My new boat is infested with ticks. It's important to know that the boat is "new" to me, but was actually "new" in 1972. I bought it last week, and it cost me less then a plane ticket to Orlando.
I took this retro looking, yellow orange floating pile of fiberglass to the car wash on Saturday. The thing hasn't seen soap and water for about 15 years. Snails, roaches, a mouse, and thousands and thousands of ants! I felt more like the Orkin Man then a new boat owner.
I spent 10 bucks at the car wash. I towed it home, restored the fiberglass, replaced all of the wood backing in the seats, and installed new carpet! I cleaned every inch of that boat. I missed one little thing. Actually, I missed several hundred little things.
Somewhere in the boat, a nest of ticks. Tiny, little, blood sucking ticks. I didn't notice them before (too many snails, roaches, and ants) but as I was leaning on my newly clean boat, I noticed a small tick on the white seat. One, two, six, 15 .. more and more! They were on my arm, on my shoes, my pants. It was like a horror movie. I took the boat back to the car wash, and absolutely crushed the inside with hot water and soap.
I'm not sure I destroyed all of the ticks, but the boat is cleaner now then it ever was in 1972. If the ticks return, maybe I will call the Orkin Man.