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|Before You Know It, You've Got Roaches
|There are those who say that roaches are an expected and unavoidable
factor of apartment living, especially if one lives in the city. While it isn't always
possible to avoid roaches in an apartment, there are certainly ways you can attempt to and
steps you can take to get rid of roaches if they do come calling.
When you are apartment shopping, look for telltale signs of roaches like roach traps or
baits around the kitchen and bathroom or roach droppings (or dead bugs) in the cabinets.
Ask current tenants and the rental agent about roaches and other pest problems; find out
if the building has been fumigated recently
Be Careful What You Bring Home
When buying second-hand furniture, carefully inspect it for any signs of roaches or other
insects. Use boric acid powder to rid rugs as well as sofas and other stuffed furniture of
any insect pests before bringing them into the apartment if at all possible.
Boric Acid Kills Roaches
Deprive Roaches of Food
Don't leave dirty dishes lying around. Keep all food in sealed plastic, glass, or metal
containers if it's not in the refrigerator. Make sure to sweep and clean kitchen and
bathroom floors on a regular basis. Clean up around pet dishes and cages regularly. Use
the garbage disposal if you have one; otherwise seal food waste tightly and remove it from
the apartment daily.
Deprive Roaches of Water
Roaches may arrive because of careless handling of food and dirty dishes, but they won't
stick around if they can't also find water. Make sure pipes and sinks are not leaking, fix
any drips in your faucets, and keep the tub and shower clean and dry. Don't overwater your
Block Roaches' Entrance
Seal the walls around pipes and other plumbing fixtures, baseboards, and electrical
outlets and anywhere else roaches may be getting in to your apartment.
Deprive Roaches of Shelter
Don't keep piles of newspapers, clothing, and other soft materials which make a natural
shelter for roaches.
When All Else Fails, Kill 'Em
If, despite all your best efforts, you DO get roaches, you will need to take steps to get
rid of them. These can range from the inexpensive and barely toxic to the pricey and
downright dangerous. Click on the link below to read more about your roach riddance
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INFO. EVEN A HOW TO DIY THEM!!
COOL DIY INFO
Heloise's Boric Acid Roach Exterminating Formula
8 ounces powdered boric acid
1/2 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 small onion, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup cooking oil or bacon drippings
(or more to form a soft dough).
Cream shortening and sugar, mix boric acid, flour and onion. Add to sugar, and oil.
Blend well, then add more oil as needed to form a soft dough. Shape into small balls the
size of marbles. (If balls are placed in opened, plastic sandwich bags, the dough will
stay softer longer.) Place balls throughout the house in places normally inhabited by
roaches (any dark, damp corner). Caution: Make sure no children or pet can come in contact
with these balls, as it is toxic and keep out of direct contact with any food. When dough
becomes brick hard, replace with a fresh batch.
Note from Leilani: I clipped this effective recipe from the local paper in 1982, and it
has since been kept in my recipe file for easy reference. I looked it up today after
having lunch with my young friend, Tara, who is soon to be in Hawai`i for an extended
vacation. She mentioned her terror of roaches to the right person. Just now, as I was
making a copy for her, I thought, "Why not share it with you at the website?"
So here it is, for Tara
and anyone else who lacks affinity for roaches.
Roach Sprays/Foggers for Killing Roaches
||effective at eliminating a large infestation
||less expensive than professional extermination
||toxic to humans and pets
||overkill for smaller infestations
The Bottom Line - If you have a large roach (or other insect) infestation, a spray
or fogger may be your only option, but they must be used and handled properly.
All humans and pets should be removed from the home while the spray or fogger
is being used
Food should be sealed or in the refrigerator during application and dishes
washed after treatment
Follow all safety and use instructions on the package to ensure your own
Guide Review - Roach Sprays/Foggers for Killing Roaches
If you have a large infestation, you may have no choice but to use a fogger or spray to
get rid of the pests. Because these products are highly toxic to humans and pets as well
as insects, you need to be sure to use and handle any insecticide spray properly. Read all
the instructions that come with the spray or fogger and make sure to clean up thoroughly
after treatment, and you can usually get rid of a roach problem -- at least temporarily.