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MerryMeNot
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Default  Posted: 2:19 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I see and kill so many more roaches where I live now (VA) than when I lived in Asia. What gives? Thankfully my dogs like to hunt them and know exactly what to look for when they hear me shriek.

Question for you cockroach experts: WHY did a cockroach that I smashed have BRIGHT green and totally stinky guts that splattered everywhere? All other killings involved normal guts.


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Posts: 29 | Registered: Jun 2012 | From: southeast US
Phoenix1
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Default  Posted: 7:17 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Growing up in southern climates we dealt with them constantly, it was an ongoing war. They are the only thing that truly gross me out and I can't stand even killing them (the crunch factor makes my skin crawl). I think I was traumatized as a child - falling on me while sleeping, putting shoes on and having one crawling on my toes, having one crawl up the inside of my pant leg while driving (to which I can thank my brother for setting off a roach bomb in his garage while my car was in it thus driving them unknowingly into my car for survival). Memories I wish I didn't have, but have scarred me for life!!

My dad became a licensed exterminator for the sole purpose of being able to use commercial grade pesticides (they owned a hotel) for our war on these vile creatures. One thing you have to do is rotate the poison about every other month. They will build up immunity to them over time otherwise.

Give me spiders, snakes, or even man-eating bears over nasty roaches any day! Maybe that's why I subconsciously migrated north...


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lieshurt
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Default  Posted: 7:28 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

having one crawl up the inside of my pant leg

I've had this happen too, but it also started biting my leg. I wasn't in a place where I could just take my pants off, so I was jumping around trying to get it to fall out. I think people thought I was having a seizure.


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Phoenix1
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Default  Posted: 7:50 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

so I was jumping around trying to get it to fall out

LOL! That was me too! I was driving and had my hand pressed against my pants at the knee to keep it from crawling any higher, freaking out the whole time, until I came to a fast food restaurant. Pulled as far into the back as possible, came to a screeching halt, jumped out of my car and started doing the convulsion dance to get it out. Finally popped out, but I was still convulsing from being so utterly grossed out!  

I wouldn't get back into my car until I inspected it. I am sure my antics gave more than a few people some stories to tell that day. Went to my brother's and bitched him out for the torment he created (this was long before cell phones). What did he say? Nothing, just laughed his ass off!


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itainteasy
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Default  Posted: 8:02 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm suddenly rethinking my move to Florida.

Posts: 3423 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: NWPA
Mandilwen
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Default  Posted: 8:15 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Had a bad roach problem when we lived in military base housing. They would come spray once a month, but it never got rid of them. What did work was Borax. It's boric acid and kills them from the inside. They crawl on it, then lick it off when the clean themselves. You can't stomp on the roach though, because they have to get back to the nest to infect their roommates. You can find borax in the laundry aisle. Took us about two weeks, but didn't see them again. Good luck!


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Posts: 318 | Registered: Jan 2010 | From: Indy
Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:26 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Okay, I appreciate all of the sympathy

This is the first time in months I've seen a live roach in the house. I use some pretty hard core Raid (Bug Barrier) and spray around the doors, baseboards, etc. and they are generally dead when I find them. I just vacuum up the carcasses.

I'd like to prevent them from coming in at all though. The Raid I use has this big warning not to use it near outdoor drains if you expect rain... something about killing fish? So I have avoided that, although, believe me, the temptation to just pour half a bottle down the sewer drain next to the door is tempting.

Can I put borax in/around the outside drain? Or is that toxic to the ecosystem too?


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:26 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What Mandi said. Take is and make a perimiter of it around the area, or around your whole home for that matter, and that should help eliminate them. If they are the longish red ones, they tend to like dead moist wood. (wood roaches) I would see if there is anything there that is attracting them, like a block of wood under the drain spout etc. If there is and you can't remove it, paint it wil KILZ, and the regular paint. They wont' like it anymore and find a new home.

With being a beekeeper, I really try to avoid chemicals as much as possible, because it just makes the pests stronger, it's like us using antibiotics. Anyway, The only thing that I have a big problem with is spiders, they love to hang out on my porches, and sometimes make it into the house. As long as they aren't recluses, or widows I leave them be, since they too eat lots of bugs.

Anyway That is my thought on the way for you to limit those icky creatures Ama - good luck.


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Mandilwen
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Default  Posted: 8:49 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It should be fine in the drain. You can wash dishes and clothes with it. It has lots of uses! I actually use it to make my own laundry detergent. I sprinkle it in the bottom of the trash cans, in the yard, around the baseboards, on mattresses. It's "nontoxic" but you don't want to eat it, lol.


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Posts: 318 | Registered: Jan 2010 | From: Indy
sisoon
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Default  Posted: 11:04 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You've just reminded me why I like Northern climes.

TCD, I wish you hadn't mentioned Taiwan. The only primal scream I've uttered as an adult was when I was hit by a flying roach the size of a Piper cub. In our bedroom.


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Posts: 10440 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: Chicago area
jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 12:38 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Is borax toxic to those little lizards that are so prolific in Florida? Because I save and protect my little lizard friends.

They eat bugs too....


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Posts: 24608 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: Florida
Mandilwen
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Default  Posted: 3:54 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love the little lizards! Going to Florida in two weeks and get to see them! From what I recall, it has a toxicity level of table salt, so in large enough quantity, it can be bad. I don't think lizards would really eat it, but if they lick themselves clean, it can enter their system. I think it gets roaches and ants because of their exoskeletal system.


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Posts: 318 | Registered: Jan 2010 | From: Indy
kernel
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Default  Posted: 8:48 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am shuddering just reading about those damn roaches. I will NEVER forget when one of those damn flying palmetto bugs came in the car window and got stuck in my hair and just about gave me heart failure. Thankfully, it was in my driveway right after pulling in so I didn't kill myself or anyone else but I sure gave the neighbors a show. eeeewwwww!


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Posts: 5329 | Registered: Jan 2010 | From: Midwest
imagoodwitch
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Default  Posted: 9:45 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm chiming in with baking soda.

I have a real aversion to bug spray, long story that involved being poisoned as a kid.

Apparently, and this came from an exterminator in FL, they love baking soda, but baking soda doesn't love them, they eat it up and then they blow up on the inside and die.

DD21 was 3 when we moved to FL. We were moving in to the new house, we had been there maybe 2 hours, potty chair was in the bathroom, DD needed to potty, we take the lid off after she does her business and lo and behold, there was a Palmetto bug as big as my thumb.

DS, DD and I start screaming and run out of the house. WS thinks we have lost our minds, we are screaming about the rather large bug we just encountered, of course we are crazy, no bug can be that huge, we all go back into the bathroom, WS takes the lid of the potty off, sees the bug and puts the lid back on after seeing for himself how big this sucker was. We devised a plan, Mr. Bug went for a swim and I was ready to leave FL that afternoon


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Posts: 5462 | Registered: Mar 2009 | From: Munchkinland
nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 10:00 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I lived in FL for a year. And then my inner sissy kicked in and I moved back to where everything freezes every now and then, keeping bugs to manageable sizes.


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Default  Posted: 10:14 PM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

When my grandma lived in Texas she swore by kerosene. She used it as a border around the house to keep the roaches from coming in. Kerosene is flammable but not like gasoline.


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Default  Posted: 12:51 PM, July 10th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

OMG--Texas roaches. We used to get one or two now and then, coming in after a rain. I swear to God, you could hear them clomping up a wall. Those mofos were as big as dinosaurs.

Raid? Nah. Shoe.

ETA: Also, if there is a gap under your door, get some weatherstripping. It'll save you on your heating/cooling bills, and keep critters out.

[This message edited by solus sto at 12:52 PM, July 10th (Wednesday)]


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Posts: 8889 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: midwest
lieshurt
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Default  Posted: 1:00 PM, July 10th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Those mofos were as big as dinosaurs.

And they can fly at you and chase you. I saw one chase my grandma around the backyard one time.


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Posts: 13818 | Registered: Mar 2007 | From: Houston
nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 1:04 PM, July 10th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hmm... a little snow now and then, or FLYING ROACHES CHASING GRANDMA AROUND THE YARD???

I'll be up here with my parka and ice scraper, thankyouverymuch.


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lieshurt
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Default  Posted: 1:53 PM, July 10th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

a little snow


Now THAT is a scary thought. I've driven in an 1/8th of an inch of snow before, slid across a parking lot and I was terrified.


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