats can cause major damage if left untreated.

It is essential to take in charge of the situation to eliminate the pests because of the danger of transmitting serious diseases to crew and passengers.

Their treatment and eradication is essential for improving and maintaining good public health standards on board ships.

Pest Spread Diseases Aboard Ships

A pest infested boat can cause alarm to crew and members as pests not only cause harm to the ecosystem but also to your staff and passengers.


Cockroaches are a high-risk pest to have on your boat/yacht as they carry a range of serious illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

The risk is increased when children the elderly and those fighting illnesses are passengers on your boat or yacht.

Cockroach droppings have been implicated as being a contributing factor leading to childhood asthma.  Apart from the health risks, cockroaches are a disturbing pest to many boat owners and they also produce an obnoxious odour that contaminates nearby food and belongings.

Cockroaches can breed rapidly and are highly resilient.

A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches in your vessel.


Rats and mice are notorious pests, and because they tend to breed quickly, can become a significant problem if appropriate action is not taken to remove them from a boat or Yacht.

Rodents aboard your boat not only pose serious health risks but can also damage the fabric and the structure of the boat.

Any kind of rodent problem on your boat should be treated immediately.

Rats & mice can:

  • Cause significant damage to wiring.
  • Have even been known to chew through floors and walls.
  • Unsanitary as their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.
  • Contaminate food and other materials.
  • Implicated in causing fires after chewing through electrical cables.


Fleas aboard a ship cannot only transmit diseases but imagine being in the middle of the ocean covered in itchy bites!


Mosquitoes transmit diseases such as malaria, as well as viruses such as dengue and yellow fever to name a few.

Aside from being annoying they can spread their diseases not only to passengers on the ship but to entire communities upon their arrival to new destinations.

Termite Inspections

Detecting timber pests using traditional techniques such as a visual inspection can sometimes be problematic because timber may be infested but not show any visible signs such as emergence holes or frass. Prevailing weather conditions & or the quality and accuracy of information can hinder visual inspections.  Sydney’s Best Pest Control highly recommend that all termite inspections on boats be carried out with the specially trained termite sniffer dog & thermal cameras.


Early identification and monitoring of pests is very important to keep ships pest free.

It is important to monitor and act quickly when pests are discovered.

Failure to do so can result in lost revenue from passengers, contamination of cargo foodstuffs, and damage to your reputation.


Sydneys Best Pest controls’ techniques are fast responsive and effective as we understand that it is critical for a ship to be serviced on time.

In most cases pest control treatments need to take place at the same time as the ship is being loaded with food, supplies or passengers. Sydneys Best Pest Control will take this into consideration wo ensure the pest control is carried out in a swift and effective manner to reduce any distractions to your staff and passengers

Sydneys Best Pest Control will provide an Integrated Pest Management program to eliminate and protect your boat against pest problems which has the least impact on people, livestock, foodstuffs or other sensitive cargo.

Ongoing treatment programs may be necessary to ensure your boat/yacht remains

Monitors can be put in place to monitor pest activity such as glue boards or even bedbug monitors!

For more information, free advice or a free onsite quote call Sydneys Best Pest Control a call on 1800 819 189 and speak to one of our commercial consultants.