Cockroaches in a Trailer

Hi, I am renting a modular home in Tempe, AZ for a few months and there is a real cockroach problem. I think this is the first time I have ever seen a cockroach in real life. How do you get rid of these critters without calling a bug services? Or can you? Creepy! Thanks,

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Diane

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June 21, 20040 found this helpful

Get some Boric acid from the drug store. Buy a turkey baster and fill the tube with the boric acid and "dust the kitchen or any room around the edge with the acid. "Squirt under the stove and refrigerator. A roach is like a cat...they will walk through the dust and sit a clean themselves and the acid get into their system and kill them. If the trailer is really infested it may not make a dent but it will help.

Lois

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June 21, 20040 found this helpful

Mix 1 cup boric acid (cheap @ Dollar Store)

1/2 cup plain cornmeal

1/2 cup sugar

Place on paper plates or foam plates and set everywhere like, under furniture, under sink (kitchen & bathroom,under refrigerator, anywhere out of reach of children or pets & supply a water sorce (in sinks or pans of water that you can easily empty because after the roaches feast of the little meal your fixing up just for them thay are going to get very thirsty and you can cart them out by the boot box if you have them to that point. I had a client who had them that bad and she scooped them up by the box full. It took her 1 month to be roach free.

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June 21, 20040 found this helpful

Make sure pet food is stored in a lidded container and the bowl is picked up as soon as it's done eating. Open pet food draws bugs.

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June 23, 20040 found this helpful

Combat Roach motels worked for me, took about a month.

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July 1, 20040 found this helpful

This is going to sound really strange, but it really works, as long as you do not have a cat. You can buy "house geckos" at the pet store for around $5 each. Turn them loose in the affected areas (kitchen, garage, etc.), and they will eat the bugs. The reason that sprays will not work, even the pest control companies, is that there is probably - this is going to be gross - a nest. The lizards, which are very small - about 2 inches long, will find the nest & destroy it. You will not see them after they have been turned loose. They only come out late at night. We use these in rental apartments (we manage about 300 units all over San Diego). Oh, and the reason that you cannot do this if you have a cat is because the cats will catch them. Also, when there are no more roaches to each, the lizards leave. Good luck!

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

Does it really work?

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July 5, 20040 found this helpful

Diane, I live in FL where we have every creepy crawly thing God created. Roaches are a big problem here. I use a pest conrol company to spray the inside of my home. Pest control does just that, controls them. They live in the soil, therefore, I have found that spraying the entire yard, and under my home helps greatly. This will HELP keep them from coming in. You have to spray every 4 to 6 weeks with a chemical such as Malathion, or Diazanon. One of these has been taken off of the market, but I am not sure which one.

Because a mobile home tends to have small holes and cracks here and there, they will find a way in. They will also march right in through the doors. You can't totally get rid of them.

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July 18, 20040 found this helpful

Hey,

The best thing that I have found is Combat that comes in a tubes that looks like caulking compound. This works better than Boric acid or anything else I have found. We lived on a street that was VERY badly infested and this one the only thing that worked. They carry it back to their nests.

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July 18, 20040 found this helpful

Hey,

The best thing that I have found is Combat that comes in a tubes that looks like caulking compound. This works better than Boric acid or anything else I have found. We lived on a street that was VERY badly infested and this one the only thing that worked. They carry it back to their nests.

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July 12, 20050 found this helpful

I heard on Paul Harvey years ago to get ROACH PRUFE...Make sure it is spelled 'PRUFE'. I tried it years ago when we lived in an apartment and IT WORKS! Ace Hardware carries this product, call ahead to be sure before driving out. If you can't locate it at a store close to you check online.

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September 5, 20080 found this helpful

I had major problems with roaches in my old apartment and went online looking for answers. It seems that any one approach is not going to be 100 percent effective, so it's a good idea to try several at once. I would not mix using geckos with using insecticide because it'll kill the poor little guys, but combining other approaches can be effective. Another thing you need to do is work as hard as you can to develop cleaner habits if you have not done so already. Clean people are just as likely to get roaches as messy people, but messy people will get more roaches because more food is available and there are more places for them to hide. This is particularly true with German roaches, which we get a lot of up North. (And I'm a messy person, so take it from me.)

Another thing you want to watch out for is if you have a lot of things stored in cardboard boxes. Smaller roaches LOVE corrugated cardboard, it gives them a place to hide and they can feel it all around them which makes them feel safer. Unfortunately this is how I brought my old roaches to my new apartment, because I couldn't afford to pack everything in plastic tubs. :( Happily, they don't seem to have gotten a foothold yet but I've got baits out for them now and am getting rid of every scrap of cardboard I can possibly throw away. I would normally offer them for reuse but I wouldn't inflict this plague on anybody else knowingly...

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