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ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« on: November 11, 2005, 12:12:14 am »
Roaches .............discusting little critters! Almost impossible to get rid of. I've  tried everything that I know of to do away with them. Boric acid, roach motels, bug spray, tennis shoe from 20 feet! Down here in the south there big and nasty. No matter what you do they seem to come right back. Does anyone know a good way to take care of these fellows? Other than calling Orkin.
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 12:19:36 am »

 We used Boric Acid at the camp. Has to be FRESH.
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 12:20:41 am »
Hey woodbowl,
     The first thing to do is eliminate any moisture. They are drawn to it. I have also used a chemical spray with permethrine in it. They use to use it in chicken houses to control bugs. It is a little hard to find, but your co-op usually carries it. The smell is not bad either.

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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005, 12:25:40 am »

     The first thing to do is eliminate any moisture. They are drawn to it.
Uhh ............ I can throw a rock out the back door and hit the pond. ::)
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005, 12:28:20 am »
Uhh ............ I can throw a rock out the back door and hit the pond. ::)

I meant in or around the foundation of your house.  :D :D :D :D :D :D Now if you want to fill that pond in...... ;D
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005, 12:37:26 am »

 Them little buggers like to hang out in the overflow holes on sinks and tubs. Also, in the Disposal side of the kitchen sink.
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2005, 12:38:02 am »
I'm having to go back to when I lived in Florida and that was before 1972.

After I got married, we paid Nozzle Nolen (competitor to Orkin) to come around and spray once and month and that seemed to control them.  If they could not get into the house because no one was home, they would spray around the outside of the house.

There are some pesticides on the market now that might do the same thing as a Pest Control Company would do.  I think one of them is called "Home Defense" and comes in a gallon container with a sprayer and hose.  I think it is residual and you could spray your own baseboards once a month.  Even spray around the house.  Roaches get into the walls and can come out the electrical outlets or other small openings like where pipes pass into the wall.  So remove stuff from the cabinets under the sinks and spray good in there.  Spray around the outlets too.

Always check grocery bags when you come back from the grocery store. They like to ride inside in those. You don't need the grocery store's roaches.  Just keep all food sealed and put away and counters and tables wiped down good before going to bed.

That's about all I know about getting rid of roaches other than tenting your house.

When I was growing up, our house was the old wooden "Florida" house.  We had those big house spiders inside. We weren't allowed to kill them 'cause they ate the roaches. ;D
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2005, 12:46:03 am »
I never had roaches in my house till my dad passed away and i brought home a cabinet from his home. tried for almost two years to get rid of the filthy little buggers. Orkin didn,t help much. just slowed em down for a couple of weeks. finaly got local joe exterminator in and he put out some kind of poison with a penut butter base ( a poison on it's own if you ask me) that wiped htem out. none in ovre 10 years
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2005, 01:58:51 am »
Stubborn little buggers ain't they...

Best easy to get spray I've found so far is Bengal roach and ant spray...   Comes in a great big orange can with one of those straw squirty things too.   Wear a mask as it's rank.  Squirt it everywhere that little straw will go...  in all the plumbing holes in the cabinets, behind the fridge,... everywhere. 
Then leave the house for awhile...

Follow up with the roach baits...  Might put some of those fumigator things in between these attacks...   

Coordinated attack will bring your enemies to their knees!!!......  er... ah... yeah...

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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2005, 02:26:31 am »
I've had two pest companies tell me not to ever use Bengal.  What ever type of poison they use is good, but because of the way it works, if you ever get another infestation it is twice as hard to get rid of and supposedly bengal won't work very well the second time.   When we first got our trailer I sprayed for spiders.  I wanted to be sure so I got a contractor and when he saw some dead bugs he wanted to know what I had used because if it was Bengal he would have had to use a different-stronger chemical.  When we moved it to our land we had it sprayed again and same question from a different contractor.

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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2005, 04:23:14 am »
..... it works, if you ever get another infestation it is twice as hard to get rid of and supposedly bengal won't work very well the second time. .......

Hard to imagine that any type of resistance can be built up that fast in a population of bugs. We sometimes hear of resistances to 'treatments' built up over several generations, but in one or less, seems a bit too quick. 
But then, I don't know. That sort of info should be buried on the web somewhere, with some explanation why and what is happening. By chance do you remember the pest companies?
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2005, 08:56:25 am »
finaly got local joe exterminator in and he put out some kind of poison with a peanut butter base ( a poison on it's own if you ask me) that wiped them out. none in over 10 years
LeeB, I've got a thing about not poisining myself and my family. I want to take a guess at what the peanut butter conbo is. Was it like a paste? I know someone who does the same thing. He mixes up flour, bacon grease, sugar and boric acid. I can't ever seem to get it to work. Maybe the perportions are all wrong. Deadheader, you say the boric acid's got to be fresh? Seems like it aught to keep forever in the container.
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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2005, 09:07:42 am »
We have a couple wolf spiders that are like members of the family, Boris and Natasha.  As long as they stay in the basement we don't bother them.  They eat a lot of critters from crickets to roaches.
I never tell our visitors who sleep in the basement about them.  What they don't know won't bother them  ;)
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2005, 09:20:39 am »
Furby didn't know  :o :o :o

Or he did, and wouldn't stay  ::)


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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2005, 09:30:03 am »
Long ago, I lived in an apartment that had roaches so bad, you could hear them at night.

I tried several things, most made me sick, then I got this powder called roach proof which is boric acid and some other poisen in it. I drilled 1/4 inch holes in the drywall on 16 inch centers and dumped the powder in each of them. After about 40 days the roaches where gone.

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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2005, 09:35:01 am »
Beenthere,
I did offer him a bed for the night (without mentioning Boris and Natasha) but he wanted to get back on the road.  I remember way back when, when I was his age, roadtime was the best time.
He most likely would have made friends with Boris and Natasha. :)

When we built the house I sprinkled Roach Proof between the studs before we insulatied and sheathed the walls.  It was many years before we saw our first roach.
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I tried several things, most made me sick, then I got this powder called roach proof which is boric acid and some other poisen in it.

Look for Roach Proof powder.
Paul Harvey sold us on a can of "Roach Prufe" about 15 years years ago. I couldn't tell that it did anything. We still have half a can. Can't figure why it works for some and not for others.
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2005, 10:03:36 am »
First thing is to spray expanding foam around all pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, and dryer/washer room. Then seal electrical outlets (can use caulk), then seal around HVAC vents in the walls and floors. Then roach motels stand a chance. Seal the bottom of exterior doors well.


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Re: ROACHES ... How to get rid of em'
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2005, 10:35:01 am »
Best thing I've found is Combat paste.  I don't like to use poisons either, but you can put this stuff in places that it will never come into contact with your family. I put some behind the sink(under the countertop), behind the stove and 'fridge, behind the washing machine, etc.

The cockroaches we have here are bold and brazen.  They will just stand there at the door, waiting for someone to open it!

Where I have a real problem is in the barn where I feed the dogs.  I don't know what to do about them without poisoning the dogs. ???
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2005, 12:04:48 pm »
DanG, maybe you could take the dogs and other animals...and their food...out of the barn and set off several of those fumigation bombs you can buy at the store.  Then set out some of those COMBAT brand roach motels. They are supposed to have poisoned bait inside that the roaches take back to their colony and share.  Set them up and away from the animals. 

You might also consider getting a dogfood dispenser that dispenses the right amount of food for the dogs, so they'll eat it all up and not leave any around for the roaches.  Just a thought.
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