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Getting Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are disgusting pests and can be very tough to get rid of. There are many ways to tackle this pest. This is a guide about getting rid of cockroaches.

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August 1, 2013 Flag
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I lived in a Texas house with several roommates. And cockroaches, BAD! We had tried the "bombs." It was quite a bit of work covering certain places with plastic, taking ALL laundry to laundromat during, and washing all dishes after. They didn't work as hoped for, then I read about Roach Prufe. I also read of the best application technique.

Start at one point of the home, somewhere along the perimeter where the floor meets the wall. Lay out a line along the entire perimeter of every room in the home. I realize some people will see this and immediately think of how they do not want this white powder line showing along the entire perimeter of their home. They prefer to just throw some piles of powder under the sink and behind the water heater, and maybe a few other hidden places. We had tried this hit/miss sprinkling powder before we read of the "perimeter technique" but we had roaches BAD and hit/miss did not work before.

The perimeter instructions told of how it was safe for people and pets; and to imagine how, for any roach in the home to get from the floor to the wall, you make him [or her, lol] crawl past the powder. It was 98% boric acid and 2% inert stuff to help it adhere to the roach so he could go share it in his nest. The only piece of perimeter where we did not lay out a line was in the bathroom along tub/floor run. We laid our line down using a flat-surfaced cafeteria tray and a 6 inch flex tape knife [drywall tool]. We only made the line about 1/8 inch wide and we got it looking quite uniform to where it looked sort of like a trim molding.

Every sign of a roach was GONE in less than a month! There would be dead ones lying around here and there during the time, but they would usually just go into their nests to die. We left the line down for another month or so, and then we got the crevice attachment on the vacuum cleaner and sucked up all of the lines where they were openly visible. I never saw another roach in that house for the three more years I lived there. I would imagine that other boric acids would work, but Roach Prufe was what we used. The instructions we had read said that if followed exactly as stated. ALL ROACHES WILL BE GONE! They were correct.

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November 13, 2015 Flag
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I thought I had seen a roach, but it looked like it didn't have feelers on it. If I have roaches would I be seeing babies or eggs? I haven't seen any babies or eggs. A friend is staying with me and he was cooking and saw 3 bugs; he killed 2. This was in the day time.

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November 14, 20150 found this helpful
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Go to a do it your self pest control store. Ask for the flea liquid for spraying you house. Buy a pump sprayer and spray according to directions. This spray is very strong will kill roaches. Used this when my ex husband brought home the large roaches in boxes from grocery store. Usually only one spraying is needed. Remember that if you sprayer does not hold a seal next time you use it. Just change out the rubber seal. Do not buy another one.

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January 1, 2012 Flag
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Is it better to spray before renovation or after? What is the best product to do the job myself?

By Sam

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January 10, 20120 found this helpful
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I have used boric acid before, but it seems the roaches eventually come back. Especially if you live close to a wooded area or have neighbors that use an extermination service. The best thing I have found is Combat gel. It comes in a syringe type tube and leaves a thin line of the product. Roaches eat it, then return to the nesting site. They die. Then others eat them and they die. It usually takes 3-4 days. After 7 years, I have had no returns.

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April 6, 2013 Flag

I am looking for suggestions for getting rid of mice and cockroaches from my cupboards?

By Candace

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February 24, 20160 found this helpful

For mice control you can use electric or live trap and for cockroach extermination, use some cockroach killer spray available in store. You can also use the bait method for both of these pests. As a natural and safe method of pest control, you can try an essential oil spray to get rid of these nasty pests.

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May 28, 2015 Flag
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I have 4 rose of Sharon bushes in my front yard. They were planted 5 years ago, but the last few years I have been getting roaches from them or from somewhere and I don't know what to do. It has never happened to me before so I'm not sure why it would start now. Thanks for any and all help.

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June 19, 2005 Flag
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Help! I'm petrified! I have never had a roach in my home, ever, in fact I sanitize counters, mop and vacuum floors constantly, yet this morning there was a huge (an inch or so) tan roach sitting on my sink. I absolutely freaked out. It's dead. Then I read up online and tried to identify it,seems to me it might be a German roach, so I immediately went to the store, bought boric acid and some Ortho spray and combat roach baits, sprinkled the boric along the foundation outside the house, along inside and outside of windows, doorways, basement windows and cracks and crevices in my kitchen.

Tonight I snuck into my kitchen (Because I cant sleep knowing this is in my house) with a flashlight, and there was a black small thinner bug had with some tan markings on it but didn't really look like a roach. It had antennae as well as what seemed to be a single antennae out the rear part of him. I found two more within 20 minutes and they were all crawling by the base of the dishwasher.

It is very clean there, however there has been a leak lately that I need to have fixed. Bottom line, is this possible to have roaches when you have an extremely clean home?

The only thing I can think of is maybe it came from a grocery bag or from the wooded area in my yard. I have no idea what to do beyond what I've done so please write back immediately and help me, I'm very upset.

I looked in all of the crevices and under the sink and although it was a bit wet by the back of the closet under the sink, there was nothing there, but I have a roach hotel under there just in case.

Thank you so much,
Stacey From New York

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November 21, 20130 found this helpful

Caulk all the crevices and all the baseboards in your home, cockroaches are flat and can get into everything! The cabinets... put down fly sticky traps where you can't reach under the sinks ect. It will help a lot!

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June 14, 2016 Flag
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I have many artificial plants and would hate to have to throw them out. Does anyone know how to rid artificial plant bases (inside the pot) of roaches and eggs? I plan on moving and do not want to transport them to new place.

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June 13, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about getting rid of cockroaches in an apartment. Getting rid of roaches in an apartment can be difficult. There are many options from natural products to commercial pesticides.

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January 18, 2010 Flag
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I am trying to get rid of roaches. They won't go away. Any suggestions?

By Poo from TX

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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

I had a contract with a pest control company also. He would come out several times a month.He said that they were coming from the neighbors. Bull. I fired him and went in search of something that works!

I agree about the Combat roach gel. It has to be gel in the syringe! I buy it at WalMart, about $6. You don't want to use very much at all. o begin with, it is not necessary, plus the fact that when the gel dries it is a brown color. So make sure that where you put it is out of sight. Within 2 weeks I was totally free of all roaches. About every 5 years I'll see one; put the gel out and never see another one. Good luck, Kathy, Richland, MS

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July 5, 2011 Flag
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Has anyone used boric acid for killing roaches? Please let me know what you think about it. I have a young child and 3 dogs. I'm not sure about this as a safe pest control substance.

By DarcyJayne from TX

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

I know this question sis probably old but here goes it:

I faced the same dilemma. Boric acid can be safe for insect eradication and control if you are adults living alone and use it in hard to reach places. With children and pets I would not run the risk. I have found that Food grade diametaceous earth which I purchase on Amazon $15 for a huge jug, works extremely well and is safe for my girls and dogs. I supplement with the combat gel in syringe in higher places like window sill corners or cracks between cabinets and walls where the powder won't stay.

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May 17, 2013 Flag
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I just saw a roaches in the kitchen. Please help me get rid of them. I don't want them increase in number.

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