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Pest Control: How to Kill Roaches

Published 7/21/08 (Modified 6/17/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I have a little secret to share. Well it's not really a secret so much as it's a phobia that I've held since I was a little kid. Here's the���� secret - I am deathly afraid of household insects, but in particular - cockroaches. There, I've said it - the cat's out of the bag - go ahead and laugh, but it's not funny (maybe just a little bit). Funny or not, it's something that makes my heart beat fast, makes my pupils dilate like saucers, and summons forth caveman like instincts to grab the nearest bunny slipper or rolled up U.S. News and World Report magazine for some self-preservation-inspired bug pounding.

The mere sight of the creepy crawly legs and wiggling antennas of the common household cockroach jetting out from dark corners and scampering across bathroom counters and kitchen floors utterly freaks me out. While I don't instantly jump onto chairs, call my mommy, or scream at the top of my lungs like a little girl, I do become visibly startled and immediately shift into fight mode whenever I encounter a lost spider or resident evil roach in my apartment. I'm sure you PETA fanatics out there may be turned off by my disdain and opposition to the plight of roaches and other household vermin, but I don't care. Roaches and insects have no place in my home and I'll do whatever it takes to eradicate the pests. I've had too many unfortunate experiences and bad memories of living with roaches during my student years.

Fortunately, I'm currently at a place and time in my life where my financial means now permit me to live in a nicer home far away from roach, rat, and vermin infestation that used to plague the ghetto row houses and low cost apartment rentals where I used to live as a college and graduate student. It's been a while since I've had to deal with the nuisance of roaches or had to arm myself with high caliber anti-roach weaponry to fight off the onslaught of the mighty cockroach horde. But sometimes, scenes on TV and real life will remind me of how things used to be. Right now there's a really fascinating but disgusting show on the Discovery Channel called the Verminators that I absolutely love to watch. The reality TV show follows a crack team of household pest exterminators as they go from problem home to another, wiping out severe rat, roach, ant, maggot, spider, and even pigeon infestations. The reason I love the show is the gleeful delight and absolute warlike approach the personalities on the show exhibit towards their determination to kill off all resident bugs that infest the homes of their desperate clients. The exterminator pros show no mercy and go full out with their armament of sprays, powders, and oxygen masks to combat the invaders. One time they even brought out an actual gun to take out a mega-rat that was hiding in someone's attic. The show, while visually horrendous, brings me back to my graduate school days when I faced a massive roach infestation of my own.

My Failed Battle Against The Impressive Roach Army That Resulted In Eventual Retreat and Surrender

Until recently, I've always had a roach problem wherever I lived. Even though I consider myself relatively clean when it comes keeping my home tidy, roaches always seemed to invade my home. Probably the biggest reason for that was the fact that much of my early life was spent as a financially frugal student. As I was primarily supported by my overseas-living parents during my early years, I made a conscientious decision to live in apartments and neighborhoods that were affordable, to help lessen the financial burden on my parents who had several tuitions and living expenses to pay for. But as a result of my cost saving measures, every place I've lived at was infested with vermin of all types - from rats to roaches. As indicated above, it wasn't until my recent later years in my late 20's that I've been able to move on up the financial ladder to higher class, vermin-free housing.

Probably the absolute worst out-of-control infestation experience occurred during my post law school years when I was still struggling to settle down with my fledgling law career and build a sustainable living. To keep expenses low and save money, I decided to move into a quiet garden apartment community in a suburb of Maryland. The commute was great, proximity to grocery stores was excellent, and the price seemed too good to be true - it was. Months into my lease, the nightmare began. While I maintained a clean apartment, washing my dishes after every meal and storing away all food products into air tight containers, I kept noticing the appearance of roaches. At first it was just one or two encounters a week. I squished the roaches with my shoe and flushed them down the toilet each time and hoped they would go away, but they never did. They simply started appearing in greater and greater numbers. It got to the point where everytime I turned on my bathroom light, I would see two or three small roaches hanging around the ceiling area or visibly trying to scurry into a wall corner. Each time I got chills and sweated profusely at the sight of the nightmarish invaders. Eventually, their presence spread from the bathroom and into the kitchen, and eventually into the living room. In time I started seeing them during the day as well, a warning sign that I had a serious problem. Roaches are biologically night animals. If you see one during the day, it likely indicates that you have a serious infestation as overcrowding under cabinets and refrigerators probably has forced them out into the open. For each single roach you see in the open, it probably represents hundreds more hiding behind your drywall or between your floorboards.

At the time I was busy with work so I had little time to deal with my apartment management and forcefully compel them to eliminate the pests. But in response to a few calls and complaints, my apartment complex hired an exterminator, but the roach baits they set forth were ineffective. Eventually I simply went full out and took matters into my own hands. I headed to Home Depot to arm myself with all that consumer bug fighting technology had to offer. I purchased every single roach bait, egg stopper, roach gels, boric acid powder, and roach spray brand I could find - everything from MaxForce to Raid. I probably purchased more roach motel traps and roach gel bait devices than I needed, but I was determined to eliminate their presence from my home forever. All in all, I probably had more than 60 individual roach bait traps for a small apartment that was only about 700 square feet in all. I lined all corners and walls with multiple roach baits, and inserted gel bait poisons into all cabinet cracks and wall corners. I also dusted hard to reach areas with a layer of boric acid, a white powder that is not grossly toxic to humans or most pets like cats, dogs, and birds, but is supposedly deadly towards insects as it eats away their hard shell skin thereby dehydrating them to death. However, while I started seeing piles of upside down roaches everywhere, indications that my baits were working, the onslaught kept coming. Everyday I would see dead roaches everywhere, but new live ones seemed to keep taking their places, gnawing on the dead roach carcasses for nourishment.

Even my poor pet parrot was not immune to the onslaught. Even though he was never physically harmed, his cage was also slowly invaded by the swarming roaches. To protect my pet parrot to the best of my ability, I made sure to keep his cage clean at all times and placed his cage on a plastic lawn furniture table in my living room. I lined the bottom of the plastic table with a thick coat of boric acid powder to ensure that the only way that roaches could invade the cage was by walking through the white powder of insect death. However, day in and day out, I would look at my parrot's bedding liner to find that the roaches had determinedly strolled through the boric acid powder and made their way into the bottom liner of his cage to seek out food products. When I pulled out the cage's poop tray to clean it one time, I freaked out when more than 15 roaches scurried out from the plate and began crawling the walls, heading to the ceiling to escape like some horror movie. The nightmarish sight sent deathly chills down my back, made me sweat in horror, and even caused me to bleat out a few uncontrollable expletives. Although upon inspection, the bird cage invading roaches were covered with boric acid powder from head to toe, the resilient suckers simply refused to die. While most online commentators generally cheer the beneficial roach killing abilities of boric acid powder, I must point out that the effects are often slow and unpredictable.

Although I was incredibly busy with my job at the time, I eventually found time to storm into my apartment complex manager's office to demand that they hire a competent exterminator to fix this emergency situation. Eventually the management relented and hired a more expensive crew to come in and flush the roaches out. The professionals came in with their roach pesticide sprays and laid down lines of defensive deadly roach pesticide trails designed to kill roaches on contact that trample onto them. Then they used a special roach flushing agent to spray into floorboard cracks and underneath appliances to flush out the roach colonies into the open so that they would walk onto the pesticide laden floors. It worked for a while - as there was a huge spike in dead roach bodies as the flushed out roach families were annihilated. But even with professional baits laid out to control the outbreak, the efforts were ultimately futile. The roaches continued to crawl around my dishes, hide in my television set, relax in my stove, and even find their way into my fridge of all places. The final straw was when friends came over to visit me and one of them sat down on my sofa only to stand up moments later with a squished roach on her butt.

Eventually, I shifted into lawyer mode and sent a very threatening legal letter to my landlord demanding that I be fully released from my apartment lease obligations, citing the management's violation and breach of our contract to keep the premises a safe and reasonably livable place. There was simply nothing else I could do. After talking with the exterminator, I learned that I was fighting a losing cause. Because my discount apartment complex was so old and populated by lower income families that had a habit of illegally stuffing multiple families into one apartment meant for only one, sanitation and cleanliness were major problems. Even though I kept my own apartment clean, massive roach infestations in the adjacent apartments were causing them to spill over into my unit. At the end, I was released from my lease and left my ghetto apartment in a hurry. Ultimately, I had to pay substantially more in monthly rent to live at a new, clean, and higher class apartment complex free of roaches and vermin. My rent soared from $800 a month at my old place to more than $1475 for the new place. While it's a lot more money, I don't regret a single thing about my decision to pay more in rent. Freedom from roach infestations is definitely worth the heavier financial price. Saving money is great, but having that extra few hundred in my account isn't worth the sheer torment of living with roaches invading your life completely and taking over your sanity.

Roach Infestations Are Bad For Your Health and Must Be Eliminated Quickly (Easier Said Than Done)

So other than the scare factor, why are cockroaches and the infestation that they bring to our homes so bad for you and I? First of all, it should be noted that not all insects are inherently bad. Some bugs like spiders and millipedes actually serve useful ecological purposes. Without their presence, our human existence would be inundated with out of control growth populations of pesky critters of all sorts. Most of these utilitarian insects help to control general insect population by building webs to trap, eat, and kill off other insects, helping to keep a lid on spiraling population growth. While I'm generally afraid of insects and roaches in particular, there are bugs that I have friendly, harmonious relationships with. When I see insects like lady bugs or even cicadas, I don't mind picking them up with my bare fingers to inspect them. I see them as friendly insects that help the environment, so I'm not automatically afraid of them. Roaches of all breeds on the other hand are a different story - they are simply vile. While cockroaches live all around the world and come in all shapes and sizes, the breeds I'm most adverse to are the classic American and German cockroach. These two breeds are the most common roach pests found in American homes.

Roaches are the ultimate scavengers and harbingers of disease, germs, and insect fecal wastes. They have no qualms about walking through through poo or other disgusting solids and liquids. Their bodies frequently carry around all sorts of germs and potential infection spreading agents. One huge problem that they cause for inhabitants of homes that they infect is the creation of roach dust that they build up and leave behind. Roach dust is made up of decayed roach body parts and droppings that become airborne, infecting our breathing and embedding itself onto our hairs, clothes, and furniture. Roach dust is a powerful asthmatic agent that has the potential to trigger significant asthma attacks in sensitive people.

Cockroaches will consume almost anything organic and even somethings otherwise inorganic. They'll chew threw paper, cloth, oils, bodily wastes, and any type of food or liquid product you leave behind. These little evil cannibals will even snack on the dead bodies of their fellow roach comrades they come across. Nothing is off limits when it comes to their diets. In their never ending pursuit for food, roaches often follow the footsteps of humans into homes and stay close to sources of water and food - which is why they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, and places where food is plentiful (like near your dog or cat's food bowl).

The one singular thing that makes them so terrible and deserving of a spot in the Bible as an Old Testament plague is the fact they breed insanely fast and are nearly impossible to get rid of. Female roaches can lay up to 40 eggs at a time, laying up to a 400 evil babies in a lifetime. Their lifespan is a year long and adult roaches can go for a month without food, and even up to an hour without oxygen. They can live off of virtually anything. Even the organic glue compound found on the back of stamps or the nourishment of your dead skin flakes can sustain them for weeks.

Cockroaches are also very difficult to kill. Not only do they run like Olympic track stars, their bodies are extremely well adapted to fend off damage. Because their breathing system is made up of tubes on their bodies called trachea, they can continue to live even after their heads or limbs are chopped off - talk about walking zombies. Also, have you tried to chase down a roach with your shoe before? It's nearly impossible. It's like playing whack a mole on steroids as they dart around so fast, it's scary. They are able to quickly scurry into wall corners and flatten their bodies to avoid your newspaper punishment. They are also primarily nocturnal, preferring to come out at night. When they do, they are very stealthy and experts at staying hidden, invading your cabinets, sinks, toothbrushes, and your food stocks right under your nose. At the mere presence of light, they often smartly run for cover, unlike their more stupid cousin bugs that often sit there, succumbing to flattening attacks by humans.

How Do I Get Rid Of A Mild Cockroach Infestation, and Kill Roaches Using Roach Bait and Roach Traps?

The following words of advice are only suitable for those of you who have mild roach outbreaks in your home. If you only see a lone roach wandering around your home once every year, you probably don't have an infestation as it probably piggybacked into your home via a plastic grocery bag or something like that. However, if you are seeing them every few days, particular during the daytime when they are supposed to be in hiding, you may have a serious problem. If professional treatment and baiting are powerless, your only recourse may be to move out of your home completely like I did and not look back (if that option is available to you). Some things in life are lost causes. In serious infestations, the roaches probably have spread throughout all apartment buildings or all parts of your house. They've probably inhabited your base walls and have set up massive colonies of roach eggs and roach nurseries that are nearly impossible to eliminate completely. Remember, a single female roach once impregnated can continue to lay eggs throughout her entire life, spawning hundreds of hatchlings from just a single individual.

If the roach outbreak is not so dire where moving out is demanded, hiring a professional exterminator might due the trick. Professional exterminators have legal access to much more powerful roach flushing agents and pesticides to kill those little critters. For those who have children and pets in the home and are leery about using toxic pesticides, professional exterminators also have access to potent roach baits and gels that are less toxic for humans and pets. They work by slowly poisoning roaches. Laced with attractive smells to entice a roach, the victim eats the bait and ingests the delayed action poison that will ultimately kill it. When it travels back into the wall boards, it brings some of the poisoned food with it to share with others. In time, roach baits can kill off entire roach populations if the problem has not completely spiraled out of control.

In my opinion, cockroach bombs and roach foggers should be avoided. Not only are they extremely toxic to humans and pets, but their limitations are very well documented and observed. The irritants do drive away roaches temporarily, but they are not effective in killing the populations completely. The roaches will simply run for cover and hide until the toxic plumes have faded. As soon as you move back into your home after the roach bomb has done its work, they will come back out to play. Also, don't waste your money on those pointless electronic pest control repellent scams that you see on TV all the time. Supposedly, simply by plugging the electronic pest control repellent device into your electrical outlet and activating it, the system emits an ultra high frequency wave that irritates and drives away pests like roaches and rodents. These devices are supposed to be safe for both humans and pets. However, they're pure junk and scams in my opinion. Both rats and roaches are extremely durable and hardy animals, conditioned to survive even nuclear devastations if it ever came down to it, so neither of them is likely going to be stopped by some pointless frequency wave. To get rid of them, you're going to have to resort to good old fashioned roach food deprivation and chemical warfare. Ditch the expensive electronic pest control repellent devices and don't waste your money.

For those of you with mild roach infestations, here are some home remedies and homemade solutions to help you kill them, exterminate their colonies, and keep your home free of pesky cockroaches. Much of your efforts will be spent targeting notorious problem areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

Household Solutions To Get Rid Of A Mild To Manageable Roach Problem:

1) Eliminate the Roaches' Source Of Food, Water, Shelter, and Entry - Unless you live in a shared apartment complex that allows roaches to travel freely from one unit until into another, keeping your home clean is the most effective way to get rid of roaches. Cockroaches invade our homes usually to seek out food and water. Wash your dishes immediately after every meal and wipe down kitchen counters frequently, as roaches like to snack on greases and food oils. Vacuum your carpet and wipe down your hardwood floors and tiles as often as you can to ensure no food or liquid particles remain to feed the roaches. Fix leaky faucets as well as they offer roaches a free tasty source of water to drink from. If you have pets like cats, dogs, or even birds, clean the pet living areas frequently and make sure their food bowls are washed and cleaned after use. Dog food sacks are frequently targets of roaches - always seal them in special airtight containers. Also, make sure there are no open canisters of food or liquids anywhere in your home. Roaches can sniff them out and they will find them. Practice throwing out your trash bags on a daily basis. Trash cans contain all sorts of attractive aromas for roaches. Eliminate this prevalent food source if you can.

Finding out how they are getting into your home is easier said than done. Oftentimes roaches found their way into your home via air vents, front doors, or even cracks outside of your home. Oftentimes, telltale signs like roach droppings - tiny brown pellets of slime, indicate the presence of roaches. Frequently, professional help is needed to help you pinpoint the entry way. Finding out where they are living in your home exactly is also difficult without expert help. But once you locate how they enter your home and where they congregate, a liberal application of roach pesticide spray along the access points will provide long lasting walkways of doom for these roaches.

2) Use Non Toxic Boric Acid Or Diatomaceous Earth - While I've personally had limited success with using boric acid or even diatomaceous earth powder to control roach populations, perhaps you'll have more success than I. Borate powders are generally non toxic to humans, pets, and children although you obviously shouldn't intentionally ingest them. Despite prolonged exposure, my parrot, my friend's cat, and myself managed to remain perfectly healthy in the presence of boric dusted rooms. However, these powders are supposedly toxic and deadly against insects. As insects like roaches come into contact with the powder, the powder sticks onto their outer shell, causing gradual roach death. The downside is that boric acid powder kills very slowly and sometimes it may take days before the acid takes effect. But the plus side is that the compound can remain effective for years if the powder remains dry. Boric acid powders also allow you to dust in areas where the roaches are likely to hide and where humans and pets are less likely to come in contact with - such as in the crevices behind your kitchen appliances and spaces underneath your refrigerator.

Boric acid can be purchased at local retail hardware stores and most drug stores. They usually come in a squeeze bottle with a narrow spout that allows easy dusting once cut. Retail boric acid powder is usually white although some brands color the product light blue so you can see the product better. The key is to dust in areas where roaches are likely to walk through. Roach behavior usually dictates that they prefer to walk along edges where their bodies are in constant contact with some type of wall. Thus, remember to dust the boric acid under your stove and refrigerator, along wall edges, around door frames and open spaces inside of cabinets, sinks, and shelves.

Another product that is used by some is a form of illegal insecticide commonly called "Chinese Chalk", because of their sale in many Chinatown locations. However the sale and purchase of Chinese Chalk is illegal due to the many child related poisonings attributed to the product's resemblance to common classroom chalk. Supposedly, one can use the chalk to draw lines of kill zones on the ground to poison any roach or ant that walks across it. It probably works the same way as boric acid, but with substantially greater toxicity and health danger to humans. I don't recommend using it - it's illegal anyway.

3) Use Roach Traps, Roach Bait, and Roach Gels - Roach baits in all forms contain a combination of poison chemical and attractive food lures to entice roaches to eat them. They are actually quite effective if used in large quantities in strategic indoor locations where it's dark and moist. Like boric acid powder, they both kill slowly. However, this slow killing power is actually the most effective form of mild roach infestation control because it allows the poison to be ingested and taken by the roach into the roach lair to kill the population at its source.

The baits can come in the form of a little plastic roach bait station (roach motel) or they can come in gel syringe form. The plastic roach baits are easier to set and tend to last longer in duration, but I think they are slightly less effective than roach gel baits. Gel baits are very effective but they tend to dry out quicker, not to mention the gels are messier and harder to clean up. The gels also need to be re-applied every few weeks for maximum effect. Roach gels should be lightly applied in corners, on plumping fixtures, on interior cabinet edge corners, and under appliances where it's usually dark. Remember not to combine roach bait and roach gels with instant killing pesticide sprays. The objective with baits is not to kill them instantly, but to allow one infected roach to spread the poison love to others. Popular retail roach bait brands include MaxForce, Combat, and Raid. I don't have any preferences or recommendations because they're all about the same in terms of effectiveness. Try buying all three and using them all simultaneously if you have the money to do so - their poison chemical compositions differ somewhat.

4) Use Roach Insecticide Sprays - These aerosol powered spray cans contain a lethal dose of bug killing liquids. By spraying the roach insecticide chemicals along hidden baseboard floors and on dark and hidden areas underneath and inside cabinets where roaches frequent, you provide tremendous roach killing power on contact. The insecticide sprays contain a chemical that instantly starts to kill the roaches on contact should one wander across a sprayed area. While it's great to know that it's lights out for any roach that crosses its path, the sprays do not provide much residual or long lasting roach control. Only roach baits can target the roach nests and hit the source of the spawning problem. However, back when I had a heavy roach problem, I always kept a few bottles around at the ready. Chasing a fast running roach is much easier with a roach spray. It beats having to swing wildly like a drunkard with a shoe or newspaper.

5) Use Water Jars (Vegas Roach Jars) - Another common household remedy to combat mild roach problems is the use of a so-called Las Vegas roach trap jar. It's called that because the practice was recently popularized by a Las Vegas news report of its effectiveness in catching roaches. While I've never tried it out, the concept sounds rather interesting.���� The Vegas���� cockroach trap consists of a glass jar filled with coffee grounds (as bait), and a little bit of water that is placed against a wall. It is important that the roach jar trap is placed against a wall because roaches prefer to travel along edges where their bodies can maintain constant contact with a wall. Some people like to place Scotch masking tape on the outside of the jar to give the roach more traction. However, once they fall into the jar, the slippery glass surface prevents them from being able to climb out. Supposedly, cockroaches are attracted to these water jars. This type of homemade anti-roach remedy if effective, is a wonderful alternative to using toxic insecticides and baits. But frankly, I'm not fully convinced the technique actually works.

I'm sure everyone has their own secrets and methods to killing roaches. Feel free to share your ideas.

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391 Responses to “Pest Control | How To Kill Roaches | Money Blue Book” 

  1. JJamiah says:

    MPMOMMY - Get a make up brush like blush brush, cheap from the dollar store, get your DE put it in one of those large party cups and dip and dust, dip and dust. :) I still have my cabinets dusted just in case, and put some bay leaves in there.

    Mark I beg to differ DE & Borax is great for Beginning and permanent discouraging of roaches, it was part of my routine and yes I watched those little ones walk in it and die within 30 seconds, the big ones longer, unfortunately a baby cricket got in my house and touched it died within an hour. And the wonderful thing they don't get used to it. You should clean out your trash but you should dust your trash with DE and drop a couple of Harris Roach Tablets in your hair.

  2. JJamiah says:

    Mark also the problem with immediate treatments they work for now, if you situation is one or two that is fine; with an infestation you need to work smarter and realize immediate pleasure isn't going to work. Congradulations on being free for 3 weeks.

    MPMOMMY - I got mine from Ebay under $20 but alot that I still have it. I only one 2.5 pound bag and not even all of it two to three party cups. I attacked only the areas they frequented, Kitchen, Bathroom, Bookshelf in living room, fish tanks.

    After all the Little Brown COUSINS (my sister calls them that so we don't have to say that work in PUBLIC, whisper with me roach) were gone I use professional products around my home perimeter not inside, otherwise I use Gentrol IGR in a few rooms for protective measures. I fear reinfestations. But I use these products every 3 months because I do have neighbors that have a little brown cousin issues.

  3. JJamiah says:

    NOT IN YOUR HAIR, geesh, in the trash, I was talking to my child while typing sorry! OOPS! Drop the tablets in the trash bottom under the plastic bag, my bad, sorry guys! See don't talk and type you lose focus.

  4. MPMommy says:

    HAHA - I was wondering about that!

    I've been applying the Borax with a squeeze bottle and just sort of misting or dusting it on, but as I'm heading to Target today, I'll pick up a cheapy little brush. As for the DE, I'm so interested in it that I'd like to use it in my garden as well as my house, so I wonder how much I'll need? Might get some and share with my Mom as well. I just don't want to pay crazy shipping fees for 5-10 pounds of the stuff. My husband routinely sprays around the outside of out house with some potent stuff made by Ortho or whatever. It seems to work pretty well as for weeks I'll see dead bugs just lying around the house where he sprayed. Seems to last pretty long. I just want to back it up with the DE and see what happens. Oh yeah, I want to get some bay leaves, too. I've yet to see any more "cousins" but it can't hurt to lay out safe, easy stuff proactively, too, right?? :)

  5. MPMommy says:

    Ugh. Saw another one today. This one was smaller than the original one (also this time I was able to kill it) and I'm really bugged by it. No pun intended. So I'll be calling the exterminators tomorrow. I'm not waiting around to see if the bait traps and Borax will kill them in another week or so. I'm grossed out just thinking about them crawling around my kitchen. So now my question is who to call? There's so many pest control people listed in the phone book! These critters will die. I'm still going to get some DE and sprinkle that around so we don't have any future problems.

  6. Getting bored by the minute says:

    JJamiah and MPmommy, why don't u guys.exchange email addresses? This is a blog in which you make a comment or two and keep it moving. The continuous back and forth is putting me to sleep and you are taking away from the initial excitement I had when reading this and JJamiah who made you blog keeper??? You have like 50 posts up...c'mon get a better hobby or start your own blog or someething...you are ANNOYING

  7. JJamiah says:

    My neighbor used Terminex and Viking Pest Control. I see the Orkin man on Television. Just to let you know also they are also going to use things that your going to have to wait to see results. They use baits, professional sprays that don't kill Immediately. I know the feeling, Yuck we bought a Beetle home in from the park yesterday and I caught a FIT! something aweful, my cat was chasing it and biting on it, I quickly caught a flash back. YUCK! Honestly though it sounds like you have a very Mild case of the Little Brown Cousins!

  8. JJamiah says:

    Getting Bored By the minute! GO take a nap if it is putting you to sleep no one ask you to read, don't like it Don't read it, no one is twisting your arm or dangling a roach in your face, :) sorry don't have that issue any more, obviously you do since your on here reading through our tiring messages!

    Who made me blog keeper? No one but people email me with questions and I am more than happy to post the answer here to help them and others. Thanks for your wonderful Point of view. NOT!

  9. Rachel says:

    So. Last week in July, I got dumped by my boyfriend and moved out of the place we shared. I have friends who were kind enough to let me crash with them, so I did for about a week until I found a place-- 6 unit building that seems well maintained and fairly clean. No less than six hours after unpacking, I found my first roach.

    In total, I've only seen about 3 live guys, all at night but with the lights on. Though, I've seen plenty of carcasses. Probably a good 80, the VAST majority have been the little pale nymphs that are about the size of my pinky nail. Based on the smell and the look of the bastards, I either have oriental roaches or the standard american ones. Bad news: I've seen them in every room, with the lightest concentration in the living room and the KITCHEN surprisingly enough... absolutely none in cabinets or drawers... and the heaviest concentration in my dining room and, ugh, my bedroom but just around the radiator pipe.

    I have a super sensitive system to chemicals (yes. positively *dainty* everything gives me hives) so I have gotten myself and my essential items out of the apartment and back with the friends. Food is either thrown out or stored in zip top bags in the fridge. All of my clothes have been laundered twice and are stored in my car in "space bags" and there are no boxes or magazines anywhere to be found.

    I called my land lord who came out and sprayed my unit three times and the entire building once. I put down boric acid powder, baits, the little raid egg killers. I caulked my baseboards, my light plates, my light fixtures. Put down weather stripping in all of my doors and steel wool layered with boric acid around my radiator pipes (topped with a nice fatty layer of caulk, cause this is where they were coming from). I bombed, twice, because I didn't know any better several days after the landlord sprayed. This last weekend (so it's now been from the 3rd until the 22nd), I came in and bleached every surface and re-layed boric acid around the walls.

    This weekend, I am finishing up the last bit of clean up and handy work and moving back in. But I'm still seeing about 6 carcasses a day (and haven't seen a live one in about 2 weeks).

    What are the odds that I've beaten this thing? Of course, I'm going to stay vigilant with cleaning (I've reached damn near OCD levels here) and putting out baits/boric acid/de. The landlord has agreed to spray regularly-- even though it presents health problems to me and potentially my cats.

    The internet is just so disheartening-- making it sound like my only option is to just "live" with the little bastards and pray that I am staying clean enough-- even though I cannot imagine anything being able to penetrate my caulking job. I can't deal with roaches-- especially not right now with the break up and other stresses I've had recently.

    Please give me some good news... or advice... or, more ideally, a magical cure to eradicate these bastards.

    Thanks. Sorry for the desperate, pathetic ramblings.


  10. Ladagosta says:

    In the 48 years of life on this earth the past 2 years i have been blessed with these pests. I am tired of the battle I use boric acid and it hasnt helped well maybe it has but they are still here I am gonna try harris tablets along with the coffee jar and continue the boric acid,, I hope I can manage to get rid of them , I also recently have dealings with fleas but that war I always win ..
    I know my debugging rules with fleas but I have never had to deal with roaches and once i get them gone they must stay GONE

  11. amy says:

    My psychic says infestation is a warning of some bad luck

    When problems come it gives indication via infestation.

    The only exception is black ants. They bring good luck.

  12. Veronica says:

    i was wondering as well if DE can be bought in stores? or is it only online, cause thats just wrong! i myself make a packet of kool-aid and grab as many drinking glasses as i can and distribute them evenly through out my rooms, and pour about an inch or two or kool-aid in the glasses and by morning they are filled with dead roaches! it has to be glass tho, cause they cant climb back out once they are in, i find that they are mainly babies but sometimes get lucky and find nothing but pregnant ones. i also have some dish soap and water in a spray bottle that i have in my cargo shorts pocket and it works. i sometimes fill the sink with water and dish soap and hit the cabinets and drop them in as fast as i can, works for a while but hey you already know....... believe it or not Tums the heart burn tablets kills them too, if you leave a few laying around they eat em and i guess it suffercates them cause they die, dont know how it actually works tho but it does, or at least in my case. duct tape works if you have it sticky side up but kinda wrapped around electical cords and around table edges(sticky side hanging from the edges). oh yea to animal lover im with everybody else on this one. . . you want to save em come get em! you can have them ALL!!!!!!!!!! by the way im in san bernardino california, and the heat isnt helping

  13. MPMommy says:

    Wow - Rachel - I think you've covered all your bases! Best of luck to you!

    I, too, found DE on Ebay. 6lbs for under $20 with free shipping. It's cheapest there and you can buy just a pound if you want. (Amazon has it, but it's pricey and shipping is nuts.) I went for more so I can use it all over the house as well as share it with my Mom for her garden critters. Never got around to looking or asking if it was available at Home Depot or the like. I also called Clark Pest Control and a one-time treatment was only $150. It has a 30-day guarantee, so we'll see what happens.

    Good luck everyone!

  14. Rosemarie says:

    Thank the Gods that there are people out there that understand. I finally got my own place after having to live with various people for the last 5 years. Who knew that I would have to pay rent for the roaches also. It's just a studio but it is mine. I cannot afford to move so I will try all the remidies that I read about. I keep a can of raid in the kitchen, the bathroom and my sleeping area. I work all day so I usually only have to deal with the battle when I wake up and when I come home. The bombing does not work. Everybody where I live has the roach problem. I have all different shapes and sizes. Yes, I have an infestation. I saw one crawling out of my rolling backpak on the train and played it off. One was crawling across my desk at work and I know that I brought it there (probably hid in my purse). My grandson saw one on my purse when they came to pick me up to go to the store. There was even one in the toliet. WOW!!!!! I attempted to make toast and there were two coming out of the toaster. I am so tired but I look at it as another job. Gotta have somewhere to live.

  15. Lily says:

    We have a house in N.C. which we rent out. It has been empty for several months. I woke up in the night worried about it. I'm concerned roaches may be a problem. I'm going to make a trip down to check on it. a Couple of years ago there were roaches in the attic. We bombed it when we saw. The management company hasn't said anything but the last couple of tenants have been immigrants and may not have complained. I'm taking notes and plan to go prepared. I can assess the situation but I'm not sure how best to handle it from a distance. Thanks for the fine analysis on this site. I wish I could find someone who could work with me on this. It is hard to maintain property from a distance.

  16. JJamiah says:

    You can try to place the sticky traps around to see if and how bad of an infestation you have. Maintenance can be done by Exterminators 2-4 times a year. Read reviews and comments by others for more info.

  17. Andy says:

    5 Gallons of unleaded and a lit match book, not only solves the roach problem but gives valuable training to your local fire department, give you a chance to do all the redecorating you want, gives business to you local construction company, gives your neighbors something to gossip about for months, gets you possibly charged with arson and insurance fraud, hey did I mention you got rid of your roach problem? Unfortunately folks I think this is a never ending battle as long as there is people there will be pests.

  18. DeBorah says:

    Well, I have now followed most all of the advice I thought was pertinet and helpful. I have bait traps,gel,Roach Prufe mixed with DE, I have previously sprayed and fogged. At first t hought they were gone within 2 months they have returned but I never saw any but one or two dead...now since placing out Harris tablets, RP and DE mixed together I am now seeing the real deal. I have totally closed down the kitchen and dusted everything by using a 2" angled paint brush. They cannot leave the cabinets or go near the refrigerator,stove or sink without getting into the roach fairy dust. They are on the move because previously I was seeing one or two, now I am seeing a few adults mostly small off sping and they look hungry and confused and to my delight can not get out of the kitchen without walking in some roach fairy dust..... I believe I am really going to get them this time. ....

  19. Pablo says:

    I live in Iowa City and When I first moved into my apt building I didn't see a single one. Keep in mind this is a low income housing building. Then about a month or so in I saw one. My apt is probably the Cleanest this building has ever seen. I do not think they are nesting in my apt but rather traveling up from somewhere else looking for food. What Should I do. Have called the Landlord 3 times, Three consecutive days and they said they were sending someone out and never did. God they are just a pain in the ass and I just want them all to die a horrible death.

  20. Sandy says:

    If you put a Bay leave in all the corners of your cabnets, and draws that helps there is something in the bay leave they don't like. I live in a row house you can believe me or not I do not have a roach problem, I have none at all.

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