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Getting Rid of Cockroaches?

I have lived in the Sierra foothills for 41 years and never had a problem with cockroaches, until last year started. Can anyone determine their origin? I may have pissed off a pest control company. I have been told that cockroaches are not native.

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

The best stuff to get rid of them is Combat Roach killing gel. A little goes along way just put a little in all the place you see roachs nesting in it will kill them. Also use some combat roach hotels also. With both it won't take long to get rid of them.

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You may have brought them in from the grocery or other shop where the bought goods were packaged in cardboard-cereal, convenience foods like dehydrated potatoes or pasta, soda or beer, anything with a paper or cardboard wrapper can be a hiding place for pests.

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Nowadays your groceries spend time in warehouses hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from your store. And unfortunately, sometimes that's an infested warehouse:(

The pests crawl into the smallest areas of the paper and cardboard to have a snack and while they're eating the glue and paper, they're being transported to your store. This can also happen with small appliances like coffee makers, electric kettles, microwaves. (Oh ick, I had that happen to me once which is how I know it can happen to appliances as well as groceries)

Unfortunately with roaches, it only takes one egg to survive the trip to your home-from one egg comes thirty roaches...

I lived in the American Deep South for decades (lol, lovely place except for the blasted roaches and 'skeeters), and learned after an infestation courtesy of the grocery warehouse that there is a reason glass, zip-locks, and good quality plastic storage containers are a must-have.

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I learned after the microwave infestation that appliance cardboard packaging should be recycled to the curb ASAP!

And I would do my grocery shopping, then come straight home and put everything into a sealable container, again, throwing any paper or cardboard packaging into the recycling bin and getting it to the curb.

To rid your home of the current infestation, try sprinkling boric acid (read the label and follow all directions for application, especially if you have pets and or children in the home) at the baseboards all through your house, under sinks, etc. You are trying to form a perimeter on the whole house just in case the infestation is coming from a recently moved neighbour or disturbed wooded area. They'll crawl through the boric acid and die within hours.

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You can also use a product called Liquid Sevin. Again, read the label and follow the directions. There are several pest control products out there, choose one that fits your needs, but I don't recommend any of the 'bombs' because they have caused fatal fires.

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