I moved into an old (1940) house in July 2007. There seem to be a lot of roaches. I keep everything clean and no crumbs on the floor or counters, no wet garbage, and no clutter. I am using the Spectricide Barrier spray, gallon size with self-contained hose and nozzle. The spraying is supposed to last nine months. It seems to do okay, but I was wondering if there is anything better (other than paying a huge fee for an exterminator).
Edna from Memphis
RIDEX: (sic) you plug them into your outlets, they repel mice and roaches and any other insects. They work great. Google them and check them out. (03/05/2008)
In Houston there are roaches all over the place. I used to live in an area where roaches thought they owned the place. At night when I did the kitchen I would wipe the counters and fronts of the oven and dish washer with undiluted pine oil. I never walked into a kitchen full of roaches in the morning. I have also heard that hydrogen peroxide is good for cleaning counters. (03/05/2008)
Chinese Chalk works very well. Sold in the RSA at Pick and Pay shops; maybe you will find it under another name in your area. Good luck! (03/05/2008)
I lived in an old Brownstone in St. Louis years ago. We had roaches. When you actually see them in plain sight that means there are thousands throughout the home. All I wanted to do was not see them. I had a 12mo baby. I used diatomaceous earth, everywhere. Not harmful to humankind, but very harmful to roach kind. Needless to say, it worked. (03/05/2008)
Buy Combat syringe roach bait. It is wonderful you'll notice a difference. You just squirt it around they come out searching it. They eat the poison and carry it back to the den thus killing the whole bunch. Please try this. (03/07/2008)
When we moved into our current home, it was infested with roaches. We tried everything. Then we used Combat Roach Gel and it got rid of them. They did not return. It is less than 10 dollars a tube. All we needed was one tube. It is toxic so if you have little ones make sure you use it in places they cannot reach. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like.
Boric acid kills roaches. Mix it with some sugar and sprinkle it along baseboards, in cupboards, etc. They'll take it back into the walls with them and it will kill the colony off. It may take a little time and have to be reapplied, but it will work and is pretty cheap. They used to put it in the cement block when building homes in areas that had roach problems. It'll also keep ants at bay the same way. While a pet or child would have to digest a lot of it to get sick, it's best to keep both from this. (03/07/2008)
I use three teaspoons of Twenty-mule Team borax and one teaspoon of sugar, mix dry, place in low lid 1/2 teaspoon keep away from pets and people. You can also use outside around close to the house foundation in little piles every ten feet. It will also keep ants away. Just make it three to one. Caution it will make a dog very sick if he eats it. The roaches take it back to the nest and die and the other roaches die eating them. It works great for me. It's the same Twenty Mule-team borax you use for laundry. (03/07/2008)
Besides boric acid, stop up all the cracks in your cabinets, walls, etc. to seal the roaches up inside. (Put some boric acid in first.) I would then use those sticky traps you can get at the 99Cent Store. You will catch the adults which are still around (boric acid kills the larvae in the nest(s)) and you can see where they are coming from for further action. Place near water, under sinks, near stove. I have found that most OTC insecticides don't work very well, the insects have become resistant. Boric acid is much better and easier on you, but keep away from small children and pets. (03/07/2008)
I live in a rural area that is mostly woods. Cow pastures are all around. I also burn wood and, at one time, had a problem with wood roaches. I solved this problem by using baking soda. You can get 2 boxes for a dollar at the dollar store. Just sprinkle along your baseboards, under cabinets, sink and around the perimeter of your house if it is not exposed to rain. This will definitely get rid of any insects that may be crawling. It is not toxic, good for the environment and inexpensive. Hope you have success. (03/08/2008)
This worked for us. Try it. Take your old underarm deodorant stubs, those little chunks at the end of the product before you toss the container and line them in the drawers. We used the powder kind and mostly the men's. We discovered by accident that the roach poop and eggs were absent in these drawers so we started spreading this in the kitchen area and other areas. We were careful to line the drawers with paper over the top in silverware and in some cases used small porous containers to contain the crumbled or chunks in other food areas. Gosh! it worked and reduced some of the infestation tremendously. We were glad to be deodorizing these areas and limiting the infestation of bugs.
It should help you. Tell other family members to be frugal and give you these rather than tossing. (03/17/2008)
I live in an apartment complex and my apartment was infested with roaches. They were everywhere in plain sight. I used a roach fogger bomb in every room on and Monday and repeated that again on Tuesday. I do this about every three months and I haven't seen one yet. (03/18/2008)
If I were you, the locally owned family run exterminator would be my best friend! (03/21/2008)
By Cindy S.
Pour boric acid, onion, flour, and sugar into a bowl. Add milk slowly till mixture is just thick enough to make small balls with. Shape out as many balls as possible. Place these balls in hidden places all over your house.
Be sure that they are hidden, if kids or pets get them and try to eat them they will make you sick. The balls last about 6 months. You should see a big difference withing 2 or 3 days.
Also, make a solution of 1 cup borax, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1 gallon water. Wipe on all your inside cabinets. Don't rinse. Gets rid of the roaches there, too.
By Cee Cee W.
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