This week we will discuss a strange little creature that infests boats. We all know how mold and rot are related. But did you know about other creatures that lurk in the shadows of the bilge, behind the galley stove and in the head? Yes, it’s the dreaded Polyester Mite otherwise known as Polyesteratum Miteism. This insidious creature has been known to dissolve and ingest fiberglass, leaving a fine white powder as a by-product.
How can you tell if you have an infestation problem?
First, the smell is a dead giveaway. Its presence is marked by the distinctive order of rotten eggs. Other signs of infestation include tiny pinholes in the hull bottom, to be observed only when the boat is hauled. Some say osmotic blistering causes the holes to develop. Not so! In truth it’s the dreaded polyester mite that is at the root of the problem. The sad truth is that modern science has yet to find a way to eradicate the pest. All sorts of chemicals have been used to treat the infestations without success. Vodka has been shown to provide some relief but it only should be used as a last resort. However, the introduction of Vodka into the marine environment poses its own set of problems. Over use can cause disorientation, dizziness, and a profound sense of euphoria when accidently ingested. Unfortunately, over use can also cause dependency, especially after 5 in the afternoon, or in the morning when accompanied by a red vegetable liquid. This treatment has proved somewhat effective in many cases, with the exception that it tends to render the applicator either mute or so talkative the only way to stop him/her is with a baseball bat. Yes it is an extreme measure to take, but sometimes very necessary. In conclusion, until modern science comes up with an eradication protocol, the use of Vodka appears to be the only remedy.