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

  1. misty says:

    I just have to say to Animal Lover: listen to entomologist Douglas Emlen on Fresh Air. Roaches have absolutely no biological merit. They are ultimately harmful to humans.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103775784

  2. pepsisag says:

    To all of my fellow roach haters - Unite
    I live in a very old house in Sunflower, Alabama - and not there are no sunflowers! Yesterday I was taking my dad to dialysis and as soon as I got him in his wheelchair and wheeled him into the center - guess who showed up- a couple of my boarders scurried across the floor. embarrased is not the word I would use to discribe myside. I was @#!@#! embarrased. I have been fighting the battle of roaches, spiders, mosquitos and fire ants. I have the orkin man come out once a month. I live about 75 miles from the place and they have designated once a month for my area. I guess the city dwellers take up the rest of the month. I have used raid, gel, and powder. None of them work fast enough for me. I clean everyday - since we live in the country it is very dusty. I am about ready to start shooting them, but they don't make enough bullets. To the person who gave us pestmall.com I am going there. But I just had to stop and share and tell you all how I have enjoyed reading your post. To the lady who has sympathy for these disgusting, foul, and damned disrespectful creatures, you are welcome to all I have now and in the future, just tell me where to send them.

  3. Alex says:

    I live in a small country called Serbia and i just started Philosophy studies at University of Belgrade. I couldn't be happier until i found some roaches at my apartment. They are really annoying and their number is increasing every day. I'm really short with cash, i can hardly pay off this apartment...and I'm not even thinking of moving out because that's just too expansive for me.... I just need a tip on how to get rid of them good so i can peacefully continue my studies?
    P.S. Because i live in Serbia, most of the things you recommend can't be bought in my country so...help me anyway you can, and best luck too all of you there :)

  4. Raymond says:

    Alex,

    Looks like the cockroaches have gone international! First step probably is to try using aggressive roach bait and roach gels...particularly for light infestations they work. But if your building is infected to the core, baits won't do much to alleviate the problem.

    How are the roaches in Europe? I have heard from my friends in East Asia that the roaches there are more intimidating as they can actually fly (well glide from one side of the room to the other). Roaches that can run on the floor and scurry into cracks and crannys at lightening speed is one thing, but when they start going airborne...it's time to move! I hope the European roaches are less talented...

  5. Alex says:

    Thanks for the tips Raymond, i already bought Raid spray and tomorrow I'm going for boric acid. And answer to your question is yes, these roaches can glide! Even the big ones (i think they are called American roaches, I've seen them in my apartment too, a few of them) can fly a bit, and small ones do that more often. I think that I'll try for now to get rid off them myself, but if situation is gets radical, my methods will be more radical too! I'll call exterminators, because my apartment is small and it probably won't be too expensive... Again thanks for the tip and good luck to all of you!

  6. Animal Lover says:

    Apparently you all seem to think I am completely wrong when I say that all animals, both big and small deserve to be protected from wanton killing and unnecessary suffering. It really makes me wonder how much thought you folks have put into how incredibly complex and resilient these little guys are and how it's indeed possible to humanely control and limit them as opposed to just killing them...which is just futile because more will just arrive later and try to settle the score.

    How about actually cleaning up the human pig-sties (your apartments, condos, and houses) that are creating these favorable environments that naturally lure the interest of cockroaches. These fellow roaches and insects are merely doing what comes natural to them as animals - which is to seek out food and shelter. Eliminate the food and water source from your home and they will no longer inhabit your home - I assure you.

    As PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wisely notes: "Cockroaches have been given a bad reputation in our society," but actually, "They are gentle, complex animals."

    Well I hope you all feel guilty for waging chemical warfare against your little brother and sister the cockroach now. It's a life that you are snuffing out when you stomp or spray. The way they flip and struggle in great excruciating pain and agony when you spray them with nerve toxins to kill them is tearfully sad - a testimony to the unlimited brutality of mankind. You all make me sick to my stomach!!

  7. Sophie says:

    Dear Animal Lover,

    you are no doubt taking the piss....

  8. Sophie says:

    ......sorry I do not live in a human pig stie that you so eloquently put it. Sure that other posters do not neither.

    Im quite sure if you had these awful problems with these vile roaches you would think again, weather it be by stomping (which by the way if you had learned anything here is not really a very good idea) spraying throwing a bomb on them, gas, acid or any other means, to ged rid of them.

    Crawling all over kitchens and indeed in beds, make me sick to my stomach and I really feel for people here, so dont judge, Animal Lover, so go to the PETA page and have a rant there and grow up!

  9. JJamiah says:

    Animal Lover Please, Everyone knows roaches live in clean and dirty places. Fortunately I don't need extra pet nor does the majority of people. Get off your high horse and go start saving the darn roaches by going from home to home to bag them up and take them to your house. I have been ROACH Free for about a year and you know what! IT FEELS GREAT! IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN, I WOULD! I didn't ask for them and I inherited someone elses BROWN COUSINS, I have enough family, so ALL ROACH LOATHERS READY AIM FIRE! ----> sprays the roaches at the neighbors house! LOL

  10. Kelly says:

    Animal Lover you have got to be kidding me. Insects and vermin are vectors for diseases. Now, I don't know about you but I certainly don't want to be exposed to the next plague and if I can, I will eradicate them from my domicile. Unfortunately I can only control what goes on in my apartment and have no control over how some of the other swine choose to live in their own sties. I had roaches in this apartment the day I moved in and they certainly didn't come from me, so they had to have migrated from other apartments and so help me PETA if I see anymore I will not hesitate to exterminate them into oblivion.

    If you are so bored that you are more concerned over these little buggers writhing in pain from the effects of pesticides than you are with the health and welfare of your fellow man, then you need to find yourself a more fulfilling hobby.

  11. misty says:

    animal lover, how did you even find yourself on this page?

  12. Alex says:

    Animal lover, you don't understand one simple thing. I'm a student, i have a sick father and a mother that's working 10 hours every day so i can continue my philosophy studies. I have to many problems in my life right now so roaches are just one more that i need to take care off. I know that roaches are here because of us, but if our mistakes brought them here, we need to correct them and this time and they will go away (one way or another). So please don't lecture me or anybody else how should we take care of our homes, and PETA should do something that can truly improve our lives, like building dog shelters or something like that that can actually help animals and in the same time improve our lives. Now, if you excuse me, i got some bugs to get rid off...

  13. Tara says:

    Animal Lover... the cost of my house will never compare to the money that you will make in your lifetime. Next time you want to say the things you do, think about it first. I doubt anyone on here lives in the kind of housing nor wants to live in the kind of housing you think they do. I'm starting to think you are the leader of these nasty cockroaches invading our homes. It's none of your business to be on here with your so-called animal rights. How about our peace rights from you? Can we get rid of you with boric acid too?
    To everyone else. I applaud you for the efforts you are all trying to make in erasing these nasty creatures from your home and thus sharing your successes and failures to help out the rest of us. I support the ones that are on here trying to find some way to not harm ourselves, our children and our pets like I am!

  14. Hayley says:

    I just recently moved into an apartment, and within a month started seeing many roaches. I've talked to the manager and all they did was have someone put the gel in certain spots. I've also set fogging poison, and just put in roach motels and sprayed the outside of my apartment. I also have recently found out that many other tenants have roaches as well but won't speak up. This means the WHOLE place is infested. Does anyone know about any tenant laws I can use to get the owners to fix the problem? No one else will speak up and I can't afford to move again.

  15. Alexis says:

    I am currently living in an old complex in Gainesville, FL and over the past few months cockroaches have invaded my apartment. I've seen a couple of the American cockroaches in the past year but the big problem was the German ones. They took up residence in my cabinets, bookcase, printer, dresser, closets, and microwave. They destroyed my bookcase and a number of my books. And like a lot of people with cockroaches, I am very neat person. I didn't understand why roaches had invaded my apartment. As soon as the sun went down they came out to play on my dining room table and my kitchen counters. I talked to other tenants and all have said they have roaches too. I thought it would be hopeless getting rid of them. I went online looking for some way to at least control them. I knew about the roach baits but I also read a couple of reviews about Raid egg stoppers. I figured why not. They're not that expensive to buy. I am a graduate student so I don't have a lot of money but the box of baits and egg stoppers are about $8. About 3 weeks ago I bought about 40 baits and I have 6 egg stoppers. I put the baits in my closets, in corners, in cabinets, in my dresser drawers, and even one near my printer on the dining room table. I put the egg stoppers in the kitchen and wherever the roaches seemed to be coming from. Luckily, I was going on vacation for the week after I put out the stuff so I didn't have to deal them. When I got back there was a substantial reduction in the roach population. Instead of killing 10-15 a day, I am squishing 2 or 3 every other day. I also see fewer during the day. The egg stoppers work by sterilizing the roaches. I don't know if I'll be completely roach free but I feel better knowing their numbers are reduced. Raid says that it will take 1-3 weeks for a substantial reduction in roach populations so it's not a quick thing.

    I keep things very clean in my apartment which is something you must do to help alleviate the problem. When I go to bed at night I seal up my cats' food dish. The cats don't like it but roaches sometimes crawled around in their food. I wash and dry dishes immediately after use. I seal up all food containers. I am trying to make the cockroaches feel as uncomfortable as they have made me feel. Unfortunately, I have had to throw out my microwave and printer (thankfully both are cheap) because of the smell the roaches made.

    I don't know if this will work for everyone but I hope it will help some people. One major thing I've found is that you have to be careful not to contaminate the roach baits. If you get cleaners or mop water or bug spray on the baits they will become ineffective. I've heard of people using roach spray and baits together and then wonder why they don't work. Don't do this; roaches won't want to eat roach-sprayed food. And as gross as this sounds, if you see a roach leaving a bait don't kill it. That roach is going to bring that poison back to the nest. If you kill it the bait won't help you. I hope this will help with getting rid of the roaches or at least mild infestations.

  16. Alexis says:

    One more thing. I did ask the property manager to spray the apartment. The pest control guy came in and sprayed for twenty seconds and then left. This did absolutely nothing. Luckily I'm moving in August but I am thinking about contacting the department of health as the property manager has not taken care of the problem. Since this is an old apartment building there are many cracks in the walls. I have seen roaches running these cracks in the hallways and sometimes there are dead roaches lying on the hallway floors. I would think just caulking the cracks would work. I'm not sure if I have enough grounds for contacting the state. Any opinions/advice?

  17. JJamiah says:

    DIYPestcontrol.com

    IGR - GENTROL is a growth regulator, if you have a mild to heavy infestation this is a must. Diatomecious Earth, Boric Acid, DEMON WP, COMBAT Platnium GEL not baits. These are the things that helped me get ROACH FREE FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. I also used bay leaves in my cabinets, and wiped my counters down with vinegar. We are roach free and you could be too! it takes time patience, and consistancy. I put it everywhere in the garbage bottoms, in between the fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave, under the fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave, Some nights I dusted the DE on the floor for a few days. I also took special attention to my bathroom and Kitchen. Place DE under your electronics. GET RID OF ALL RAID, COMBAT, HOT SHOT and what ever name spray from your local stores. they weaken all the recommended aids and sometimes makes them totally absolete.

  18. Monica says:

    I have lived in this apartment for a year now. We are about to sign a new lease however, the apartment behind us and my landlords apartment have been seeing what they think are roaches. I haven't seen one of these ugly ass bugs, or even a spider in my apartment. Me and my boyfriend are hesitant on signing that new lease though because I don't want these nasty ass things attaching to my furniture or appliances. Everyone that lives here is clean, so noone knows how they got here to start with! The landlord is having an exterminator come and spray all apartments but that isn't good enough for me! Please help me by letting me know your opinion on what I should do! Thanks alot!

  19. Amanda says:

    We never had roaches until my husband decided to bring an old game console into our house (which was from his sisters' who had german cockroaches-the worst kind). TO COMPLETELY RID yourself of roaches, buy a gecko or some lizards. I got this idea from another website, and I haven't seen any roaches since (was about 8 months ago). Living in the country, we didn't need to buy anything because the lizards slipped inside all on their own. What would you rather see on your walls, wiggly lizards or these creepy crawly dirt bags?

  20. ROSI says:

    We are in the process of buying our first home after a year of looking and 5 of us living in a 1 bedroom (clean bug free apartment). I have never experienced roaches before yesterday. We moved into the apt to save money while looking for a home to buy, we didn't think it would take so long to find one. We have since had a new baby too. Anyway we have finally found our dream home and put an offer in April 2009. It's in our price range and has enough room for all of us. Since it's a short sale the process takes forever. The owner of the home was renting the place out. She has accepted our offer and now Chase bank has to do the same for it to be ours. I'm told by the agent that Chase is going to accept our offer any day now.

    Since the tenants that were living there have finally moved out, we wanted to see what condition they left the house in. Let me tell you they were not the neatest people. We were pleasantly surprised that the home was in tact and "clean". Except for one thing. . . . . ROACHES!!!! EVERYWHERE!!!! Mind you, we went to see the house yesterday in the day time and they were just hanging out having a great time.

    Roaches of all sizes – huge ones, baby ones. They were on the walls, carpet . . . . lots of dead ones in the bathrooms and seen some in the bedrooms as well.

    We never seen any when we looked at the house before this.

    We had planned on before moving in to replace all the carpet in the house and remove the wood paneling from the one bedroom that has it. One of the living rooms has laminate floor. I wonder if there could be roaches under the floor too?

    All the appliances were going to replaced before move in as well as they were not in working order and just looked bad. We had planned on working on the house before moving in anyway and staying in our apt while we fix it up. We estimated 3 -4 weeks to do this.

    I am willing to pay an exterminator to come out and kill all the critters every week until move in.

    I DO NOT want to ever see one roach when we move in. EVER!!

    But to someone who has never had to deal with these nasty things, it looks like an infestation. I mean they really were every where.

    I'm seriously having second thoughts now on whether to pull out on our dream home. I'm crying thinking about this because you have no idea how long it's taken us to get to this point. Our dream is within reach but I know that neither of us would be willing to live in a home with roaches. It grosses me out, I couldn't stop scratching yesterday after leaving the house. I immediately stripped and washed our clothes that we had on. I have a new baby and small kids.

    IF YOU THINK THE PROBLEM CAN BE TAKEN CARE OF BEFORE WE MOVE IN THEN I WOULD LOVE TO BUY OUR HOME. BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE STUCK WITH A HOME WE WONT LIVE IN. WE WOULD EVEN BE WILLING TO STILL RENT OUR APT WHILE THE HOME IS BEING TREATED TO ENSURE THEY ALL GET KILLED. BUT HOW REALISTIC IS IT THAT WE CAN GET RID OF THEM.

    HELP!!!!

    You can contact me also at rsandoval @thatsmybank.com

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