How to Kill Cockroaches

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You’ve probably seen cockroaches before, but were likely too concerned with screaming, running away, and finding a can of Raid to notice much about the bug. There are many, many different types of cockroaches, and every variety has its own unique set of characteristics and habits. It’s definitely possible that your area is inhabited by a number of cockroach species, so you’ll probably need to use a combination of pest control methods to battle all the different cockroaches that want to share your home.

In general, cockroaches are an incredibly hardy group of insects, which is why it’s so hard to kill them. They’ve evolved over millions of years to become resistant to as many threats as possible, and because they reproduce extremely quickly, different species can sometimes develop resistance to specific pesticides.

Most types of cockroaches can survive a month without water and two to three months without food, which makes it difficult to get rid of the bugs simply by depriving them of nourishment. And if you’ve ever heard that cockroaches can survive for long stretches of time without their heads, you heard right. Because cockroaches don’t breathe through their mouths but rather through openings (called “spiracles”) all over their bodies, the head is not crucial for the roach to survive for a few days; it’s only necessary to allow the roach to drink water or eat food.

Here are some tips on eliminating those crafty cockroaches from your apartment, and preventing the bugs from coming back.

Eliminating roaches with ease (okay, maybe not too much ease…)

If you see roaches in your apartment on a semi-regular basis, you’ll probably want to enlist a professional, or ask your landlord about getting your apartment professionally treated. This is probably the best—and possibly the only—way to eliminate any significant roach population in your apartment. Your do-it-yourself treatment options include the following, in rough order of increasing toxicity. Homes involving pets or small children will probably want to keep to the first few, less toxic, options.

Live traps

Live traps work by attracting the cockroach to the trap with some form of bait. You can purchase live traps or make your own using a bowl with steep sides. Put petroleum jelly on the inner walls of the container so the cockroach can’t climb back out, and then put food and damp paper toweling at the bottom of the container. Make a paper ramp leading into the container so the cockroach climbs in due to the food but is unable to escape due to the petroleum jelly barrier. After trapping roaches, you can flush them down your toilet for sanitary disposal. If your homemade trap isn’t working, consider purchasing one. Traps have the added advantage of letting you discover where the roaches are congregating in your home—the traps with more bodies are in the more populated areas, which may need additional treatment.

Boric acid

Boric acid, used as an insecticide in powder form, works by abrading the cockroach’s cuticle, or shell, with its harsh particles. When its shell is damaged, the insect will dry out and ultimately die of dehydration. This is an effective method, but may be less useful in highly humid environments where it will take the cockroach longer to lose its moisture. Some people recommend making a paste by mixing boric acid powder, flour or sugar, and water; the starches make the mix more food-like and thus more attractive to the roach.

Bait stations

Many companies offer bait stations, which are similar to live traps but work by incorporating a deadly mold in the bait. This mold is harmful only to cockroaches and related insects and should not be damaging to humans or pets. Other traps may incorporate pheromones to attract the cockroach into the trap to ingest the mold or another type of poison. Stations usually provide an enclosed environment that is attractive to the cockroach, which prefers dark, tight spaces.

Sprays

Sprays can be classified by the type of insecticide they use. Common chemicals used to kill cockroaches include permethrin, imiprothrin, and cypermethrin. Some sprays are liquid, and others are powder; the powders tend to be both more toxic and more lasting, as well as capable of covering a larger area.

TIP: Don’t spray and use bait stations or traps simultaneously. The sprays will make the bait less attractive to the roach and eliminate its enticing powers. Bait stations can be better for bigger infestations, so start with stations and spray for regular upkeep once the roach population has been reduced.

Gels

Gels or “sticky traps” are strips of gel or other sticky substances, designed to catch cockroaches on their way in or out of your home. The roaches will be unable to escape from the stickiness. In addition to helping get rid of roaches, these sticky strips can also help you identify where roaches live and move in your home, so you can treat highly populated areas more aggressively.

NOTE: Cockroaches prefer to walk so that the sides or tops of their bodies are touching another object, like a wall or the bottom of a piece of furniture. (This trait is called thigmotaxis or stereotaxis.) Keep this in mind and place your sticky traps next to walls or under or next to low furniture items or cabinetry.

Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)

While most insecticides attack the cockroach’s nervous system, IGRs work to sterilize immature cockroaches so they will not be able to reproduce as adults. Adding IGRs to your treatment plan helps ensure that both the current and future cockroach populations will be eliminated. Since fast reproduction is a major reason roach populations become and stay so large, eliminating this factor is a big boon in roach control.

By using a combination of these methods, you can eliminate the vast majority of any cockroach population from your home. Once you’ve significantly reduced the number of critters around your apartment, your next step is preventing these pesky buggers from returning.

575 Responses to “How to Kill Cockroaches”

  1. September 11, 2006 at 7:31 pm, Guest said:

    There is a device called Pest Offense that you plug into your wall. Used with baits and spray. After 3 weeks time roaches are almost never seen anymore. I’m not finding dead roaches all over the floors anymore either. So I think they’re just about gone. They say one plug in covers up to 2500 sq feet. It’s made a huge difference.

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  2. September 15, 2006 at 2:33 pm, Guest said:

    can you use this plug in with pets and children?

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  3. September 15, 2006 at 6:26 pm, Guest said:

    Spraying will repel insects into their hiding places where they can live and multiply for months. It is best not to ever spray if you can get boric acid and bait traps. Also, if you have a really bad infestation (where you are watching your floor crawl, etc) you may want to use multiple foggers all at one time, opening all cabinets and removing all outlet covers. Make sure you use enough foggers to actually kill the insects before they run into hiding. Also, you can pretreat ( with boric acid) the hiding places before you fog so the insects will run over the boric acid while trying to escape. The hiding places are behind cabinets, under appliances, the edges of carpets, outlets and switches. Also, make sure you have no open flames such as pilot lights, cover fish tanks and use a mask. Then always follow up the foggers with the boric acid and bait traps. Also, you will want to vacuum everything and get rid of all dead roach carcuses as the live ones will use the dead ones for a food source. It is possible to rid your home of all bugs if you follow the treatment. P.S. The treatment for ants is an entirely different application. YOU NEVER WANT TO SPRAY ANTS. ALWAYS USE A GRANULAR BAIT.

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  4. September 17, 2006 at 6:58 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, I have a dog, it doesn’t bother him. They say it would only bother rodent type pets like hamsters and gerbils. It’s safe with children around. It just plugs into an outlet. There’s actually a surge protector built into it also. It also has a light like a nightlight built into it. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. You can find out all about it and purchase one if you like at http://www.pestoffense.com.

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  5. September 18, 2006 at 11:36 am, Guest said:

    I don’t think any of the electrical plugin devices have been proven to work. Last I heard, they are a bogus gimmick and all scientific testing shows they have no effect.

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  6. September 20, 2006 at 12:36 am, Guest said:

    Please help with some words of advice. I am finally moving out of a slum apartment into a really nice place. I have roaches and I am nauseated at the thought of giving them a FREE ride to my new place. The only thing I know to do is bomb the moving truck,when fully loaded, before I move. Are there any other things I can do to ensure comfort at my new place?

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  7. September 21, 2006 at 10:27 am, Guest said:

    I moved into a new apartment complex and live on the top floor. When i moved in I noticed in my kitchen and bathroom there where alot of little black specks. Little did i know it was cockroach droppings. I started seeing them just one at a time for awhile. Some of my friends who have been over have told me they have seen two or three at a time when they turned on the bathroom light. I set out bait traps and used that gel. My friend, who was brave enough, looked around and found a whole in the kitchen that he boarded up and under my bathroom sink too. I also had another friend help me cock all the holes and cracks, especially in the bathroom, that is where i saw the most. I placed all the bait traps in the areas where they were hiding before sealing them and sprayed my whole place with fogger. My last hope was also adding pine air freshners under the sink and in the kitchen. People have told me they don’t like the smell of pine. I finally got semi-comfortable with living here agian and this morning there was a roach in my bathroom sink. I am not sure if it crawl through the sink drain?? Someone help i can’t keep them out!!!

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  8. September 23, 2006 at 2:53 pm, Guest said:

    We had tons of ants in the walls in a townhouse.
    Prior to that, there were the large palmeto bugs.

    We did spray all the baseboards inside and used a liquid spray called Bear Advance and also granules (for ants) placed around the foundation. That method killed all the ants, including the palmeto bugs, in the 5 townhouses, because we haven’t seen any in 5 months now.

    There is a 5″ long plastic straw that comes with a WD40 spray can. Take the spray cover off the WD40 can and put it on the ant spray aerosol can, and insert the straw. Shove the straw underneath the baseboard where it meets your carpet. This way, you get the spray behind all the walls where the ants hide.

    Look for any tiny cracks anywhere and spray there too. Be consistent, and soon the whole building will be free of bugs.

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  9. September 24, 2006 at 8:11 pm, Guest said:

    Cock Roaches are gross. ew i hate them, I saw one yesterday in my house.

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  10. September 25, 2006 at 8:39 am, Guest said:

    we have been dealing with bed bugs yes bed bugs they are not just dust bunnies they bite you when you sleep how can we get rid of them have had 3 different pest controls companys in when we move wil we need to leave everything behind please help i am losing it fast

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  11. September 25, 2006 at 3:34 pm, Guest said:

    I had a severe roach problem in my old apartment, and when I moved to my new place I did not get rid of any of my old furniture. I had roaches on everything; pots, pans, dishes, clothes, they were everywhere I was worried that the roaches might be in the couch and things like that, but I checked all the bags before I left and even went through the couch cushions to see if there were any droppings or bugs still hiding in there. I simly unzipped the covers and went through them all, but there weren’t any in the furniture. I’m not sure, but i think it would be very difficult for them to survive inside of a couch cushion. I have lived at my new place now for almost 2 years and still have all the old furniture and have yet to have a problem or see any roaches. I think that if one would so happen to get into something that it would be VERY difficult for that lone bug to start a major infestation. Some words of advice, when you first move, keep your place very clean, putting dishes in the dishwasher immediately, throwing all food items in the trash and taking the trash out on a regular basis. That seemed to work for me!

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  12. September 28, 2006 at 10:17 am, Guest said:

    They like to live in electronics, so watch them when you move and rent a storage unit, just for a couple of months for the non essential items. But cerently bomb the electronics, like tv microwave and etc

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  13. September 30, 2006 at 11:13 pm, Guest said:

    House lizards (geckos) are very effective for getting rid of cockroaches as they are natural enemies.

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  14. October 15, 2006 at 11:03 pm, Guest said:

    I have had a problem with roaches for a while now. I tried everything, sprays, bombs, EVERYTHING! It was starting to become an obsession and I was bombing once a week just to keep them away. It was awful because those sprays are so lethal to breathe, and the bombs forced us out of the house for the day. So I started looking on the internet for cheaper options and I found that many people were using different mixtures of Borax with other things. So I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to try. I mixed Borax and powdered sugar and put it everywhere and it is amazing! after 2 weeks the roaches have diminished. it’s crazy because as long as I’ve been dealing with them, this actually worked. and it was so much cheaper. $3.00!!!! It’s called BORAX and it is sold in the laundry isle. 20 Mule Team Borax. I’m telling you if you try this, you will be impressed!!!! Thank god I can sit comfortably in my home with no more insects. Hope this is a help!

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  15. October 25, 2006 at 12:10 pm, Guest said:

    hi i tried that borax 20 mule team borax works wonders thanks for posting that on here been 4 days since i brought it and big differnce allready roaches love teh stuff till they eat it and end up dead heehee 3.99 cheap way to get rid of that problem!!!

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  16. October 25, 2006 at 2:08 pm, Guest said:

    hi my names will and i need your help BADLY i i have a nintendo 64 (old yes i know) and it gor infseted with roaches ad i nned some tips on how to get them out with out destroying the nintendo send me an email at cloudsmyboi@msn.com i need some tips to get rid of these darned things for good

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  17. October 28, 2006 at 8:17 pm, Guest said:

    ain’t shoot you can. do you live in an apartment. even if you kill the ones in your place , the ones in your neighbors will come over. The only way to do it is to aggressivly attack each apartment simutanously

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  18. October 30, 2006 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    if you have 1 you have 1000!!!!!!!

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  19. November 03, 2006 at 3:22 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and I just purchased a home a few weeks ago. We started discovering these little bugs on occasion and after awhile realized that we were killing the same looking bug everytime… turns out we have German Cockroaches! The owner didn’t disclose this information and somehow the inspector didn’t pick up on this either! Well, the exterminator advised that this has been going on for a long time at this house!!!! We are such clean people that this has been absolutely devistating!!! Anyone know of a quick way to start the depletion of this problem? We’re freaking out big time!!!!!! I need something that’s safe for cats and our aquarium… thanks!

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  20. November 09, 2006 at 8:26 pm, Guest said:

    Hello everyone today I had came back from my doctors . Well today I was watching TV and I had seen somethign comign down on my TV and I said what the hell is that . Well I had killd a live Cockroache on my Tv. Ok I had waited for while to wake up my husband I had near my Tv again I had found a dead Cockroache on my Tv. So my husband and I we had went to a sotre and got some dryer sheet it was calld Bonuce sheets . Don’t they will work or not but I need help I have a 2 year old adn I don’t want nothing to happen to her while she sleeping .

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  21. November 11, 2006 at 9:39 pm, Guest said:

    unfortunatly we moved to a complex that houses filthy tenants because otherwise we wouldnt have roaches. never had them before. i am such a clean freak and dont appreciate having other peoples filth in my apartment. the landlored dont seem to want to do anything about it so i guess i have to. i will definatly try some of the things ive read. if their is anything else that is safe and cheap please let me know. Thank you!

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  22. November 20, 2006 at 7:55 pm, Guest said:

    Dear We have been dealing with,
    I’m a fellow bed bug friend who knows exactly what you’re going through. I feel like I’m losing my mind! I’ve been dealing with it for over a month and can’t take any more!!! Not only is it psychologically stressful having to deal with the thought of bugs all over you and your pad, but the financial drain of having everything laundered and cleaned, and the time spent on researching pesticides, treatments, and laws has been endless. I’m totally drained. Not to mention no one wants me hangin’ around since they could potentially get it. If you need to rant, I’m here.

    Brooklyn

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  23. November 22, 2006 at 2:34 pm, Guest said:

    I have tiny black pepper-like droppings on my kitchen windowsill that keeps falling on my table. I clean it up and it keeps coming back. I’ve researched the net and decided it has to be either roach or termite droppings. I have read descriptions for both insect droppings as “black pepper-like”. How can I be sure which one it is? Are roach droppings bigger than the termites or vice versa? Please help! I can’t sleep at night thinking about this and my landlord never returns my calls!! Thanks!

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  24. December 18, 2006 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    does anyone know if borax will help with bed-bugs?

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  25. January 10, 2007 at 5:32 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, i have found that after a party the next morning i awake to find cockroaches in the bottom of beer bottles or wine bottles. I put it to the test and did the petroleum jelly trick, but instead of food i put some red wine in a container, i caught lots of the little buggers :D hope it works for you

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  26. January 11, 2007 at 9:21 am, Guest said:

    i have roaches in my old apartment and im moving to new one. what should i do to prevent them from comming to my new apartment

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  27. January 13, 2007 at 10:03 pm, Guest said:

    Take the back off coffee pot, toaster, microwave, all electronics there they love to live and vaccuum them out. You could replace these but it’s expensive. throw the vaccuum bag out as soon as you are done and make sure you got them all out of the attachments. Keep in mind they have laid eggs in your moving boxes to unpack and get rid of the boxes as fast as you can. they love books too so check those all and it’s better to pack those in ziplock bags. if they’ve gotten into the bindings you’ll notice it on the bags. they love picture frames so take those apart before you even pack them. spray the new apartment before you bring anything in. any spray will do, just don’t wash it. let it dry and move in washing the things/counters you are using right away. hope a couple of these things help.

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  28. January 14, 2007 at 7:51 pm, Guest said:

    Put plastic over your mattress set. both top and bottom. This will help. If they cant get blood, they will die.

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  29. January 17, 2007 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:

    where can i purchase these and are they expensive..also are they safe to use with a young child in the home……please reply to bitwag@hotmail.com Thank you very much…

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  30. January 19, 2007 at 1:01 am, Guest said:

    set the objects that you are sure contain roaches or eggs outside or in a cold entry that is the same temp as the wintery outdoors it will freeze them right up and no more problem……. guaranteed … bdr nm

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  31. January 24, 2007 at 12:04 am, Guest said:

    going to try the borax with powdered sugar… hope it works!!!

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  32. February 16, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    Okay so I just moved into an apartment last weekend and noticed that there were roaches! I’ve never had roaches in my life but, I thought a little spray would do the trick…. I was wrong! I dropped three bombs in one day, then the maint. guy came and dropped several more the following day (so they say). The pest control supposedly came a day after that and sprayed as well. Oddly enough I’m still finding stragglers. What should I do? These roaches are clever.

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  33. February 19, 2007 at 8:50 am, Guest said:

    hi, isnt borax for washing laundry? does it work for roaches too?

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  34. February 20, 2007 at 4:25 am, Guest said:

    The round ones like sand are probably the termites, roaches would leave tiny droplets directly on the surface.

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  35. February 24, 2007 at 1:54 am, Guest said:

    place all your belongings in a storage facility including tv’s

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  36. February 24, 2007 at 11:17 am, Guest said:

    Hello, I have recently come across a new fix for roaches. It is called “Term-Out” by Makiki Electronics. They have a website. I bought this spray two weeks ago and have literally seen only 2 roaches, as opposed to maybe 8 per day. I live in an apartment building and the exterminators come every 2 weeks, to spray something that seems to attract the roaches. I found this stuff at the hardware store for 11.00. Very expensive but works like a charm. Just wear gloves when you use it because it takes off your nailpolish- it says so on the can. No odor and thicker than raid. It’s very helpful because it comes with a needle-type sprayer on a 14″ hose, so you can really get into crevices and cracks without having to contaminate everything else around the area you are treating. Wish I had found it when I moved here. Oh, and dont ever rent apartments from Platzner International Realty.

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  37. February 24, 2007 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    Your landlord is not going to return your calls because they’re too cheap to get rid of the problem. Buy a spray called “Term-Out”. It is expensive but it will cure your roach problem for a while. You can get it at the hardware store. The website is “Term-Out.com” and the company is Makikik Electronics.

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  38. March 11, 2007 at 2:21 pm, Guest said:

    i am on a war with roaches, i live in army barracks in Georgia, they are everywere. I’m on the second floor so I get the best of the floor above me and the floor below me. I was told that they love dirty rooms. So after a month of every other day bleaching everything, and making sure all foods are either in the frig or zip lock bags I still find big and little roaches everywere. I’ve gotten pretty good and catch and kill. I hope Borax and that term out stuff works, they are driving me crazy.

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  39. March 14, 2007 at 8:49 pm, Guest said:

    attacking every apartment is impossible, isn’t there something i could put on the outside/inside of my door to keep them from comming in from other people’s apartmnts? I have tried the borax and it worked for about a week !

    Also, My kids have almost every game system out,from PS3 to X-box2 how do i protect the systems from becoming roach motel?

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  40. March 18, 2007 at 3:55 am, Guest said:

    So I have never had roaches before, but for a week or so I have been seeing them everywhere! Where the heck did they come from? I live on the second floor, did they come from a new neighbor or what? They just appeared one day, GROSS! Has anyone heard of Roach Shredder? Non-toxic powder that shreds their insides? if so does it work? I am really discussed with these sick little creatures!!!!!!!
    Thank you

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  41. March 21, 2007 at 12:04 am, Guest said:

    make sure to clean up behind yourself. make sure all dishes are washed and put up. try not to leave any dirty dishes, and pots. make sure you clean down the countertops.

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  42. March 21, 2007 at 12:40 am, Guest said:

    95% of the roach problem can be dealt with by keeping them away from your space. it does help very little if you use all kinds of chemicals only to have new ones come in. check any appliance out or inlets that go through the walls and ceilings. you will be surprised to find many small and large opening where they can migrate between apartmens. also check baseboards behind the toilette and it’s base. you can use join compound or something else to ceal the holes.. you shoud also plug electrical outlets with child safety plugs. you also could smear vaseline or gel (made for buggs) around vents since they do not like to walk over it. once every single orface is dealt with you can feel sure that the only once you have to address are the once in your space. I would not right away resort to chemicals that can not possibly be good for your health. start by cleaning you place and checking your belongings. then set several roach traps like the one described above. one variation would be to use a little bread with the alcohol. open you electronics and vacuum them out. use sticky tape like the one used for flys along the edges where they could enter back into them. use first a gel that is made to deal with those buggers first before you liberally spray poison in your sanctuary. good luck.

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  43. March 21, 2007 at 6:27 pm, Guest said:

    try bombing

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  44. March 22, 2007 at 12:17 pm, Guest said:

    i dont’ know who made this website or whatever..but you should get props for making this space available and making it so easy to answer..

    cause this page is filled with correct tips.

    (and is actually pretty funny to read)

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  45. March 27, 2007 at 10:41 am, Guest said:

    i need help whats the besy way and the quickest there every where and nasty i heared the gel like max force works

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  46. March 27, 2007 at 8:45 pm, Guest said:

    can you get cockroaches from a fish store

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  47. March 28, 2007 at 10:15 pm, Guest said:

    They love chip board. There are sticky traps called Lo-Line that work pretty good but not completely, please has anyone tried Shredder? I will buy it and let you know if no one answers

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  48. March 30, 2007 at 1:09 am, Guest said:

    my house had bed bugs and i tryed everything to get ride of them but what it came down i had to call a pest control in cost $315.00 but we got the little blood sucks gone for good

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  49. April 01, 2007 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I have them pretty bad , I hate these things . I moved into a shithole apartment after bankruptcy and had them ever since, Now i own my home and can’t get rid of them.
    I see people talking about Borax. never heard of that. I’ll look for it. I assume it has Boric acid in it , which is used at my work so im gonna try to get ahold of some of that and try . I need these little bastards gone, i HATE them !!

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  50. April 02, 2007 at 5:24 pm, Guest said:

    I used to have them pretty bad too!!! The best thing I’ve found to totally get rid of them is “Amdro Fire Ant Killer”. It really works!! You just sprinkle it on the sides of your appliances, like the stove and refrigerator. You can also put it in bottle caps, and place them in out of the way places, especially if you have kids or pets. It will have a smell to it when you first put it out, but that will subside after about 1 day. Try this and let me know how it works for you!

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  51. April 09, 2007 at 11:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hey have you ever seen that movie Joe’s apt? Well, that is our house. We went outside with a flashlight and combated these bastards with raid, we are at war with nightroaches, these fuckers take over the night worse than nightrider. I woke up with a god damn roach running across ma face, earlier yesterday morning, almost shit my pants for sure, Grabbed the dam thing and threw it at the window. But it got away, again I was pissed! YOU WILL PAY!!!

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  52. April 15, 2007 at 12:45 am, Guest said:

    This site is really neat. I have four children and have never had roaches before. Unfortunately, I have them now. I did however use the plug in’s- I think they really work. I live in a very old house and have never seen much of any kind of bug when I used them. I stopped using them and now I’ve got all the problems. I’m getting ready to move into a new home as well. I did not realize so many others were in this same situation. Thanks for the advise. I have learned so much.

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  53. April 16, 2007 at 11:14 am, Guest said:

    I just moved into a new apartment. I take my trash out almost daily, always clean my countertops, and hardly ever have any dirty dishes in the sink. Well, this morning I woke up to find a tiny, tiny cockroach lying on its back. This thing was smaller than a dime. Anyway, after I worked up the courage I got a paper towel to pick the nasty guy up to throw away and then he jumped on his legs and took off. I started screaming and grabbed the raid and soaked my entire kitchen floor with it. The roach got away. I immediatley went to put a work order in to have my apartment sprayed by an exterminator. I’m SO scared. My neighbor puts boric acid up, and he put some outside of my door the other day. I dont even want to go home tonight this is how scared of them I am. I dont know what to do. I’m too scared to use those bait traps because I’ll be afraid to throw them away. I have the biggest phobia ever of them. Can anyone help? Should i just sprinkle Boric Acid in the corners of my apartment? HELP please, I’m at work right now and while here I normally look forward to going home but now I’m too scared!!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. April 16, 2007 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I know just how you feel. We recently purchase a lovely 500,00 dollar home and it is infested with cochroaches it is a nightmare. We have the exterminator come every 2 weeks but they are always out at night all over the counters and in the dishwasher….it is such a pain because we hae to empty all the kitchen every time they come to spray.
    It never dawned on me that we could have a problem like this…let me know if you find a way to get rid of them.

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  55. April 16, 2007 at 5:51 pm, Guest said:

    Help! I just moved into a new apartment and this morning i saw a tiny cockroach the size of a dime on my kitchen floor. I immediatley screamed because i have a huge fear of these bugs and then drenched my kitchen floor in raid – but the roach got away! I am a very clean person, i take my trash out daily, always clean my counter tops, and hardly ever have dirty dishes in the sink. I’m afraid to use the roach bait because i dont want to attract them more, and i would be too scared to remove the trapped roaches – even if they are dead. My neighbor uses boric acid and he said it helps. If i sprinkle this in the corners of my apartment do you think this would help? PLEASE HELP ME!! I cant stand these bugs and i live alone – i am even afraid to kill them!! I dont know what to do!! I’ve been there for a month and this morning was the first time i saw a roach.

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  56. April 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm, Guest said:

    My family has just move into a two bed room apartment. When we came to look at the apartment, we did not see any rochaes. After about 2 days we started to roaches everywhere in the apartment. We have a 6 month old baby. Want could we use, that would not harm our baby, we have already tried Boric Acid and roach spray. PLEASE HELP US!

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  57. April 18, 2007 at 6:41 am, Guest said:

    I feel your pain. I moved into a place in december and our landlord has sent over 2 different exterminators 3x a month and nothing deters them. Of all the things the exterminator did, the white powder he put down helped the most and the other really helpful thing is plugging up all holes in your apt. The less ways for them to get in, the better. My exterminator said the problem for me was that they weren’t living in my apt but they resided somewhere else and just came into my apartment making it harder to eliminate. However, check around your pipes, in the baseboard for any cracks and seal it up with sealnt. They have the foam spray at home depot and for large area I just duct taped over the holes and it has helped out a lot. Another thing is make sure you have a garbage can where the lid closes so that they can’t crawl into your garbage.

    The best thing to remember is that you have rights. Demand your landlord fix it and if he can’t move out. It is illegal to have to live with roaches. If he refuses to help and nothing works, then write to the health dept. – that usually stops the problem.

    I actually have a blog about the subject: brooklynroach.blogspot.com. Good luck!

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  58. April 18, 2007 at 10:15 am, Guest said:

    I don’t know what you could use to combat the roaches but I would most definitely buy one of those nets that you can put around beds – get one for your baby’s crib so they roaches don’t bother the baby at night while s/he is sleeping!!!!!

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  59. April 18, 2007 at 10:19 am, Guest said:

    Do you live in Covina, CA? I hope you’re not my neighbors – I’m terrified of roaches!! My neighbors have a two bedroom and a little baby as well. I douse my place in raid everyday – I’ve seen one roach and I’m so scared to see more. I can’t even kill them, I’m terrified! I suggest getting caulking stuff to caulk all the cracks in your wall/ceiling. I am going to be doing that this weekend to prevent more from comming in!

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  60. April 20, 2007 at 2:21 am, Guest said:

    they own my place! i feel like it
    At first I though it was going to be ok I would find the way to get rid of them…but now I feel distressed.
    I just moved to an apartment which is infested by roaches. The landlord didn’t talk about it ( of course). The day after I moved in I saw about 3 roaches spraided out in the differents rooms, I though I’d faint!
    I bought a regular product which was supposed to kill them.
    Well I can’t say it didn’t work but noW every single evening when I come from work I have to pick up around 5 dead roaches in my apartment. I dread my evenings now!!
    I red on the back of the product that they were going back to their nest or founded a dark place to die ?! Why those ones die in the middle of my living room during the day??

    Plus each time i go to dispose the trash or do the laundry I see roaches crawling in the corridors of the buildings. I’m so desperate!! i can’t invite nobody to visit my place! I live by myself.
    I feel really stressed out! i WILL try the baking soda I hope it works!

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  61. April 23, 2007 at 8:07 am, Guest said:

    Borax(o) has many uses; you may check for unusual or out of the ordinary places to get it. I found some at Home Depot with their cleaning products. Good luck!

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  62. April 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm, Guest said:

    my husband and i moved into an apartment and everything was fine for about a month until we started seeing cockroaches it was really embarrassing and gross they were every where our apartment owner tried having the apartment sprayed several times but the kept coming back finally we just got fed up and moved.. we moved into a nicer more expensive apartment and we were fine for about 5 months and now that its getting hot we are starting to see roaches again we keep a pretty clean household and i just dont understand why this keeps happening to us these roaches have nested behind my refrigerator ive tried bait traps and sprays and i move my refrigerator everyday and clean and everyday when i move my refrigerator i get so scared and of course out crawls roaches and i start killing im just so sick of it i dont know what to do anymore it makes me feel so disgusting and i am so embarrassed when friends or family come over im scared they might see a roach and think that we a dirty people someone please help!!!

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  63. April 29, 2007 at 10:35 pm, Guest said:

    I have (what I consider) an infestation in my NYC apt. I almost threw up when I saw a mammoth size cockroach FLY off my refrigerator door the other night while I was innocently watching TV. While these roaches (i thought) were confined to the kitchen and bathroom, I almost threw up again when I saw a giant one dead on my bedroom floor the other day. YUCK!! I have seen quite a few babies (like the size of half my pinky nail) scattered around… even in my bedroom. God knows where these things are laying eggs.

    i am moving into a new apartment in a month. I do not know if my new apt has these filthy things, but I plan on bombing it to death before I move in, sealing up all cracks, and spraying everywhere before my move in.

    How do I make sure that I am not transporting these things with me when I move? Could they be laying eggs in my couch? In my bed? I’m going to have nightmares tongiht.

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  64. April 30, 2007 at 11:45 pm, Guest said:

    all of a sudden we have been seeing roaches on the floor in our kitchen my boyfriend didn’t say anything to me about it till the other day and said he’s killed 3 and i just found one tonight and freaked (he’s out of town) They are always by the door though i asked him where they were and it was the same place…………our nieghbors are moving and it’s getting hot do you think that’s what it is and what should we do it’s sick we are very clean and this makes me feel dirty!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!

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  65. May 01, 2007 at 12:15 pm, Guest said:

    I have them in my house we have put out those traps but they dont work. My husband wont get a exterminator out here i bitch to him how scared of them i am but he doesnt care. I seen a dead one on my floor this morning I guess my cat got it but i have nightmares about them and i am soooo scared of them. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. May 04, 2007 at 1:08 pm, Guest said:

    Hi I have cock roaches and we are moving I just spent 340 dollars on getting my house treated and it did not work I am a very clean person and I feel dirty. How we are keeping them from coming with us is spraying the boxes we are putting our stuff in and then washing it when we get unpacked at the bottom of the box you will see all the DEAD roaches just from spraying. BE SURE TO WASH EVERYTHING!!! SHEETS DISHES CLOTHES SPRAY DRESSER DRAWERS BEFORE GOING SO THEY DO NOT NEST IN THERE!!!

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  67. May 06, 2007 at 9:25 pm, Guest said:

    We just moved in to a new apartment that they said they sprayed before we moved in…..two weeks in and we saw a monster in the tub!! this sucker was huge! we killed him and had them spray again only to find more in the kitchen and bathroom again!!! they are nasty im gonna try the borax thing and let u peeps know how it works!

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  68. May 09, 2007 at 6:23 am, Guest said:

    1 Tablespoon of Ivory dish soap and 1 quart water in a spray bottle kill them on contract Has to be Ivory

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  69. May 13, 2007 at 9:53 pm, Guest said:

    SATANIC HELLBEASTS INHABIT MY COMPUTER, HELP!!!

    I have been living in a total roach breeding ground for the last year, and it started out small, and then became out of control. I couldn’t take it and I just got a new apartment. I move in tomorrow, but I’m scared to bring my stuff over to contaminate the new place.

    THEY ARE LIVING IN MY COMPUTER!!! It’s such a nightmare. I swear they use my subwolfer as some sort of roach whorehouse.

    I threw away my toaster, microwave, trash can, yadda yadda, but I spent too much money on this computer.

    Any ideas?? I live in florida, its wicked hot so I don’t think I could freeze them like the post above said. : (

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  70. May 19, 2007 at 5:57 am, Guest said:

    Hi,

    After waking up twice with 2 of the little buggers crawling on me, I just could not get back to sleep. So decided to come on the internet to look for yet another good roach killer and ran across this site. Interesting comments and insights. I just wanted to say that this is NOT the first time I have had cockroaches. I have been in and out of apartments all across the United States most of my adult life and if someone brings them in, you’re stuck with em. At least until your landlord takes responsibility and hires a professional to spray for you.

    The fact is, unless ALL and I stress ALL the apartments in your building are done at the same time, it WILL NOT do any good. They just move to where there isn’t anything sprayed and eventually come back when the insecticide is no longer harmful.

    There are a couple of products you can try that work pretty well for awhile. I have tried one which is called MaxForce: domyownpestcontrol.com/maxforce-fc-roach-bait-gel-p-52.html. The other I just found today and looks promising. It’s called Roach Killer: diatect.com/roach-killer.php?gclid=CMvH0a37mYwCFQkjWAodBlpA6A by Diatect International.

    A little advice, when you are looking for a place to move into, open up cupboards and drawers and run your hand around inside. If the place has cockroaches already, you will find cockroach excrement (crap heheh) there. Unless of course you have a really good landlord/manager/cleaning crew and they were conscientous about cleaning. It looks like poppy seeds but not quite as round or large.

    Let’s face it, cockroaches of all kinds have been around for a LONG while and will probably still be here when most of us have gone to our eternal reward.

    BTW, having them doesn’t make you dirty at all. It’s just something that people have gotten into their heads. They DO NOT attack people, they don’t bite (at least the ones I’ve seen don’t heheh) and they don’t try to nest in your brain! *grin* They are bugs, nothing more, but they do carry disease because of their very nature. The way they live and what they eat make that a reality.

    Bottom line…protect yourself and your family by enclosing food products so that they don’t get in and “mess” on them and spread disease. Find a gel, spray, powder or whatever that works for you and keep on your landlord to have someone come in and spray ALL THE APARTMENTS in your building.

    I’m personally about to do battle today with my landlady. We have talked to her 3 times already and she still has done nothing. Today I tell her, get someone in to take care of the problem or I go to the health department and also the housing authority. Hopefully that will light a fire under her butt! *smile* My last resort will be to hire someone myself and take it out of her rent!!!!!! But, as I said, even that is only like putting a bandaid on a festering sore, unless you spray all the apartments, it’s a temporary measure at best.

    God bless and God speed

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  71. May 20, 2007 at 6:10 pm, Guest said:

    go to ace hardware and buy Harris Famous Roach Killer. Its about 3 dollars and worth every penny

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  72. May 21, 2007 at 9:05 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment and I notice a roach everyonce in a while in the kitchen but nothing majorthat ocasional spraying and keeping combats around can clear up. I just bought some couches from a guy and I asked him if he had roaches. He said no. Well I left a bowl on the living room table the same night I bought the couches and work up to roaches on the table.I freaked out and so I bought some combats and taped them to the bottoms of the sofas and tables. The next day I sprayed the couched with raid. I see roached coming out of the woodwork. Man!!! I hate them!!! Does anyone have any tips for me besided calling my Apt manger to spray the house. OH, I am gonna do that tomorrow by the way.
    Thanks!

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  73. May 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm, Guest said:

    yea – throw out the couch! I never buy used furniture because i know that roaches and their eggs can get into the woodwork. Once you get an infestation its very hard to clear up.

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  74. May 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm, Guest said:

    yea – throw out the couch! I never buy used furniture because i know that roaches and their eggs can get into the woodwork. Once you get an infestation its very hard to clear up.

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  75. May 23, 2007 at 4:42 pm, Guest said:

    I heard that you should rent a storage unit and put your stuff in there. then bomb it a couple times a week for awhile and it should kill them all. Try that. I’m sure you could live without your computer for awhile. But really you should put all your furniture in there as they get into wood and everything. Good luck!

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  76. May 26, 2007 at 3:20 am, Guest said:

    I have the roaches extremely bad. I hate it. They are in everything, what you call an infestation. My house stinks from them. The best bombs and spray are the Raid. The Raid Gel use to work but I think the roaches got used to it. My husband told me that his cousin said someone she knew used ant poison, so i see a post about that. I will try it. And yes the boric acid mixed with powdered sugar works for a while. where can i get some regulator so they can stop producing.

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  77. May 30, 2007 at 9:19 pm, Guest said:

    I live in Florida and this state has coackroaches out the butt. Before we moved to this state we lived in Arizonia and never had roaches now We live in a house that is polluted with the dirty things. We have tried every product that is sold in Wal-Mart and even went to do it your self extermination store. The jell worked for a little while. But I swear the bombs made them worse. I am having family come next week for there vacation. I need help and will try anything. I warned them that roaches are terrible hear but this is out of control. I have them all over my kitchen floor 5 minutes after I turn out the light. Please Help! And I have went through this site and wrote everything I can try down so I can get it now. Hope I get something that will help us.

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  78. May 31, 2007 at 12:34 am, Guest said:

    Hi, I found a new product “TAT” I picked it up at my local Wal-MArt I’ll let you know if it works. It comes with a red extended straw nozel to get into the craks and says it drys into a powdery residue. Oh wow I just sprayed a roach it flopped dead almost immediately. Yes! I’m going to go put this stuff where I know they are hiding and see what happens. Hope its good news for all of us.

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  79. June 01, 2007 at 12:58 am, Guest said:

    One time I had to go to this girl’s house and she had cockroaches like I’ve never seen. We were pegging them with shoes as they ran up the wall. It was so gross. Anyways- my exgirlfriend told me that in the 60s people used to put a buttload of roaches in a blender and spread it around the house to repel them. I think that’s bs but someone should try it and test the results.:|

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  80. June 03, 2007 at 2:26 am, Guest said:

    i have a bad roach problem but last week i opened my drawer in the kitchen and mind you i have 2 month old baby and i found about 1 hundred baby roaches and i panic but then i took the thing off and dumped it outside because if i dont do it then who>>>>????? so now im using boric acid roach killer proof and i put 2 roaches in there hahaha and they didnt die i wonder wht hahaha but tomorrow im gonna go buy “Term-Out.com” and ill tell you guys if it works!! im not scared of roaches but im kinda mad cause of my babies and stuff. im sai by the way

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  81. June 06, 2007 at 1:12 am, Guest said:

    ahhh i just got bit ALL over my legs…looks CREEPY as HELL! I HATE THE ROACHES! As soon as my exams are over, I am going to tackle EVERY LIL CORNER of the apartment and get rid of these insects from HELL!

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  82. June 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    actually roaches feed off other dead roaches: killsbugsdead.com/bu_roach.asp not a good idea (and ewe at the collection process)

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  83. June 12, 2007 at 7:38 pm, Guest said:

    i was told about a method for getting rid of roaches, that actually did work… for a little while.. has to be a constant thing apparently…

    equal parts of sugar and baking soda. put it in small piles ( preferable on a lid or something they can get into without too much effort.) whatever the reason is, the sugar seems to attract them and the baking soda i guess dries them out or does something to there insides, and stays in there system.

    since roaches eat there dead, they will eat the carcases of the infected, and die as wlel, this worked fine for 2 weeks, its getting to be summer in arizona now, and they came from everywhere, so i put a few lids aroudn the house with this mixture on it, and within 3 days they were gone.. or at least i thought so… a week later they are back, im assuming since we live in an apartment complex itll be next to impossible to get rid of… is there a law that the apartment complex must keep the place in livable conditions? i have a 1 year old, and to find a roach in his crib absolutely disgusts me.

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  84. June 14, 2007 at 4:29 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    Please tell what you eventually used my case is just like yours and I am sick of my kitchen because of these crawling creatures

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  85. June 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm, Guest said:

    Hello!
    I’m going to be spending about 6 months in Hawaii this year travel nursing, and from what I’m reading it seems like roaches are almost inevitable in tropical areas. My travel company is putting me up in an apartment, and I really have no say as to where I go.
    What preventative measures can I take to avoid bringing any roaches home with me?
    Thanks!

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  86. June 17, 2007 at 11:54 am, Guest said:

    Ok, last night a GIANT cockroach came casually walking across my furniture. It had to be three inches long. We’ve never seen a roach (let alone any insect that big) in the three years we’ve lived here. My question is this: is it possible this giant sucker is a one-time deal? We live in old garden apartments on the first floor. The space between the bottom of the wall and the floor don’t quite meet up. Could this thing have walked in from outside, or should I be worried that there are tons more of these monsters hiding out? I can’t deal with the thought of more of these. :(

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  87. June 21, 2007 at 9:50 pm, Guest said:

    loool well i found those stories quite amusing…anyhow, i went on this site becouse i just found one in my kitchen and my STUPID cat wont eat it*damn*apparently if there was to be some horrific world war and nucilar bombs were used, THEY*yes them* would survive, o yes about the roach in my kitchen,it was half open for no apparent reason and it was nasty but i dident have the heart to kill it which i will later regret as i red that they can live up to 2 years…and maybe have a little ride in my subwoofer;)…actually:(

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  88. June 24, 2007 at 4:19 am, Guest said:

    can anyone tell me if roach shredder is effective?

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  89. June 26, 2007 at 10:08 am, Guest said:

    Hey, did u find something that worked?

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  90. July 02, 2007 at 3:02 am, Guest said:

    Ok, I was searching for ways to kill cockroaches and found this great site and was hoping for some insight! We don’t live in an apt. anymore, but used to for years and never had this darn cockroach problem. Strangely, we’ve lived in this newly built home in vegas for 6mon now and a “pest control” solicitor came to our door seeking business. we told him “we don’t have that problem here!” and shut the door! (other than we’re unable to afford his services) low and behold a few days later…one cockroach, then 2, another week passes and 5 total. We are sure there are more. We are now suspicious this exterminator planted them. we noticed he came back recently and placed his card on our door. why would anyone he do that if we already said no! that’s what made me think he did it! i am furious, but can’t prove a thing! we came here w/ just the clothes on our backs and bought everything new! we don’t even have neighbors yet as it’s a new development. has anyone ever heard of anyone doing something like that? there are crooks and scam artists in every business…but i’ve never heard of this so i’m not sure what to think! we have no other idea how these roaches are infesting our well kept home! i will try some of these ideas people posted. thanks & blesses!

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  91. July 02, 2007 at 9:46 am, Guest said:

    OMG!!! I have been living in my apartment for three years now. My apartment was roach free until my boyfriend brought his friend to stay a few days. I was cleaning as usual on day and I noticed small clusters of brown and black colors on his luggage. I moved it to a side. Then all kinds of small and big cockroaches just began to crawl off of the bag. It was so nasty I screamed to high heaven but as we all know screaming is not going to kill those nasty creatures! I keep my apartment very clean. I clean three times a day and this things are all over the place eww. So last night I went to the store bought some Borax powder and I placed it all over the place on the edges of my counter tops, behind the stove, the fridge, washer and dryer, inside the counters and under all of the appliances. I have not seen much activity as of 3am. I saw a real big brown roach kind of walking dumb founded so i put it on a little pile of Borax it got really weak after a while and died. The roaches wings lost their color I am hoping that this Borax powder works. I have seen a few little ones here and there, not many but the big ones I have not seen only the one I told you about. So thanks to my boyfriends fiend I have roaches making my home theirs. I am so mad. I this does not work like I am hoping then I am calling an exterminator. I refuse to have my apartment looking like “Joe’s Apartment” that is just nasty. I’ll keep you posted and tell you how this goes in the next few days.

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  92. July 04, 2007 at 1:41 pm, Guest said:

    well just to let you know raoches are not nuke proof, the can survive without food and water for extended periods, but even a house fly is more durable, roaches and their eggs are easily damaged, also be careful about keeping them alive as they are great at carrying disease, almost better than humans in many ways

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  93. July 05, 2007 at 5:52 pm, Guest said:

    I live in vegas and my apt is infested with the damn roaches. I did’nt heed them for long and they have multiplied terribly. They keep crawling all the time around the walls . I have tried using insecticide but it only helped them to migrate to a better place. I am facing hell with these damn things roaming around. I have a bad disadvantage as I live in a condo where the kitchen and batroom are quite close. Pl suggest me a good solution that works.

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  94. July 07, 2007 at 12:47 am, Guest said:

    My apartment complex has these large flying roaches. They are everywhere outside. They are huge. I can see them on the sidewalk from my balcony on the 3rd floor. Inside they are a menace. They are very hard to kill, even with a skillet. We’re talking repeated blows.
    Over the last couple of weeks (about 6), I have heard every single person in my building complain about them and some from other buildings as well. For the entire time I’ve lived in this apartment, I didn’t see any of them inside until just about 1 to 2 months ago. The ones I’ve killed are nearly 3 inches long. They have droppings that look like small mouse droppings. (Why do I say that? – When I was a student, I had the lab mice at my house on occasion for projects.)
    For many, many years my friends have given me a hard time about my cleaning behaviour, saying I’m OCD, anal-retentive, and calling me ‘the sanitizer’. Honestly, I really do clean nearly everything with bleach. I know- I have issues. Partly because I would have liked to avoid nasty bugs in my house. Partly because I am allergic to a lot of chemicals, just not bleach. But I wonder, wouldn’t the bleach turn them away if there were no food and water?
    I live alone and don’t have any pets. I vacuum every day and I don’t leave dishes in my sink or food out anywhere. My furniture is 2 beds, a corner cabinet, and 2 tables which are glass and metal. (Wow. I sound like a real bucket of fun, eh?) They are nowhere near any of those things, that I know of. Thank god. I would freak out if I found one on my bed. Actually, that’s probably an understatement.
    I’ve looked and looked and I have no idea where they are getting in. Windows seal tight and I don’t open my glass door unless it’s daytime. Which is killing me on the AC bill because it’s running a lot at night now, too. I have no idea why they would show up now. I’ve already taken care of my books, papers and most other items they like to enjoy, paring down where they have to hang out until I can get rid of them.
    There are 10 units in my building and I know that if they are coming from another apartment that my doing any fogging won’t really fix the problem we all seem to be having. And it won’t cure mine becasue they’ll just come back later if they’re coming from next door. The guy next door seems to like to wait on taking the trash and the dog out, many times until it’s several bags and the dogs already had an accident. Is this part of the issue or is it that they haven’t done pest control lately? Is there some avenue I can take being allergic to so many things?

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  95. July 09, 2007 at 5:59 pm, Guest said:

    where to find roach shredder?

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  96. July 10, 2007 at 11:37 pm, Guest said:

    Oh My God, I cant believe it, I never had roaches in my life until I moved in with my boyfriend in his apartment. I saw the first one a few weeks ago but I wasnt sure it was a roach, and then all of a sudden…BAM, I dont know where they all were coming from, they’re multiplying by the minutes and I cant even relax or sleep at night bc im so scared of them crawling on me, I hate them, I feel like im gonna faint when I see one, I had my boyfriend call the maintenace dept today to complain…and they knew about it already!!! Apparently someone on my floor has nests and they infected the whole floor, im so pissed. So the exterminator is coming tomm, but I dont want to live here anymore. What are the chances of them somehow coming with me if I move?? What are some things I can do to make sure they wont follow me to my new home?? Please help!

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  97. July 13, 2007 at 6:37 pm, Guest said:

    Homemade method:
    Try mixing equal amounts of boric acid powder+flour+sugar and mix it with equal amount of milk. Make small balls and place these tiny balls in the places where the cockroaches are found (make sure that your kids don’t play with the balls). You will notice that they will simply vanish!…but you need to repeat this practice every 15 days for atleast 3 months…Best of Luck!

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  98. July 15, 2007 at 10:21 am, Guest said:

    3 months ago we moved into an apt. complex that has 2 types of roaches. Before we moved in I checked everything to make sure there were no bugs and seen no sign but 3 days after we moved in I found a bug in my daughters room on her windowsill. I didn’t think it was a roach (because it was tan and not like any I’ve seen) until my boyfriend told me it was. Then in our bathroom they started crawling out of the vent and medicine cabinet except these were a different type than the one I found in the room. We keep clean and have been spraying but can any 1 roach killer fight both types? Is it even possible to have both types? I mean wouldn’t one take over the other? Another problem we face are the looks and comments of our neighbors becuase 3 weeks after we moved in they blamed us for their infestation because we’re the new tenants so we must have brought them. They claim they didn’t have any problem until we moved in but we never have had them before. Wouldn’t it take more than 3 weeks to infest the next apartment and the apartment next to them? Please help!!!

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  99. July 15, 2007 at 5:31 pm, Guest said:

    Fann’s Market in Gallatin, TN

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  100. July 15, 2007 at 5:35 pm, Guest said:

    oh yeah

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  101. July 15, 2007 at 5:52 pm, Guest said:

    haha. not now back i lived in west covina

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  102. July 17, 2007 at 6:32 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a house we were given a dinning table and chair set, what we did not know was that it was ground center –filled with roachs. I have been fighting roaches for a lone time we let up this winter and now there back 10 times worse! But I have got a lot of info from this site and will try what you’ll have said. The weather here has been very wet so the roach proff has not worked but pine-sol in the vac is a killer. Just suck and dump–can be fun to! hey YOU DO NOT GET ROACHES BECAUSE YOU ARE DIRTY!!!
    BUT be exter clean and uncluttered is one of the best ways to get help get ride of them! GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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  103. July 18, 2007 at 1:38 am, Guest said:

    hi- all of the tips here are great- i wish i had before spraying down my cabinets iwth raid about ab hour ago! i a m worried about the chemical on the cabinet surfaces. before i replace dishes and sealed cans/containers of food on the cabinets, does anyone have suggestions for how i can clean the cabinet surfaces AFTER using raid? would regular soap and water do the trick to remove toxicity? I am worried about chemicals contiaminating food and dishes! thanks for advice! Also for those who have used things like Boric Acid- is it safe to put in a pantry or cabinet with dishes? Thank you!

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  104. July 18, 2007 at 10:28 am, Guest said:

    i live in Arizona also and the best thing to do is sit on your counter and see were they come from then get some plummer seal and when you find the crack that they live in seal it after adding pure borax to the hole. also you want to look for every opening from your baseboards and floors to the seams of your bath tub or shower. you do this because the roachs live in the space that your wires and water pipes are so that they can get water from the condencation… if you are able to find one of their hole and you get some sort of Gas that kills them and pump it into there den then seal it. but be careful and dont use any dangerus stuff like Mustard gas :P

    hope it helps

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  105. July 20, 2007 at 1:46 am, Guest said:

    OMG you’re so not alone! I just moved to Vegas and I’m on the ground floor of an apartment. I’ve had this sort of insect/spidey-sense all my life to be able to spot/sense these creatures in the darkest of rooms, but I’ve never encountered roaches til now! Now, I’ve been up til 3am in the morning most of the week- hunting this bastards. I found out the apartment above me has a leak and the roaches are harbouring around my bathroom which is below their own; (which is also close to the kitchen) and also my garbage disposal. The worst thing is I’m on an air mattress til my furn arrives next week! The powder only did so much and the spray worked but only when I was awake to use it lol! The maintenance ppl are so to help me slow so far and I refuse to spend a lot more $$$ for something they should’ve fixed before I moved in here. The apartment has brand new carpets, appliances and looks great it’s just those damn roaches!!!! Arrgh

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  106. July 23, 2007 at 10:21 pm, Guest said:

    I am moving out of my roach infested apt into a very nice upstanding apt. I am so scared to take them with me!!! I bought plastic bins and got rid of almost everything cardboard. I have read that sometimes they can live in the wood of your furniture. I can’t afford to put everything in a storage facility and bomb it for a couple of months nor get rid of all my furniture. I hate these things!! I can’t sleep at night and my husband just brushes it off like its no big deal that I am worried they will come with.

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  107. July 28, 2007 at 12:03 am, Guest said:

    I have figured out that I have the U.N. of cockroaches
    living in my house!!So far Raid is the best for killing on the spot. But after a lot of different kinds of things I have had some good luck with GOLD BOND
    body powder in a green bottle, exter strength!
    The roaches do not like it and run way, so if you are trying to keep them out of a place like the can goods But I’m not sure how long the smell will work but it will give you so time to clean you space and use something to keep them out. THEY DO SMELL FOOD pick up pet food and set out food traps something they can not get out of put oil around the side. So they can not get out. Peanut butter is good bate.The more diffrent things you try the better luck you will have.
    put things in plastic bags if small place in frezer to kill bugs. PINE SOL in the shop vac. Suck up the bugs and dump away from your house like the dumster. Been working for me but there are more you don’t see then you’ll ever know. GOOD LUCK

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  108. July 29, 2007 at 12:38 am, Guest said:

    Thank for all these suggestions I will try them. This is a good website. I saw roaches the past three nights and killed at least two per night. I think it is the neighbor downstairs who is infesting me. I will tell the manager and get some spray thanks for all your help!!!!!!

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  109. July 30, 2007 at 11:18 am, Guest said:

    I’m in the Air Force and living in the dorms. I’ve been here for almost a year or so and the only bug I’ve ever had was a large harmless beetle I promptly placed back outside. I have seen the large roaches (American,Austrailian?) before on the first floor walkways (I live on the third) but never heard of any problems about them coming INSIDE. That changed when putting on my boots yesterday morning and feeling something squirming on the bottom, I threw off my boots thinking it was a spider and out ran a roach it vanished near my window and I couldn’t find it. I have been jittery all day and when i got home it was on my bathroom towel at which point I snapped and grabbed the only thing I had which was a can of Lysol Disinfectant. I guess it suffocated because it didn’t move after that. I hope that is the last I’ll have to worry about one, I’ve read the bigger ones generally are outdoor roaches and don’t fare well indoors.

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  110. July 31, 2007 at 9:51 pm, Guest said:

    I am about to move out also and I don’t want to get rid of all my stuff and I have alot but I really really don’t want to take the roaches with me to my nicer new place!! I also read they can live in yoour clocks, T.V.s and appliances! I am so scared I will infest the new place.

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  111. August 06, 2007 at 2:10 am, Guest said:

    ive got giant roaches and ive been unable to kill them? how can i be sure there gone, once ive killed them? Also how do i know what species they are ?

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  112. August 09, 2007 at 12:29 pm, Guest said:

    Don’t know if you will get this but we had a similar situation a few years ago and were alerted to a tip that worked well for us. Pack your boxes and into each one place an unwrapped bar of ivory soap. allow the box to sit closed with the ivory soap. Something about it drives the bugs out.

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  113. August 09, 2007 at 9:21 pm, Guest said:

    You think you have issues. Well, let me tell you! When I move out of my apartment that now has roaches from several of the tenents who live here now, something my family never had when we had ownership. I refuse to take any thing with me unless I have bombed 4 times and examined everything with a microscope…(lol) And for your husband I’d put a pillow over his head. Sounds like what my husband use to do to me. Tell him that from me…. Smile and believe things will get better. I’m with you I am always freaking out. I hear cayenne pepper works or liquid Ivory. Good luck and remember when you do move. Check everything because those noctural roaches hide well. Check behind frames and in the smallest spaces. Have a exterminator every month just to make sure and you should be fine. Best of luck. Rose8260@aol.com

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  114. August 10, 2007 at 9:29 am, Guest said:

    it has a web site. just type in the words roach shedder and it should take you to their web site.

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  115. August 11, 2007 at 8:09 am, Guest said:

    dear humans! we have evolved.. now we are using the internet too.. im sorry to say but if you see one of us there are perhaps another 50 near by…while you sleep we lay eggs in your bed, under your bed, and places you dont usually look..last night i laid eggs in this guys house while he slept in his pillow! ha just wait to four weeks later…personally i like hiding in cereals so when you wake up in the morning you get a real shock but im too fast for you, ive already gone once you come back with the bug killer..

    ps: you guys who catch the queen.. thats a bad move.. we just come looking for her!!

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  116. August 12, 2007 at 4:35 am, Guest said:

    The funny thing is, in almost all cases, the roaches are cleaner creatures than the humans they live with. So objections to them are almost totally aesthetic. They are not monstrous, evil vermin who live solely to terrorize you. This is not to say you have to share living space with them. They have to go. But recognize your enemy for what it is – another superbly crafted organism fighting for survival in a tough world. Respect them. Then go out and kill the little bastards.
    -cgb

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  117. August 15, 2007 at 11:01 pm, Guest said:

    i can’t keep them off me!!!!!
    i just started a new job with a hectic schedule that took some time to adjust to. while it was hectic, i didn’t shower for 11 days (gross, i know) anyway, in the past three nights, i have had a run-in with some cockroaches crawling on me at night. my girlfriend, sleeping beside me, has had no such luck. anyone know if the result of me not showering somehow attracts cockroaches? incidentally, i post this comment still wet and wrapped in a towel following a 15 minute loofa and anti-bacterial soap scrub down.

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  118. August 17, 2007 at 1:48 pm, Guest said:

    After being bitten repeatedly in bed (I thought it was spiders), I called my exterminator. He thought it might be bed bugs and told me to take everything off the bed and launder them. Then he came in and sprayed the mattress, my bedroom rugs and a chair. I haven’t had any problem since. But I think plastic covers is a good idea to prevent them from returning.

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  119. August 18, 2007 at 11:25 pm, Guest said:

    So, after reading many of the comments/responses, I’m getting really scared! I had seen these tiny bugs with the antenae, so I figured they were cockroaches. In the entire time I’ve lived here, up until today, I had seen maybe 5 really small ones. My bldg has an exterminator come once a month, so I thought I’d make sure that he sprays my apartment. AND, I had bed bugs recently, so I decided that the best thing to do was bomb my apartment once a month for the rest of my time in this apartment – just in case. Just last week I had used a Raid bomber, so I felt safe from any/all bugs. And, yes, I am really clean, I don’t cook much b/c I’m too afraid of roaches, and I make sure to clean up all around me. I recently moved to NY from the west coast. I never had any issues until I moved here. It is really making me hate living here. Anyway, I’ve never seen them in my kitchen – just my bathroom & around my drawer. I woke up this AM to see 3 bugs. I don’t know what to do b/c I’m freaking out. I hate living in this apartment – I thought I was so lucky to find an affordable, nice apartment in NYC, but now I have a feeling that the building is totally infested. I bought baits and am waiting to see if they work. Does anyone know if using the bombers are a bad idea? I’ve heard both… And besides the bait, the bombs, and the exterminator, what else I can do to ensure that they will never come back!? :(

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  120. August 20, 2007 at 7:17 pm, Guest said:

    In response to your question, sounds like you had a Wood Roach, a harmless roach that usually lives outside but sometimes wanders by accident into the home. They do not run when the lights come on, and they are usually just passing through. If they stay inside, they cannot breed and they usually die from starvation or dehydration because they do not know how to look for food in a home. Pick him up and throw him outside, most likely it will be the last time you see him.

    Cheers!

    JLB

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  121. August 21, 2007 at 2:50 pm, Guest said:

    the bombs for roaches don’t work.they just come back.i’m trying everything that i can think about.but no luck.i used boric acid,bombs,spray,traps,had some one come out to spray.but no luck so far.but i keep trying.if you find some thing that works keep me in mind and please let me know.please.

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  122. August 29, 2007 at 11:44 am, Guest said:

    build yourself a microwave gun with horn shaped wave guide.Use parts from microwave oven.They cook like meat.

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  123. September 01, 2007 at 12:47 am, Guest said:

    Dear roaches! Please die!

    Seriously, I don’t care if you’re perfectly evolved since billions of years ago. I want all of you, to die! If a genie grants me 3 wishes, trust me, I’ll use one to get rid of y’all! A service to this world!!

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  124. September 03, 2007 at 8:08 pm, Guest said:

    I have read every method to kill roaches.I have used roach motels boric acid. tat spray..the other night I bought Raid..the good smelling kind..I sprayed it into the walls of my apt. This bug thing started a year ago. first bed bugs got into y mattress..fleas started biting me in my bed and now roaches are multiplying. Yes we are clean..Bleach every thing. the cat never goes out. but all my neighbors have gotten dogs….in their apt. Thus this building is infested with fleas….I was a bit hesitant to tell them..but after I sprayed all the raid into the walls…they accused me of letting my litterbox go…SO that I knew was not the problem..I told them it was the raid coming from the walls…I was fed up with fleas biting me.and the roaches cibing out of my SUBWOOFER looking at me as I lay in bed..So it off to the storwe for ivory soap, borax, and pine sol..PS I tried the ultra sound devices..the cock roaches love to dance to the vibes coming from them. anyways I will try some of thes suggestions. GOOD LUCK.

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  125. September 05, 2007 at 1:19 pm, Guest said:

    After spending too much money, time, and energy on trying to kill the dirty bastards, my husband and I gave up and started naming them.

    And look on the bright side, like in the movie, “Joe’s Apartment”, maybe my new found friends can help me out.

    If you can’t beat em, join em.

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  126. September 08, 2007 at 9:32 am, Guest said:

    They can live in anything. microwaves, mixers, clocks, phone jacks, check everything. I read that if you bag everything for 2 weeks in a garbage bag and seal it they will dehydrate.

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  127. September 08, 2007 at 4:44 pm, Guest said:

    Human V.S. roaches battle to the death!!!!!!!!!!!

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  128. September 09, 2007 at 4:53 am, Guest said:

    this is a really good way to get rid of some. you put double sided sticky tape on the places there are most, and they will get stuck. after awhile, you canpeel the tape off and put new tape on.

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  129. September 09, 2007 at 1:51 pm, Guest said:

    There is no stopping them. I have tried everything, bombing, spraying everyday (a few times a day), searching for every last one with a microscope, boric acid, roach traps, combinations of sugar and other things, roach motels, the end of a magazine or bottle, the end of my shoe, nothing works. There is only one way to get rid of all the roaches. First, you’ll need a 30 megaton nuclear bomb and a timer, set that off with a delay in your apartment, strip naked and dunk yourself into a pre-prepared tub of raid, sit in that for about 10 minutes, and drive away so you wont die in the explosion (remember you’ll need a new vehicle as well). Go to walmart and buy a new set of cloaths, rent a new apartment, and then say to yourself “I got you bastards!”..

    They hide in everything. The back end of my keyboard keys, my cable router, milk crates, dvd boxes, dvd spindles, tv’s, vcr’s, computers, alarm clocks, drawers, socks, shoes. They like to hide in dark damp places like under the kitchen sink, on the shower curtain, trash can’s, in wet cat food…

    The most you can hope to do once you have them is spray them a lot, take things that they are infesting a lot outside and bang it around (like milk crates), bomb a few times a month, and you’ll still have them, just not as many. Just always remember these words while attempting to rid your area of roaches…

    “You’ll never kill them all, son…”

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  130. September 11, 2007 at 8:52 am, Guest said:

    15Yrs no roach, til now… no roachs, till the guy above me brought a couch that was on the side of the road or some plce not clean….where I live? the place is vey srict, but they are no so when it ocomes to roaches, we had they spray here about 5 times! nothing, I ashed please have himbomb the place, they claim he did, but he did not for? there was no residue anywhere, IF they were to bob the 4 units? It would do nothing as they have moved to other parts of the building, thankfully my couch and bed is going bye bye, but they are in my PC, I threw away my toaster, I wanted to prove to my b/f that they were in the toaster, so i pout it on and turned it over to se them run out of the cracks of the toaster, right there? i unpluged and drowed the basturds, they are everywhere, one thing is this I am clean, we hear this often, but once they are in the house and infested it would take some serious bombing and for people to be lclean and the man upstairs from me is not clean, he is legally blind and can have people over to clean and cook, he rather live like a pig, I am buying borric acid and making traps and seal up cracks you name it, I will not be able to get rid of them, but? I will slow them down, I hope…mean time? I am not paying my rent going to put it in escorale sp? and contact the housing welfare you name it, I meet the exterminator a small business man and he is dirty, none of thses units were bobed for it they diod what they were to do? I would not be on the internet venting, IF your land-lord does not do what he/she should? do what I’m going to to do and BTW they do bite, they love my b/f scalp as he has a scalp issue.., I can’t cook anymore, lay my glass down and chill talk about fast insects, and I careless how they are, they are to be clean? they thrive in anyplace that is dirty, places we can’t get to,

    Just now that these insects carry sooo many illness’s with them, Note as they get bigger? I am geting scared as I fear insects a certain size…

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  131. September 13, 2007 at 1:41 pm, Guest said:

    maybe you should call him.. have him come out, and then kick his ass.. i don’t doubt that guy scammed you guys. what a bastard.

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  132. September 13, 2007 at 10:41 pm, Guest said:

    You guys are killin’ me!! I have laughed til I cried because all of you are experiencing the same crap my son and I are dealing with in the roach category. That’s sad that we have such tight-wad landlords who won’t hire ‘real’ exterminators. I visited this site thinking I would read about something new and improved, but we have tried everything for the past six years, and the roaches take it all in stride. After I sprayed my kitchen a couple of days ago, the roaches were paving new highways through the mist to avoid the poison streams. They are so damned smart!! They left for a short while and now, near midnight, new ones have come back with their friends to party til dawn. I have to go to work EARLY in the A.M., but I swear I must sleep with one eye open tonight. These roaches look pissed off. Good luck everybody!

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  133. September 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm, Guest said:

    I have roaches bad left this summer for 3 months and came back to 1000’s it’s terrible, I’ve tried every thing. I’m waiting for winter, when i was in college. I left the thermostat and elecity off thought i was gonna be gone for 3 days ended up 2 weeks temp got down around 0 for several days the water froze solid in the tolet the roaches left never to return I’m praying for a cold winter.

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  134. September 17, 2007 at 5:53 pm, Guest said:

    The War on Cockroaches!
    Hi peeps, i wonder if cutting off all the water supply will get rid of cockroaches. I am going abroad for few months and i think i am able to deprive them all possible sources of water. What do you think?
    How long can a cockroach survive without water?

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  135. September 18, 2007 at 3:16 am, Guest said:

    I think my neighbor being forced to clean up his apartment is causing the cockroaches to seek food and water in other apartments. I’ve lived here 5+ years and have seen three total in my apartment. One last night, one a couple years ago and the first probably two years before that. The last one in the bathroon with a shared wall with the packrat next door.

    My question is, do I need to worry if I only see three in 5 years? I’m not super clean, but will become super clean if it will keep them away.

    Our landlord also had all of our windows and sliding glass doors replaced. Some boards on the outside of the apartments were also replaced at the same time. Could they have stirred them up?

    Unfortunately, we have had HOT summer here and I know they like the warmer weather.

    Suggestions for avoiding a true infestation appreciated.

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  136. September 25, 2007 at 12:46 am, Guest said:

    What can I use to kill them

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  137. September 29, 2007 at 6:46 pm, Guest said:

    wow, i thought i was going to read something about killing roaches. Instead i got a huge laugh!! You right they are smart!!

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  138. October 04, 2007 at 6:51 pm, Guest said:

    ok, this is my story….several years ago, I lived in an apt tht didnt have roaches, got new neighbors and started getting some uninvited guest. Was told abt a chalk tht is made in China. Too my surprise the night I was using the chalk in my cabinets, my guest were leaving, in a hurry!!! most of them didnt even make it out the door. Name of the product is: “Miraculous Insecticide Chalk”. I’ve recently moved, to my surprise the apt hadnt been bombed, or I’m saying it hadn’t. Called mngt right away tolded them to bomb the place, while I went out to look for my ‘chalk’. Couldn’t find it, finally found it at a Dollar Store bought all they had. Before, unpacking I ran the chalk across the baseboards in the bedrooms,bathrooms,closets, dresser, under the selves, that been 2wks ago, havent seen a roach in my bedroom. Started the kitchen, and I’ve seen much improvement. Problem, I’m gonna have is tht the weather striping on my doors have gaps, so I’m really hoping that mngt will fix that for me.

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  139. October 07, 2007 at 6:24 pm, Guest said:

    I love this site.. I just moved from Ohio (NO roaches ever) to DC (god help me). The first day I moved into my apt. there was a bastard.. even though they sprayed before I moved in. The building is very old and there are tons of cracks and crevices everywhere. I hate bugs SO much but these SOBS are everywhere! The exterminator acts like I am lying, he says he doesnt see anything! Can you break a lease beacause of roaches?? The guy comes once a week and they still bloody march on in! Oddly enough, when I ask other people who live in my apt building, they said they’ve never had a problem! I’ve lived in other countries and seen some odd things (I’m an anthropologist, go figure), but it’s something else when you pay big money to sleep amongst these bastards.

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  140. October 09, 2007 at 1:42 am, Guest said:

    My dorm is freaking infested and I moved from my mother’s clean home. I’m not even filthy. This place is absolutely infested, mostly with babies right now. Expensive university! Maintenance came to spray and they popped right back up within hours. I opened my World Civ binder out popped a roach earlier, it nearly gave me a heart attack. Roaches are really bad for people with asthma/allergies and here I am with both conditions and they carry so many freaking diseases, I’m terrified.

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  141. October 09, 2007 at 9:59 pm, Guest said:

    I lived in an infested building. I moved, took all of my stuff and no roaches. First, I fogged. Took everything that I could fit in garbage bags and sprayed inside of them and knotted them. When I got to my new location, I sprayed and fogged again. I was totally roach free.

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  142. October 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm, Guest said:

    mmmmmm yum i love roaches!

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  143. October 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    I HAVE ROACHES FREAKING EVERYWHERE GOD HELP ME!

    PLEASE

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  144. October 13, 2007 at 7:57 pm, Guest said:

    roach town I moved from california to north carolina and my apartment here in nc is just a mess with roaches and their babies i want to die these roaches got me crazy everywhere i go there is aroach

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  145. October 15, 2007 at 8:31 am, Guest said:

    Hello – Humans, Well let me start off by saying – we live here too, so get used to it or do the next best thing MOVE. Why can’t we ALL just get along. You fail to realize we are CLEAN roaches we come out to mate, eat, run across the walls and floors, releave ourselves and return back to the comfort of the homes, behind the stove, cabinets, microwave, cloth draws, ect. We’re everywhere. You may try to clean your apartments but theirs always alittle mess around to attract us. Oh yeah, one of you humans killed my brother, sister, aunt and uncle. I was the white one that got away. So NOW I’m mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. So be afraid, BE VERY AFRAID. Your sprays and Combat hotels don’t work.I will return with an army, not at night but when your at work. To check out the place. So leave out something sweet and something to drink. Thanking you in advance, Ray the ROACH from apt. 3DC and 11A .

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  146. October 19, 2007 at 12:32 am, Guest said:

    My roach infestation is so bad, I have literally cried about it. I know that sounds pathetic, but it is seriously that bad. They sit along the top of the fridge door so I have to kick the door a few times before I open it, and even then, at least four or five will come flying down inside the fridge every time.

    I no longer store cutlery in drawers, because I’m afraid to open them. Literally THOUSANDS will come scurrying out every time I reach for a fork. Now I store things in plastic bags. It looks horrible, but I don’t know what else to do.

    There will be tons of roaches just roaming in the kitchen in the middle of the day. They don’t even bother to hide anymore.

    I dream of running away and starting over in a world without roaches.

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  147. October 19, 2007 at 8:26 am, Guest said:

    Eeeewwwwww yuck, I killed three this morning with raid, I am buying borax today to eradicate them. I hope I will be triumphant!!!

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  148. October 21, 2007 at 1:44 am, Guest said:

    The trouble with the trap solution is that these palmetto bugs here in Florida are huge and can fly very quickly. If they get in, they can just fly out. They’re tough to kill, especially because they’re so big, and I have trouble chasing after them and actually getting a swat at them. Is there any easy way to kill them?

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  149. October 21, 2007 at 8:33 am, Guest said:

    I used to live with my parents (for 18years) and I have just moved to a new appartment in sydney(australia) and on the inspection the appt looked fine just needing some new paint and carpet. My mum and dad helped me move in and I stayed even though they said it wasn’t a good idea as the place wasn’t that clean. I was laying in bed and and I noticed 1 roach, 2 roaches 3 roaches I want out to the kitchen to get the mortine(australian version of beygon) to kill them and there were hundereds of thousands of roaches, I got scared and let off a bomb and ran to my bed and hid, crying cause I thought they would run in my room to get away from the poison, sop I had to stuff my towel under my door and hang outside my bedroom window till 230am. Went out in the morning to the kitchen and they were still running around the kitchen dancing on the walls and benchz. I had 5mm of roach dirt under the fridge and oven and hundreds and hundreds of dead shells in the shelves in witht the waterheater.
    -bombs don’t work(they are shit)
    -spray works but it doesn’t stop the ones you dnt hit.
    But the guys from work were dsaying that some asian stuff works and it comes in the for like fish food( and I believe him and asia has roach problems, been there seen it YUCK).
    THEY HIDE EVERYWHERE.
    I’m renting and my family have pulled out the whole kitchen (EVERYTHING) and have cleaned and nailed everything back 2gether.
    They bastards hid in smoke alarms and vents and behing loose tiles.
    The eggs are in the carpet.

    I havnt had a exterminator but there are less of them and I PLAN to call one 2morrow.
    No matter how much you clean they will still be there watching from under the elements in your toaster and in your ceiling lights.
    If u can beat them………move, its the only way.
    Strawberry_cupcake12@hotmail.com

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  150. October 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm, Guest said:

    I have hear that peppermint oil will get rid of them i have not tired it yet but i am going to i have heard that the smell of peppermint will drive them away they cant stand the smell i will let you know how it works for me when i get a chance to do it

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  151. October 23, 2007 at 1:55 am, Guest said:

    I just moved into an apartment a couple of months ago in Taiwan (I’m from Canada) and having no previous experience with cockroaches to speak of, was absolutely appalled to find a small roach enjoying my shower next to me one morning. I flushed it down the drain with lots of soap (I hear that gets rid of a waxy protection on their bodies). Since then I’ve been nervous about bringing ANY food into the house (had some soup maybe 5 or 6 times in the last 3 months) and throw out the rubbish every night or next morning. I am extremely clean, I’ve put those Raid traps (the ones where they eat and infect the rest of their crazy crew of roaches) everywhere in the kitchen and all rooms, under the couch etc. All was fine, until this morning. That little (not so little) 3-inch bugger came crawling from underneath my bed (I had just woken up and bedroom door was still closed, so it was probably there the whole night!) and started following the screaming me around the house! I tried scaring it out of the bedroom so Ic ould quickly get ready and leave for work (I am extremely scared of them, the long feelers in particular completely creep me out) when it decided to come back in and WATCH me in my ensuite bathroom. It then headed out to the front door WITH me (I froze and stared at it for minutes) and tried climbing up the side of an extremely smooth surface of my display cabinet, fell over and started twitching (I thought the poison was working and rejoiced). It actually looked like it was using one of its legs to scratch itself, strangely. Then it just stayed there, unmoving. I was completely fooled, started towards the door and my shoes, when it just lept/flew over to my feet/legs when which I flailed around and screamed. After that, Ic ouldn’t see where it went and now I’m completely paranoid that it’s landed in an overnight bag full of clothes that I left by the door. I am terrified of these buggers, what do I do? It sounds insane, but this is the weirdest experience I’ve ever had. Why would the cockroach APPROACH me when I’m stamping around to scare it off? It’s not even running away! HELP!

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  152. October 23, 2007 at 2:58 pm, Guest said:

    I am moving from a roach infested building and plan to take as many precautions as I can. I am washing eveything that can be washed and storing it in vinyl boxes until they can be transported. Everything that can go outside on my balcony will be outside for 48hrs before moving(eggs are dropped a few hours before hatching. Anything in a cardboard box will be sealed in a plastic bag with boric acid. I am abandonning most of my furniture. Small pieces will be outside. Boric acid will go in all the cupboards at the new place. I also plan to bomb both places. Things which need to be drycleaned will be stored in sealed plastic bags with boric acid until Ihave the money {I need it all now to replace the furniture) Pictures, books VCR tapes will also be plaecd in sealed plastic bags. Keep your fingers crossed for me because I have had it with chasing them until 3am

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  153. October 24, 2007 at 7:11 pm, Guest said:

    What are those giant roaches called? We see them coming from the sink, under the door, and in the bathroom. They are at least 5 inches long. some light and some dark.

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  154. October 25, 2007 at 1:16 pm, Guest said:

    bless your heart!!! i have the same problem. but let me save you $371.00. i called the bug man to come. he baited and sprayed and is coming back on a quarterly basis. the 156.00 i paid him initally was to bait. the stuff he used is called maxforce gel. you can buy the stuff yourself!!!!! $10.00 a tube. put it in all corners, light sockets, cabinet corners. anywhere the little $hittheads run. IT WILL WORK!!!!! re-bait after 1 month. then spray with the stuff it tells you on the website. we shouldnt have to live in a roach infested place because of lack of money! get that stuff……
    i know youll be satisfied: samantha

    ps:let me know how its working for ya!!! ruthlessbaddass@yahoo.com

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  155. October 25, 2007 at 1:19 pm, Guest said:

    MAXFORCE GEL, ROACH BAIT! BAIT YOUR APARTMENT! I JUST PAID 371.00 FOR A BUGMAN. NO, NO, NO, I WENT ONLINE LOOKED UP WHAT HE USED, $10.00 A TUBE!!!! MAXFORCE….DO IT!
    SAMANTHA
    RUTHLESSBADDASS@YHAOO.COM

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  156. October 25, 2007 at 1:20 pm, Guest said:

    MAXFORCE ROACH BAIT. IS A GEL. BAIT THE ENTIRE HOUSE. IT WILL WORK!

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  157. October 30, 2007 at 9:36 pm, Guest said:

    i hate those dirty little putos!they make me vomit every time i see these nasty ass critters/ they take showers with me , i take them too work they grete me at the door when i get home in the morning!!those bastards are fuc##ng everywere!! i hate those shitheads! these fuc@@#g bugs were here way before us
    and will continue to do so way after were gone will never get rid of them!!

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  158. November 01, 2007 at 10:17 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve been living in this apartment for a year already. I had never seen a roach before. A month ago i let a friend move in and they brought in some of their furniture and now there’s roaches everywhere. They are driving me CRAZY. I’ve cried about it and my husband thinks i’m insane. Maybe I am a little. But these bugs make me so nervous. I’m constantly itchy now feeling like they are crawling all over me. I don’t know what to do. I’m seriously considering throwing everything from my kitchen away for a month. Or maybe more. I don’t know. And the worse part is. Before I saw the roaches I signed a new lease at my apartment. So now i’m stuck here for a whole other year.

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  159. November 02, 2007 at 1:59 pm, Guest said:

    We’re infested!

    We’ve lived in the same so called luxury condominium building for 10 years. Once before I remember seeing a roach but these past few weeks we have been invaded.

    I notice our kitchen sink is leaking. I think that moisture attracted them into our place.

    I’ve put combat traps all over the place, in cabinets, on counters, on the floor. There’s something like 40 traps all over our small kitchen.

    The number of sightings has only somewhat decreased. I saw one in the bathroom today! And one in the living room the other day!

    If I see one in our bedroom I’m going to jump out the window.

    I want these bastards DEAD.

    I found a big one in our spice cabinet. I threw every item of food out of that cabinet and every other cabinet.

    The ONLY food in our kitchen is now in our fridge. I want NOTHING anywhere else for these freaks.

    I may just have to burn the building down.

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  160. November 04, 2007 at 2:34 pm, Guest said:

    It doesn’t work,any baking stuff just makes it worse!

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  161. November 04, 2007 at 3:08 pm, Guest said:

    Ok that IS weird,but here are some tips for ANY kind of cockroach you may have:
    1.You sound like you might be a little OCD,so try too relax you know do some yoga!
    2.Next maybe eat out with friends and bring REAL food into your home.
    3.Of course Any food you bring in you house well be ok if you just put it AWAY! You well soon find that there are some foods that the roach will like more then others and some it doesn’t like at all! Keep the food it does not like and be careful with the food it does like.
    4.Last tip is to use google.com to find out more about cockroaches.

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  162. November 04, 2007 at 3:12 pm, Guest said:

    I hope you win the battle!

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  163. November 04, 2007 at 3:18 pm, Guest said:

    BORAX,BORAX,BORAX!!!! Google borax

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  164. November 07, 2007 at 10:59 am, Guest said:

    i have roaches an i have tried sprays and i am a clean freak so i don’t see why they are invading my place. i really need some insite on how to get rid of them if anyone knows of any ways to get rid of them please email me at mikeysgirl01@yahoo.com. my landlord is a cheap ass who won’t send in anyone to get rid of them he don’t even like to fix anything around the aparment he makes us fix things in the apartment that break ourselves and expects us to get rid of the cockroaches ourselves too. please give me a good way to get rid of them i see you all have had roaches please help me!!!!

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  165. November 12, 2007 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    I work for a pest control company, and i have to tell you that your advise wont work.

    1st )Food is food. No place is safe from roaches, even the refrigerator. Its a fact that when roaches invade a kitchen, the first place that we look is behind the fridge. This has the moisture, warmth and food that they need to survive. (I Have even found roaches inside a fridge eating food) — plastic containers that screw shut are the best. They can get into zip lock bags by chewing thru it)

    2nd) When there isnt food available, these amazing insects will turn cannibalistic and the pregnant females will turn on the others to make sure she has enough food to ensure the healthy birth of her young. What is losing 1 when she is about to give birth to approx 30-50 new ones?

    3rd) since roaches eat anything (including their own feces), you cant keep food away that it wont like. The grow larger from eating the feces in their little safe harborage area until they are big enough to go out on their own.

    4th) when people use the “Sprays” or “Bombs” the only thing they are really doing is pushing these creatures up inside the walls, behind the cabinets, up into the stove, fridge, behind the sink and all other little nooks and crannies until the chemical has dissipated (usually around 3 months). In these 3 months the roaches are eating each other to ensure their survival, and while you wont see any, after those 3 months, the ones that were able to get to safety, have multiplied. (ex.. 1 female in 30 days = 31 roaches *minimum* — 30 days later, 16 (at least) of those roaches have had babies so now you have approx. 240 + 31 roaches = 271 roaches in your walls or hiding elsewhere .. and 1 month later you have over 4000 roaches) a little known fact also. if you kill the roaches, the females will speed up reproduction to make up for what was lost, in addition to the amount she needs to ensure their survival.

    5th) Bait, boric acid (put down as fine a week old dust on furniture), and glue boards work the best. This takes time, and is the only way to guarantee that you will get rid of the roaches. If you want to see where the roaches are hiding, get a can of Air (found in computer sections at stores) and ‘dust’ the inside of all your appliance (coffee pot, toaster, microwave etc) and see what comes running out. If you see a lot of females (with egg sacs) then you are at a nest. Pregnant females like to stay hidden to protect their egg sac) that is where you want to place the bait and glue boards.

    6th) Vacuum up dead roaches!

    7th) When you start this clean out procedure, the roaches are going to start coming out of the woodwork. This is because as you take away their food (roaches can live on 1 drop of grease for a month) they will come out more in search of food. This is what you want because they need to find the bait that you are putting out, this will also cause them to go across the finely put dust, or go onto the glueboards where you can see how bad your infestation is.

    the best place to find information on this is on INFO.COM and you want to look up German Roaches or Brownbanded (you will have to look at the pictures to determine which one you have, as treating all roaches the same is as smart as treating a broken arm like a papercut)

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  166. November 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm, Guest said:

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I dont know what to do with this situation the exterminator just came over and put maxforce gel all over my apartment says it takes 1-2 weeks to work……..i dont HAVE 1-2 weeks to wait for these things to go away!!!!! I’ve had these things for 1 1/2 months now in my apartment trying to kill them off and im tired of it! My landlord is of no help and he doenst care cuz he doesnt care cuz he doesnt live here in it..so I’m hoping the maxforce works, I’ve tried boric acid, baits, the exterminator sprayed, nothing worked…..hopefully maxforce will work, but I dont have 1-2 weeks to wait!!!!!!! im tired of them……

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  167. November 13, 2007 at 8:34 pm, Guest said:

    ya i got roaches bad in my apt, i have kids and im scared that these ugly little creatures are going to affect my childerns health. we used those bombs twice, when we came back those little bastards were crawling on the walls. ewww… i dont know what im going to do, i dont want these things and im clean… Anybody got anything good that works.

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  168. November 17, 2007 at 1:17 am, Guest said:

    just take a plastic bag from those supermarket and catch them, slam them flat, and throw them to the bin. Nothing to be afraid of. :)

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  169. November 17, 2007 at 10:38 pm, Guest said:

    they are called wood roaches they are different than regular roaches. they prefer old houses and damp areas.

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  170. November 18, 2007 at 12:05 am, Guest said:

    You can never really ever get totally rid of roaches. When you think they are gone, they are really hiding building up their forces again. Seriously, no joke. They know when they are getting low on numbers and stay hidden and eat each other and their poop to live. Then come back when they are many again. They are a scary race for sure.

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  171. November 24, 2007 at 11:25 pm, Guest said:

    my name is leith and i have delt with them things all my life. The best way is to buy some raid 2 cans or so and call a expert. Spray right before the come over to run them out. Let the guy do their work and show him where u see them the most and get them to spray there. Next day or so continuously spray the same areas if u see the roaches. Just keep spraying their ass. Then call the exterminator and get them to come back even if u don’t see that many. Well that is if u don’t have to pay when they spray. Another way just bust their ass with everything u go continually for a couple days and if u have neighbors get them to spray also. like the experts say u will never get rid of them but this seemed to help a lot.

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  172. November 26, 2007 at 12:55 am, Guest said:

    2nd day in my apartment
    killed the first little bastard today.
    theres new cabinets and dishwasher in the kitchen….the old ones must have been infested eh…
    f—— pricks….they sprayed before i moved in….this place is a huge melting pot of people…so im sure there are roaches from every corner of the globe….joy….gotta get some boric acid…..fill one of those small childrens pools…the plastic ones…you know….fill it with boric acid…..shower up…dont dry off..and roll around in boric acid….that will teach em to crawl on me in my sleep…..sssshhhhh….did you hear that….i think they are coming for me……well come on you bastards….come and get me….come on ….lets g

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  173. November 26, 2007 at 10:06 pm, Guest said:

    They like to eat dead skin, so if you don’t shower, they’ll be on you. As for keeping them at bay, the reason that boric acid is so popular a diy method is that they can’t get immune to it. If you’ve read this far, you get the idea that the colony never dies, you just keep it at bay. So if you use pesticides, future generations will be imune. But the borax either softens their protective layer, or scratches it, and then draws the moisture out of their bodies. There is no imunity to that. You can make them run with bombs all the time, or you can constantly kill them with borax, but you will always have to keep it up, no matter the solution you use. You can’t turn the heat on for the first day of winter, and expect it to stay warm ’till spring.

    CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!

    P.S. Get a cat, they love to hunt the bastards

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  174. November 29, 2007 at 1:16 am, Guest said:

    IM scared as hell of the little bastards because they have them at work for a while… i am terrified i may have brought them home…. What are the chances? i mean i see them every now and again when i look for them (i do for some reason) but they have never gotten on me and i have never seen them in the room where i drop my stuff…. someone dis-affirm my fears, please.

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  175. November 29, 2007 at 2:57 pm, Guest said:

    nothing works I am gonna burn my house down

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  176. December 01, 2007 at 9:57 am, Guest said:

    OH MY HELL!!! I would have to move! There is no way that I could deal with that. We have 2 or 3 different kinds that I am fighting I am trying Bengal spray this time. All the rental owners around here use it and say it is the best. I had to pay $15 for a 16oz. spray can. It is oderless and dry so not messy. But I think you may need a bomb…and I am talking a REAL BOMB to kill something as big as you have!!!!

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  177. December 02, 2007 at 10:57 pm, Guest said:

    oh my god i feel for you.. unfortunately i dont know if any of your efforts will prove effective :( i NEVER lived with these disgusting creatures until i started renting from this management group supposedly prestigious. W/E thats when i notices something blocking the clock in my microwave… I WAS A ROACH!!! OMG i freaked out i started crying and i couldn’t breathe it was horrible after that they wont go away i have tried everything nearly poisoning myself in the process. i moved since then and threw almost everything i owned away (especially that microwave) and they CAME WITH ME!!! it wasn’t near as bad as it was at the other apartment until the neighbors next door moved out and their roaches moved back in. I don’t know what to do anymore!! I have a 3yr old and im 6mos pregnant. does borax really work?? Will it hurt us??

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  178. December 05, 2007 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    I woke up this morning to find a roach on my groin trying to get into my underwear.

    I am moving to a country that does not have roaches.

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  179. December 08, 2007 at 5:36 am, Guest said:

    THOSE ROACHES ARE INSANE

    I see one once in a while and I bet they are plotting an invasion. They are quite an advanced race.

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  180. December 10, 2007 at 2:27 pm, Guest said:

    Ok and I thought the people in my family were freaky about them! Just know this-I have made myself sick (once to the point of being trapped outside in my underwear, blinded by my eyes watering, on my front porch holding the water hose over my head and throwing up while all my neighbors were coming home from their respective Churches): a result of trying to exterminate the first house I ever bought, with a FOGGER. AND I HADN’T EVEN SEEN A BUG YET! IT WAS A PREEMPTIVE STRIKE ON MY PART! HA!

    So I’m 25 years older now but lost my house last year and had to go back to apartment dwelling. Old, all-bills-paid, haven’t been painted in years, “pay your rent on time and unless you come in and fill out a request we will never go into your apartment”, apartment dwelling. When I saw this apartment it smelled sweet and odd and the carpet was wet from being cleaned and the paint was still tacky so I mistakenly thought that was the smell. I had never smelled roaches to that extent before. That and it does have a gas stove so I thought that could be part of it. . . it had been a long time since I had lived in a place like this.

    After I moved in-of course, Roach Infestation 2007!!! (AND I MADE MYSELF SICK WITH A CAN OF SPRAY FIRST WEEK HERE!) So I’ll probably kill myself trying to beat them this time, I’m sure.

    I told you all that to tell you this. Sadly, but truely, my maternal Grandmother found herself a widow at about 67 years old and decided to move back to an apartment because her only surviving sister lived in the complex and she felt safer there amongst a lot of people. She kept everything clean, lived alone, no pets, blah, blah, blah . . .and went out of her way to kill any roach she saw.

    One day as a result of doing the “cockroach stomp” she fell and suffered multiple fractures in her back/spinal compressions. She was trapped on the kitchen floor with the lights off till her sister found her hours later. She tried to recover; a month in the hospital in excruciating pain and the docs did what they could on some of the fractures with filler. However she died at my house (thus avoiding the Nursing Home we were being threatened with) with me and my sister taking care of her 24/7, a month later and still on her brand new walker. We really thought she would beat it. She survived 2 Wars, the loss of her only child, our Mother, the death of her husband and bypass surgery twice! She seemed to be slowly recovering but was on a lot more meds for bone health. It was just too much. Of course as my sis and I were cleaning out her apartment it did occur to me, given general probability and lifespan: the lucky cockroach got her apartment!

    Anyways, true stories both, death and near-death by cockroach. So I am really trying hard NOT to over react this time. AND YOU KNOW I HATE THE SMELL AND HAVE THE WINDOWS OPEN EVERY DAY AT LEAST A COUPLE HOURS, NO MATTER HOW COLD. And I have nothing perishable in any cabinet and everything I own is sealed in plastic and I’m spraying weekly and I refuse to run the heat because I WANT THEM TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE AND GO AWAY!. . .sad but true.

    However, I have found a product online called Roach Shredder. GOOGLE it and see what you think. I think I’m gonna give it a shot and try to get everyone in my building to use it even if i have to buy one for every apartment. I want them to allow a hole in every adjoining or shared wall (especially where there’s plumbing) so the bottle can be dumped in there and sealed in! It’s about $10 a bottle in bulk (and these are small one bedroom/one bath) so I think I could get enough for a couple hundred. I’m gonna ask them all for a donation to help cover the cost and postage and handling.

    And the battle goes on . . .GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!

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  181. December 10, 2007 at 2:48 pm, Guest said:

    Oddly enough I have been sucked in to reading all the testimonials myself. I even shared the time I almost killed myself exterminating which I kept secret for years!

    And the unfortunate death of my Grandmother as a result of chasing one around the kitchen trying to stomp on it. This is the ONLY place I could ever share that and be understould!

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  182. December 10, 2007 at 3:03 pm, Guest said:

    Ok this is the last thing I hadn’t admitted to yet: every night before I go to bed I turn on the harsh light in the kitchen and the stove light and open all the cabinet doors. (I turn on the light in the bathroom and shut that door as well). I close the red curtain I hung across the door leading into the kitchen and go down the hall to bed. I do this simply because I know the light annoys them.

    I WANT THEM TO BE ANNOYED AND COLD AND STARVING AND THIRSTY AND AS UN-FREAKING-COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE! Can I get an “AMEN” from those in the choir?

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  183. December 15, 2007 at 9:51 am, Guest said:

    I cant take this !!!! I am so afraid !!!!i just start seeing roaches in my house!!!!! I live in a duplex and my neighbor has them!!!!!!Now they are somehow getting into my house!!!!!!Why is this happening to me !!!!!! iI have never had roaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my GOD!!!!!!! I could scream!!!!! I just want to run with my kids but where?!!!!!

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  184. December 15, 2007 at 9:54 pm, Guest said:

    I hate roaches and have never ever had a roach, Until . . .

    I hired a girl to work for me and she seemed okay, but all of a sudden, I am sitting at my desk when “oh my gawd” there sat this big fat ugly roach looking at me, jeering, laughing at me if you will, Creepy thing was darning me to chase his ugly butt to the death. I looked at him and he looked at me and he was so uncaring that I was sitting there contemplating his death. I chased his butt down and I squashed him like the bug he was.

    I called the pest control man, he came and sprayed my building and I saw no more roaches for several weeks, until . . . low and behold here they come again. Once again called the Roach man he came back “Free of charge” . . . no roaches again for several weeks, Then had to call the Bug man again . . no roaches for several weeks this has now gone on for over a Year!

    I was so perplexed as to where these bugs all of a sudden came from, when my employee was sitting and talking to me in my office when low and behold one crawled out of her shirt, I screamed she laughed as she squished it saying “It’s just a roach” I said to her how on earth can you say JUST and ROACH in the same sentence.

    She came to my home last week with her coat on didn’t stay just dropped in but guess what I found 2 roaches since her visit, I am livid, I just don’t know how people can be complacent with roaches and not be terrified, disqusted, annoyed, embarrased. I hate the little bastards.

    Anyway thanks for a great site I found some comfort just in sharing and reading what you all had to say.

    PS I will be calling the bug man on Monday! They say if there is 1 there is 100 Gawd tell me that isn’t true!!!!!!!

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  185. December 17, 2007 at 6:08 pm, Guest said:

    LOL!

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  186. December 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm, Guest said:

    I have lived in my home for 20 yrs never had or even knew what a roach looked like till a year ago, i bomb every three months but its not working. please can someone tell me how to get these ugly things out of my home.

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  187. December 20, 2007 at 10:09 pm, Guest said:

    i live in an apartment and i haven’t even cooked in my place for five months, i know where they’re coming from, but i am serioulsly serious, i can’t live with them. i think the barrier idea is best fo apartment buildings, because cockroaches may not bother others as much as they do you, so they’ll keep em growing while your trying to get rid of them. i am sick to death of them, i am so embarrassed i don’t even want my boyfriend of a year to visit me. i really need help because this is the only place i can afford right now, Single mother two jobs and go to school. somebody helllllllp!

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  188. January 01, 2008 at 2:22 am, Guest said:

    Moving with roaches is my main concern!!! I can’t afford new furniture and the new apt im moving into is a really nice apt, so my boyfriend and i have this idea that we’re gonna load all our furniture into a uhaul, leave all the bags and boxes open, and bomb the shit out of the u-haul for a day or two. Plus, it’s january and cold, so there wouldn’t be any heat for the roaches to survive… what do you think of our idea? Will it work?? Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated. E-mail to me@ k.phommasak@yahoo.com!!

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  189. January 03, 2008 at 1:16 am, Guest said:

    LISTEN ALL I HAVE HOPE FOR YOU!!!

    I live in the Bronx, New York City area and I have found the ANSWER! It is ILLEGAL however, but a solution nonetheless. I have had some serious bouts with these bastards, they are quite resilient a species.

    I am quite sadistic in nature, so this may not be the best or even humane route to accomplishing the task you’ve set out on.

    THE ANSWER YOU SEEK involves destroying a creature thats been around millions of years!! But don’t let numbers get in your way!

    You simply MUST find a product called “Chinese Chalk” or one of it’s many other names…IT WORKS MY FRIENDS!! NO BULLSH*T!!!

    First, Google what the side effects are because of it’s pesticidal contents, and the fact that yes it’s ILLEGAL in the states to purchase…but what the hell, it’s the price I payed to be roach free, and I’d do it again in a heart-beat!

    Secondly, find the product and purchase it…then laugh aloud meniacally, and in sinister way rub you hands together back and forth mimicking the dirty little buggers you’re about to annihilate. (I pretended personally that I was the pilot of the Enola Gay all the way home with product in hand)!!!

    Thirdly, kick open the door and yell out (IM MAD AS HELL…AND IM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!)

    My way to destroying these bastards was derived from a friend who told me what to expect 15 hours after employing the product…except I went overboard…WAYYY OVERBOARD!

    The chalk has some kind of nervous system destroying ingredient that only affects insects..so when they cross the line that you’ve drawn on the floor, wall, baseboard, etc. the chalk gets picked up by the legs of the creature and breaks down the nervous system of the infidel, leaving a twitching, parylized, roach on the floor!

    So what I did was draw a sort of “bullseye” out of the chalk in the middle of my most infected room which happened to be my kitchen..in the middle of my bullseye….there was my piece de resistance to all cockroaches!!! A large piece of white bread smothered in Welch’s Grape Jelly and Chunky Jiff Peanut Butter!! I called it: My ringlet of Tasty Death!!

    Lastly, since I have large ceramic
    tile floor in my kitchen…I bought a 99 cent water spray bottle meant for watering plants, and turned it into a tool of instantaneous insect death by filling it with rubbing alcohol. 13 hours later after deploying the chalk I had a hundred or so twitching little bastards on their backs on my tile floor…so I let loose the water bottle on them with the help of my trusty zippo lighter…had me a little roach barbeque…oh how they snapped and popped!!

    I have used it a handful of times after that until I recieved satisfactory results ending in no sightings for months at a time! Try it, believe me you wont be sorry!!!

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  190. January 06, 2008 at 4:02 am, Guest said:

    Has anybody thats tried Roach Shredder seen any results yet? I ordered it a few days ago and awaiting its arrival.

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  191. January 06, 2008 at 8:24 pm, Guest said:

    DO NOT USE THE SAME:bug spray, bug bombs,bug powders, or bug gell constantly BUGS BECOME EMUNE TO ALL THESE.extermenators can not allways help either.I recomend these simple things to do:use peanut butter tops with peanut butter in it and set them on counters,”the bugs get stuck and die”,put wine in a bowl and set it on counters and tables,”they get drunk and drown in the wine”,seal cracks and replace rotted wood,mix baking soda evanly with sugar,”it is best to put this every where the bugs are atrackted to the sugar and the baking soda kills them”,put parsley around the house to prevent them.all these work 9 out of 10 times.

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  192. January 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm, Guest said:

    So Here is my deal, I have 4 boys that live with me I moved into this place about 2 years ago the first year I had no issues no bugs nothing now I have a giant infestation. they are in my fridge cupboards and every where I do not store food here we eat out I leave milk n eggs in the fridge but they are there so I make sure not for long. I have decided to bomb my place and drop boric acid every where after wards I am told to tape everything shut including my plug sockets when I bomb the neighbors are having there places bombed at the same time I will be taking your guys advice on buying the chinese stuff and I will calk my windows base boards drains and cupboards I am done having roaches chill in the shower with me sit n watch me eat like beggin dog. I do not have friends over nor do they want to come over. I do not go many places because my kids have them hitch rides in there backpacks and I have had them hitch rides on my coats and what not when I am out n about I can not do this I am not a dirty person my place is fairly clean but not filthy. I will be doing everything this place is so infested its fucking with the electrical I have resorted to turning my breakers off when I leave for the day to turn them on when I/ kids arrive home in the afternoon. thanks for the advice I will let you all know how this works. Either way I have lived in a place like this once before and I actually moved in the summer time. what I did was move everything into a uhal bug bombed it and let it sit for 2-3 days in the 115 degree heat yea see who is smart now!! I did not have a problem with bugs after that. At least till i moved into this place. I will how ever be getting a cat and I will buy spiders and set them free in a month into my home I was told that was also a way to get rid of them. I would much rather have a spider in my home then nasty roaches.

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  193. January 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm, Guest said:

    Ok after reading all of what people have done here,
    only thing I have right now is the sugar and baking soda, and I layed down 4 paper towels and then mixed the sugar and baking soda then poured onto the towels
    to where I see them, which is under my counter top where the apt size water heater is, I called my landlord and he says they can’t get anyone here until the 1st of Feb, so I am doing what I can on my end until then.
    He said they don’t spray anymore, that they use a boric acid powder.
    I have been here for 3 years and never seen one until just recently, but others have had problems with them,
    I always wondered why I could go 3 years without seeing one???
    I know once when I was 21 years old and living on my own with my baby,
    when I seen a cockroach for the very 1st time,
    I killed it, then moved out so fast LOL
    But today as I am years older, and resources aren’t as they we’re when I was young, so I have to deal with it, but why move anyway, if they could be anywhere u move to???

    well good luck to everyone else here in your cockroach combat!!!!!!!

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  194. January 15, 2008 at 12:17 am, Guest said:

    Does any1 know HOW do roaches ingest the sprays like REAL KILL is it thru breathing or thru swallowing?

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  195. January 15, 2008 at 8:33 am, Guest said:

    Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid, Boric Acid,

    What a nice thing in the world which can eliminate cockroaches.

    Do not ever kill a cockroach with Raid or any other spray. Let it go with boric acid on its legs, that will him as well as others hiding in an unknown place. Let it go.

    The trick as mentioned in the above comments is to spray the boric acid very lightly. Shake the plastic bottle and then spray its powder. That is all you need to do. See the results after 10 days. Do not kill even one cockroach with Raid, it will kill only one, while if you let it go with boric on its legs, it will kill hundred.

    This is my experience. I bought two bottles ($1/- for each). I have not yet finished the first one and the cockroaches have disappeared altogether. Is it not great.

    To thank my friends whose comments were useful, I am writing this piece to encourage people to use only boric acid, which is harmless, cheap and effective.

    mumtaz8

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  196. January 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm, Guest said:

    LMAO Nice! I had roaches in my apt in Manhattan. I now live in the suburbs and doot have roaches but wish I knew about this then!! We used to bomb the place and set down traps, use boric acid etc. The f-ers always came back!

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  197. January 18, 2008 at 7:58 am, Guest said:

    I believe they are called sewer roaches

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  198. January 23, 2008 at 6:25 am, Guest said:

    I have them in my clk 320 Mercedes Benz :'( , in the radio..

    Any ideas

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  199. February 06, 2008 at 3:32 pm, Guest said:

    My wife and I recently purchased an apartment in New York City and discovered (after moving in, of course) that it was absolutely infested with roaches.

    I had the same kind of scorched earth kill’em all reactions that many people here seemed to have. And, I tried a lot of ways to deal with the problem. We have a small child – so heavy duty poisons were right out.

    The things that brought me the best results were: filling cracks and holes in the walls with expanding foam spray (specially around water pipes and drains), sealing every single teeny tiny crack and gap in the entire apartment with silicon caulk (don’t forget to do all of the insides of your cabinets), cleaning every scrap of grease and grime in the kitchen using oven cleaner to cut through the grease (don’t miss the tops of cabinets, under, inside, and behind the stove, and ceilings and walls), and laying glue traps around all of the floorboards around the house and by the stove and refrigerator (as you catch roaches in the traps you’ll get a better idea of where they are coming into the house.)

    I did many more things than that (I wrote about my ordeal in depth here: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-kill-cockroaches) but those were the steps that made the biggest impact in getting the infestation under control.

    Andrew Seltz

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  200. February 12, 2008 at 8:00 pm, Guest said:

    Gosh…

    The roaches in my house are stupid. and i called the exterminator last week and he still isnt here. he said he would be here the day after i called him… there friggin everywhere. and somehow theyve got into my refrigerator. (EEEWWWW) basically NONE of my food is safe :( I need help. its horrible. i kill and i kill them but they dont stop. I cant move away, thats not an option. i cant deal with them anymore. my house isnt dirty, theres hardly any trash outside, i use five different sprays and traps. i think they like dying. a bunch of tiny suicide terrorist. lol. i need to stop there “jihad” lol. seriously, its driving me insane. if you have any help or tips or anything, please please please please email me at nevets01@gmail.com thank you in advance.

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  201. February 13, 2008 at 11:08 pm, Guest said:

    Hey all,

    I live in Washington DC in an apartment building of probably 1000 apartments or so. It is huge. We have an exterminator come every 6 months or so to do routine upkeep because apparently the building has a roach problem.
    I live on the 7th floor and have lived here since June 07 and for the past 6 months or so, we’ve heard countless neighbors and friends on other floors say they have roaches in their kitchens.
    My roommates and I are generally very clean, rarely leaving dishes in the sink, taking out the trash regularly, vacuuming and stuff. But the other day I opened the dishwasher to empty it and there was this thin bug, probably the size of a big oval vitamin, sitting there and scurried off as soon as I jumped back in surprise. My only conclusion is that its a roach.

    So since I live in a huge building, they are probably coming up along the pipes. I figure even if I can repel them, they will just go to someone else’s place until my place is okay to come back to.

    Any suggestions to just keep them out of my place until my lease is up in June (4 months exactly this Friday)?

    The Boric acid sounds like the best bet. Am I right?

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  202. February 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm, Guest said:

    thank you i will try that i am fed up!!!

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  203. February 25, 2008 at 12:09 am, Guest said:

    It is quite awful that I’m saying this ……but its lovely to hear other people talk about their roach problems. I was living in this apartment for 6 months before I saw my first roach. I was absolutely disgusted. I hate them hate them hate them. My skin is crawling now at the thought of walking into my kitchen. I bought 3 foggers and 2 actually went into the kitchen. Can u believe when I came home I saw more roaches on my kitchen walls than I did when i set the damn things off!!!!!! Talk about pissed! Anywho….. we also began to see them in other rooms after setting off the foggers when pre-fogger they were only in the kitchen. So needless to say I am definitely anti-fogger. It only seems to run them out of their hiding space in search of a new one…… eeeeewwwww. But I am so excited to hear about the boric acid and how well that works. I am going to buy that first thing in the morning. It sucks that I have 2 small kids but I can’t worry about the dangers of the acid. I will just have to watch them very closely because if I dnt kill the roaches fast they are destined to kill us.

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  204. February 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm, Guest said:

    If your place is clean and you see roaches don’t waste your time using RAID. They will just keep coming back every week because they are coming from OUTSIDE of your home. You need to get an exterminator (especially to focus on the area outside your place) or move somewhere else. I learned this the hard way. Trust me.

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  205. February 29, 2008 at 4:49 am, Guest said:

    East Tucson, AZ: My Apartment complex just underwent a major “renovation”, so all the unoccupied units got fitted with new floors/appliances/cabinets, and all I got were a bunch of roaches. My landlord’s exterminator cannot be relied on to show up as requested. Here’s what I did:
    *Identify where the roaches are;
    *clean and vacuum everything, shampoo carpets;
    *Empty and clean all kitchen/bathroom cabinets
    *Spray all baseboards, cracks, and entry points with a residual contact killer (conventional poison like ortho home defense max – in AZ you can buy the professional grade concentrates);
    *Have an aerosol contact killer ready I used Intruder HPX – spray anywhere they run to or from, really work it in to the small openings, especially over/under/behind cabinets/dishwasher/ etc. (not inside the walls – don’t want wet wires) scew’em – kill anything that moves
    *Continue to keep the place clean. No food debris, no sitting garbage, no standing water
    **About a week later, all adults brave enough to come out to eat have been killed by the poison
    ***Phase 2*** Make some Roach bait
    Thoroughly mix equal parts of:
    Sugar
    Flour
    Boric Acid Powder

    Place this mixture in bottle caps (soda bottles, prescription bottles, etc) and place these baited caps in cabinets, under/behind refrigerator/stove, under sinks, in drawers
    **This might be a bit much, but I also blew Boric acid powder inside the walls from every light switch, electrical outlet, cable and phone jack in the apartment, as well as the entry holes for kitchen and bathroom plumbing.

    It’s been another few weeks, and where we used to see roaches every day – we have seen 2 in the past 2 weeks. Both were dead, dry, and crunchy. Both were found very close to one of the homemade boric acid bait caps.

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  206. March 01, 2008 at 11:51 pm, Guest said:

    After reading these posts and following thru with some research, what appears to be most effective (and make the most sense) is Boric acid powder, diatomaceous earth powder, glue traps, and mint oil spray. I’ve ordered all, feel very empowered and hopeful to control my roach problem without poisoning myself or my family.
    The traps tell you where they are, the powders kill effectively and safely without toxins to humans, and the mint oil will kill strays that appear (I hate squashing them…gross). I also plan to seal and caulk every bit of opening in my walls, counters, and cabinets after I squirt powder thru them. Of course, you have to follow the standard keeping your house clean, cut off water/food access to them, etc.

    After over a year of battling them, I realized that as long as you have them under control(not spreading or growing population), you can consider it a win for you. Constant vigilance is needed to eliminate them…you have to alwasy be cockroach sensitive. It’s like getting burglarized once, and then forever being overcautious in keeping your house completely secure. You always have to make sure roaches will never find a way in, and if so, your home is inhospitable to them.

    Good luck to you all. I’ll let you know how my battle fares.

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  207. March 02, 2008 at 9:22 pm, Guest said:

    To East Tuscon,

    The way you know you have solved the problem is when you see ZERO roaches in say 6 months. You are just treating symptoms. The roaches are still there and throwing parties in your kitchen while you’re sleeping. You need to move to someplace with zero roaches — zero, because exterminators work the inside and outside of the building.

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  208. March 02, 2008 at 10:36 pm, Guest said:

    a pain in the ass cause u can never get rid of them

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  209. March 04, 2008 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, What you say makes alot of sense. Myself and my husband moved into a new apt 1 week ago, we came during the day to view the apt and of course everything looked ok as all cockroaches where hiding! The first night here they were everywhere we looked, even in the bedrooms. I have completely cleaned everywhere with bleach and as far as I can tell they are German Cockroaches. I tried to seal up every hole I could see but they are still here!! I Have seen them in the dishwasher so i put a bait trap in there hoping it will catch them but only one has been caught, I know there are more of them in there somewhere though!!! I think they might be actually in the door of the dishwasher.. we have laid traps absolutley everywhere and we seem to be catching alot of them mainly around the fridge area. Our landlord used a spray which i think was reccomended by an exterminator company here in newzealand but I havent really seen much of a difference. Also the problem is I have searched everywhere over here for boric acid as it seems to be the best thing to use, but I cannot get it anywhere over here in nz.. Is there anything else that will do the same thing? Please help!!!

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  210. March 05, 2008 at 7:55 pm, Guest said:

    Another cool way of killing them involves a nice ole bottle of stale Budweiser,or your preferred beer of choice! You see,these little miserable bastards love beer-aside from loving feces,skin,food,water,clothes,jock itch,toe jam,newspapers,shaving cream,my Aunt Bessie’s fruitcake,and God knows whatever else.

    So,yes,back to stale beer.The roaches love them,right? Well,what one does is pour a bit of stale beer onto a dish,and put that dish in whichever area of your home that the roaches love,ie. the kitchen.

    The roaches will wait till you’re fast asleep and decide to party in your kitchen,because of all that lovely stale beer! Only one problem.They don’t know what we know- cuz their brains ain’t that developed and they don’t know the effects of alcohol.

    They troop on over to the stale beer,ingest it and frankly,they get drunk!Drunk to the point of alcoholic intoxication,which is fatal for Mr.Roach.

    Drunk Roaches= Dead Roaches= happy humans!!

    Nice equation,huh?

    Try it and you can thank Mr.Budweiser

    P.S Also sprinkle a little bit of Boric acid around the area containing the stale alcohol. Double killing power!!

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  211. March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm, Guest said:

    i dont know if just controlling the population is enough for me. i need them dead. i live in fear.

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  212. March 24, 2008 at 12:12 am, Guest said:

    i live in glendale az. and my girl just found a cockroach the size of a mouse. luckly i was in the hospital . god i am a wus

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  213. March 30, 2008 at 4:21 pm, Guest said:

    I am having a major problem. There is a BIG cockroach in my house! Not that big, but please, is there more to getting rid of cockroaches?

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  214. April 07, 2008 at 9:29 pm, Guest said:

    The thing to get to kill theses creatures is DEMON!! It Is available to buy on the internet for 60.00, and well worth the money. My mother and father told me It works wonders, so I bought It and havent seen one since.

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  215. April 09, 2008 at 10:56 am, Guest said:

    Hi
    I living an apartment and have cats and a dog these roaches are scary to see them walking on walls and floors, it is fun to see them more when there’s coupen over and see them around and their are not use to see them, this is serious.

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  216. April 10, 2008 at 1:31 am, Guest said:

    I WANT TO CRY :(
    THEY ARE MAKING ME AND MY WIFE VERY MISERABLE,
    I HOPE SOME OF THESE SOLUTIONS WILL WORK..
    EXTERMINATOR WORKING INSIDE/OUTSIDE SEEMS TO BE THE BEST AND ONLY WAY!

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  217. April 10, 2008 at 8:06 am, Guest said:

    Hello to all on the Roach killing team. I too am infested with the tiny live stock and hate them as much as you’ll do. I liked the idea of a cat to chase them however, my cat is 14 years old and besides being loved, he is useless. He is so lazy, he will take his paw and pull his food to him instead of taking the last step or two closer. But, he is not the problem. This place is infested with roaches of all shapes and sizes.
    I do all that I can to keep them at bay, we rinse out all soda cans, food cans, popcorn bags, take out the trash atleast twice a day, I keep the dishes washed and still I battle the little varments.
    The apts. are being remodled, and the critters are running everywhere due to removing cabinets and things. I bought the roach hives that I always used at my other place and put 8 of the 12 in the kitchen but still, the tiny livestock crawls. I am not skiddish towards stepping on one, makes me no never mind how they die, as long as they die.
    Does the borox really work? Is it harmful to pets and people? Is it really worth the money and effort? If so, I will buy enough of it for the other 3 apts. in our breeze way.
    I can’t imagine that this complex is going to spend over $100,000.00 on landscaping and not putting it towards killing these monsters. If the borox doesn’t work, someone please tell me where I can get the illegal stuff.(If it will not kill us or the useless cat.)
    Music City seems to have as many roaches as guitar players so, this battle may take a while.
    Good luck to all of us.

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  218. April 10, 2008 at 9:34 am, Guest said:

    where can i buy this chalk??????????

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  219. April 13, 2008 at 4:06 am, Guest said:

    i have like 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000*100000000000000 roaches at my house

    the piss the hell outta me and my bro …
    we’ve tried a lot of things …they never seem to work. and it pisses us off .. so every now and then to quell our anger we catch a lot of them and burn them MAUHAHA

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  220. April 13, 2008 at 8:35 pm, Guest said:

    MINI BAGHDAD

    So I wake up in the morning, right…
    The light from the sun glistens with open arms/
    Waiting…
    Waiting for me to Carpe Diem, patiently
    But I have other things on my mind
    WAR!!!!
    Not OUR war in Baghdad, but MY war…. with Mini Baghdad
    My war with roaches
    You see…like Bush, when I moved in, I thought I knew what to expect/
    But it sure as hell wasn’t what I was gonna get/
    We all know how it goes, those vermin skitter around your toes and clothes/
    And I suppose I could just let it go, but NO!!
    I will stay! And I will fight!
    And I shall smite thee with my semi-automatic air pressured weaponry commonly known as raid/
    Because every single day I wake
    I find more miniture, 8-legged Al-Quida members ready to strike/ as soon as I hit the lights
    Little bastards!
    Their style of warfare is so unfair
    They kick back in their little hole in the wall lairs/
    They hide in the shadows and plan when to strike and where/
    “Should we storm the fridge or attack his hair?”/
    And I’m just unaware/
    For every 5 I kill, there are 500 around somewhere/
    Ready to go kamikaze by the picture of my mom/
    or leaving eggs on my counters like little roadside bombs/
    or sending their troops to grab every last piece of toast crumb/
    Sometimes when I sleep…(shutter) I wake up in cold sweat/
    I dreamed a terrorist roach caught me and tried to slice off my neck/
    But bet I won’t try to finish what I started/
    My funds are gettin low, but unlike congress, I can still afford stompin
    In the meantime, it’s time to play shady
    I got my anthrax ready (boric acid)
    I got 3 nukes ready (roach bombs)
    And the survivors can go to my own private Guantanamo bay in a roach motel baby
    I’ll give em credit though, they’re tough to kill/
    Occasionaly I catch em before they attack and take out the whole terrorist cell/
    Sh*t, one of em ran at me screaming “Jihad! Jihad!”
    STOMP
    And I sent that b!tch strait to hell/
    But I’m gettin so..so..so tired of this fight/
    I’ve given all I can give and the shit still won’t get right/
    My neighbors won’t help, they dirty, rather help the roaches fight/
    I got post traumatic stress, if I get touched, I jump ready to spray the weapon on my right/
    Real talk though
    When my lease runs out and that fat roach lady sings
    I’m outta Mini Baghdad, & the President should do the same
    ~Calvin “Calous” Sellers

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  221. May 06, 2008 at 6:45 pm, Guest said:

    what the hell

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  222. May 06, 2008 at 7:23 pm, Guest said:

    WHERE CAN I FIND BORIC ACID

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  223. May 08, 2008 at 4:05 pm, Guest said:

    Ekk, so i have basically grown up with roaches my whole life! and my sister and i went away to college and we have our own apartment so we thought awesome no more bugs! so where in hells bellss are they coming from! they seem to be all over the place its terrifying, and its embarrasing, i cant even have anyone come over to visit becuaes i am afraid that a roach will land on them, or crawl up thier pant leg! and what in heckels peckels is this i hear about them eating skin! can you say absolutely terrifying? who is to say they havent been eating off of me for years! i hate em i hate em i hate em, everytime we move we use foggers, in the house before we pack, in the U-haul before we move in but somehow they just keep swimming! i want there day of reckoning to come at hand! i pray that every roach far and wide die a painfully slow death, that momma roaches watch their babies die, no explode in a grueling process and then they die themselves. i hate, i used boric acid today and new method i am trying but if it doesnt work, i may just burn the place down and collect the insurance. did you guys know that they live in computers too! yup they live in appliances! microwaves, toasters, how absolutely disgusting

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  224. May 09, 2008 at 11:34 pm, Guest said:

    WD-40 kills them instantly on impact. Spray it into airvents and any other places you cant get to by hand but be careful as it is flamable until it dries and it smells. The spray comes with an attachement so you can get into small tight holes/spaces.

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  225. May 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm, Guest said:

    Here’s a life saver that has helped me.

    We use to live in an apartment that was infested w/ roaches and yea i hear all of you. Those critters are disgusting. We eventually moved into a newly built home and we wanted to eliminate the roaches. we’ve tried everything from raid to you name it. all those methods work somewhat to a certain degree but later the roaches came back.

    There are 2 methods i know of that worked.

    First, when we were in one apartment we had a few mouses running around. We then moved into another apt that was like a roach hive. We unpacked all our belongings in the new apt without knowing that we had brought our friendly mices. we thought we had gotten rid of them. few days later, we were infested with roaches and mices. we were fed up so we decided to eliminate one of those two critters first and the first ones were the mouse because they were few in numbers…hehee only 3 of them. we isolated all the food and closed them up in large plastic containers.

    few days later, the roaches seemed to have disappeared. we thought to ourselves, what’s going on? we were on the path of seeking and destroying the mouses, yet the roaches disappeared instead. we clearly see and hear that the mouses were still around. confusing!? we let the mouses live for a few weeks b/c the roaches disappeared all of a sudden. weeks gone by and no roaches. we then took care of the rodents. and since then, we’re free of roaches and rodents.

    to this day, we have no clue whatsoever as to what happened to those roaches. i’m assuming the rodents got so hungry they turned against their allies, the roaches. maybe they ate them? i don’t know. what do you think?

    this second method is very effective for roaches. we were once living in an apt that was infested with roaches. we were in the process of moving to a new home. during that time, it was in the winter. it was really cold. we moved in the month of november. before we moved we experimented a little. we were desperate in our searches to eliminate these critters. so we decided to have all of our belongings (everything including clothes to appliances and i mean EVERYTHING) stored inside a storage area w/o heat for a few weeks. our formula then was… no heat + no food = dead. and guess what, it worked. weeks gone by and we took our belongings from the storage and brought them to the new home and tada!!!! no more roaches. YESSSSSS! YESSSS! club roach frustration OVER!

    hope this may help. God bless!
    goodpersontest.com

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  226. May 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm, Guest said:

    HOME DEPOT OR LOWES AND OTHER GARDENING CENTERS

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  227. May 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm, Guest said:

    Yes..my parents are up in age like 89 and 83yr, when i went back home from living in the Bay Area (northern ca.) they had these awful GERMAN ROACHES..i was bolistic..after checking the internet i found SHREDDER ROACH KILLER non toxic product after ordering it..it arrived in 3 days..I HAVEN’T SEEN NOT 1 ROACH within 72hr. to this day we have not seen one roach 4 months later.. IT IS THE BEST PRODUCT ON THE MARKET AND…IT WORKS!!!!!

    P.S. Best Rewards to you.. will win this battle with ease

    Ms Lenda B.
    Oakland, Ca.

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  228. May 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm, Guest said:

    Bay Leaves Work!
    My mother had a roaches in her house and got rid of them by using boric acid (borax) and putting bay leaves around the house. She said this was an old method that always works. Roaches don’t like bay leaves for some reason. She would put out new ones every month and didn’t have anymore roaches.

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  229. May 22, 2008 at 4:13 am, Guest said:

    As to the business of “Roach Shredder”, it appears to me that they are a scam. They cashed my mother’s check, but never sent the product. Can’t get through to any phone numbers- mail was returned “undeliverable”. I’m not through with them yet. And I don’t live far from the post office box they’re reachin’ into to steal people’s money. They should beware, lest they become the roach…I WILL catch someone reaching into THAT cookie jar! When I do, I will be sure to properly represent all those who’ve been suckered. Seller BEWARE! I’m not through with you guys by a long shot…if you feel something crawling up your leg- it might just be me.

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  230. May 22, 2008 at 11:16 am, Guest said:

    my problem is giant flying roaches!! WTF. I can deal with the small… able to crush them by stepping on them or smashing them, roaches but the kind I have are large flying roaches. I’ve never experienced roaches at all until I moved into my new apartment. I never had them growing up so I have no tolerance for them. They are so large that bait only temporarily knocks them out but when I pick them up to flush them they’re still kicking!! Pest control has been to my apartment but I think they’re used to treating the typical small household roach. The ones I have are HUGE. Does anyone have any remedies for extremely large, flying roaches?

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  231. May 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm, Guest said:

    I had a roommate who moved out early and the —– left old paper boxes that she didnt use in her room along with 3 bags of trash hiding in her closet and another 3 bags just randomly posted in our kitchen. About 3 days after she left my otehr roommate and I who are not home much were extremely confused as to why we were seeing roaches every where. like —— everywhere. in my bed all over the kitchen in the bathroom, even when the lights are on! What the —-! So i open the empty room and I have never seen anything like it, i actually vomited from the creapy crawlies in there. So i put a long sleeve shirt and pants on grabbed every —— bit of trash and food, good or bad left in the apartment and trashed it. poured boric acid everywhere, i covered the counters cabinets fridge bathrooms cracks whatever u name it it has toxic powder on it. grabbed my cat and the roomie sent them to a hotel…. placed sticky roach motels everywhere and bombed the place… coming back in two days hopes this shit helps. i cant tolerate those ——- on me or my food….p.s. i plan on sending previous roomate all the dead ones i sweep up! god i hate her.

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  232. May 27, 2008 at 4:31 am, Guest said:

    Hi, It sounds like what you have are not actually roaches. Although they do look similar to roaches, it maybe what are known as water bugs. If you want to be sure here is a link that you can check out as it shows photo’s of many different types of water bugs. http://www.whatsthatbug.com/toe_biter.html
    Also on personal note I live near the ocean on the east coast on North Carolina and here we have many of them often invading our homes. I have yet found a sure way to kill them as they keep returning quickly.

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  233. May 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm, Guest said:

    i thought i was the only one lol… a litle while ago my friend and neighbour in my apartment building said shes been seeing a lot of bugs in her place (which was always filthy because she was well a filty person) and then a few days later we start seeing them in out kitchen which i keep immaculetly clean..i was trying to figure out how the little bastard got in here in the first place because i didnt know they could get onto clothes and stuff….so now me and my fiancee have this big roach problem and i dont know how to deal with it…ive tried some of the suggestions here ..im going to buy that boric acid stuff tommorow but i was wondering if it is safe around pets since i have a cat? also we are moving in like 3 weeks to a really nice apartment and i dont want to bring any more little tenants with me. what can we do to make sure they arent in all our kitchen stuff..its warm now so the winter thing wont work and we cant rellay put our stuff in a uhaul because we need it…any suggestions..im relaly desperate especially after two of them jumped out at me from a drawer just now..did u know they can frikin jump??!!!

    pls help !!! i dont want to live a life surrounded by roaches..

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  234. May 30, 2008 at 4:22 am, Guest said:

    I was just in my back yard like a drug addict with a flashlight spraying pure bleech on about 5 Roaches and when that didn’t look like it was working I got some gas and a spray bottle. That killed them but I feel like I am losing my fucking mind. I have a dog so I am afraid to use anything too very toxic. I am seriously losing my mind. I lived here for 4 months before I even brought food in the house! I wish there was a magic killer. Has anyone else tried the roach shredder? It looks like the roachshredder sit is down??? I am going to try and sleep and i am leaving the lights on GRRRRRR

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  235. June 02, 2008 at 3:42 am, Guest said:

    ahhhh oh man. so my roommates and i never really had a roach problem ever. we saw one last summer and that was it UNTIL last week when she APPARENTLY saw one coming out of my room. granted, it’s kind of my fault because i’m not the neatest person but it’s not like i leave food all over the place! oh, and i saw a bug crawling on my wall a few hours ago and it looked like a baby roach so now i’m absolutely terrified. anyway, i’m petrified to go to sleep (this is the one time i’m thankful for my insomnia) and i don’t know what to do now that you all have convinced me that raid doesn’t work. is boric acid really the best? i don’t want to set traps because just the sight of these grotesque creatures makes me squeam. boric acid is also a spray, right? ahhh help :[ :[

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  236. June 02, 2008 at 6:13 am, Guest said:

    I live in Military housing. I’ve been here for 4+ years, and never had a problem with roaches before….until our neighbors moved that is! Now,the problem is so bad…they are making babies faster than I can kill them. They are out all times of the day and night. I see them all the damn time..on the walls, on the counters, in my cupboards, on the floor, trying to get into my fridge, behind the stove, behind the fridge, in my washing machine, just fucking everywhere!We have used so many products to kill them and nothing works. We have bombed the place, used boric acid, used different sprays and still they keep coming like army’s of them.THEY LIVE IN THE WALLS!They are also living in my microwave, and my toaster, my computers, my printers, underneath my mail, inside video tapes, inside the wall sockets, …AHHHH!!! I called housing and they say its my fault and that we’re not keeping our stuff clean and just a bunch of BS! They didn’t even come over to see the problem. That was on the phone…how are you supposed to see what my house looks like over the phone. Stupid Military assholes! I hate hate hate housing.Like I said….no problems for over 4 years till our neighbors moved away and the maintenance crew came to clean and spray their house……after that…OMFG!! That is when the invasion began!!
    I am embarrassed to have people over to visit because I dont want them to think I am dirty or something. :(
    I wont let my kids have sleepovers either because of it. I wish I could find a miracle product. If anyone finds something..please tell us !!
    I have gotten a few ideas from the site. Thanks and I will try some of them very soon after I get paid again….

    Invaded in Virginia

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  237. June 02, 2008 at 1:56 pm, Guest said:

    die cockroach die!

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  238. June 05, 2008 at 12:33 pm, Guest said:

    iii haaatttteeee cockeroaches

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  239. June 10, 2008 at 7:38 am, Guest said:

    OMG, in our home, we have roaches every where, it discuses me soo bad, i live in an apartment, n they are just every where under the bed, in the kitchin, on the walls, roofs, far out man.. i feel like running away from home seriously, i have used everything but it just won’t go away.. god, i try to keep the house clean but my family iss just so dirty its really hard to keep the house clean with them aroun n the roaches too, im only 16, and can’t even eat at home or do anyhting, it just distracts me soo bad.. i don’t know what to do.. n guess what i just got diagnosed by H.pylori bactria in my stomach, im a 100% sure that i got it from those horrible creatures, god i dunno wot to do, until now i am on the medicen, i just duno wot to do.. i would rather run away from home just to keep healthy. but i am also scrared for my family, i just tried to convince my mum to contact these company’s that treat these sort of stuff, she didn’t want to at the beginning because the house is dirty n no one wants to take care of it.. lol.. but im going to do my hardest to clean the house and then contact these people to get these terrible things from our home!, even though im a very busy girl, im in yr 12 last year of school and don’t have time at all, for all these stuff, but i guess i am the mature one.. im stuck with it can’t wait until i finish from my mid year exams, and then get to spend the whole holiday to clean the house.. but really i want those crap things out of our home :'(.

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  240. June 10, 2008 at 11:54 am, Guest said:

    We have the same problem, and we were told it is our fault also, we didn’t have the damn things until my neighbors filthy kids moved into her place, now they are everywhere, breeding faster than I can spit. We live in an apartment complex, we called an exterminator this week, we shall see what happens!!!!

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  241. June 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm, Guest said:

    You can also find it at the Family Dollar for $4

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  242. June 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm, Guest said:

    You should try an exterminator. They might be able to help.

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  243. June 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm, Guest said:

    you would want to cook them why ??

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  244. June 12, 2008 at 1:33 am, Guest said:

    I have heard that if you have ant in your house you wont have roaches because the ants eat the babies of the roaches so yea and from my experiance every time i have seen an ant in my house i knew that i didnt have any roaches but noww i got this little bastard i think they’re called Immature Cockroaches and now i don’t see one ant in my house so yea they like cold areas and i live in Los Angeles its really really hot during the summer so these little bastards come into my home but this was the first time that has ever been roaches in my house
    so just give it a try when nothing else works go to a store and buy or find sum antd in your backyard and i mean regular ants loll
    Happy hunting
    Gooooo Antsssssss

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  245. June 13, 2008 at 4:37 pm, Guest said:

    I’m going thru the same exact problem. I am a stay at home mom, my whole life is cleaning and cooking, so my house is clean. The old man who lived behind us died, so they put a tent around his house for a couple hours and now we have what was in his house. I have roaches day and night, We have bombed and done it all they are gross, shit and babies as soon as I clean them up. Did you find out anything that helped you? If so please contact me i’m desperate. thanks

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  246. June 13, 2008 at 4:47 pm, Guest said:

    Hi are the bay leaves fresh or dried? And did she put the boric acid outside or mix them with the leaves?

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  247. June 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm, Guest said:

    Can you tell me more about Demon?

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  248. June 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm, Guest said:

    Please help me with my roach problem. I have 5 children I live in ca and I dont have any idea on how to purchase the chinese chalk. An old man who lived behind us died, they tented his house, and in his will I guess he left us his little friends. I am a house mom and my whole day is spent cleaning. Its not helping the bombing is not helping the spraying not helping. I cant even have a toaster because they are everywhere please contact me at lonneyhome@sbcglobal.net please im desperate.

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  249. June 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm, Guest said:

    I will try anything as long as it doesnt kill me and the kids. Im so clean but I guess my neighbor who died and left us his roaches in his last will wasnt, I need help illeagal or not. lonneyhome@sbcglobal.net what is chinese chalk

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  250. June 13, 2008 at 6:22 pm, Guest said:

    Help me find a real solution illeagal or not. I mam really clean, I have 5 children and i.m a —– when they even get food or drink because these roaches have got me into a panic state. We have bombed like 6 times and sprayed but its like food for them they just keep coming back. im so depressed and all I could do is wish to win the lotto and leave all my belongings here and start a new life. Please help lonneyhome@sbcglobal.net –I See roaches

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  251. June 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm, Guest said:

    i wish all roaches burn in h e double hockee sticks!

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  252. June 15, 2008 at 6:57 am, Guest said:

    OMG, I live in beijing, china. I really hate cocktails. It’s lucky that in North china, they are not so big. :)

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  253. June 16, 2008 at 9:18 pm, Guest said:

    While “neighbor to neighbor” advice is sometimes helpful, the advice of an entomologist (a person who studies bugs) is probably the best. He’s not out to get your money, e.g. exterminators, commercial bug killers, etc., and he does understand the nature of the beast, er, roach. Check out this site: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/DK1003.html. It references Minnesota, probably because this is sponsored by the University of Minnesota, but cockroaches are the same everywhere. As someone who has lived in bugless in Minnesota, bug crazy in Boston, and now bug nuts in Richmond VA, the information and suggestions here work. It doesn’t promise to get rid of all the roaches if you live where there are multiple dwelling units but it does significantly reduce the population.

    As for me my landlord has given up on regular extermination and I can’t afford it. I keep only unattractive things in my cupboard; caned goods, items in jars, pots and pans, and anything cardboard based in plastic bags or airtight plastic containers. I keep dishes on free standing wire racks away from my cooking area. I vacuum every other day, and wash floors with disinfectant every week. The stove (including under burners and drip pans), countertops and cupboard doors are wiped down daily with bleach based cleaner. My stove is cleaned monthly (top to bottom, back to front,) and my cupboards are emptied every 8 to twelve weeks and washed with disinfectant. I have caulked all cracks, used expandable foam around all pipes. Where craks along cupboards, etc., are too big to be caulked I purchased pliable caulk rope and stuffed it in place until the crack was filled. Drainpipe cleaner is used every three months to assure nothing nourishing is left in drainpipes.

    Sound like a lot of work, it is! Then again, I have one of the most roach free units in my building, so much so that I have painted everything white just in case one of those buggers decides to trot across the wall, I can see it and kill it immediately.

    Can’t wait to move, but in the meantime, I am in control! Yeah!

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  254. June 16, 2008 at 9:47 pm, Guest said:

    most people pick them up at stores, yard sales,
    anything used. Good luck !

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  255. June 17, 2008 at 7:41 am, Guest said:

    Somebody reccommeded mint oil spray…How did you use it?

    Did you spray it around all baseboards or all walls and windows or what??

    And somebody else mentioned bay leaves. Should I buy fresh or dried?

    I’m thinking of using this in addition to the boric acid b/c bug bombs are so expensive (and toxic!) I can’t afford to keep buying them and buying them and buying them.

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  256. June 18, 2008 at 10:50 pm, Guest said:

    I have them and we live in an old apartment in florida…this place is known to have them. They come out at night and just so happens to be in my place. I want them dead and one time we tried to flush one down the toilet and it won’t go down…those things are strong! I hate them…I hope I could get an exterminator to kill those son-of-a-bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  257. June 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm, Guest said:

    That was awesome, but dude, you have alot of time

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  258. June 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm, Guest said:

    I —— HATE THEM THEY SHOULD DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  259. June 22, 2008 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    OMG!!! I live alone and I just found 2 cockroaches in my sink. I was FREAKIN out… I didn’t know what to do, so I got a HUGE knife and stabbed the lil bastards. Now I am running to the store to get any kind of roach killer possible. My neighbors moved out not to long along and they haven’t done anything with the apartment beside me, now all of a sudden they are fixing it and I get roaches. My neighbors were DIRTY people and I think they left the roaches and now they are coming to my house. Ewww I’m so grossed out I can’t quit shaking….

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  260. June 23, 2008 at 1:34 am, Guest said:

    okay, i just moved into a new complex, my old home was infested with these very small roaches. They would only come at night, during my summer/off days off school and work i become completely nocturnal and would stay up watching t.v and going on the computer. There was office/computer room then the kitchen the the living room. upstairs were the bedrooms. I never seen them o the upstairs but downstairs was a infested with them. so in between tv and pc I’d go nuts in the kitchen grabbing a nearby shoe and chasing them… now we’ve moved and i want to make sure they are gone.. we didn’t take any of the precaution like freeze method etc.. and its summer so i fear they might be still hiding. Today i found a roach nearby my fridge, i was so stunned i instantly went for it and killed it which my hand, which i regretted when seeing its squashed body spread on my hands, obviously i went to the sink and washed it franticly.. so i came to the site in look for home made remedies im not sure if i can buy the boric acid along with the other pesticides… so i went to the cabinet and grabbed this dried bay leaves container and just went like mad spreading each and every leave… do the dry ones work?? im really going o look forward on making the acid caps and traps i just hope my mom doesn’t chop my head of after seeing the leaves spread in every corner…well anyhow to make a conclusion to my boring yet surprisingly common affair with these pests

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  261. June 25, 2008 at 4:20 am, Guest said:

    Your story is almost the same as mine. I live in a house with my parents and my grandma. THEY ARE MESSY AND SO IS OUR ENTIRE HOUSE! They’re all packrats and unorganized. They’re also messy eaters and drop the food on the floor and carpet. They’re incapable of cleaning up and getting rid of junk that they don’t need anymore. My dad and grandma are lazy. My mom works a lot and has long hours, so she’s never home. I’d try to clean the house myself, except for the majority of the crap in our house belong to my parents, and I don’t know which stuff they still need. I also go to school and when I’m home, I have to do my homework and take care of my dog. School’s out now and I’m trying to clean and organize the house, but it seems that no matter what I do, it’s useless. I’m normally afraid of bugs, but I’m also a germaphobe and a perfectionist, so just imagine how traumatizing this is for me. It boosts up the fear.

    I’ve only spotted them downstairs, and they haven’t made their way upstairs… until now. About an hour ago, I just spotted the first cockroach upstairs IN MY ROOM. I tried killing it with a slipper, but it fell off the wall and went behind by desk, so now I’m terrified that it’ll start laying eggs. Hopefully, the cockroaches won’t take over my room or else I won’t be able to sleep at night.

    I never invite my friends over due to the fear of them seeing our messy house or the cockroaches, and then scaring them off. This problem is also affecting me emotionally. I have become paranoid, and I’m always looking for them. I’ve asked my mom if we can call the professionals, but she doesn’t want them coming into the house because she doesn’t want them to see our mess. I pretty much want to move, but who would want to buy a house that’s infested with cockroaches?

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  262. June 25, 2008 at 4:39 am, Guest said:

    Hmm… Antarctica?

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  263. June 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    I found a great trap is apple cider vinegar with a couple of drops of soap. The roaches are very attracted to the vinegar and come out in droves. There will be a cup full of dead roaches in the morning, I promise. Try it. It really works!

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  264. June 29, 2008 at 11:31 pm, Guest said:

    Boiling water kills the adult roaches instantly; I just toss a cupful under the stove, next to the pantry,etc. when I see one, then sweep out the water with a dead roach. This is way quicker than a lot of pesticides, completely non-toxic, and so far my roaches haven’t developed any resistance to being boiled alive.

    They started renovations downstairs, and suddenly my spotless apartment has visitors- here’s hoping this method nips the problem in the bud.

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  265. July 02, 2008 at 5:02 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve finally found the support group I needed for my roach problem and subsequent phobia. DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. YOU MF roaches!!! I’m gonna make you sufffffffer!!!!!!!

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  266. July 03, 2008 at 9:12 pm, Guest said:

    does anyone know if electronic pest control really works I bought it and it didn’t work it was was a
    black and decker three or four pack. If I buy riddex or something else will it just be wasting my money ?Electronic pest control is suppose to be safe and all you have to do is plug it into the wall.But does it really work?Has anyone tried it?

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  267. July 06, 2008 at 3:42 am, Guest said:

    We see roaches maybe every other day, but when we do see them, they are dead. Our cat is obsessed with killing them, and we let her patrol at night, and we usually wake up, and there is a dead roach on the ground, it may sound gross, but if they are dead, thats good. So if you have a cat, let them “patrol” the area at night, and if they have the right hunting temperment, they will kill any roaches before they have the chance to reproduce. We are moving into a house from this place, and we are going to have the entire place fumigated before we move anything out so we don’t spread the problem. Does anyone know if they have methods that will definately kill all of the pieces of s—?

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  268. July 07, 2008 at 12:54 pm, Guest said:

    yes you will be wasting your money. we bought the riddex bug repellent and it does not work. try putting bay leaves around your house. i heard that works and that is what i have done.

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  269. July 08, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Guest said:

    I tryed putting sugar on the ground and sitting on a chair to wait for the roaches to eat the bait and kill them with my shoes it works but only try doing that if your bored.

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  270. July 09, 2008 at 1:11 am, Guest said:

    its real DEMON WP you can get it at any feed store for $11 dollars and you spray ur house you use 2 little packages to 1 gal of water spray 1 time a month for 3 months roaches gone but after you spray you have to stay out of your house for a couple hrs and it work great!

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  271. July 09, 2008 at 4:02 pm, Guest said:

    Wow amazing reading these comments! cos you think you suffering in silence! and i was convinced i started gettin cochroaches cos sometimes i didnt wash the dishes!! anyway down to business – i have tried the glue traps – rubbish – they dont work. i have now bought this ant/cochroach killing powder which is working as i am finding dead cochroaches. i have moved out all the food stuff from the kitchen in an attempt to “fumigate”…..now i am finding them in the living room!! they are obviously trying to escape from the kitchen! i am completely depressed trying to get rid of them! i have now heard that a baking soda mixed with sugar is lethal to them so about to try that..anything to get rid of the nasty buggers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  272. July 10, 2008 at 2:22 am, Guest said:

    put tabasco all around the area that you see them, i read in a book that they hate tabasco!

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  273. July 12, 2008 at 12:55 am, Guest said:

    ok so here’s our story. my wife and i had an arguement last night and she decided to sleep on the couch (how sweet) however at around 3am she runs into our bedroom and wakes me up screaming. She tells me to go to the living room. Not knowing what to look for I find the president of Al-Quida, Osama bin’ladin “the roach.” This f**cker was so damn big. It looked like a mouse running across the living room. I lynched him and now Im watching my back wondering when the rest of his Al-Quida members will come back for me. As for my wife and I – were talking now and we dont even remember what the arguement was about.

    I sleep with one eye open now!

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  274. July 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm, Guest said:

    I have a pretty effective method of getting rid of cockroaches. I am also trying to make a bit of money out of my “expertise”. To summarise: In about half day’s effort and less than $10 (including my $7 e-book), you should be able to get your place rid of cockroaches. For those who are interested in finding out more about this e-book, here is the link:

    softoolsme.com/gulf/uae/cockroach.htm

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  275. July 14, 2008 at 11:17 pm, Guest said:

    The correct link is
    softoolsme.com/gulf/uae/cockroachfrm.htm

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  276. July 15, 2008 at 3:46 am, Guest said:

    How to kill 2,500 roaches in 2 hours.

    I own a really nice coffee shop, but have these neighbors that have a BIG problem.

    So heres the scoop.
    If they are in your walls your screwed.
    BUT IF NOT:

    Take a trip to the gas station.
    Fill up your gas can.
    Walk the perimeter of the building you are in LATE AT NIGHT. Preferably in the 2 AM range. They like to wander at this time, (because the sun does not cook them) and you can easily TRACE them instead of just finding one or two.

    BEFORE WE GO ON make sure you have a friend to watch your back so someone does not randomly throw a match into your work. You will not have a home to live in if they do. (There is a reason your not supposed to spill gas everywhere.) It will take about two hours to be ‘safe’ again unless you go crazier than I did.

    The key to this is your powers of observation so dont suck.

    At first it will seem like they are ‘wherever they want to be’, but in truth there are ‘hives’. These hives will become easier and easier to spot as you work. Here is the trick:

    Imagine you are walking dona a sidewalk that the city has not repaired in a while. Some of the slates will be ‘sunken’ or ‘lifted’ on one side. Theres a hive under there for sure. – Other scenarios include:

    – Deep cracks between pavement and walls
    – Storm drains that do not actually attach to sewers. (They do not congregate under ‘actual’ drains, strangely)
    – Basically any subterranean ‘cave’ that they can hide from the sun in. (The narrower and flatter the more likely)

    (NOTE: Roaches die at a temp of 104 Fahrenheit. The surfaces of pavement and asphalt can easily reach this in the sun, but stay surprisingly cool underneath.)
    – Extremely weedy or overgrown areas will hide roamers, but not contain hives that I have seen.
    – Wood Chip piles are not ‘hiveable” in the daytime, but can be totally saturated at night if there is a hive nearby.
    – Larger objects left unattended on the ground.

    SO…

    With all that in mind.
    Its time for the apocalypse.
    (Say goodbye to any vegetation you happen to contact btw, if you had not already guessed, it will not survive either.)

    Pour your gas into cracks, and watch your step. They hate it. They will run like mad.

    BUT THEY DIE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
    ITS GLORIOUS!!!

    Steel your resolve because you likely have not found a hive yet.

    When you do, you will know.

    Did you see the third Matrix movie when all the machines were flooding into Zion?

    I am not kidding.

    You think there are a lot. But you probably have no idea. The nice thing is, you become totally immune to the “I want to puke” reaction after you find and destroy a hive. Not kidding. If you can stomach it long enough to throw down Armageddon, you will never feel queasy again.

    Now that you know you can win,
    remember to do it again in the key spots a day or two later. You will find that about 1/5th managed to escape you somehow. (Yeah, I don’t get it either.)

    But the day after that,,,,,, 2,500 will be more like 2.

    YOUR WELCOME.
    HAPPY KILLING.

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  277. July 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm, Guest said:

    FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE: Getting rid of all the roaches in a home is extremely hard, and almost impossible if you live in apartment units. The biggest problem in treating the infestation is not knowing where to target. People just set traps, bombs, etc, and all they do is kill a small fraction of the pest living there.
    if you have seen roaches for more than a few years, you have an ifestation! it may take a few weeks, and a few diffrnt products to finish the job. TARGET THEIR BREEDING SPOTS, (These are usually in places that require appliance removal, and or intensive inspection). under, or inside stove, dead space in counter areas, inbetween walls, use your imagination. Use spray cans with the long pipe-nozzle for hard to reach openings. Places like panel junctions in kitchen cabinets are ideal crevices for them. Spray directly in these areas and even areas that you can’t explore,- they’re in there! again, use ur imagination, inside sofas, inside toasters, microwaves, tvs, computers, depending on where u place things and the amount of activity, moisture, and food supply, they find a nice cozy home in there. inside abandoned shoes, clothing, cookware, etc.
    Dont forget that there are probably a few thoulsand roaches surrounding your home or building just waiting for a way to enter. I feel for those who live in infested apartment buildings, the problem is bigger there since your neighbor’s pests are usually YOUR pests as well. dont hesitate to spray every little corner in the kitchen area, maybe use some boric acid, and a few isolated traps to REDUCE the infestation. you should proceed by caulking up ALL crevices and openings leading to inbetween walls, or outdoors, and regularly (every few months) treat the immediate outer surroundings and kitchen corners to prevent re-hatch. Some people have no knowledge of the possible heath hazards that these pests bring, and they deside to just share housing with em. if this sounds like your neighbor, educate them, contact the apmt office, or MOVE OUT! If a pair of roaches can produce a few million offsprings in a year, how many offsprings can a few hundred roaches produce in a few months??????

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  278. July 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm, Guest said:

    so last night i was in my frontroom and i saw a HUGE looking cockraoch. I know down the block when im walking at night i see at least 2 inch looking pests i heard there beetles though. But i think this was def. a really huge cockraoch. Couldn’t find my boyfriends shoe so i had to tough it up and use mine. I hit it hard as fuck but it just ended up running faster underneath the couch. This ruined my night, and now it’s ruining my day. I don’t know what to do. :((((((

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  279. July 15, 2008 at 7:41 pm, Guest said:

    Chinese Chalk is made from Diatomaceous Earth. It looks like a piece of chalk for ease in application. Just draw horizontal lines across cabinets, shelves, everywhere you see roaches. When roaches “cross the line” the diatomaceous earth cuts them like broken glass, they eventually dehydrate and die. You can find them down Chinatown, in hardware stores, just ask. They’re cheap too, $1 each, and lasts until you use up the entire chalk. Really does work, in fact, I better go and buy some myself.

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  280. July 15, 2008 at 7:51 pm, Guest said:

    I just bought a Dustbuster to sweep up flea eggs in my apartment. Between fleas and roaches, I’m going to kill myself someday. Anyway, roaches feast on the cat food dish while me and the cat are away, the roaches play, they also feed on the water dish and the empty can of cat food.

    One day, I instinctively grabbed my Dustbuster and sucked a live one in. It was a breeze. Now, I’m on the prowl constantly sucking them up everyday. But, I realized that unless you put some boric acid inside the dustbuster, they’ll crawl out of it when you’re emptying the canister. This may well be the answer for me! The only thing is, it’s limited to the ones you can see, but I guess if you set up a watering hole that they come to everyday, you can ensnare them that way.

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  281. July 16, 2008 at 8:17 am, Guest said:

    For the very first time in my apartment (and we keep it relatively clean!) I found a roach in my livingroom closet!!! Never have we ever had any bug/roach problems until now!! We keep our laundry, some boxes/storage and all of my (many) shoes in the closet. I opened the door to grab some shoes and there it was hiding in one of them!!! (eeeek!!) I’ll be cleaning out the entire closet tonight, I can’t believe this, omg!

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  282. July 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm, Guest said:

    haha funny !!

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  283. July 19, 2008 at 1:32 am, Guest said:

    ok,been living in a roach motel here about 3 months,tryed bombs,boric, you name it.then i thought about heat and cold,can i freeze the boogers or burn them.bought me a wagner heat gun,”like for stripping paint”plug it in,angle it underneath cabinets or wherever you see them the most.the extreme heat kills them in the numbers.be cautious not to get too close and burn wood.this is a form of instant suffocation for them,and no chemical smells,and its a one time tool buy that will destroy their colonys.

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  284. July 19, 2008 at 10:25 pm, Guest said:

    The best way to eliminate your cockroaches problem is to get a bearded dragon or house geckos if you dont want the toxic spray in the house. house geckos are the best no maintenance needed just let them go and they will do their thing which is eat insect. Buy 6 of them and realese them in areas of infestation and they’ll be gone in no time.

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  285. July 22, 2008 at 9:30 pm, Guest said:

    OMG we have seen 3! We are moving in 3 days and I don’t want them to follow!!!!! OMG DIE ROACHES! We have lived here 6.5 years and never seen one till last week. What the heck? Oh I pray they don’t follow us, I am so scared they will.

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  286. July 23, 2008 at 5:54 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, I’m from New York and recently I’ve been having big cockroach problem! and its tramatizing me in a horrindous way!….since the summer started I seen so far four and believe me they fly from north, east, west all over my living room! what is going on?….the last one I saw was under my bed dead!….I’m using raid every night and getting sick of the smell what should I do?…..I keep my windows close at night thank goodness for AC or else we would of die of dyhidration! I don’t see any cracks or pathways and wondering where are they coming from?

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  287. July 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm, Guest said:

    so tell me have you ever seen a giant mother or baby water bug? I have seen 10 big bad you know what.In my kithen and every where eles.Im looking man HELP ME PLEASE.I read the internet helps a little but does not kill them……..ever since iv seen the first mother water bug I been HAVING THE LAMP ON…so please HELP ME THEY CAN fLY NOW leave me alone time for me to look BYE.

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  288. July 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm, Guest said:

    I was playing a video game when a HUGE cockroach lands right next to me. Normally i am not too afraid of bugs bug this one was huge so i flip out. I run around trying to figure out what to do and I cant find it anymore. I later (about 15 mins.) find it just chilling on the bed. So it flys or craws really fast to the window where i smack it like 10 times and its still moving so i smack it again. It stops moving but im afraid that it laid eggs or mated or something . Can someone please clarify how long it takes for them to reproduce

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  289. July 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm, Guest said:

    Hey guys. I have the same ——- problem. I live in Florida and I am extremely scared of bugs. I live in a brand new apartment and I haven’t seen any since last month. They are huge and definitely not my type. When I see one I am just running away. I am losing my ——- mind :((((((((( I haven’t tried anything yet because when I see one, all i do is to run away very scared.
    What do you suggest??? I NEED HELP. I AM DESPERATE!!!!!

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  290. July 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve found that roaches can’t adapt to a can of WD-40 and a lighter…hehehe
    Just make sure you do it outside, and don’t burn down your house or apartment!

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  291. July 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm, Guest said:

    Get a cat! – Seriously, our cat loves to catch roaches. She caught one almost 3 inches long last night, played with it for a while, then left it squirming on it’s back where it was an easy target for me to squash. I guess as we don’t have a mouse problem, to her this is the next best thing.

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  292. July 30, 2008 at 7:12 am, Guest said:

    we moved to a cochroach free house but my boyfreind wont listen we got the landlords fridge but no shelves and he wants to bring our fridge from outside will they come back???

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  293. July 31, 2008 at 1:58 am, Guest said:

    you guys have been a great help to me… its almost 3am and I’m AFRAID as all hell to go back into my bedroom. I was laying on my bed watchin a movie and at the corner of my eye I see a nasty 2 inch SLEEP STEALER crawling alongside my bed.. I quickly jumped up amd grabbed the raid.. I sprayed the bastard but it got away. now I’m up, extremely frightened… I’m tryna find the best possible way to get rid of these once in a blue pest. I thank you all for your testimonials. Gods knows I needed this help.

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  294. July 31, 2008 at 1:58 pm, Guest said:

    i would recommend everyone, if it is not their fault and the landlords are not willing to do anything about it, to call your local health department. They will take care of the problem and your landlord will be forced to pay to get ridd of them nasty creatures, because they can cause very bad health problems such as asthma.

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  295. July 31, 2008 at 2:09 pm, Guest said:

    Did you bring in moving boxes? That could be where they came from.

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  296. July 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm, Guest said:

    Boric Acid is a powder. I think most hardware stores carry it. If you use it put it behind and under your stove. Under cabinets, where the plumbing pipes are. In places where it is down in cracks and crevices, under your house if it’s on a slab. You can buy stuff at Lowes and maybe Home Depot that kill them but cost like $10.00 a gallon. It is called Ortho Home Defense but it has a hose and spray nozzle. THis is probably the best insecticide you can buy yourself. Some bombs work but you need to get the best you can afford and do them as directed. It won’t kill them where the fog can’t penetrate. So you want to open all cabinets, etc. Good luck…

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  297. July 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm, Guest said:

    i have 2 of the electronic pest controls and they will only work for like fleas and ticks but they do really work

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  298. August 01, 2008 at 3:44 am, Guest said:

    in my kitchen there is a whole army of them….i have no idea what to do.

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  299. August 01, 2008 at 6:52 am, Guest said:

    Chinese chalk works NO MORE.

    I ve had great results with chinese chalk (?), we in India have similar products like ‘crazy lines’ or ‘lakshman rekha’. they REALLY used to work. Just draw few lines with this chalk,on the surfaces where you would expect the roaches to roam. and in the morning you would find half a dozen big roaches, lying down dead.

    but now, after a span of two years, these damn cockroaches are COMPLETELY immune to these chalks. No effect whatsoever.

    Now i am really frustrated. they roam all around my kitchen, and i look at them helplessly.

    Can’t we really find a solution for this? Anybody listening?

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  300. August 01, 2008 at 12:42 pm, Guest said:

    I just had some people come to stay with me. They aren’t even here yet, but their stuff is on the porch in my sunroom. Last night I saw what I think were 2 roaches in my kitchen. If I bomb my sunroom, will I just drive them into the house or will it kill them? Would traps and boric acid around my kitchen doorand cabinets while I bomb help? Need to do something quick before my neighbor upstairs has them too.

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  301. August 07, 2008 at 2:38 am, Guest said:

    Just use simple products that you can by very cheaply for example at TheHardwareCity.com , good luck, directions are displayed on the product labels…

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  302. August 08, 2008 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    You can read more about getting rid of cockroaches at: softoolsme.com/gulf/uae/cockroachfrm.htm

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  303. August 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm, Guest said:

    I came into my spotless kitchen last night and the little bastards were playing cards and having a concert throughout the entire room. This morning I emptied cabinets, moved the fridge, stove and microwave and saturated it with RAID! Now I’m seeing the bastards crawling onto the clean floor area choking and squirming…hee hee. I did tell the landlord he’d better get an exterminator out here this week and spray under the bldg. I’ve swept up at least 100 so far and they I keep seeing more deaths as the morning progresses. ;)
    I’ve poured bleach down the drains to make sure they aren’t living in there. I opened the microwave and there was one sitting there…I almost tested to see if they can really survive a microwave…hmmm but I opted for the blast of Lemon Scented RAID. He instantly died…I found his little bastard family too…DEATH TO ALL OF THESE NASTY CREATURES. GRRRRRRRR! I’m going to try that Chinese Chalk too. Thanks for letting me rant. My skin is crawling!

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  304. August 16, 2008 at 12:25 am, Guest said:

    i just killed 2 in my new apartment but i think thier are more. in is 1:30 and i cannot get to bed because i think they are watching me. maybe i should just burn the place down?

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  305. August 17, 2008 at 11:31 pm, Guest said:

    I just found the first one in my apartment and I can’t sleep now either… i don’t feel like they’re watching me but I feel like they’re all over now… aahhh i hate this. I heard they hate cold so I turned my air down to 68… i hope that helps.

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  306. August 19, 2008 at 1:56 am, Guest said:

    I have lived in my apartments for a year, which I keep in pristine condition. I saw one last week in the lobby and now one is in my kitchen under a salad bowl. I have been up all night and I don’t think I will be eating tomorrow. It has to be my neighbors. At first I chalked it up to the extreme heat, but now I am beginning to think that one of them is keeping a dirty place.

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  307. August 19, 2008 at 12:21 pm, Guest said:

    Seiously, I killed 14 last night. No joke. We moved into a tiny duplex right near the beach in long beach, CA. Coming from a place where there aren’t many cockroaches we just thought they were weird bugs from outside. My boyfriend and I saw the first couple in the first month of living here… Then it started. They hide everywhere. I slept on the couch that I pulled out from the wall last night. We had an exterminater come in last week and it doesn’t look like it had done anything. I don’t want to stay up crying anymore…

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  308. August 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm, Guest said:

    OMIGOSH I am probably the girliest of girls and I saw the first one two days ago by this very computer I screamed and ran to the living room. Then at like 12:10 am there had to be 50 of them just the walking around. Have you ever tried to kill a roach in ballet flats? DON’T I don’t know what to do I don’t go to bed until 7am hoping they’re all gone. Ima try and make my own trap after this and leave it in the living room. EWWW I don’t want to cry myself to sleep anymore…..

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  309. August 22, 2008 at 10:50 am, Guest said:

    RUBBING ALCHOHOL WORKS BUT WOULD COST A MINT TO DO A HOUS, IM SICK OF WAKING UP IN THE NIGHT WITH BUGS IN MY BED! aNY OTHER CHEAP ADVICE?

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  310. August 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm, Guest said:

    Try killing more then 100 a night.No lie. in my apt it seems like your on Fear Factor but not getting paid for it. when i first moved here i had no roaches. and without noticing i had tons of them coming from next door. now my next door neighbor is the one complaining. cant even get anything to eat without having one staring right at me. i have the pest control come every friday but it seems he does more talking then spraying. someone tell me how to get rid of these unwanted guests. they dont even pay rent! i hate free loaders!! if i dont get rid of them i might end up keeping them as pets. or i might get eaten alive like poor browny (may he rest in peace) someone please respond to this because im in desperate need of help. doloresross@aol.com

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  311. August 23, 2008 at 2:40 am, Guest said:

    You’re absolutely right! I used to have gigantic roaches pop up about twice a month. After getting my 2 cats, I probably see two live ones a year. Though I still find legs and other assorted scraps here and there.

    Another tip: If you’re as paranoid about these things as I am, grab some of the powerful outdoor spray (the kind that comes in a large tub w/ a hose and nozzle) and spray a dual layer perimeter around your whole place. Then do the same to your neighborhood. You might look crazy, but it works.

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  312. August 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm, Guest said:

    I feel like I’m in a club now! My husband and I just moved to GA and into basically a cockroach infested home. We have our dishes in the fridge and our silverware in tupperware. Also for the first few weeks we were sleeping with the lights on. LOL. It’s marvelous. We have had the exterminators out here twice so far. Well we’re working on the “Las Vegas traps” right now, have done the boric acid and such. It’s a major pain in the ass!! Thanks for all the laughs guys! lol.

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  313. August 25, 2008 at 4:52 am, Guest said:

    My new attack on the vicious war on roaches at my house seems to be working… slowly… but it is working…

    I bought a small vaccuum (just for this purpose), it is a bagless one, you know, like the ones with the cup thingy you can empty. I put a tad of borax in the cup, hook up the hose to it, with the crevice tool.

    I set out my traps (A few slivers of fresly grated carrots). Of course the carrots are in tiny pieces, perfect for being sucked through the vaccuum. Then I wait.

    I suffer from insomnia already, so this method doesnt bother me.

    I just wait a few hours (or until what ever Im watching on tv is over), go into the kitchen (where mine are),

    Flip on the light, and go postal on them…. sucking the little buggers up in the vaccuum, through the hose. When Im done,…. and see no more, I cover the top of the hose with a heavy duty plastic bag and rubber band it in place (no escapees)

    And that is something I do several times a night.

    We also have bait traps, and have sprayed around our house. Our next is going to be borax around the paremiter of our yard, and inside along all the walls and cabinets. I cant stand roaches. They are so incredibly gross.

    We never had roaches until our new neighbors moved in. Now its a problem. And I dont even live in a apartment.

    I live in a mobile home park.

    Man… wish they would just completely go away. Its just nice to know that I am not the only one who is obsessing over this.

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  314. August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am, Guest said:

    I am staying in China to cover someones holiday while they go back to the UK and I am staying in his apartment by myself. Before he left I said “You dont get insects do you?!” My worst fear!!! He said no, and I forgot all about it…..until last nite. Was going to the kitchen and this THING just appeared, I almost died! It scuttled into the kitchen into a corner and I grabbed the first thing I could see-floor polish and blasted it. Then I trapped it under a colander, but I tried to drag it over to the corner of the room but it got out and dived under the fridge nooooooooooooooo. Now i cant find it I tried to coax it out armed with a sweeper and a hoover but no luck. Horrific now I feel like theres insects crawling over me and am super paranoid my eyes darting around the place!!! Spent the nite cowering under the duvet, if my foot crept out was like no get back under the duvet!! Have not entered the kitchen since last nite, and am dreading it. Needed my boyfriend there! Have 7 days left til I leave and cant wait now. Hope there arent any more lurking around blleeeeuuuurggh they make me wanna vom!!!

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  315. August 28, 2008 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:

    i wonder if anyone remember a ps2 game from few years back…. called “shadow of the colossus”
    yeah i play this game with the roaches in my apartment. where i am the colossus and they have to run for their lives b4 i stomp on them.
    btw i heard the chalk stuff is ban in the states cuz is really toxic for pets and children

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  316. August 29, 2008 at 3:06 am, Guest said:

    try using a spray bottle of soapy water and or you can try using catnip. seriouslly boil it like its tea and put in a spray bottle or u can even just sprinkle it in areas where u find a lot of them either way is safe to you and your family even pets. it really works roaches dont like soap or catnip.

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  317. August 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm, Guest said:

    i think they will come back if u bring the freeze inside because i have expirenced it.

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  318. August 31, 2008 at 6:30 am, Guest said:

    We live in a mobile home deep in the woods. A friend of my daughter’s came for a visit about 6 months ago, and my daughter saw a roach crawl out of her bookbag. Now they are EVERYWHERE!
    I tried some industrial, don’t use indoors, must be lisenced to posess powder mixed in a pump up sprayer. It killed the little bastards wholesale. I danced among their squirming bodies. Now the spray doesn’t work anymore.
    Roaches are a sign of filthiness. We are not filthy people. It has been good to read of everyone else’s experiences. Kinda like a support group.
    Today I’m starting a total roach destruction program. Borax, roach traps, industrial spray. I will fight them in the kitchen. I will fight them in the bathroom. I will fight them in the yard. We will defend our island, whatever the cost.

    Death to roaches!!

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  319. August 31, 2008 at 7:58 pm, Guest said:

    HELP!! We live in a “luxury” apartment and pay huge rent for the darn stupid thing. Across from us a lady and her son just moved in a few weeks ago. She has informed us that she has cockroaches!!! I’m thinking she moved them in with her. I am so afraid that those little bastards are going to take over every apartment. We are not having any problems as of yet but I’m concerned that the critters are going to start migrating into the other 7 apartments in our building. I’m considering hiring my own pest control person instead of relying on the complex. This place is huge, 300 units and I don’t think the company is really concerned or cares about our building, just making the money. How do we keep them out?! Has anyone had success with keeping them out?!? I can NOT live with those gross bugs!

    Thank you in advance with any advise.

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  320. September 01, 2008 at 6:56 am, Guest said:

    We live in military housing in the swamps of North Carolina and let me tell you, the roaches are beyond horrible. Imagine your entire house being a hive. No lie. When they moved my new fridge in (because the old one got fried because of..you guessed it! ROACHES) the guy pushing it in on a dolly misjudged how hard to push and the fridge put a hole in the wall. He screamed like a little girl when dozens and dozens of the little bastards came POURING out of the hole. He looked at me like he was going to cry and said “You have roaches!!” ..well no shit Sherlock! Nothing is safe in our quarters unless it is sealed in a bag. We keep our clothes in those giant ziplock bags, all of our food that doesnt need to be refrigerated is in baggies, our silverware too. We also keep our plates and glasses in them along with our cookware. (the giant sized)
    Luckily they’re tearing this place down. They tore down the one across the street from me and I watched from my kitchen window. You could see them running all around. No lie. Moving out into a new place is going to take me 3 times as long because I’m going to have to be so careful to check each and every item for bugs. We wont be using cardboard boxes because the military provides them and they always always ALWAYS have roaches in the cardboard itself.
    I’m so tempted to just leave our furniture and start over. I can’t imagine a way to make SURE we don’t bring them with us when we move.

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  321. September 01, 2008 at 4:55 pm, Guest said:

    Anyone know of any legal actions I can take? I’ve lived in my apartment complex for about 8 months now in a 1 bedroom. We wanted some more space so about a week ago we moved into a 3 bedroom in the same complex, just a different building. The landlord had originally told me the previous tenants were slobs and there was alot of cleaning to be done before I could move in. He never mentioned cockroches! So we got into the new apartment, it looked clean..but within the first night cockroches were everywhere! To add to that, fleas! It’s grossing me out, I told him right away what we had discovered. They “bombed” the place…which was alot of hassel (and I just started back at school this same week..I don’t have the time or energy for this extra stress!) that sure didn’t kill them and he hasn’t gotten back to me about it.
    Anyone know what I should do? Can I by law make them replace the carpet? I’ve heard it’s near impossible to get the bugs out once they’ve nested in it.

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  322. September 01, 2008 at 9:56 pm, Guest said:

    OK,OK! I myself am a neat freak. A cleaning fannatic if you will! I found my first roach tonite, after 4 peaceful years of living in my house. It’s the first one, so i had to research it. I freaking skeeve roaches!! So the one I found here in my kitchen running underneath my fridge was a oriental roach. My cat was chasing it, thats how I took notice to it. If i found one does it mean there are more? i havent’ seen any more yet… i surfed roach web sites and they tell me to walk around w/ a flashlight to see if I can catch one scurrying. i don’t know that i have anymore. is it possible than one just came into the house? O squished it and sprayed it. I’m afraid to sleep now.

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  323. September 02, 2008 at 2:40 pm, Guest said:

    yeah man its up to the land lord to have the place cleaned and exterminated if last tenants were pigs see the tenancy system in your country or stop paying rented until it sorted cowboy@orcon.net.nz

    Ray

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  324. September 03, 2008 at 1:09 am, Guest said:

    I used to work for a municipality and spoke often with the pest control man. If one has a really bad infestation that has existed for a long time, his/her only option is to move. They always live in walls and even tenting a house for fumigation will not get them all. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but it’s true. A pro will not tell you that, preferring to get your money. Also, boric acid is the best to use. To heck with all the poisons. All this info comes from a pro with no incentive for money. He worked for a city government. Good luck.

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  325. September 03, 2008 at 10:25 pm, Guest said:

    Some states require LLs to exterminate mice, rats, roaches, bedbugs, ants, and termites at the LLs expense. If there is a bomb that must be used to exterminate, you may have to leave your apt for a few days. During this time the LL has to mitigate rent, but does not have to find and pay for a place for you.
    Also, do not stop paying rent. If you do, you may be evicted and failure to pay rent is not an excuse even if there is a pest problem (unless the place is literally impossible to live, in extreme circumstances). Failure to pay is basically an automatic win for a LL.
    My advice is to contact your LL and let him know about the problem; give reasonable time to cure the problem (probably a week); and if he doesn’t cure the pest problem, contact the Clerk of Courts and put your rent money in escrow through the court and let your LL know thats where the $ is.
    Good luck

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  326. September 04, 2008 at 2:52 am, Guest said:

    ok so i work at a movie store, the store was built in 1991 pretty old store.. anywho, im working late one night around 9pm and a man comes in to hand me his movie i open it up and their are around 40 roaches in the movie case…..AHHHHH! i drop the case on the floor and start freaking out….im like “umm theirs bugs in your movie” sp he grabs the movie and goes outside to bang the rest of the roaches out. meanwhile these little devils are all over the floor. Little baby roaches, big mama roaches medium size ones you name it…..omg i about died i grab the can of dollar store disenfectent..and spray spray spray! they were everywhere and now i have to go to work 2morro and face these little things again. i havent seen a roach since i started working their and now im terrrifies to even place my purse or drink on the counter. HELP! my manager told me to open the door and maybe they will leave……? r u kidding me oh well looks like ill be searching for another job….EWWWWW

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  327. September 06, 2008 at 1:50 am, Guest said:

    I just saw two EFFIN baby roaches!Me and my boyfriend moved into a studio apartment about 2 months and the second night I was going around killing roaches by lantern light cuz the power wasnt on yet!Our lease isn’t up until January but I’m so ready to be outta here!As I’m sitting here on the floor typing this I was eating brownies and I ate in in tupperware and put the top back in and i tap it and two come falling off!The FUCKERS!It’s the neighbors, I totally think their in the walls and i dont kno wat to do about it!Makes u feel sick!DEATH TO THE BASTARDS

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  328. September 06, 2008 at 3:11 am, Guest said:

    I moved into an apartment and of course it is badly infested with roaches. I have tried everything to kill them. But I am not paying for the whole building to be bombed. So I have decided to move. But now I am told they can hide in my computer and t.v’s. How can I get rid of them so I don’t carry them with me to the new place? If I take all the clothes to the laundry mat and wash them will that kill them or their eggs? Help I am at my wits end….

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  329. September 06, 2008 at 11:43 pm, Guest said:

    My sister and I found several roaches under the cabinet/sink in the kitchen. We feel disgusting and are covered in boric acid that we used to eliminate the fuckers. My sister was putting the acid on a cabinet and looked up and there was giant fucking roach waving his antennae saying “what’s up?” from a ventilation hole near the sink. He was the Marlon Brando of roaches. But not hot Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar named Desire,” but twisted scary fuck Marlon Brando in “Heart of Darkness.” Anyway, after emptying the kitchen there was a lone roach in the cabinet. It was Marlon. He was COVERED in boric acid. He is one tough son of bitch. We squashed him.

    I’ve lived in this apartment for four years and saw my first roach four months ago. Since then it’s been all downhill. It is seriously disturbing and it makes me want to move out. The acid helps, but I know the fuckers are right behind the wall. There’s nothing I can do.

    Good luck to all.

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  330. September 07, 2008 at 11:16 am, Guest said:

    im in scotland and i just seen my first baby roach. i was cleaning my teeth and it was dead in the sink, how the hell did it get there! ive been here over a year and never had problems before. should i be worried over just one? how do they get in? i have a bit of a damp flat(it is scotland) is that a problem?

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  331. September 08, 2008 at 8:18 am, Guest said:

    My mom said that she got roaches from my sister bringing stuf over from her roach infested apartment. it seems that everytime she comes over we seem to see more roaches.it’s driving me step-dad crazy. as soon as my mom leaves the house he is at it spraying the kitchen like crazy. it seems like all it takes is one roach and in a matter of days the house is infested.

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  332. September 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm, Guest said:

    I moved into the house I live in about 3 1/2years ago and when we moved in I noticed some dead roaches under the sink and you can tell the people who lived here before me had a problem with them, because there was some brown sticky stuff on some corners in my kitchen cupboards, my husband said that is stuff to kill roaches, I was worried but I didn’t have a problem with roached until now, they have been popping up everywhere, I don’t know if it’s because it’s summer time or what, but I have tried some chinese chalk…it might be boric acid, don’t know, I also tried boric acid powder, we even fogged the house, and had to leave for a couple hrs. and wash everything afterward and nothing, it seems like there’s more! I had boxed my dishes to spray in the cupboards and the tape I used to seal them up had some roaches stuck to them. so my husband and I had an idea to put some tape sticky side up to see if we would catch some and it works there were lots of those suckers stuck to it. so basically every night I lay tape out and see if there is some stuck to it. It’s a pain in the butt to do every night but it works better than the boric acid powder, that stuff killed a couple but brought out more it seems. it sucks cause I don’t know how long I am going to have to do this. I see more roaches in different spots now other than the kitchen like in my dressers….gross!! I don’t know how to get rid of them for good!! I could move but chance me taking some with me and infest my new place….no way!!

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  333. September 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    I hear you. I live in a moble home too! 5 years ago my daughter’s freind spent the night and a roach climbed out of her VCR. Then the store beside us closed and we were bombarded. I spray and uses borax and seven in the yard. Still no good! My family call me She ra the roach killer! I feel like I am going crazy, Anyone know of anything that works?

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  334. September 12, 2008 at 3:19 am, Guest said:

    I’ve lived in my apt for 5 years and have “never” seen anything other than a “gnat or mosquito”. Tonight I found a roach in my bathroom. It’s 4:16 am. I’ve been cleaning and disinfecting my house nonstop…even thought it was clean to begin with. My husband is ready to check me in to a mental hospital because I refuse to sleep. My job was occassional roaches and I’m afraid it could have snuck in my purse or something and came home with me. Is there a chance it was just this one roach? I keep hearing that there is no such thing as having one roach.

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  335. September 12, 2008 at 11:40 am, Guest said:

    Friday night of Labor Day weekend, I come home from a night out with friends and sit down to relax in my living room. My little dog wanted a treat so I went into the kitchen to get her a bone from the cubbard. I open the cubbard & there are zillions of baby roaches crawling on the shelves, in her dog biscuits, on canned food, boxed ceral, oh my god was it disgusting. I am normally the type to recyle, but in a moment like this I just threw everything in the cabinet out into 2 huge garbage bags. I cleaned out the cabinets with Clorox. At this point I cant sleep, I’m itchy and I’m freaking out. I notice there are more babies by the dogs dish, they where climbing on my counter too, inside my cabinets where my dishes where. EWWW! Total freak out.
    I research online what to do after I cloroxed everything so thoroughly the skin literally peeled off my fingers. I used the boric acid in all the corners then called an exterminator. Ofcourse it was Labor Day weekend so noone was working. Fan—-ingtastic! I begged one exterminator to sell me the spray so I could do it myself. He mustve pitied me because I’m a real girly girl with the fake nails and highlights in my hair and he knew I would probably commit suicide if I didn’t get my apartment treated for bugs immediately. I ended up spraying the perimeters of every room and using the boric acid in my closets and other hard to reach places. I swiffered, vaccuumed, cleaned all my linens, slip covers, threw out phone books, shoeboxes and other shit I dont need. I also poured clorox down all of my drains, sinks, showers, and the toilet too. I found a few stragglers in my bedrooms before I sprayed I stepped on them and so far I haven’t seen anything.
    Being a typically neat and clean person this is a really bad experience for me. I been obsessively researching online what works best to kill these fuckers. I’m going to buy Diatomaceous Earth, you can find it on Amazon, it’s nontoxic and is supposed to be dam good. It’s safe to use around pets so I figure I’ll dust my floors (I got hardwood throughout my apt.) so the little fuckers cant squeeze through the floor boards. Since I did my massive treatment my neighbor upstairs has been seeing them. I think they peaced out of my apt. and went over to her crib because it’s not toxic and probably got some good food. I also found out the following products work well Cypermethrin (it is not available in NY, which I happen to live in so I’m sending it to a friends house in NJ), Drione, Orthene, Maxforce, Avert & Advance work well according to most of the sites I have read. Also get some clear caulk and do any tiny crack & crevice these bastards could be coming out of. I have always sceeved bugs and this is a nightmare to me, I told my landlord he needs an exterminator but I’m doing my part inorder to help prevent infestation. OMG that word is so gross. Good Luck my fellow Terminators. Hopefully the roaches wont be back.

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  336. September 12, 2008 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    LOL I feel the same exact way. I hate these wretched little MF’s. I used to be scared to squish an ant, now I’m taking off my flip flops and squishing these fkrs! DEATH TO ROACHES!!! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE KILL DIE KILL DIE KILL DIE KILL DIE KILL DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~~~~!!!!

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  337. September 13, 2008 at 10:07 am, Guest said:

    There is a power call POW WILL GET RID OF YOUR ROACHES! YOU MIGHT TRY A CO-OP TO FIND IT !!!

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  338. September 14, 2008 at 6:06 am, Guest said:

    I thought I was the only one with this problem. I live in a row home and I believe the people next to me bombed and did’nt tell me. All I know is that the yellow can of Raid is helping but its so costly. The more I spray the more they move to somewhere else in my house. This crap has got to stop.

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  339. September 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm, Guest said:

    We moved into a house with plenty of large roaches. having lived in Mexico, I was not concerned. Roaches are the usual house pet there. Everybody has them.

    A week later, not a roach in sight. Why? We have five cats.

    That’s all it takes.

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  340. September 14, 2008 at 9:13 pm, Guest said:

    Get some cats. Cats love to play with cockroaches. Our three cats are from Mexico and eat them up. Yum! After a week in a new house that had those pests, no more roaches.

    The solution: Get a few cats.

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  341. September 19, 2008 at 9:31 am, Guest said:

    I am so glad to hear that story! I, too, am a neat-freak girly girl who recently moved into an apartment and started seeing roaches within a week (I saw a few in the bathroom and somehow the assholes got into my dresser drawers near my clothes). I thought I was going faint. I did the same thing and bleached the entire place up and down, swept, vaccumed, cleaned behind all the appliances (at about midnight mind you) and bought traps, baits, and sprays of all varieties and today, I’m getting Boric Acid. I’m sooo happy to hear that there are other products I can get to help get rid of them. One roach is one too many for me to feel comfortable. I also hear that if you get a cat, it’ll kill the roaches, too. Oh, I also cried a little as I bought the roach killing products and lamented that I ever moved into this place. Sounds retarded since roaches are so common, but it makes me feel better to know that I’m not the only one. Thanks!

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  342. September 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm, Guest said:

    We recently purchased a fairly nice house…. I have never seen a roach in my life until we moved here… So I went to Lowe’s bought a big jug of perimeter spray sprayed the around the house and inside the house, well suppose to be good for a few months, but seems like I have to spray every week. Well just when I thought I had it all under control, I went to get food for my dogs out of the bag which was in the laundry room, I started filling up each of the dishes, when I was at the last dish, this big roach crawled out and onto my hands, talk about freakin out, Yuk, I had to throw a towel on him cause he was fast, then I stomped him…… so next day, time to clean house…. got the perimeter spray again, vacummed, did the works, got to the bathroom, thought You know them shower doors are alittle yukky, I think I’ll take them right out and scrub them down, well I got the first door almost out when I noticed the friggen tenticles or whatever they are, this was a grandfather roach I’m sure, I banged the door so he fell off and I squashed him onto the bathroom mat, god they’re gross…. so out comes the bleach, everywhere, I poured it in all the drains, I don’t know where they’re coming from, maybe the vents….. the house smelt like Chlorine….. so we’ll see…. I mean they HIDE Everywhere

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  343. September 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm, Guest said:

    hello..ilive in tn and i love in a good townhouse…its in housing authority..they spray every month but the stuff they use make it worst.=( there nasty and disgusting..there everywhere..ibeen finding them under my phone base..under warm plugs,hot water heaters pc’s anything warm…i have alot in kitchen..we done used foggers 4 times 4 at a time…bought sprays… we have a beagle and a 4 yr old so some stuff i cant use…but someone told me bout catnip…so i bought some and spinkle it everywhere…hopefully that works..any ideas on anything else? or has anyone ever used catnip and it worked..if the spinkle doesnt work una boil it and put it in a spray bottle… help!!!

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  344. September 22, 2008 at 7:33 am, Guest said:

    You guys are not gonna beileve this but oh man i thoght i was the only one im happy i aint but im gonna get rid of this pest nasty little buggers ughhhh today around 3:00am as im using the internet(theres roaches all over my kicthen only and the living room as well since the kicthen is next to it) and well we bought some sticky traps to trap the roaches and as soon as we put them 1 minute later bam 2 roaches stuck on the stickybox!!!but whats worse 1 hour later theres like 50 roaches stuck on in ew w but at least it works!the next day u wouldnt even imagine theres like a whole family of them like 100 everyday it keeps growing and growing hopefully we catch them all!we plan to clean everycorner if the house soon cause its getting nasty word of advice:dont leave food around the house throw it away becuase the roaches feed on it!whats worse is that once in awhile BIG ROACHES not small tiny ones come in from somewere and they squirm around at night and i found out that theres a sewer hole near my house i guess thats were they come from?i dont know.and today as im typing im curios cuase i know that there might be one around i look down and BAM A BIG AsS ROAch right there next to me 6 inches away so i jump up away from it turn on the light and there ut us trying to run for its life i get anything that i can get there was some bb guns that my little brother plays with and i grab one and shoot it but i miss man and im freaking with fear as its going around while i try to kill it.then in runs behind my tv in the living room stuck on the wall and the perfect place to kill it!i grab raid (theres a newer version of it that doesnt leave nasty odor it leaves a lemon lime scent its new but its still toxic if consumed not smelled!)and sprayed the hell out of the roach and i run like crazy away from it trying to avoid it not to come near it!and as the roach sees me i can see its kinda saying help me im burning!!!!!!!!cuase it was looking up at me im like screw u yd you come in my house in the first place!(i said that in my mind)and sprayed it more and i guess it died cuase its at a corner just sitting there spraying them is alot better than squashing them at least they dont leave a nasty smell cause when u squash the big ones it smells really awful that u wanna put a gas mask on seriously! sorry for the long story i just wanted to tell it ao u guys can enjoy it.so yea right now its just sitting there i hope its dead i also got the bb gun and shot it and it didn’t move it just stayed there?i guess its dead?anyway whenever u have the BIG ROACHES the ones that fly(ive had a very bad experience when,i was small at the age of 14, i am now 17 theres was one on my moms room i was there helping her out with chores when theres this big one i freak out and it flys and lands on my lap!thats right my lap!while wearing shorts,what a bad experience,i can feel its grapply feet hold on too my lap as i try to shake it off!!! i finally get it off while one leg is stuck on my lap and my mom killed it with her shoe.)don’t squash it its gonna reek! so yea that pretty much sums it up! so to all that have roach problems good luck dont be afraid of the big ones find some way to kill it confront it its amazing because if they know ur scared of them they will come to you but if u confront them they will run away the BIG ONES ARE VERY SMART AND FAST seriously i had some experiences with them they come out in the dark but when theres lights they hide keep that in mind same for the small ones i aint scared of the small ones the ones i fear are the huge ones that fly ewwwwwwwwwwwww anyways bye all all this is a true story!hope that th people with these problems get rid of them so bye

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  345. September 24, 2008 at 12:24 am, Guest said:

    borax twenty mule team laundry soap. You can get it at wal mart. wont hurt kids or pets. put it any where you see them. they walk across the soap take it back to the nest. and the whole nest is wiped out. you wont see a bunch of dead ones. you will just stop seeing them. been useing it for years. good luck!

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  346. September 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm, Guest said:

    You are too much, I can’t stop laughing. I saw a couple roaches in my apt the cats are hunting them, my neighbors had chickens in their apt and moved out so the roaches are marching down the hall to my apt where my cats wait for them at the door : ( I’m so mad. But this blog made me laugh.

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  347. September 29, 2008 at 5:35 am, Guest said:

    A white chalk that is made in China. It comes in small packages bearing names such as:

    * Miraculous insecticide chalk
    * Pesticide chalk
    * Chinese chalk
    * Pretty Baby chalk
    * Miracle chalk
    * Mr. Roach chalk
    * Insecticide chalk

    It has the same appearance as safe chalk used in classrooms, but contains deltamethrin and/or cypermethrin, dangerous pesticides that are illegal in the United States. Both pesticides are known to affect the nervous system.

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  348. September 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm, Guest said:

    IF you see one there are most possibly millions, and getting rid of them which i am still in the process, is an ongoing battle, you can’t stop, if you think they are gone and stop using insecticides they WILL come back, it can take YEARS to get rid of them so DONT stop using your boric acids and etc. DO NOT leave sinks wet wipe them up with a cloth EERYTIME you run water, throw away all food, use a garbage can with a lid that first VERY tightly. Vacume your floor EVERYDAY leave nod dirt or food particles ever, seal all cracks with caulking, use boric acid in your toulet water EVERYTIME after you fluch and put the lid down and shit your bathroom door if you have pets so they dont get at the water and die, clean ALL the time a clean house is paramount, dont have ANTY cardboard boxes or ANY paper bags they love them. Once you sae even ONE roach constant killing is necessary and MAYBE oneday they will be gone.(??)

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  349. October 01, 2008 at 9:29 pm, Guest said:

    My roommate and I just got back from the library and we found 3 cockroaches in the dorm, one was eating a dead one. The thought that the University would house students in a cockroach infested building is unthinkable, and outrageous. Is there anyway to keep them out of our room?

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  350. October 02, 2008 at 2:37 am, Guest said:

    “How To Get Rid of Cockroaches” book describes how in less than a dollar you can solve the cockroach problem which may last for months, if not years. You can use the following link to obntain it:
    http://www.softoolsme.com/gulf/uae/cockroachfrm.htm

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  351. October 03, 2008 at 9:47 am, Guest said:

    OMG! i am the biggest bug freak you will ever meet. Im scared to death of all bugs even ants. this is my third apt i never lived with a bug prob and didnt even know what a roach looked like. I thought silver fish were roaches when i seen them and i used to freak out. i was always the person who didnt want to visit or eat over this or that persons house because they had roaches and now guess what?? ITS MY TURN!
    5 months ago i moved into my apt asked the rental office if these apt have a prob with bugs of course they say NO! it is like the rental office has a written agreement with the roaches to not show they ugly faces until after you sign your least and you load your last box into your apt. then BAM! you see one scatter across your bathroom sink OMG my heart dropped. where i live its a lot of Mexicans and they have lots and lots of roaches there used to it tho where they come from but im not! illlllllll so i started seeing more and more like 1 a day then 7 times a week now i see at least 20 a day so now its been 5 months i cant take it any more my building is invested and im moving i spoke to the rental office and told them that that shit is a health hazard and very unsanitary they sprayed several times but little do they know if the WHOLE building is infested then they have to treat the WHOLE building!!! Well im sick of it im moving and im not paying for breaking my least because i threatened to report them to H.O.M.E (housing opportunity made equal attorneys office) best believe they let me break it and im out! I found an apt ASAP and read the ratings and i think that a great website to find out the ratings and reviews for any apt apartmentratings.com i move next week and my biggest concern is not bringing these bastards with me i fogged my apt twice already i gonna do it 2 more times and put one in the moving truck i sprayed with some pesticide spray i got from home depot and im going through every thing very carefully best wishes to me and everyone else!
    DEATH TO ALL ROACHES -(ok i know every bug has a purpose but, what the hell is there’s???)

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  352. October 03, 2008 at 1:26 pm, Guest said:

    When I was a child staying with my grandparents, I discovered that the big roaches can fly at night. I remember hearing the buzzing sound as soon as I turned off the lights. I was in bed already so I had to sleep with the lights on and even then I was afraid of them, especially going to the bathroom at night because they roaches in the bathroom all the time. Nothing really worked well getting rid of them but when I was able to live on my own I always had a cat and never saw roaches. Maybe she ate them all?

    Also, my neighbor told me that when she stayed with her sister for a few days, she wanted to sleep on the floor in the living room because her daughter was sleeping on the couch and she likes sleeping on hard surfaces. Well, next day she claimed that a roach eat a part of her ear lobe, even showed it to people and said that she had to fight a roach trying to get inside her ear. I haven’t seen a roach in years but I always try to live in brand new buildings. It seems like the old housing units are the ones that the roaches prefer. I don’t know. I am praying that I don’t have to see those disgusting little creeps ever again in my life.

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  353. October 04, 2008 at 9:50 pm, Guest said:

    wow! thought it was just me!! i have lived at my apartment for 2 and a half years, and recently, have seen more and more roaches. called management a few times and they spray but they always come back. I am scared to leave dishes out, and food, i put everything in the fridge, dirty dishes and all till i get a chance to clean them. it is soo gross, i hate these bastards,and they’re frecking smart as hell!! smarter then some humans I know. One night I came into the kitcchen and there was one sitting on my kitchen sink filing his nails and antennas,and then had the nerve to say to me to turn off the light, it was to bright in here!!! ain’t that a M__that f_cker…:))))

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  354. October 05, 2008 at 3:15 am, Guest said:

    has anyone tried that wall unit that’s suppose to mess with a roaches nerve system?

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  355. October 05, 2008 at 7:36 am, Guest said:

    Hey I think I know you. Did we meet at “the Place” and talk about roaches over live Jazz that we didn’t listen to?

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  356. October 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm, Guest said:

    THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE: Forget about the expensive sprays and foggers. Buy 3 or 4 bottles of boric acid in the insecticide section of the store. It comes in plastic bottles that resemble the old-fashion ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles. Then buy a roach killing gel, like COMBAT brand. It looks like a giant syringe. Now the only tools you need are a screwdriver and a broom.

    Step 1: Roaches live in the hollow walls and walk along the cables, pipes and studs inside the walls. To gain access to the inside of the walls, remove all the switch plates and outlet plates from all the walls. Just remove the screws and lay the plates with the screws right on the floor where each switch or outlet is. After doing that, pick one of the switches and start there. Wedge the screwdriver between the recepticle box and the drywall and twist it to form an access hole then remove the screwdriver. Stick the tip of the borc acid squeeze bottle in the hole and squeeze once or twice. That will shoot of cloud of boric acid into the wall. Now go to the next switch or outlet and do the same thing. Then the next and so on. Make sure to shoot boric acid into all of them then put all the plates back. Don’t forget the outlet that’s behind the refrigerator, that one is a gold mine.

    Step 2: Put a small narrow stream of boric acid along the edges inside all the kichen and bathroon cabinets.

    Step 3: Holding the boric acid 2 or 3 feet from the ground, squeeze a long shot all along the sides of you carpetted rooms, aiming where the carpet meets the walls. With the broom, sweep the boric acid from the carpet to the wall, this motion is to drive the boric acid into the carpeting. If you have fleas, sweep boric acid into all the carpeting.

    Step 4: Now take out the COMPAT roach killing gel (or other brand) and apply short half-inch lines of the stuff under the kitchen and bathroom sinks and along the edges and backs of the cabinets.

    That’s it; you’re done. You’ll see fewer roaches the next day and may even see some dead ones but you should soon be roach free for a good while. If they come back in a few months, try to figure out which wall or walls they’re coming from and squirt some boric acid in those walls. Do the full treatment once a year or so to refresh the boric acid and the gel. Good luck.

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  357. October 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and I have lived in our apartment for 5 years. And I have not seen any roaches until last month. I see atleast one a day. Get some clorox and keep your house clean. That should help, roaches do not like clean apartments. I cleaned moped and wiped everything down with clorox.

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  358. October 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm, Guest said:

    Get some clorox. Wipe everything down with it. Keep your apartment clean, and food sealed up or in fridge. Good luck. Because clorox works for me. FYI roaches do not like clean apartments.

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  359. October 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm, Guest said:

    I found their darling turds underneath my kitchen sink. Apparently they are crawling from underneath the door since my neighbor (I have a rental apt.) sometimes puts the trash outside her door and mine. GREAT!

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  360. October 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm, Guest said:

    OMG!!! did you live in hollywood by any chance?

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  361. October 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm, Guest said:

    When I see one, I spray the bitch with a mix of clorox and water. I don’t know if it works on them, but they work on raccoons so I decided to try it.

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  362. October 20, 2008 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    an easy way is to mix baking powder and sugar and put it where the cockroaches are, the sugar attracts them for food and the baking powder kills them.

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  363. October 20, 2008 at 11:48 am, Guest said:

    Hi, Does anyone know how bad the chemical spray is if used often? My manager used is about 4 times already in a week and i have a pet. when is it safe to go back in the apartment? thanks

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  364. October 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm, Guest said:

    Man i just moved in my new apt. and i told my landlord everytime i talked to him on the phone and in person to take care of the roach problem in that apt. before i moved in. i only seen 1 when i look at the apt. but if theres 1 theres a million and fuck that cause i have a Phobia of roaches. makes me wanna throw up just thinkin of it now. anywho… might know that SOB didnt spray. and told me he did. when i got there the movers had put my stuff in there. so i was goin to set up. i know i didnt bring them bitches with me cause my shits been in my dads storage for like 2yrs. Anyways i must have opened the closet and there was 2 runnin out i was mad as hell. my sister was with me and said lets just see if he sprayed so we went in the kitchen and moved the frig. and OMG!! they was living back there. GROSS i was so pissed off cause walmart was about to close in 5 mins shit i must of ran in there and got everything on the shelf. got back home and sprayed so much that the damn smoke decetor went off. anyways the next day i seen 2 more that night 2more comin out my vents in da ceilin. i think there comin from upstairs cause this guys movin out too. anywho i seen two more dis morning. im so fuckin pissed. i could spit nail. well imma about to call that damn landlord of mine right NOW!!

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  365. October 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm, Guest said:

    It does work! I use Clorox Clean-Up to kill them; I can’t stand the smell of roach spray. Also, if I have to spray them where I don’t want the bleach to damage the wall’s color or if it’s a cloth material, I’ll just spray with Lysol’s 4-in-1 All Purpose Cleaner, and that kills them just as fast!

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  366. October 21, 2008 at 5:20 am, Guest said:

    You wouldn’t believe where I just found an egg and it’s babies: in my plant water!! I’d never thought! I haven’t changed it in a while, but I checked it to see if it needed water after I noticed some yellowing leaves. Ugh. These bastards will go anywhere!!

    I hate them sooo much. I wish I could put them all in a graveyard and burn them to non-existence.

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  367. October 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm, Guest said:

    Alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) is supposed to kill them. So using alcohol instead of Clorox bleach would work better. Bleach mixed with water only causes mold and mildew in the bathrooms and drains. (this is due to the water). You should always use cleaners (w/out adding water to it) and keep clorox for your clothes. You can put the alcohol in a squirt bottle and douse the roach when you see it. I just spray down the whole bathroom once in a while to keep them from walking around. But it is a fact that you should not use clorox when mopping or cleaning the bathroom. It only causes mold, mildew, and if you notice a nasty smell after mopping with an old mop, it is most probably the mold and mildew growing on the mop, as well as the cracks and crevices of the floors. Alcohol is good since it is antibacterial, it dries fast and is not toxic to us.

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  368. October 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, its called Ridex. I have had it for about a month and have seen no improvement. Don’t waste your money

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  369. October 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hello! I’ve had a similar problem with roaches but I’ve eliminated all of them which was amazing because I tired everything and none of them seemed to be working. I came across this site named pestmall.com and they helped me tremendously. Their instructions were very simple and easy to understand. Dupont Advion Roach Gel works! It actually works and it works GREAT!

    I applied the Dupont Advion Roach Gel on the corners of the kitchen, in the cracks of appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, stove fans, etc.), under counters, cabinets, and sinks, and other small openings where cockroaches can enter.

    Also just because you treat the inside of your home doesn’t mean that roaches can still come into your home. So I treated the outside as well. Demon WP was amazing for outside application! I used Demon WP and sprayed it using a hand sprayer around the foundation of my home and around utility pipes where roaches might come into my home.

    Believe me, from my experience, I never thought I could be free of roaches but it happened. Pestmall.com was a TREMENDOUS help to me because they give really simple directions for the application and made it easy to understand. They really did help me alot! Go check them out if you want to be roach free!

    http://www.pestmall.com

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  370. October 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm, Guest said:

    It’s usually safe to bring pets and kids back into the home when the stuff is completely dry and hasn’t been closed up (have windows/doors open for about an hour if it has been).

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  371. October 26, 2008 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    I think I have the story of them all. I used to live in a single family home where the roaches were the former occupants, but just refused to move out when I signed the new lease and decided that we were going to live together. I spent tons of dollars on gels, sprays, creams, and the last straw was when I called Orkin and they suggested I move because the roaches were so infested throughout the home that they said there wasn’t any help. I was watching one of those morning shows several years ago (Good Day New York or Good Morning America, well anyway they had a segment where this woman gave a remedy for killing almost everything (except humans of course..lol) Well she states that the best way to get rid of roaches is to mix flour, borax (the laundry detergent) and unsweetend cocoa powder (preferrably Hersheys) I thought this was another scam until I tried it and it worked like you would not believe!!! Just mix up 1 cup of each ingredient and stir all together until blended well. Place the mixture inside of caps or inside of inconspicuous places throughout your home or apt, ie. behind fridge, along cracks, inside of cabinets, under sinks,etc. This remedy does work because I once again moved inside of a 7 family bldg with roaches and tried my remedy again and it was successful. All of the other apartments have roaches and I have yet to see one in seven years. Maybe they will learn and try the remedy, if not who cares as long as they keep those annoying pest inside of their own units!

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  372. October 28, 2008 at 9:25 am, Guest said:

    OIL kills roaches instantly! I was pouring some salad dressing out and saw roaches so dumped it on them. They died immediately. I was pretty sure it wasn’t the vinegar so tested with straight oil. Dead again. YOu wouldn’t believe how fast they die!

    Another thing I discovered in Fla, if you leave an unrinsed pop bottle out, they crawl in for the sugar but can’t get out! Pour in a little oil and …..

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  373. November 01, 2008 at 11:00 am, Guest said:

    Thanks for this one, I needed this really bad, because I bought some foggers for my apartment. I’m still going to fog the apt. but I’m going to do as you suggested. I have plenty of oils. I don’t think that would be a wise use though. Anyway, I am going to try those methods and see what works best, because I thought that moving would rid my self of the pesky things, but no, they just travel with you, no matter how much you air out your surroundings or fog or whatever. I needed some advice, so once again,
    Thanks!

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  374. November 02, 2008 at 10:25 am, Guest said:

    I am absolutely offended at your statement of Mexicans. You are an ignorant person.

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  375. November 04, 2008 at 4:40 pm, Guest said:

    Taking Roach Action: For anyone who may have roach issues but no longer want to live with them, go to the housing department’s website and click on

    http://lahd.lacity.org/lahdinternet/

    Next click on “Code Enforcement”, you can report the violation. It is the law that you do not have to live with room roaches, cockroaches, waterbugs, palmetto bugs..you get the picture.

    The city will come out free of charge, they only need to see one in your unit and they will require your landlord to take care of the problem.

    It is equally unlawful for your landlord to retaliate as a result of having to take care of the issue.

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  376. November 06, 2008 at 4:27 am, Guest said:

    Do you by any chance live in a cold climate? Up north? I ask because………….Move when its cold out. I know that would suck, but seriously. They dont do cold. 2 days b4 you move, start turning off the heat and leaving the windows open when youre not home. The day you move, open all the windows. They will navigate to a warmer climate. As well as not stay in the cold moving van, I did this once. Worked like a charm. Never seen one in the new apt ever.

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  377. November 09, 2008 at 8:39 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    Please, any one can tell me how to get rid of this roaches asap.I am fed up of this roaches.
    Regards
    Tuummy

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  378. November 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm, Guest said:

    hi i had my house fumagated an went out but we left no window open so would it b safe 2 bring da kids in they used a spray that wen it driys it gos 2 a powder if da kids touch it then put they hads in there mouth would it afect them in any way i would also like 2 ask how long it would take for it 2 kill all da cockroaches please reply back thanx

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  379. November 21, 2008 at 7:13 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, I just moved into a new apartment in the same building. I was on the third floor…no roaches. On the ground floor. Two roaches in a week. —– A. You cannot stomp on them because they will lay their babies in your shoe. I have a cat but she is lazy as —–. Occasionally I see one sauntering across my carpeted floor. The only thing that has worked for me is to take a —– hammer to the mother—–. But you have to hammer him about 10 times. One time, I tried to hammer one and he sat there for 10 minutes. My cat came around and started sniffing at it. She walked away then the —-sucker got up and started moving again! I hammered the little bitch about 10 times until its legs and antennae and entrails were smeared all over the carpet. I then broke out the dustbuster and vacuumed him up. The I had to empty the vacuum into the trash and take that out, Don’t need roaches in the vacuum. If that does not work, my only suggestion is (if you can get away with it) to BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN. To the ground. Right to the foundation. Cockroaches don’t like fire too much.

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  380. November 23, 2008 at 1:53 am, Guest said:

    yeah i seen a cockroach in my grandfathers house i took my lighter and burned it used a paper towel to pick it up and flushed it down the drain haha but his house is all ceramic tiles i dont reccomend doing it when u have carpet lol

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  381. November 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a high rise apt building. I use boric acid in the kitchen and bathroom. it takes a while but it works. put it where you see the roaches and let them eat. Also, at home depo or any hardware store they have this expansion foam called great foam or great stuff. its made to expand in cracks. find the cracks like where the toilet pipe comes through the wall and under sinks fill the hole and the foam will seal it tight. It works!!

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  382. November 24, 2008 at 3:46 am, Guest said:

    Hi, everyone.

    Don’t miss the link for the cockroach manual that I include below in the text.

    It is supportive and at times even hilarious to hear your stories, so much like my own, and certainly not remotely laughable until after the fact.

    Maybe my story is even a little more extreme, because I am a pacifist and a pantheistic spirit, sensing that all living things (and perhaps all things) are somehow imbued with a life force or universal energy that has positive value. I do not believe in killing, and I do not want to kill anything. I feel terrible killing even insects, which has at times happened by chance.

    However, when my apartment was infested with cockroaches, I reverted to an atavistic, primeval, instinctive, fanatical, hate mentality and went into violent attack mode. Aaugh! Get them away from me! Kill! Kill!

    Cockroaches are so horrifying and disgusting and terrorizing that I suspect a primitive abhorrence is built into the human race against the cockroach. It seems to be a basic, primal form of unreasoned prejudice, fear, and hate.

    Perhaps studies should be done on the primitive response of humans to cockroaches. It might be the key to unlocking and reversing the violent responses of we humans to each other in our humiliating, terrorizing, violent acts of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred.

    I laugh ruefully at myself for the contradiction between my sincerely felt high ideals and my desperate and violent actions. Here is my true cockroach story:

    I had been living in my apartment for years, and I did not have cockroaches. Then a pipe burst in the apartment of my upstairs neighbor, and my apartment flooded from above. I woke up in the middle of the night with rain falling on me although I was in bed inside my apartment. I think this started the problem. A short time after that (I forget whether it was days or weeks), cockroaches started crawling out of my electrical wall outlet, living under my telephone answering machine, crawling in my kitchen cupboards where I kept food, showing up in the papers in my file crates, and even walking across my desk. Aaugh!!

    As soon as I saw a cockroach, I knew I had to immediately do whatever it took to get rid of them. I could hardly function to do it because I was so disgusted and terrified. Aaugh! Please, do you mind? Anyone? Would you get rid of these horrid creatures for me, like yesterday? I do not want to be a grown up and have to do this myself. One cockroach is more than enough for me for the rest of my life. I have ZERO tolerance for cockroaches.

    Perhaps you know that if you live in an apartment, in most places the landlord must by law spray for cockroaches, if you report this. However, I did not want spray, because I had read that this could poison my cat and me. I also had read that spraying does not work, as the cockroach eggs are not affected, and a new generation hatches later on.

    Nonetheless, I had to do something. I was desperate. Whenever I saw a cockroach, I involuntarily jumped in fear and at times screamed. I couldn’t stand it for one to get near me. I could hardly cook at home for fear of them, yet I couldn’t eat out all the time. I couldn’t use my telephone answering machine because it was infested. This was really interfering big time with my life. I wanted to move and get away from the problem, but I was afraid I would take them with me. I had read that it happens. A cockroach is such a small creature and one that simply wants to live, as we do, but I was petrified, horrified, terrorized, vengeful! This is my HOME. It was being INVADED. I had to FIGHT BACK!

    I started by reading everything I could on the web to find out what people have done that works. I found an excellent cockroach control manual at the web site for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. You do not have to order the manual. You can access it free from this web page. Here is the main link for the manual. Scroll down to see the links to each chapter of the manual. Keep scrolling down until you see them. It might seem pretty far.

    pested.unl.edu/pesticide/pages/index.jsp?what=pageObjD&pageObjId=106

    First I used sticky (not poison) traps to find out where the infestation was. I did not want to use poison traps since I have a cat. (By the way, my cat did NOT solve the problem by eating the cockroaches. Thankfully, she did not, because I read that cockroaches are full of nasty bacteria due to their travels through anything and everything, and this would be very bad for my cat.) The trapping showed me that it was mainly my kitchen that was infested. The few cockroaches that were found elsewhere probably came from overflow from the kitchen. It is important to record the results when using traps, as it is not easy to keep accurate track otherwise. I believe the cockroach manual below has a chart that can be used to record results of traps. This showed me where to focus my main efforts.

    Second, although I had always thought of myself as a clean person, I became absolutely immaculate. For instance, here are some of the things I did:

    I dried out my sink and counters with a dishtowel every time I used them. (A cockroach can live on one drop of water a day, so the tiniest source of water must be eliminated.)

    I cleaned off and moved every single thing out of my kitchen, so there was virtually nowhere for them to hide that I could not see. (This was just for my peace of mind as I could not stand having them inside my things. Also, they eat anything, even paper, so some of this was removal of a food source.)

    I got rid of all but one trash/garbage container, and I moved it outside onto the balcony that opened into the living room, so it was away from the walls and out of the kitchen. (Cockroaches like walls and edges and prefer kitchens and bathrooms, which are the source of food and water.)

    I put a trash bag into the trash/garbage container, and I tied the trash bag closed. I used the type that tie closed. I opened it each time I put trash in it. I closed it afterwards each time. I put the trash bag into the outside trash bin every single day, even though it was not full. Admittedly, it was not good for the landfill, but it was an emergency.

    I threw all paper bags into the trash bin. (Cockroaches eat anything, including paper, and they can hide and lay eggs in paper. This is the removal of a food source and breeding ground.)

    I put all my opened food into zip lock baggies or plastic containers and put them in the refrigerator, not in the cupboards. Any unopened food, including cat food, that came in cardboard boxes or coated paper bags was left in the package and also put in tightly sealed plastic containers. I stored these things in the living room to keep everything out of the kitchen. (All sources of food and water must be removed. Cockroaches can eat through cardboard boxes or coated paper bags, but they do not like plastic or glass.)

    I swept the floor several times a day, and I scrubbed the floor immediately if anything spilled. I wiped off the stove and counters whenever used at all. (All sources of food and water must be eliminated.)

    I bought a new sink drain stopper with tiny round holes for my drains. (Cockroaches can get into many places by flattening but cannot crawl through tiny round holes to get into or out of drains. They go into drains to get food.)

    I found little dark dots on my telephone answering machine and kitchen counters and electrical outlets. These are cockroach feces. I wiped them up whenever I saw them and washed them down the drain. (Cockroaches will eat their own feces, so it is a source of food for them that must be eliminated.)

    This is only a little of what I did for the second step, and it was exhausting. I did not know whether it would work or how long it would take. I had a full-time job. I did not have the time to be painstaking about cleanliness to this point of absurdity, but I had to do it. The point was to remove all ways cockroaches had to survive–any source of food and water.

    My third step was to develop a method of directly reducing the cockroach population and thereby of eliminating all offspring of that population. Each cockroach (depending on the type) produces about 32 babies at one time, which is how cockroaches become such a large infestation so quickly. I had to stop the population explosion.

    My method of choice for the third step was to physically capture and remove, as I did not want to use poison in my home. I caught many cockroaches by the scoop method. I got somewhat narrow strips of cardboard (cut from manila file folders), long enough to keep me from being too close to the cockroaches (which terrified me). I used them to scoop up or redirect the cockroaches. Some were babies of various sizes (they get big quickly), and some were bigger adults. I first turned on the water. Then I scooped them up from the kitchen counter into the sink. I used the water and the cardboard to get them down the sink drain. I ground them up in the garbage disposal and then washed them down for quite awhile to be sure they were done for. It was grueling work, because I was afraid of the cockroaches getting near me, but I got so angry at times about having to go through all this that I, myself, was almost frightening in my murderous occupation. It was a relief to make progress.

    This method had one drawback. I was afraid to use it on cockroaches found anywhere but on the sink or counter because I would have to catch and carry them to the sink, and I feared that they would jump on me in the process, which terrified me. I also feared that they would get away, as they are very fast.

    My other method came about accidentally. I happened to have a spray bottle of Lysol disinfectant all-purpose cleaner in my hand when I saw a cockroach, and instinctively, I sprayed the cockroach with the Lysol. (There I was, a comparative huge tower of a giant, so afraid of and horrified by a creature thousands of times smaller than myself, one that had no way to harm me, that I resorted to murder. My personal safety seemed to absolutely depend on getting rid of this unacceptable enemy occupation of my space. I became a killing monster!) Lysol spray gave almost instantaneous incapacitation and possibly quick death to the cockroach. This helped a lot in catching them, because otherwise they were very fast and frightening. After spraying them, they usually could not move much. I was then able to scoop them up with a piece of cardboard into a small plastic container. From there, I put them down the garbage disposal. This method made it possible to capture and remove cockroaches found anyplace in the apartment, not just near the kitchen sink.

    Does anyone believe me after this recital of madness that another part of me was horrified and saddened by my concerted attack on another living creature? Yes, it’s true. But did I stop? No. I felt it was me or them. I had to get them away from me! Aaugh!

    I never felt right in using traps once I realized what happened. The cockroaches get stuck in there and slowly die due to starvation and thirst and possibly a chemical reaction from the glue. A scent attracts them to the glue. Then they get trapped and emaciate gradually. This seems pretty unnecessarily cruel. I stopped traps once this dawned on me and instead started killing them more quickly with my other methods.

    I felt relieved having something to use that worked. However, I did not at all like using Lysol, a poison, in my home. While it did work, it just about did me in, myself. At times, I could hardly breathe. I had to be careful not to overdo it. Afterwards, I had to go outside and get some fresh air for awhile. I did not want to use a poison in my home, and I did not realize at first that Lysol is a poison since it is a commonly used household cleaner. However, I looked at the bottle, and it has a caution label. It is a poison. If you can find a less toxic method that works, by all means use it. Some of the other methods listed on this web page might be less toxic. Also, since cockroaches gradually adapt to certain poisons, there is a drawback with poisons: they are not always as effective if application is needed again later.

    Recently, I have learned that cockroaches are repelled by the scent of natural oils, so these oils can be used to keep cockroaches away and prevent infestation. The oils I that have read may work are: Peppermint oil. Catnip oil. Eucalyptus oil. Lavendar oil. Cedar oil. Rosemary oil. These oils smell good in the home, too. The oil is rubbed in all the kitchen cupboards with a cloth rinsed in warm water and imbued with the oil. I imagine it could also usefully be rubbed around all electrical outlets and switches that cover the wall spaces in which cockroaches hide. The oils need to be reapplied often because scents are fragile and dissipate within a few days. That seems like a pretty frequent job, so one would have to test it. I haven’t tried these natural oils yet since I have not found an outlet selling bulk oils, so I cannot say whether this works. It is certainly worth a try.

    My fourth step was to keep a cockroach log. This notes when and where a cockroach was spotted and what happened to it. This helped me gauge where I needed to focus my efforts and whether I was getting diminishing or increasing numbers and was making progress or not. I wrote down virtually every one I spotted.

    When I was invaded, I had a lot of trouble believing I could get rid of the cockroaches. It appeared to be a permanent and hopeless occupation, but my methods actually worked. It took several months for the cockroaches to disappear using the methods I mentioned. However, they actually did entirely disappear. Whether they are gone completely or just completely out of sight, I do not know. It has now been many months during which I have not seen even one cockroach, so I am beginning to feel somewhat confident about this being over. I am shouting and screaming (to myself) with overwhelming relief: It worked! The invasion is over! They’re gone! I have my home back!

    What an ordeal! I am still traumatized. If you are going through a cockroach infestation, you have my utmost sympathy. It is so important to know, during the hardship of living with and combating the invasion, that your efforts can be successful. I write this now to let you know that it CAN be done.

    Here is a conclusion you might enjoy in a somewhat different vein. For some reason, I keep remembering a science fiction story. I wonder if anyone can recall or locate the name of it and who wrote it:

    The story is about outer-world beings from another galaxy who secreted from their own bodies a golden fluid that was used by earth as an elixir to provide health benefits to the people of earth. The elixir was amazingly effective. It cured any illness and made one youthful again. Earth desperately needed this elixir, and outer-world beings were willing to trade it for certain things from earth.

    However, outer-world beings secreted this elixir only when an earth person was nearby, so the only way to get this elixir was to put an earth-person and an outer-world being together. Then the elixir could be collected for the use of earth. Outer-world beings were not able to adapt to conditions on earth, so it was arranged that an earth person and an outer-world being would be housed within a space station during collection of the elixir. It was sufficient for an earth person and an outer-world being to remain in separate but adjacent quarters during the collection process.

    This was fortunate, because a strange and unbearably disturbing aversion was felt by all earth persons in the presence of outer-world beings. It was a terrible ordeal for an earth person even to be housed adjacent to an outer-world being (as was necessary to get the elixir) because a powerful atavistic force of fear, hatred, and revulsion involuntarily arose even in the most enlightened of earth persons. During collection of the elixir, the earth person could not avoid a claustrophobic and frightening sense of oppression, and some actually went mad.

    The source of this oppression and madness became clear when the first photographs of the outer-world beings became available. Although the outer-world beings were as large or larger than normal earth persons, and although they had a highly refined, ancient, and intelligent culture, it was found that the outer-world beings had the external appearance of cockroaches. Aaugh! The very presence of such creatures, even behind a solid wall in an adjacent compartment, was enough to drive humans mad. The atavistic and unreasoned historical aversion to this ancient, hardy, and ubiquitous species has not been overcome in all the millennia of humankind.

    My apologies to the author for any liberties inadvertently taken with the content of this story due to any involuntary lapses of memory, possibly due to excessive inhalation of Lysol spray.

    Cheers to all.

    Kitty

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  383. November 29, 2008 at 5:44 am, Guest said:

    Im going to die!!!! theres a roach on my carpet!! i just trapped with a shoe box and a heavy book on top but that wont hold the beast for long!!!!!!!

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  384. December 03, 2008 at 9:48 pm, Guest said:

    this is because the oil suffocates the roach. if you see an unhatched roach egg case, cover that in oil too and the babies inside will die :]

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  385. December 05, 2008 at 1:26 pm, Guest said:

    The last time I had this problem I made a deal with the moving company.

    Instead of packing up my stuff and moving it the same day, they packed up my stuff at the end of the day and left it in the truck overnight (locked of course)

    I was allowed to fumigate the truck with bug bombs. They unloaded my stuff at the new location the next day.

    While unpacking I kept all boxes in just one room and cleaned everything as it came out of the boxes, wiping it down before putting in the room it would eventually stay in. Than disposed of all the boxes and did a thorough cleaning of the room that had held the boxes.

    Contact your local movers and see if they will let you fumigate a truck overnight like that. Or this is especially easy if you are renting a truck and doing the move yourself. Just rent the truck for 2 days instead of 1. You can pack your stuff, kill the bugs, than unpack at your new location.

    Just be sure you clean it all when it gets there (you dont want left over dead roaches inside/on your things, as well as wiping off the residue of the bug bombs)

    And don’t keep any of the boxes. once they’ve been exposed to the fumes they will smell forever.

    If your doing any moving with your car (like clothes) be sure you do a thorough cleaning of your car as well, or you will just reinfest your clothes (if you took them to a cleaner) by bringing them back into your infested car.

    Roaches in the car are usually easy to take care of. Assuming you don’t have it full of trash and food all over the floor. Just clean up any clutter, and do a thorough vacuuming inside the car while your clothes are at the laundry mat before picking them up again.

    If you need to leave potentially infested stuff in your car for long periods of time, use an essential oil fragrance like mint or lavender. Roaches won’t like the smell (you probably don’t want to use anything harsh like a bug bomb inside your own car)

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  386. December 05, 2008 at 10:22 pm, Guest said:

    I was in my bedroom on the computer doing some home work when all of a sudden I heard a noise behind me. It was so strange, something just told me to turn around and I saw a huge cockroach on my carpet. I don’t know if it was the roach that made the noise, I still can’t figure it out but I was so disgusted, I immediately got my shoe and smashed the damn thing. It’s true you have to smash it a couple of times because the sucker was still alive!!! Finally, I stomped on it like 10 more times till its guts came out (oh it was so disgusting) the sucker was still alive. But he or she is gone but now I am worried that I may see more. Honestly, since living in this apartment 2 months now I have only seen the babies and they were dead. I haven’t seen the big ones till tonight. Maybe it was the mother looking for all the children that I killed. Sucker!! Oh gosh, I wish they didn’t exist, I can live with ants and spiders but not COCKROACHES.

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  387. December 06, 2008 at 5:41 pm, Guest said:

    Boric acid is the easiest and safest way to get rid of cockroaches.Spray some around in a thin mist,not piles and stick a peice of bananna peel in the middle for bait. It takes a couple weeks to work so be patient. For an instant bug killer.put some pure ammonia in a spray bottle with water and zap the ones in the open. Kills them instantly.

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  388. December 08, 2008 at 6:20 pm, Guest said:

    Can you put boric acid INSIDE your stove?

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  389. December 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm, Guest said:

    My house I just bought has roaches! I’m a bug freak and when I saw the first evidence of a roach I had a panic attack. (thankfully I have zanex.) I love the house and am determined to kill every last one of them so I can live there in peace without the anxiety that roaches cause me. We haven’t moved in yet due to some painting needing to be done and new carpet yet to be installed. I’m getting rid of a slightly greasy oven, built-in microwave and dishwasher and getting a new fridge. We visit the house daily and I check my Combat gel placements to see if there are dead roaches around. The previous owner did bomb a few months back, but there is still an area in the kitchen near the sink, stove and dishwasher that they’re living in. I’m also going to get boric acid or Borax, and use rubbing alcohol for spot kills. I’m a stay-at-home Grandma with time on her hands, so let the games begin!!

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  390. December 13, 2008 at 9:37 pm, Guest said:

    I am going to tell you fools how to annilate every cockroach that exists in your apt. — so effective is this that you can kill them all.

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  391. December 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm, Guest said:

    since it must be moderated, I am not going to tell you. Get to like cockroaches. There crunchy when they sneak into your coffee. When asleeep they crawl on your face pooping on your lips.

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  392. December 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm, Guest said:

    THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE ON WEB I FEEL CONFIDENT NOW THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR REMEDYS IM GOING TO TRY THESE THINGS AND HOPE I DONT SEE ANOTHER ROACH AGAIN I COMPLETLY UNDERSTAND WHAT EVERYONE WAS GOING THROUGH WELL GOTTA GO GOT TO GET ALCOHOL AND LYSOL AND HERSHYS COCOA…… MEL

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  393. January 02, 2009 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

    Fly swatters work wonders, currently under invasion by the little buggers. We were fine when we first moved in but then we had a big storm come through and the ceiling in the kitchen fell in. Ever since we have been at war. We called an exterminater and it did no good what so ever. So we bombed the house ourselves and used boric acid. Did you know that roaches like coffee. Yes, I even found them in my coffee maker ackkkkk. But the best thing that I have found was my handy fly swatter and the kill is quick and they don’t suffer. Yes, I suffer from the symdrome of killing a living being. But they are not going to live in my house nada. Also, I have grandchildren and I like to keep a clean house. Thank you so much for all the great ideas. I am going to use them all until there is not one roach left. Thank you so much for telling your story. Sometimes it is so easy to forget that there are other people that go through the same things that you do. :)

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  394. January 03, 2009 at 9:45 am, Guest said:

    Maybe so, but it works like a charm!! It is a lot easier than boric acid powder. I was able to get the roaches out of my furniture by being able to write with the chalk on the underside of my couches and tables. I even wrote on the outside of my house around windows and entry ways and it killed the ants, crickets, and even the very large water roaches that tried flying in!!

    I have used it for years and my kids and cats have not been harmed. It is sold in the US.

    Long live Chinese Chalk! Death to roaches!

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  395. January 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm, Guest said:

    Well I got up last night to use the bathroom making sure I do a roach check before entering. So I do me and wash up open the door and there right in front of me a roach stood still as can be look at me like it was waiting for me to let it in to use the toliets needless to say he use thetoilet I flushed that ass.

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  396. January 26, 2009 at 5:48 am, DJ said:

    The boric acid really does work – if you can get the stupid bugs to walk in it. I am going to try mixing it with the powdered sugar to see it that will get them attracted to it.

    The only bug spray that I have tried that really works is Raid. The bugs just keep going when you spray them with anything else.

    The problem with this house is that it is up on blocks and it has too many cracks to plug them all. I am on a pension and I don’t have the money to live anywhere else. It I mention anything to the Landlord he just says move. He could get another tenant the same day I move out, because housing is scarce around here and cheap housing is even scarcer.

    Well I went to a website posted earlier in this page and it has a lot of info. I encourage everyone to look at it. It tells you which products to buy for the type of bugs you have and it has pictures and descriptions of the Cockroaches also. (It also says to use Boric Acid)

    http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/info/roaches/pick-roaches.htm

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  397. February 03, 2009 at 9:22 am, Pat said:

    Just moved in to a new house. was staying with my parents and was so happy to finally be my self. And my mothers house had rouches…so big relief…well, i thought. well the new house is infected with millions of them, and i just hate it. my excitement of moving oout has fainted and evry time im skimming how to get the suckers out and for good

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  398. February 08, 2009 at 8:17 pm, Melinda Bocook said:

    Well I lived with cockroches anyway they don’t like cold, trun off everything they like warmth go on a vaction leave everything off, put all your furture outside and your colthes to evething that you know that a roch will live in, they don’t like the cold, and how did I find this out my lights got turned off in a storm one time and I didn’t have anywhere to go at that time when the bad weather came so I went to my sister house who lived in a differnt city, before the strom came I put everything outside why i wasn’t forsure i just did it lol anyway when I got back in 2 weeks I walked into my home and they were all dead well the ones I seen were. So i had everything cleaned up and i moved back in and i didn’t have any problems after that. roches live in your walls and they can eat and servive on everything tooth paste and anything really, you throw away everything that is food and just start new, for everyone roche you find there is a 100 roming around that is alot of roches, try my methed it works but you have to stay away and leave everything off they live in the walls where it is warm instullation that is where they lay there eggs, they lay there eggs every where,but they hate it when there is no warmth. it works. ok try it works. when you leave don’t take anything with you because they get in your clothes to and you carry them don’t take nothing put everything out side, Thanks for reading this. Mel

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  399. February 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm, Ivan said:

    I live in a duplex. Never saw a roach or anything and a couple months after my neighbor moved in me and my wife have had increasing roach sitings.

    Today i saw 7, REPEAT SEVEN, of them chillin on my electric outlet behind my refrigerator. It was disgusting. I have sealed up all my foods into baggies and been spraying everywhere.

    I know for a fact it was my neighbor because she moved due to roaches and is extremely messy. One time i borrowed a vaccuum cleaner and a roach jumped out.

    They must be traveling through the duplex walls. I am moving out in a couple weeks i’m fed up.

    ADVICE: For every roach you see there are more. Do NOT tolerate dirty neighbors and if they mention ‘roaches’ MOVE ASAP.

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  400. February 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm, Dee said:

    I use to have a severe ROACH problem. Nothing was working at all. Roach Motels, Raid, and Boric Acid don’t do shit. So one day I went to the store bought 10 Mouse Glue Traps put them the cabinets, under the stove, and refridferator, and at night time, 2 on the counter, and 1 in the sick, and HELLOOOOOOOO WOW they were loaded with Roaches, and their eggs still attached to them. My Roach problem is quickly disappearing. I advise all of you to do the same. Oh and the morning take away the traps from the counter, and sick.

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  401. February 19, 2009 at 7:04 am, Anna said:

    Hairspray works to!

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  402. February 23, 2009 at 12:19 am, vangie said:

    roaches really sucks! they give me goosebumps!
    our flat now is invaded by small roaches (i don’t know what kind of roaches they are!!!) they are small ones. they are crawling everywhere in our kithen (before!) but now in our livingroom and bedroom too!!! huhuhu
    when we first moved in, in our flat it was clean with no spot of a roach. but our flat neighbors left their rubbish on the floor of the chute room/area!!!(i believed that the reason why the roaches started coming!!!!) the management even put notice/warnings on the door of the chute room/area but they are just really dirty people, with no concern for their neighbors!!! the hell with them! may they rot together with the roaches just like them, dirty, disgustfull and evil!!!

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  403. February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm, Amber said:

    Move to Alaska…no roaches here!!!

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  404. March 08, 2009 at 8:16 pm, RoachThis said:

    To all the roach-killers… I feel your pain. You will never get rid of them but you can control them. Boric acid and blocking their entry with caulk has worked for us… but we’re in an infested building… so we still see one or two every now and then. We’re convinced they are also coming up through the drain. And there are probably fifty million behind the walls. If there is a particularly large opening, I recommend drenching steel wool in boric acid, sticking it in the crack, and then caulking over the steel wool.

    Unless someone has been through Roach Hell, they can never truly understand it.

    Regardless, it’s important to maintain a sense of humor about things (even though it sometimes seems impossible). Clearly the creator of this SNL video knows what it’s like to have roaches (even if Will Ferrel probably doesn’t). Enjoy!

    http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/bug-off/229044/

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  405. March 27, 2009 at 6:13 am, Dominic said:

    U know! Cockroaches are bvery irritating!! My room is really full of baby roaches! And They I always see them in my juice or milo! yuck!!! Thanks for the tips!… I hope it will help a lot.. ^^ I want my room to be roach-free if I want my friends to go to my house.. Thanks, Borax helps. :D

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  406. March 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hi,

    I just had by apartment fogged, but forgot to empty one of the drawers in my kitchen. Is there anyway to save the contents, or are they goners.

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  407. March 31, 2009 at 12:24 am, RAY said:

    I have the roache too. Kill them and suffer them when avalible. Those are God’s creations too. Leave them be. They DO NOT hurt you or bite you. Just are looking at some food! It is some stupidness to think them as enemys, for they love all people. Put out a cookey crumb for them and have restful night of slumper. Doant worry, be happy! (You not heared that song?) Goes like…”Donan’t worry…be happy..doan’t worry be happy. oooooooooo, ooooooooo,oooooooo be happy, doan’t worry be happy.” Millard filmore sang it first and says in 1490 something, “Only thing we have, is to fear self!” Great speach! Doan’t worry, be happy, ooooooooooooo, o o o oooodoan’t to worry be happy. The great presidental Kinnedy says, “Ask NOT what can your doing to this country, but what in the country is doing to us!” Great man! “Doan’t worry! Be happy! Hope this helps…goodnight all!

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  408. April 01, 2009 at 7:33 am, Anonymous said:

    My boyfriend and I recently got a new apartment. Before we wanted to rent it, we noticed a dead roach on the bedroom floor. So, we overlooked it and decided that no matter where we choose to live, there’s going to be a roach problem. When we finally got the keys, we dropped 3 bombs in the apartment. The apartment is a one-bedroom, so it’s fairly small. We weren’t sure if we were “allowed” to drop the bombs, so after 2 hours, we went back and grabbed the bombs-the super was going to come in the morning and paint before we officially move in. There were tons of roaches, dying, outside of the apartment. DISGUSTING! So, when we go back, we’re going to caulk every single hole, boric acid the entire perimeter of the apartment, even get the liquid boric acid and coat the DROP SEALING. Yeah DROP sealing, disgusting, I’m afraid those suckers will drop through that ceiling on to me. If there is anything else I should do, please, please, please let me know. My worst fear is to be sleeping and have them crawling on me. Also, we’re going to keep a tally-like a game of all the roaches we kill in that apartment, and if it get’s to an unbearable point, we’re going to have to break the lease.

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  409. April 01, 2009 at 9:00 pm, mr. roachhater said:

    to ray:its a death metal song so just use your imagintion-kill the roaches(repeat 20x) and the hippie raoch lovers too(the end!!!!)

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  410. April 05, 2009 at 8:00 pm, Joe said:

    my duplex was so infested with them dam roaches i thought the only way to get relief was either move or burn the dam thing down…..we finally used bengal foggers….worked pretty well…and we then followed up with a boric acid sugar paste mix….mixed it as a paste and put it on pieces of brown paper bags….what ther bengal didnt get the boric acid did….rarely see em anymore….but you got to change out the papers with the mix on em at least monthly…it will control them little buggers….and the big ones too….remember roaches are cannibals…they eat the acid and crawl in there nests and die…the rest use the dead s food…and they die.

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  411. April 12, 2009 at 12:55 am, Guest said:

    The real cochroaches are to be found at that stupid good person test.

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  412. April 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm, Arletta said:

    Don’t listen to the advice about moving to Alaska. There used to not be any cockroaches, then there were some, from time to time in some buildings. It was too cold for them survive in the wintertime in most people’s homes. But, there are so many more apartment buildings, and so many people who are from warm climates who visit relatives or have relatives visit them, that now there is a huge problem with cockroaches- especially as Alaska is not as cold as it used to be, more people have central heating, and etc..

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  413. April 23, 2009 at 2:22 am, rohit parasher said:

    excellent inputs worthwile need to experiment at kicten

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  414. April 29, 2009 at 12:14 am, Guest said:

    I hate cockroaches; they’re disgusting ! It’s like once I get rid of 1, two more come back, and I’m thinking, “Is this EVER going to end ?” Maybe I’ll try some traps but I hate looking at them. Ugh D:

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  415. May 03, 2009 at 9:01 am, Mister Roach said:

    Why would you wanna kill me and my family? That’s not fair…well, you know what I’ll do? I’ll find you. I’ll bring my group and I’ll find each and every one of you and make sure karma happens…
    don’t get what I’m saying? I guess that proves us roaches are smarter than you people!

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  416. May 06, 2009 at 10:20 pm, Anonymous said:

    I live in an apartment complex. I used to see 1-2 small roaches per day, only in the kitchen. After kiiling about fifty of them over two months, I had enough. I used 12 roach baits near the sink and counters, and liberally spread boric acid on the floor baseboards and behind the stove, refrigerator, etc. In 2 weeks time, I hardly see any.

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  417. May 13, 2009 at 12:59 am, Anonymous said:

    I live in an apartment, there are probably 15 units in my building alone…If i use boric acid and sugar mixture, will it help me? I also have combat bait traps out.

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  418. May 13, 2009 at 9:14 am, Guest said:

    Well, I’ve just moved in with a boyfriend, who unfortunately runs his flat like a typical bachelor pad. I spent several days throwing out billions of old cardboard boxes that he likes to hoard, that also happened to be full of roaches.
    Then I bleached everything down, including the kitchen cupboards which were covered in a centimetre of thick black gunge (looked like compacted droppings). Instead of cleaning it, he’d placed a kitchen towel over top of the gunge, and then put his dishes on that. So everything is clean now, and I’ve been bombarding the flat with late night Raid sprays, as well as sticky traps (don’t seem to work for me), and small Boric acid cubes that are supposed to attract and kill them.
    They seem to have lessened, but I got up this morning to a bowl of Cheerioes, and half way through as I lifted the spoon I came face to face with a live cockroach wriggling in the milk. I immediately threw up, and then proceeded to throw out every box of cereal in the house. As I picked up the box of Cheerios, about a dozen small cockroaches ran scattering out from the bottom.
    I’m willing to try absolutely anything that has worked for anyone else, as I can’t stand living with these disgusting creatures crawling and pooing over everything!

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  419. May 21, 2009 at 2:32 am, guest said:

    Interesting fact about how they ended up here:

    Mercedes vehicles brought roaches to the United States in the early 19th century.

    Be careful when moving, because they will lye eggs in your couch, electronics, pots… you name it.

    Mine as well live with nothing. just a blanket and a laptop. Thats all you really need….

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  420. May 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm, Anonymous said:

    good ideas

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  421. May 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    I am a roach, and I don’t appreciate all the negativity that is generated on this website.

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  422. May 31, 2009 at 3:18 am, Traumatized said:

    why do the evil nasty things fly or run towards the person trying to get rid of them? Seriously, if cockroaches didnt run so fast and directly towards me then I don’t think I would mind them so much. They are rather unpleasant looking though and near impossible to kill.

    Boric acid mixed with flour works but only over time….immediate methods would be a huge phone book thrown violently while swearing bloody murder and then jumping up and down on the book to be sure its dead….which it won’t be cus they could live through the atomic bomb.

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  423. June 04, 2009 at 4:10 am, Displaced Kiwi said:

    Comrades-in-arms; thanks to you all for your comments, both thoughtful and funny. I’m so relieved to know that I’m not alone in my revulsion and battle against roaches.

    I’ve just moved to Hawaii from NY – lived near Times Square in Hell’s Kitchen for 5-years with NO bugs. Found a nice recently built, high-end building in a good part of Honolulu for a reasonable rent; moved in at the end of May and must have killed 120+ baby roaches, plus a couple of bigger mothers over the last three nights. Shit, I even found a dead roach in the freezer ice maker and droppings in the recently professionally cleaned fridge. Oh, and a Big Boy living bold-as-brass in the soap dispenser for the washing machine. WTF!.

    At this stage, I’m a freaking out! My wife and baby daughter arrive next Wednesday and I want to get the place bug free by the time they arrive (well, in reality, before I completely f’in lose it). That said, it also needs to be non-toxic so that my daughter survives this ordeal.

    What’s worse, our furniture, clothing, books all arrived in Honolulu two weeks ago and have been sitting in a warehouse until the local moving company has time to deliver it next week. I’m sure that, as I write, Roach Command of the Dark Order is meeting to decide how to coordinate complete infestation of all our stuff.

    I’m a grown man, but I could cry thinking about it.

    On a brighter note, I’ve found that rum and coke works wonders. After I’ve knocked down a few tots, I experience complete, albeit temporary relief from worrying about roaches. Thank you Capt. Morgan. And thank you Costco; I couldn’t find glue traps in the local store, but 1.75L Capt. Morgan for $20.75 is a welcomed saving. Problem is, I’m too scared to add ice from the ice maker, in case I find a roach doing breast stroke in my spiced Caribbean elixir.

    Anyway, to action. Today, I cleaned out the local hardware store and deployed 15 glue traps and 12 bait stations, and threw some PF Harris tablets behind the fridge and under the stove. I also sprayed the front door step with Raid (or something similar) to make it clear that nocturnal visitors are not welcome. If this all doesn’t work, I’ve also been able to secure some deadly poison (probably nuclear) Chinese Chalk that I could deploy in places my daughter can’t reach (however, I’m trying to avoid this, just in case I underestimate her dexterity and reach, or the military might of the Chinese).

    Shit, I moved from NY after being laid-off because I needed to live somewhere saner and less stressful, so that I could recover from the shitty, stressful job I’d been doing for the last few years. Thought that Hawaii would be a good place to calm down, enjoy the warmth and be closer to family. But no; F-R-E-A-K-I-N-G! Financial crisis, deep recession, being laid off, 401k in the toilet – hey, I can handle that. Roaches; no f’in way!

    Don’t have the heart to tell my wife; she’s so excited to be coming here, but I can’t take much more of this. I’ve got huge rings under my eyes from the night patrols I’m conducting. And when I fall sleep, I keep waking up every hour or so to see if there are any roaches coming to attack me. If this continues, I’m packing up. Are there cockroaches in Seattle? How about Port Hadlock, WA?

    Shit, Capt Morgan’s wearing off – time to check the glue traps….

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  424. June 04, 2009 at 5:31 pm, ROSHAN ALI said:

    HI EVERYONE,
    PLZ HELP ME IN GETREDING OF COCKROACHES IN MY HOUSE. OTHERWISE I GONA BURN MY HOUSE.
    PLZ GIVE ME SOME GOOD SUGGESTION
    THANKS

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  425. June 06, 2009 at 6:21 am, sadaf said:

    Hi…i hav cockroaches everywhere in my house,especially in the kitchen cabinets.plz suggest me the best method to eradicated them w/o any trace.Since m also going on a vacation,I will not want these tiny creatures to caputure my house in my absence.Urgent help required!

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  426. June 06, 2009 at 5:27 pm, Giant Roach Solution said:

    Okay, people, listen up. Here it is; the way you get rid of your giant roaches. … Gazpacho. I have a serious infestation in my office in Manhattan. I thought I only had a few bugs until I left a clear plastic pint-size soup cup coated with gazpacho out in a box full of other dirty dishes near the floor. I went to pick up the box so I could clean the dishes and there before my eyes, 8 giant roaches in the cup. The little antennaed beasts had no interest in any of the other types of crusty food on any of the other dishes. And they made no attempt to flee. In fact, upon further inspection, after I capped the cup, the little ones looked as though they were a little bit intoxicated. Had the tomato juice fermented? Is tomato juice like catnip to them? Who knows… I should notify the city, I suppose… Anyway, I thought surely this was all of them, that is the last of them. But I put out some more gazpacho the next night and caught 8 more. My plan is to set 3 or 4 “traps” tonight, since 8 seems to be some limit per cup. I will keep setting traps till they’re all cleaned out. I’ll keep you posted…. In any case, these roaches seem to be sort of interesting, if you find insects interesting… They are quite intelligent, so it seems. I’ve caught them playing with one another… And when not high on tomato juice, they are incredibly effective at evading capture. They know when you’re looking at them, I’m sure.

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  427. June 06, 2009 at 5:39 pm, Giant Roach Solution said:

    Hi… Me again, regarding giant roaches. I noticed that when these roaches get really big, that is 3 inches or so long, they tend to finally need some water. (They can go without water for long periods of time.) Leave a cup full of water out. They will fall in and drown. It’s very cruel, of course. Try using the gazpacho trap technique first. Later, you can let them go in the yard or in the park. This species is not the kind that does damage to trees, btw. And I figure they’ll make good meals for some of the higher forms of life in the park…

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  428. June 08, 2009 at 3:01 am, Jonsam said:

    good lord, please someone get an exterminator, the only hope. The rest christ, you poor guy making a royal mess.

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  429. June 08, 2009 at 2:35 pm, Ellen said:

    Would you believe I actually read every single comment? Must have something to do with the old adage of misery loving company…

    Anyway, I’ve done my research and spoke with some honest exterminators. You have to keep the place clean of food, water, cardboard, and clutter. Then put out bait buttons that contain the active ingredient, Hydramethylnon and wait. These are highly effective and can actually rid you of ALL of your roaches as long as the bait is the only food source you are leaving them. Maxforce gel is also highly effective and recommended.

    Whatever you do, DON’T SPRAY! It is a flushing agent that is practically worthless. They die immediately, sure, however they are only driven into deeper hiding where they will breed and breed for months so they have even greater numbers to throw at you when they are ready.

    Good luck everyone :)

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  430. June 15, 2009 at 12:49 am, Bnasteee said:

    I have a tough fight on my hands. I live in a apartment complex, where there are eight apartments to a building and about twenty buildings on the property. It is middle eastern florida, so whether I am seeing cockroaches or what floridians call palmetto bugs (cockroaches) I am looking at some monsters. Usually like 1.5 inches long but they seem to be growing. My apartment complex puts stuff (I don’t know) behind the refridgerator, stove, and laundry machines every year, but something has happened. Until about a week ago I had not seen a cockroach in my apartment before. I have seen cockroaches around the property before, but not near my apartment. I am doing a top to bottom clean of the apartment, and have already used a whole container of boric acid applying it liberally around the parimeter of each room in my apartment and then I held my breathe and sprinkled it in the air all through my apartment like my own white rain shower. Tomorrow I will begin sealing every crack and crevice in my apartment, being sure to force boric acid in those holes before I seal them up.

    I feel like I am fighting a loosing battle, but I have found some good inspiration and knowledge in the comments above. Thankyou. For those of you worried that I am being a little flamboyant in my processes, please don’t do the stupid things that I do, I am dying already so it won’t be what kills me. I just can’t think that my last battle will be lost fighting an ugly bug.

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  431. June 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    roaches are the spawn of satan

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  432. June 20, 2009 at 3:56 am, GROSSED OUT said:

    Hi all~

    My husband and I bought our home 2 years ago, great inspection and clean pest report. Anyways a year and few months of being here we saw an Orentail Cockroach (we thought was a beetle) when we were hanging out in the back yard. It freaked me out so when we saw a few more, I had a fit. (They were only outside though)

    I have never even seen a cockroach and these things are huge like the ones in movies! So we ask around and the word is the town we moved to was tons of orange groves before hey built our house in the 60’s and they are everywhere in this city! Our friend recomended a pest company and since they came out and sprayed their ‘slow killing spray” I have seen them EVERWHERE in the house, everymorning I wake up to pick up atleast 5 to 10 half dead cockroaches. I cant deal with this, I am going to ditch the house and move to a hotel! HELP!!!

    We are clean clean people I have wiped/washed everything with bleach and they are everywhere. We dont have kids but do have a dog. The spraying isnt working what else can I do? I dont want to see them at all anymore!!!

    THEY MUST DIE

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  433. June 20, 2009 at 7:06 am, cbxsage said:

    Moved into an addition off a cheaply built building on a slab next to 10 acres of asparagas. The addition was built onto what used to be a commercial kitchen that has a huge galvenized hood over the area of the stove. The kitchen area is tiled with ceramic tiles and the addition is covered in poorly cut remnants of tight looped commericial carpet. This place was built by Sikhs so it’s not exactly to code either, pretty third world.

    The owner had promised to spray before we moved in, but naturally THAT never happened. We have Americans (winged species) the size of Buicks (up to 2.5″ so far), Germans (Black/Orange wingless) the size of Panzers and Asians (all Black, actually a beetle) about the size of early Corollas! I have been using Ortho MAX which does pretty good, but they are starting to crawl out of the drains and “other” wholes. At first they were reasonable (if that’st even possible) in size but now it has taken more than a shoe on a foot to stop them, and the really big ones seem to run “into” the fire, which is really unnerving! There are plenty of harvesting areas, from which these monsters come, that we can’t do anything about and I am beginning to think the landlord secretly worships them. So he’s not gonna pay for the pro’s nor is he about to clean up ANY of his collected junk which might predate oil that’s probably under this place! I have COPD, emphysema and allergic rhinitis, which pretty much makes me sensetive to any chemicals or compounds. Unfortunately money precludes me from finding a better located digg.

    I have been pretty much dealing with these fugatives pretty OK for having serious health issues, that is until tonight! So I am sitting at my desk surfing the net and enjoying myself. I keep my room void of clutter and piles of dirty clothing and I make sure the desk is OCD clean! My a/c is on because it’s 80 degrees @ 40% humidity outside and I need to breath..LOL! I keep feeling the air current whisp around my left leg and I find myself occasionally brushing my hand across my kneecap, until I came in contact with the biggest American roach I have seen to date! The sight would have been otherwise akin to an elephant sighting a mouse, but it was me levitating off my chair and knocking the critter onto the wall. It was heavy enough that it actually made noise when it hit! I am assuming that, since I was wearing shorts, it was heading for moisture at the top of the thigh!

    This thing scrambled and headed straight for me at an alarming clip! My guess is that it either was confused or it wasn’t and I would rather go with confused. I had flat soles and I weigh 200+… Stomp! The train kept a rollin”! Stomp/grind! It was still moving, although at a significantly reduced pace. Squirt, squirt, squirt of Ortho MAX. Tried to open it’s wings and froze in place, and some pieces. After reading this site, I am guessing (hoping) that it was suffocated by the spray.

    I don’t get why these things are crawling on me and chasing my brother and I (running towards us) as if they are being aggresive. I sware, after this gets handled, I may never watch another bug show on Discovery! I have sprayed the perimeter from the wall to a foot out. Next is going to be spraying the baseboards and then filling the gaps with poly-urethane and calking over that. Will also do the same to all holes or gaps in the walls. The a/c doesn’t keep the place cool unless it’s working hard, so I’m figuring it leaks like a sive. I think I will also try large butter tubs with a little wine and borax with vaseline on the walls. If they work, I think I am going to wait until they get pretty occupied, put the lid on and set one on the landlord’s doorstep.

    Does anybody know why a roach will crawl on a live human? Or run towards one, for that matter? And yes, I’ve seen Jerry O’Connell having a symbionic relationship with the roaches in “Joe’s Apartment” and I’m not looking to do the same. I don’t know maybe the guy crawling up my leg, just wanted to talk…

    Help…

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  434. June 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm, Adam said:

    Be sure to always clean off all surfaces where you see roaches travel!

    It’s been shown that they leave behind them a chemical trail of pheromones that invites other roaches outdoors to follow inside to your home.
    So don’t simply kill the roach but also the suspected trail from where it came in or traveled on.

    I saw a video done by some researchers that had one roach entering into a sealed of rectangular area. There was only one other opening and the roach exited through there but not after meandering around in a zig-zag line a bit.
    Then they had a 2nd roach enter the area, yep, the roach took the exact same path as the first roach. Freaky.
    So clean up those surfaces!

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  435. June 28, 2009 at 12:23 am, kathy said:

    The Raid Foggers – the kind you pour water in and they have a “smoke” like reaction – those foggers creep into every crevice and cranny, and will take care of 1) roaches 2) fleas 3) ants.

    Cats wait around for roaches and then torture them to death. I find that quite appropriate.

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  436. June 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm, Marie said:

    This is freakin me out ! I want to regurgitate as I imagine many do at the likes of these disgusting creatures. Just knowing they can climb walls is a nightmare ! Without going into all the details we had to move and the house we are renting now is where these cockroaches are at. We never had them until we moved into this house. It is kept clean. I just don’t understand it. Can they get in through boxes like US postal boxes ? I mean if those boxes had roach eggs in it ?

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  437. June 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm, amy said:

    Forget health care reform and the Middle East. I wish President Obama would put all of our country’s resources towards ridding the land of roaches!

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  438. June 29, 2009 at 5:01 am, younggun88 said:

    I live in apartment complex and my neighbors,below and beside me obviously had roaches when I moved in.The first month I did not see any roaches,but the first time the exterminator sprayed I was not home and my apartment did not get sprayed and since then roaches have gotten terrible.I have tried everything and even if i make a little progress every time the exterminator comes more show up even when my apartment is sprayed.I finally bought some maxforce gel the the kind with hydramethylnon.This made a huge improvement within 2-3 days.Now I see only very small roaches that have probably hatched since killing their ancestors.My neighbors even told me they have seen roaches staggering around outside on the breezeway.I am going to buy some maxforce bait stations this month with the new ingredient fipronil and see how they work,because I know this will be a continuous battle having nasty neighbors and an exterminator that I am almost positive is attracting instead of killing the bugs.Anyone that has roaches should definitely try the maxforce bait gel.It is easy to apply and easy to put places to keep away from children and pets.I am confident this product would completely eliminate a roach population in a home with a few treatments.It will be a little harder in apartments,but definitely makes a big difference.I do not sell maxforce and have no reason to lie to promote their product,but it is the best treatment for roaches I have personally ever used.I bought mine on ebay for about $25 which had enough product to treat my apartment of about 1500 square feet twice.Hope this helps someone.

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  439. June 30, 2009 at 1:29 am, bedbugger said:

    For the people with bed bug problems. the best way to get rid of bed bugs is put baby powder on your sheets. not only well it get rid of the pests but you’ll smell great in the morning.

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  440. July 06, 2009 at 12:02 am, Ihatebugs said:

    Hi! I need urgent help!!! I have found dead roaches INSIDE MY FRIDGE!! We have children and can not keep eating anything that comes out of it anymore. I even feel like vomiting just when I look at it…we have no money to go and buy a new fridge in the near future, therefore we URGENTLY need to know how to find out where in the fridge they are “living” and how to effectively clean and kill them out!!!
    PLEASE HELP!!!!!
    Many thanks!

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  441. July 06, 2009 at 3:29 am, littlemikey said:

    I currently have a roach problem, and I have tried Boric Acid does not work, I mean weve had more of a problem eversince applying that.

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  442. July 06, 2009 at 2:20 pm, Rachel said:

    I have just moved into a new flat in Turkey where I am working at the moment’ after spending over 1500 having new floors put down and the whole flat repainting after my terrible, money grabbing landlady refused to do so I finally looked forward to living in a new flat, in a fantastic location. My first night there I went to the bathroom to find 4 crawling around and then after screaming and crying and sitting on my sofa with my feet up I noticed another 3 crawling around the living room, needless to say it was a sleepless night after finding one in my bedroom!! The next day my boyfriend came to visit and we spent 2 days cleaning and bleaching the whole flat, sealing all along the floors and cracks and then sprayed raid around the whole flat. We went out for dinner and then came back to find 1 in the hall then another in the bathroom and another in the living room, I was so depressed I didnt know what to do, after all the money I spent and then all the time trying to stop them they were still there. The next day I left to come back to the UK for the summer and my boyfriend sopke to the landlady who sid she would have my flat sprayed but I dont really trust them to do that and now Im so worried that when I go back my house will be crawling and there is no way I could stay there on my own with them. Does anyone know a really really good way of killing them as quickly as possible also all my clothes are unpacked in the wardrobe, will they get in there too? What about my chest of drawers? It makes me want to cry just writing about it now!!

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  443. July 06, 2009 at 5:06 pm, ugh said:

    :( I have been at my new apartment for about 6 months now, I have an 11 month old.. and a fiance- and 2 cats. Recently I saw a little bug not even a full 1/2 crawl across the floor. About a week before that I saw a dead bug and put it in a zip lock bag to show my Fiance. Well, I think it might be baby roaches, there is this really old – dirty man next door and he shares the wall where our bathroom and kitchen are. I feel bad for him, and he lives alone but if this is roaches I have to say something to him. Anyway, I’m wondering if using the Borax thing will work- and if its safe for my son & cats! If someone could reply that would be great. Cantstopthinkingbouyu@yahoo.com

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  444. July 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm, IS at WAR said:

    Officially declared war against the roaches in my kitch today. So far I calked and small crak or opening I could find around my counter tops. The problem is they come from behind the cabinets and into the drawers. I also got Combat roach killer traps and layed them everywhere. Also, check your garbage pail…I figured I would clean mine out in the process and it was pretty much a nest. All at the bottom in the crevises between the plastic and metal, in the pedal and the hinge where the top flip opens it was just nasty…That pail is gone and we shall see what happens.

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  445. July 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm, Julie said:

    What I was thinking is calling a person to come in to spray my place and tell them that to send the bill to my landlord. Because I have been telling my landlord about the cockroaches. And he has not done a damn thing. What should I do

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  446. July 19, 2009 at 5:37 am, jerry said:

    I have huge roaches in my kitchen. Today i cleaned the kitchen extremely well, and i found a huge roach under the sink tonight, after it splattered its eggs or crap all over the place. And last night i found one in my shower for the 1st time. I was so disgusted that i sprayed it with raid, then i got a lighter and burned its head, its legs, its body. Guess what: It did NOT die. I put it in a ziploc bag overnight and in the morning it was still alive! So–i srayed it with Raid, burned it, and stored it in a ziploc bag for 12 hours and it still couldn’t be killed. What a hopeless feeling.

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  447. July 24, 2009 at 9:42 am, Anonymous said:

    im afraid to bring that roaches in our new appartment…. where i can find borax?

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  448. July 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm, Sean Serritella said:

    Cock roaches like to hide in the sink of your bathroom and kitchen. I pour liquid pine glo into my sink in the kitchen, the bathroom and down the drain of the shower. It seems to help. I do it multiple times a day.

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  449. July 28, 2009 at 10:18 am, Girl in Spain said:

    Yey for this website! Jeez, I didn´t realise roaches could infest playstations! I feel lucky to just have the *2* roaches (although I know there´s probably 200)

    I´ve been living in my 2nd floor apartment in Spain for two months and I spotted a roach two week ago. I grabbed the nearest thing – dish washing liquid – and drowned it the damn thing! However, I´ve been sick for a few days, the boyfriend´s away and I left out a plate of leftovers and damn it – today I spotted another roach (managed to kill it though) and some little black moving specs, which I´m now guessing are babies :(

    I´m thinking these roaches were here before we moved in or they are coming from next door because our terrace and the neighbour´s terrace is separated by a flimsy glass wall. The guy who lives next to us smells abit funny and always looks grubby so I´m guessing his house isn´t that clean either.

    I´m going to head to the shops and see what I can pick up to kill the roaches with and I think I´ll set my own traps as well. I have a dog so I´m abit worried about her eating the poisoned roaches – does anyone know anything about this?

    I´ll let you know how it goes.. I really want the satisfaction of seeing them dead in a trap!!!

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  450. August 01, 2009 at 3:21 pm, Amber said:

    I’ve recently moved into a new apartment and have noticed a couple. I notice them more when my neighbors below me clean their house…
    My house I had before this apartment never had them except once confined to a certain area but we got rid of them. My parents also used to have lots of them but they did get rid of them too eventually. My point is, guys don’t be discouraged! We are HUGE compared to them and we can win the fight over them. Kill the bastards! You can and don’t be scared!

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  451. August 03, 2009 at 1:01 am, Najae` said:

    when I first got on my own back in the 90’s, when every kind of bug/roach you could think of was ruler of the house…. my brother told me to use boric acid & sugar mixed to make them want to eat more & more! say for every teaspoon/cup of boric acid you do one less that amount of sugar: 2 cups of boric acid add 1 cup of sugar. dry whip it together, & dispense evenly all over your entire home. & thou this is said to be toxic, Chinese Chalk for your borders, upper crawl spots, door frames & all other upper borders, cracks & crevices. this chalk can be used with a mask, long rubber disposable gloves & eye goggles to block out the access dust from the chalk. the first of each month worked well for me, & I didn’t have to do it again after doing that for a year….. I lived in that apartment for 4 years, heard everyone complain of things that just weren’t going on in my home! I had pets too, never did they get into it(my dogs nor my cats)…. what I did for my floors is swepped it into every crack & rim of the floors with my broom as gentle as I could, to not miss a spot & mopped up the kitchen & bathroom/s real good & vacuumed the carpets good as well(hypoallergenic bags do to allergies) to keep my children from getting ill as well. it worked for me….thou I find that I now have to do it where I am now living as well! I have a trick for rodents as well, but this is not for that….so I’ll have to wait until one is available.

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  452. August 07, 2009 at 7:52 pm, dirty lil bastard said:

    I rented a room after my NEAT FREAK daughter left for Ohio and got married. She and I shared a rental house that had no roaches. I rent her old room to a guy and unbeknown to me he brings in an army of roaches. I rented a room to one not one thousand! It is creepy, disgusting and disturbing that for four years my daughter and I had this place clean, clean, clean. Renter moved out last week and I have had one heck of a time killin the buggers he left behind. I placed bait traps while he was here. It never bothered him that I had to pay for treatment while he ate and slept in his filth. Three weeks ago I bought little tablets from Ace Hardware and sprinkled the entire box around the house. He was throwing them away thinking they were mints he dropped. So, he’s gone and I bought a large jug of a Bayer product, blue jug with hand held sprayer, but I have to go in that room (and all the others) EVERY DAY and spray the cracks and crevices. They’re still alive after several soakings. It is disturbing. Thanks for letting me vent. I will try Bengal next. I want something that when I spray I will see them D I E, not just run for cover with their little umbrella.

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  453. August 22, 2009 at 1:51 am, Beta said:

    I never have see so many roaches in my life time, since i moved to Fl,
    when I lived in a small how it was cheaper to hire a pets control company, and now I live in a five bedroom house, they charge five time more, and it has become so costly for me to hire people,
    So I tried to tread them my self, some of you said “not to use spay because they hide”, you are right they do hide, I bought the plug set from the “Se On TV” and they don’t work as they commercial say, Just waist of money, I tried almost everything over the counter, and they don’t work,

    please please is anything out there, or anyone who you can recommend to me too, with a low cost?

    Thank you

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  454. August 28, 2009 at 12:01 am, at war said:

    I live on a university in one of their family housing units, well I have been pretty luck not to have cockraoches infest my apartment, thati is until about a month and half ago, apparently everyone I have talked to has had an influx of the little shits. I tried spraying, and falied miserably. I tried cleaning everything and again failed. Finally a friend of mine told me about Diatomaceous Earth, I did my research and found it is a proven method of ridding places of cockroaches. I also found out that cockroaches, and other pests, dislike peppermint oil. I placed the diatomaceous earth around my home, and srayed my home down with peppermint oil, WOW it really works and my house smells GREAT!!! These are all natural remedies and really really work. You need to try it and the best thing is it is a permanent solution to a very disturbing situation. These are safe for children and pets.

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  455. August 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm, lb said:

    thanks 4 da info . i’m goin 2 try every thing suggested. becuz i can’t take it any more

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  456. September 06, 2009 at 1:34 pm, blueslady said:

    thanks!, This site is so helpful, I’m moved into my apartment for a 1.5 hell of a year, to be infested with bugs! Big and small alike, I hate cockroaches more than life itself, and I’m a full germ-a-phobic since coming back from Japan. Don’t even want to shake hands! :_) now I am killing roaches 4-8 a day~ It makes you feel so dirty, and who wants to even cook or clean when you know they will be crawling on everything, as soon as you turn off the lights! My landlord told me there were none, I should have known he was lying because when I came in early to drop off a few things, he sprayed, and there were 2 giant bugs next to the stove…. he put down sticky pads, or whatever, and I smelled spray….I hate it, I have cracks everywhere near the baseboards so I will have to get sealant…. I will seal up every whole I fine, and use gel, traps until they are gone. I don’t want to use the bomb because it’s so much work to clean everything again, and I”m so tired. I just can’t go though this!! I’ve never had bugs, except, spiders, and they are good to keep flying bugs away… so they don’t bother me if you have one…. but cockroaches, nasty, nasty, nasty!!!

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  457. September 08, 2009 at 2:19 am, eric said:

    let me start off by saying that all of you have my most sincere sympathy. what i went through with cockroaches, i seriously would not wish on my worst enemy. the truth is, there is a way to eliminate cockroaches, but it has nothing to do with a can of raid or even those traps you might have hidden in the corners of your bathroom and kitchen.

    i first started noticing that i had cockroaches in may, around the time of my birthday. i didn’t know what they were and i didn’t see them too terribly often, when i did it was usually in the bathroom so i assumed they were beatles that liked being around water or something like that. but overtime it started getting more and more frequent, and come late may, early june they were taking over the kitchen. i decided there was no way these things were beetles or anything of the sort. i had never seen a cockroach before, but after during research online, i realized what i had in my kitchen/bathroom had to be cockroaches. i freaked out. mostly because of websites like this one which chronicle the blood sweat and tears involved in coping with a cockroach infested apartment.

    i was naiive when i first made my discovery. i completely cleared everything from the kitchen sink and blocked off any areas by the sink that i thought they might be coming from. i sprayed the area with raid and put a couple traps around. i was confident i would start seeing less and less of those sons of bitches, but i was very wrong. the problem was only getting worse. the i had noticed they were starting to work there way around the apartment, and it wasn’t long before i noticed one in the living room by the air conditioner. i knew right then and there i would have to do something more drastic. i set up traps all throughout the house and put boric acid in areas in the kitchen and bathroom that we see them. i also called the health inspector who helped in getting a couple exterminators to our place in the month of june. by mid june, everything was out of the kitchen and i had started seeing them less in there. but the population of cockroaches had extended to the bedroom and i was very unhappy about that.

    my wife and i left for vegas the last week of june. they were supposed to exterminate while i was gone, and with all the traps, boric acid, and the kitchen and bathroom still being empty i was confident i would come home to a cockroach free apartment. we got back and turned on the lights. cockroaches everywhere. on the floor in the living room, on the wall in the hallway. in the closet. i laid in bed that night and decided i had enough. i gave in. the war was over.

    my wife and i moved. our bellongings stayed until we found ample storage space, but we moved. i couldn’t stand living in those conditions any longer. i can’t even begin to describe the emotional and mental burden that has been lifted. people don’t understand until they experience it first hand. i was contemplating suicide because of those cockroaches. say what you want about my mental health, living roach free is enough to keep me happy.

    a little over a week ago we finally moved all our belongings in storage. i was nervous about seeing live cockroaches but i didn’t. the place was vacant of any people for 2 months and the only roaches i saw were dead. of course, we got rid of a lot of stuff, in fear that it may contain eggs and such. but throughout the whole moving process we did not see a single living cockroach. i haven’t seen any in the storage unit or any in our clothes here in our house.

    so, how do you get rid of roaches? you go away for a few months.

    if that doesn’t work, you’re screwed. get out of we’re your living and make sure to take nothing with you that has them.

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  458. September 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm, tim and Cecilia said:

    help we have been dealing with a roach infestation for a long time now, no matter what we do, it does’nt work, i will try the borax with powdered suger, but we have a cat, and a dog, and a hamster, can anyone suggest something that won’t be toxic to any of them?

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  459. September 17, 2009 at 3:46 am, rissa said:

    May all those sons of bitches sh**ty cockroaches burn in HELL, i hate them all!

    WHY DO THEY HAVE TO EXIST, damn freaks!

    I just found one in my bedroom today, i FREAKED OUT AND SCREAMS! (i guess i have to thank my 4 year old nephew for this, who loves to stuffing down his little finger food in my room all the times, now i am freaken having these goddamn cockroaches!)

    I haven’t seen one of those bastards for the past 13 years, why now! (i celebrated our little fun run in meeting by flushing that bastard down the toilette with a tissue, washed hands like 5 times, and still feel unclean! Damn them to hell.)

    I just spent $25 on some cockroaches killer stuff from amazon, i hope they work like some people said. By the way, i heard boric acid is not safe, so better not use them, bad for your health.

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  460. September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm, steph said:

    How can I kill the cockroach eggs before they hatch?

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  461. September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am, Anonymous said:

    Roach Slayer-SCAM. Riddex-SCAM. Don’t lose your money.

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  462. October 07, 2009 at 10:55 am, Charles King said:

    I live in Hong Kong, which is a city based over 100’s of tropical islands which provides a humid and warm tropical weather, creating the perfect home for many cockroaches, especially the asian cockroaches known to be the biggest of their kind and can also develop wings. The first time i learnt that they could fly i had one land on my face and it wasn’t particularly pleasant.

    Cockroaches are hated and sometimes feared because of their invasion of your personal space, there oily odour, there bacteria, slime and fecal matter.

    That is why they dont get the welcome waggon when the decide to squat in your house.

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  463. October 10, 2009 at 11:46 am, PJ said:

    Here’s my experience as a ray of hope. I grew up in an impoverished neighborhood, in a roach infested building. Joe’s Apartment indeed! When I turned 18 I moved and determined never to have roaches again. Of course, at 18 my friends were filthy buggers themselves. But I persevered and kept the places I lived roach free. Now, I’ve always been poor and have lived in very poor areas sometimes with filthy neighbors. Yet I stayed roach free.

    Here’s how: a simple combination of store purchased baits (like Raid), homemade Borax traps and CLEANLINESS. Each time I moved and saw a roach I implemented my procedure and stayed roach free.

    1. The very first line of defense is CLEANLINESS. I mean anal retentive cleanliness.

    –Wash dishes immediately after using them;
    –Clean your countertops, stove and other kitchen surfaces after meal preperation
    –Mix Borax or OxyClean in a solution of hot water and thoroughly clean all your kitchen and bathroom surfaces (inside and outside cabinets, drawers, refrigerator, window sills, etc) at least once a week.
    –Rinse food containers well before disposal in trash cans.
    –If you have room, place garbage in plastic bags in the ‘fridge until trash day. If not, tightly enclose garbage in bag and toss ASAP. Keep trash cans outside if possible.
    –Sweep (daily), mop and vacuum daily or every other day

    2. Buy a brand of roach baits and place many under the sinks, stoves, refrigerator, in cupboards, etc (follow the suggestions on your package)

    3. Mix Borax with sugar or other powdered food in a 1/2 & 1/2 ration and set in strategic places like the store roach traps.

    That’s it. Be patient. You can not control your neighbors’ cleanliness, so the best you can do is make your living area a last resort for critters. The roach traps will kill your current crop of pests and the diligent cleaning will prevent other roaches from invading.

    Aggressive CLEANING is the best method, really! No pizza boxes kept indoors; wipe jelly jars, etc before putting away. REDUCE CLUTTER!!!

    I’ve moved many times and whenever I saw a roach I performed this initial process. As long as I kept my place clean I never had to replace the roach traps and Borax traps. Clean house with borax or oxy clean liquid solutions at least once a week and keep garbage tied securely. If you have a backyard keep your trash can outside instead of in the kitchen for even more effective control.

    I usually lived alone, but have succeeded when living with other people to keep roaches at bay. I just moved in with a friend who has been really depressed and the place is a pig sty — and roaches EVERYWHERE. I am now redoing the extermination process [no caulking for me; I've never done it because they are too many places for roaches to enter the home for caulking to be effective].

    I’ll repost what happens this time around. Stay hopeful because even with filthy neighbors you can eliminate your roach infestation. Good luck!

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  464. October 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm, 6unitman said:

    Everybody…. I have a 6 unit apartment building that was abolutely ifested w/ these critters! I used this stuff called “Raid Fumigator” you simply sit them in water…they fog the entire room and not only did it kill the roaches but brought them out of all the nooks and crannies. The ones that it didn’t kill they were moving like they were on their last leg. This stuff works most cases like this an exterminator is called. I’ll do this a few more time and they are history.

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  465. October 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm, georges salame said:

    its been THREE days im waking up cause of cockroach walking in my bed ( sometimes on my hand ) … cockroach are a NIGHTMARE

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  466. October 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm, heather said:

    While I am once again battling a roach infestation it is nothing on par with the first infestation I ever had. I once lived in an old apartment building, they had replaced cabinets etc and not sealed them or finished them correctly. It was just me living there, I was hardly there since I worked and went to school full time. I ate out typically and was religious about clean dishes and putting away food as soon as I prepared it, ate it, walked in the door etc.
    I got a really really bad roach infestation. I told the landlord, they said they would resolve it and came and sprayed. I kept complaining, they said I wasn’t telling the truth and would not let me out of my lease.
    So one day I cleaned the kitchen and walked out broom and dustpan in hand. I flipped off the light and waited 5 minutes. I then came back in, swept up all the roaches and delivered a gallon size freezer bag of the disgusting creatures to my landlord. :D
    She turned green, excused herself to vomit and promptly released us from our lease.

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  467. October 27, 2009 at 7:22 am, heather said:

    oh and btw, boric acid (borax) has the same toxcidity to humans ( and i’m guessing most animals) as salt. it’s going to be the safest thing to get rid of them

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  468. October 30, 2009 at 10:48 am, Roach Killa said:

    This is what You need to do EVERY NITE! before bed(And while at work,and kids in school).. Half Water – Half Bleach in a spray bottle ~ Spray your counter tops and sink ‘ also in the bathroom-Tub ‘ Sink .. I promise You if you do this every DAY .. They will LEAVE! .. Give it a try ‘ It worked for me .. :)

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  469. November 08, 2009 at 11:52 am, Anonymous said:

    Windex is usually the safest pesticide. Just spray them and see if it works. Should knock them out for awhile if it doesn’t kill them. Easily enough time to broom them up.

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  470. November 08, 2009 at 5:05 pm, Gerarld Larchmont said:

    Roached decided to try to set up shop in my NYC area apartment about 6 months ago. Since I am a biologist, I naturally wanted to “experiment” with several different treatments to find the most effective one. Here are the things that I have tried with varying success or failure:

    -hardcore pesticides… by hardcore I mean you have to wear a respirator, rubber gloves, safety goggles, long sleeves and pants to apply them safely

    – Sealing all cracks/holes with either expanding foam or steel wool

    – Keeping old food scraps in the fridge till trash day, not leaving any crumbs around

    – Dumping bleach in any possible water source for the roaches before bed (particularly drain traps and toilets)

    – Asking my fat slob of a neighbor to try to keep her place cleaner since the roaches are coming from her place (HAH! like that’s gonna happen).

    – Bait stations

    – Borax powder

    – Diatomaceous earth powder

    How did each work? The hardcore pesticides tended to work for about a month before I had to reapply… Inconvenient and dangerous, no bueno. Sealing cracks, keeping my place spotless, and bleach in the water helped but the problem still existed. And of course, the neighbor is still a slob. So pretty much, all of those methods sucked.

    The only thing I have found that worked, and it might be quite shocking, was a combination of borax powder, diatomaceous earth powder, and bait stations. Granted my place is sealed up now and I still keep it clean, but spreading around a 2 : 1 : 0.5 mixture of DE powder + borax + sugar or flower around the edges of my apartment worked like a charm. The bait stations took about a month to work, but at this point my place is bug free, even the house centipedes are gone.

    The surprising part is that the method I found that worked the best is actually the safest one. Borax isn’t very toxic to humans and pets, but I wouldn’t lay it out if you have children or pets. The bait stations could be bad news if your dog or kid decides to eat one. If you want a completely nontoxic, cheap, and VERY effective method of killing roaches, get a 5 lb bag of DE powder (maybe 10 bucks), and some flower, sugar, or cocoa powder(or any other cheap source of carbohydrates) and mix them with 3:1 or even 2:1 DE to carb source ratio.

    The reason why this is effective is pretty easy to understand. Diatomaceous earth is composed of microscopic fossils of plankton called diatoms that have RAZOR SHARP edges on their shells. Roaches like to eat carbohydrates. When you put the two together, the roaches come in to eat the carbohydrate source of your choice and get covered in the DE powder while doing so. The razor sharp diatoms get into the joints of the roaches’ waxy exoskeletons and slice them to pieces. The roaches typically die of dehydration within 24 hours.

    The only real concern with DE powder is breathing in large amounts of it. It will dry out your nasal passages (it is highly absorbent) and it turns into a thick paste when it comes in contact with wet mucous membranes . The paste that is formed could cause some nasal and lung congestion, but in the long run your body will get rid of it. No worries about cancer and ending up in the hospital with this stuff.

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  471. November 19, 2009 at 4:28 am, matt said:

    what can i do i recently bought a brand new dlp tv for those who need to know is digital light perjection and was watchin tv when a roach crwled acrossed the screen i tryed to kill it when i relized it was in side what can i do to kill it and keep the dam things out of my tv i paid over 3000 for my tv and the funny thing is i have never seen a roach in my house ever

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  472. November 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm, Max said:

    What is the most toxic and children/pet non-friendly (thanks god i don’t have any) way to kill cockroaches? Something that make them suffer before they die?

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  473. December 08, 2009 at 5:41 pm, kattia said:

    well i moved in my house three years ago the old house i lived in had alot of roaches i hated it so i thought it would be different my mom put the paste and spray for roaches but they are still everywhere i get soooo embarrased cause my boyfriend sadly is brutally honest with me and he ask me do you clean ur house i said yeah why he is like i don’t there are roaches everywhere i got sooo humiliated i felt like i wanted to cry cause i try hard to clean my house i like to buy germ killing products still i feel like with the roaches here i still don’t feel clean and i loveeeee being clean alot still i need help really bad i don’t know what to do anymore call an exterminator i don’t know.

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  474. December 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm, shawna said:

    having roaches will indeed damage a person mentally and if you can’t sleep cause you think a roach will get on you well that can not last very long sleep deprivation and all … i am freaking out i think a professional needs to be called but then i read not all professionals are on the up and up and might plant roaches though doesn’t make sense that would be cruel to do … i know they are a living thing but i want them gone shivers i have pets so i have to be careful what to use

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  475. December 18, 2009 at 3:59 am, Nicole said:

    Well i have been living in this pretty nice apartment for 4 months now. Before i moved in the landlord said that my rent included monthy pest control little did i know that had to be code word we hve roaches. The first day i moved in after dinner i tried to washa load of dishes as soon as i opened the door roaches went running everywhere even between the crack betweem the dishwasher. I told the landlord and she said there was nothing they can do for the roaches in dishwasher. Not only that but when my monthy pest control came around it wasn’t even professional she comes by with some cheap stuffi can get at Walmart and do myself does anyone have any suggestions
    Thank

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  476. December 21, 2009 at 12:24 am, Anonymous said:

    yea all i did was stmop dem bitches

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  477. January 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm, Jo said:

    I started out having an occasional bug in my apartment, sometimes an Asian beetle (they look like lady bugs, bite, and stink when you smoosh them), sometimes, but rarely, an earwig (those are scary and disgusting too), and of course my favorite little creature of all, cockroaches. I also started only recently noticing these caraway seed shaped droppings in kitchen shelves on my clean pots and pans.

    It has become worse and worse. These gruesome invaders have even taken the liberty of sharing my bedroom and bed with me, uninvited. Sorry, mother nature, but I don’t need these free or should I say “freak” pets”. I already have a cat who’s a handful. The maintenance people seem to think their only source of entry or where they hang out is under sinks. So that is where they used a supposedly non-toxic substance on.

    I wish I had researched the various natural methods to kill these suckers earlier. I am now using baking soda (or cornstarch) with sugar (50-50 combination) — I just started this method today. I will let you know how it works. I am not willing to put up with this horror any longer.

    A word to all of you — DO NOT use chemical pesticides — they could make you or your pets very ill. It is MUCH cheaper to use an easy-to-mix natural compound. The options are all over the Internet.

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  478. January 31, 2010 at 6:07 am, Njelela said:

    Thanks for having this site I didn’t exspect to find any thing, it answered a lot of questions for me.

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  479. February 09, 2010 at 1:03 pm, CLARISSA said:

    TO THOSE WHO HAD ROACHES AND MOVED TO A NON ROACH INFESTED HOME AND HAD SUCCESS ON NOT BRINGING THEM GIVE ME SOME TIPS PLEASE..IM MOVING IN TWO WEEKS AND DONT WANT TO BRING THEM..WE HAVE GERMAN ROACHES! EMAIL ME PLEASE CLARISSABISSA@YAHOO.COM THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

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  480. February 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm, Jar_me said:

    Do not use Riddex Power Plus plug in. I had one for a few weeks and the roaches had nested right behind it. I think they like the night light or something. It may work to keep them form coming into your house but it sure doesn’t get rid of them.

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  481. February 15, 2010 at 6:15 am, sinu said:

    the government should open pesticide office in every city to kill cockroach

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  482. March 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm, nicole said:

    Yes I have a landlord that does not want to listen to tenants .tenants have number of time complained about bugs the landlord says will spray then he doesn’t know that he has not done anything the tenant on flo5rdia has to spray but I have not seen didly sqot.
    I know that being in other landlords they tell me once a month to put your dishes out of cabnets and get them wiped out and spray withjbleache no water the bug man said no water because they love water.and if you smoke yes smoke make sure that you go and empty the ashtrays and despose of all waste and keep home clean from all cluter make sure your organised

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  483. March 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm, cocoa said:

    dear tenants of bz managment have you had trouble with roaches (alot of you said yes what can we do as tenants to stp the roach war in these apartments
    For 1_it is the cause of fithy hose keeping
    2- the land lord does’nt even care about his tenants
    3- run down housing
    4-keeping money from the tenants and not willing todo anything about the problems
    5-planly nothing is done abot this please help us
    also did you know the bug can crawl into your ear and make nst (crazy hu) no not acually watch animal factors.
    this is not funny people about roaches it is life and deseses think about are helth

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  484. March 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm, The Point said:

    What works… I have tried many things but when you live in an apartment you my have few and you neighbor could have any they will keep running back in forth unless you stay on the problem REALLY WAGE WAR. With that said. I use to by boric acid from the druo store and mix some with sugar(powered) a tiney bit and leave some straight power placing it were they run and the combo (boric and sugar) in corners. I need to get more because the store combination does not work as well. Not sure why but this is my experience.

    Ihave tried Begal roach spray bengal.com great dry product but roaches get use to stuff so fast its hard to keep up. So change it up use 2 and sometimes 3 different things. I also have tried with great success Clear Zone with .05% Pyrethins and 4.0 PBO at $17.90 a can it works but it is VERY hard to find exterminators use this product.. I bought 3 cans today from doyourownpestcontrol.com/ClearZone_Pryethrins.htm–

    I have also purchased CB 80 Extra with the same ingredents at $23.90 a can. FIRST this stuff is strong so wear a mask and gloves to apply it. I HATE ROACHES they rob you of the peacefulness your home is suppose to bring. I spend so much money on product. I often buy Raid Max combats for large roaches those little ones are a joke.

    I wipe down the kitchen with pure bleach roaches hate the smell. Before I do a lot of cooking I spray my kitchen and wipe down surfaces with bleach. When your neighbors spray they run to you I spary often I think the posion is killing me and not the bugs so much LOL. I buy product you can batch and I use less water making a stronger spray.

    Keep everything sealed in your kitchen I bought a boat load of Lock & LOck container and reuse all glass I rarely leave a crumb anywhere yrt still they keep showing up it like my neighbors keep them as pets or something. Its enoughg to drive you crazy I can’t until I can afford to move I will trhow away my couch and anything they can hide in. Having roaches coast you so much money and sanity.

    Oh I also seal up craps with clear silicone and use Permadust which is boric acid in a can at
    $12.95. I spend so much on pest control.

    I am going to try Borax the powder bleach method.

    Once I was able to get a guy who worked for Western pest control to spray my apartment their products work my problem vanished for 3-4 months. The company has posion made for them to kill pests. The guy pumped dry posion into the walls and sprayed stuff everywhere the stuff he put in the walls worked but its something I can not buy– dang

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  485. April 03, 2010 at 3:47 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have been living in this apartment for 8yrs….just this yr that i start to see roaches mainly in kitchen rarly around z house..as much as i loved zs house they made me hate it..those dirty things…i dont even want to cock in my kitchen any more..am keeping bread an other stuff out side z kitchen on z dining table cose my doughters dont like to enter kitchen..we were a v.clean family…but now my 20 mth boy r treating roaches as pets we called a pest control he used a gell on walls an all kitchen bt it didnt work..know am using spray..bt adont like to use it a lot around my kids..i want to try boric acid or Borax r they save for children.

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  486. April 05, 2010 at 12:34 am, kelly said:

    Don’t buy roach shredder, if you can’t resist read this first…
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/338111/roach_shredder_product_review_pest.html?cat=6

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  487. April 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm, Anonymous said:

    omg i just saw a roach in my new apartment. we have not had problems with them been here about 2 months and i cant even sleep now. does borax really work i am going to lowes tomorrow and buying everything. any tips plz

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  488. April 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm, james said:

    Hi,

    Is borax and boric powder the same? How effective is baking sode compared to borax/boric powder? Thanks

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  489. June 25, 2010 at 10:22 am, Gingie said:

    I bought one of the plug in devices after watching the info-mercials….. Needless to say it didn’t help. The roaches seemed to be attracted to the device itself! So now it is a $20 paper weight sitting in a cabinet drawer (Don’t waste your time, patience or hope for those things to do any good on anything but rats).I am at wits end! Have done the 3 months of pest control service (lessened but didn’t end the bugs), random foggings, bait & glue traps in any area I even suspected the roaches could be in. Put away pet food & water at night. threw away all unnecessary clutter. Use indoor insect sprays for baseboards & crevices. But I can’t get rid of em! AAAAAHHHHH!

    What comes next?

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  490. June 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have just killed 11 Roaches…..this is insane…and this is my record!

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  491. June 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm, tioga said:

    This Shit is not funny, why are we giving these slum lords our money and can’t live like decent human beings. I’m gonna start a commitee. I’ve been looking at apts. in the supposedly suburbs and can’t find an apt. with out roaches. Georgia is the I love roaches state. Crazy

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  492. July 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    RE: BED BUGS
    To get rid of bed bugs, you need to vacuum your matress and couches once a week, and wash your sheets, pillow cases, blankets in HOT water (@least 130F) once a week.

    You can purchase mattress and pillow covers that are impermeable to the mites and other allergens, but weekly maintenance is an inexpensive way to keep them under control.

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  493. August 11, 2010 at 7:48 am, someone said:

    I hate roaches so much! Last night I found one in the bathroom of our new apartment hiding underneath a thing of toothpaste, I was to afraid to do anything except shut the door and spray Lysol around the openings. My mom said she took care of everything and rinsed everything in very hot water but never saw the cockroach. I’m thinking about going back in there and facing my worst fear and kill it if I can find it. Now I’m on here to see what I should arm myself with, because I don’t think my mom rinsed the toothpaste the cockroach was on because that isnt the toothpaste she uses. So now I’m freaking out cause I have to get ready to get my yearbook picture taken. jeez. :( hope all this works.

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  494. August 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm, paul said:

    please get the roach gel from walmart or rite aid it works and quite cheap

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  495. August 16, 2010 at 3:30 am, Indian said:

    We have roaches in India too and like a few people say above, having roaches does not mean you are dirty… No matter how clean you are they still manage to come in…they come in mainly through the bathroom drain outlets / kitchen sink outlets etc. Besides ensuring that there are cockroach traps at these outlets, try using the boric acid powder + flour + powdered sugar (added to make it an irresistible food) all in equal quantities. Add enough water or milk to make it into a soft dough. Make small balls and leave them inside cupboards, behind electronic appliances including washing machines, kitchen cabinets, under the kitchen sink, bathrooms, storage cabinets etc anywhere and everywhere you think they may be – for them to have easy access to the ‘medicine’ stuff. It works. The roaches will just vanish within a couple of days max a week – you may initially see one or two dead ones, but the rest just literally disappear! Just remember to do this every fortnight or they will come back. (pl ensure your small kids can’t access the boric acid balls and put them in their mouths or eat them). Best of luck getting rid of them.

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  496. August 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm, Lee said:

    Okay, I’ve been reading and reading here. And I’ve been fighting these creeps for a couple of months now. First it was an exterminator with two visits. Expensive, and other than about a week reprieve, they came back with a vengeance. :( So I started surfing the net and here is a compilation of all I’ve found out.
    Don’t throw the bodies away. Leave them out as they eat their own, then take the toxic bodies back to the next and and the rest feast. Why I kept seeing babies then is beyond me, but I put them on a paper plate and hide in the back corner of my counter. Gross. I know.
    I’ve used the bait gel. Doesn’t even slow them down. Works good for caulking though. They were coming up in the cracks on the trim by the dogs dishes/tray and I caulked the cracks with it about a month ago. No more problem by the dogs dish.
    I kept seeing babies in my dishwasher!!! I thought they were crawling in. Nope. Hubby finally saw them going into the water sprayer that spins. He won’t mess with them, so when I got home from work I poured a cup of straight bleach down in the middle and it held it. I put bleach in a spray bottle and sprayed the wings of the spinner including generously down the holes where the water comes out. Then I came out and messed around on the computer for an hour. It smelled bad, and when I couldn’t take it anymore I ran the dishwasher through a cycle. WOW!!! All the stains along the sides are gone and it looks great inside. Yay! And I’m not using it anymore until the creeps are gone. And I nailed one directly with the spray and death was instantaneous.
    I read way at the top of this forum to use Amdro fire ant bait killer. Since I already have the product (I live in FL) I went and got it and put it in an old jar cap and tucked it behind my canisters. I’ve used this product for the last few years on fire ants and it is great. They believe it’s food, take it to the queen and voila. That hill is gone. Well, this makes perfect sense to me because ants like food. Roaches like food. I have a good feeling about this. Meanwhile, I need some more small caps to strategically place them around the house. Their love is in the kitchen, but I’ve seen a couple in the living room on my desk. They were under my router!!! Then I found out they like warmth and placed the router up and now the heat dissipates and it’s no longer a nice place for them.
    Also, the sprays are a repellent. And the bait is an enticement. Don’t use the two together. You’re repelling them and they won’t come around and try the treats you leave out for them.
    My grandchildren come to the house and I also have two cats and two dogs, so I must be careful what I use and where I use it.
    I will keep you posted.

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  497. August 31, 2010 at 12:03 am, Lee said:

    Do I dare hope? I’ve been like a crazy woman going through my house. Clean. Clean. Clean some more. Drawers, cupboards, closets. Check. Floors, behind ALL FURNITURE IN THE HOUSE, check. I kept seeing babies in and around the dishwasher. I finally told hubby that the dishwasher is going because I suspect a nest is inside. I see them crawling down the drain and going up and inside the handle. No. Bye bye dishwasher.

    I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of months sprays repel and bait kills. Do not use the two together. But I had my can of ant/roach killer in hand when my husband and son pulled out the dishwasher. I had no clue what was under/behind there and I was going in prepared for battle. But there was nothing. EXCEPT. Egg sacks. Lots of them. Can we say, ewwwwwww? Ewwwwww! And when I say lots of them, I mean about 15 – 20 of them. No wonder it was always babies around the dishwasher!

    But think about it. A perfect spot. Darkness, moisture and food! It was pure roach heaven!!!

    I put on my gloves with my bucket of water, soap, and bleach and proceeded to clean. Wash. Get rid of them. Dishwasher on the curb. But later on a scraper came by with an old pickup truck and next thing you know dishwasher is in the back of it. Hubby is telling me about that and I ran out of the house to tell him. I don’t care if you want the dishwasher, it works. But the reason it’s out at the curb is because of cockroaches. Do you understand? Cockroaches! He thanked me and took off with the dishwasher. At least I can sleep at night now.

    About a week ago I set out the amdro fire ant killer. I didn’t see a change in the status of my household guests. They even seemed to me gaining ground on me. Last weekend I had a nest under my dogs food tray. Maybe not a nest, but a bunch of them were hanging out. Ewwww … and for a couple of days I didn’t notice any. My hunch told me later they’d been regrouping and I was correct. So when the dishwasher left and I didn’t see much I knew what they were doing. They were scattered and trying to regroup. Find a new place. I had to get them while the getting was good.

    I made two baits. One with 50/50 sugar/baking soda, and a dash of boric acid. Then a spot of flour. They really didn’t go for it dry as I had the mess out on paper plates for a couple of weeks, so I added water to it. Bubbling mess is what it was. But I had a cup of bottle caps and dripped the sticky mixture in and placed in strategic places where cats/dogs/kids can’t get at it. The old jar was bubbling over last night so I set it in the sink and let it bubble all over the place and hollered, come and get it, and went to bed.

    Second mixture? 50/50 flour, sugar and a big dash of boric acid. This mixture is like a glue. I put it out as well in the bottle caps and spooned a couple of blobs into the sink for good measure.

    I got up this morning and with a flick of the kitchen light, nothing. But in the first couple hours along with several flicks I got 3 roaches. One adult and two babies. But 8 light flicks since and nothing. DO YOU HEAR ME FOLKS? NOTHING!!! Do I dare to hope? If you read my above post you’ll see I’ve been going through this for a while. Like months. Ugh. But now, finally, I have hope. Visions of them feasting and getting sick and crawling to where they came from and dying.

    And one more thing. While cleaning out drawers I found a box of roach hotels from ??? Just because I live in FL and, well, had them just because. I put them out yesterday also.

    To sum it all up? I don’t know which one is working. So do all of them. My husband went bowling on Friday and I asked him to ask them up at the bar to save me their bottle caps. He came home with a cup full of them. I pitched my dishwasher and am not getting another one until I am POSITIVE the roaches have been evicted from my home. I do not want to create another perfect habitat for their babies. Oh, and doing dishes IMMEDIATELY. No leaving plates in the sink until later.

    And I’m praying to God that I’ve finally gotten rid of them. Amen.

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  498. September 01, 2010 at 8:24 pm, wahhh said:

    I have had a crazy fear of all insects since I was a child but roaches by far take the cake. I’ve been in my apt since june and have seen two large cockroaches in my apt since the beginning of august. I have gone through 4 cans of raid and two canisters of boric acid and some outdoor perimeter spray. I recently went ballistic and just stood on top of a chair in my living room/kitchen area of my apt and just sprayed pesticide and boric acid EVERYWHERE, all over the dishes, tables, couches, doors, everything. I sprayed until my tile floor and walls were dripping and slick and my apt looked like a bottle of baby powder exploded everywhere. I know it’s bad for my health but I really need help, I’m going to die before I get rid of these things. My parents are driving up this wknd to help me caulk up all holes and do some intense roach scouting, I’m terrified and cannot concentrate on my studies or classes because all I think about is roaches. I spaz out during classes because I think something’s crawling on me, I’m so paranoid and I cry when i’m at my apt.

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  499. September 02, 2010 at 6:11 pm, Lee said:

    OK. I’m the expert here on these disgusting roaches. Ha ha ha … dancing a jig … around the house … OMG!!! I’ve been going through this roach problem for what? Three months? No, wahhh, plain boric acid doesn’t work. Neither do the sprays. Please read my two posts above yours and my what I hope is a final post here.

    I jumped the gun on my last post. I could not believe my eyes when I flipped on the kitchen light at 2am and found at least a dozen roaches of various sizes in my sink. NOOOOOOO!!! But I got every last one of them. They’re now moving a bit slower as what they’re eating is not fitting well with them. Tee hee! I said to myself, if they like the sink that much, that’s what I’m going to do. So every night before I go to bed, washing up the last of the dishes, I drizzled my two baits in my double sinks. I have a drying rack in the left sink, but it sits up high and doesn’t touch it. So the next day while I’m doing dishes as I go and drops of water fall onto the bait under my dish rack, it’s moistening the bait and continuing to make it irresistible. I clean up the right sink and use it during day.

    Last night I saw two babies. The night before I saw a couple of babies. I find them in various places, here and there, DEAD. Most are making it back to wherever they came from to die though.

    Something happened to me JUST NOW. Yippee!!! Woohoo!!! I walked into the kitchen and nothing is scurrying away from me. No roaches running off to hide. Woo freaking hoo! How nice. I cannot tell you how this makes me feel. My eyes are peeled for movement in all peripheral directions!!! And nothing!

    But I will continue this treatment for a couple of weeks. Regardless whether I see one or not. Because what I realized. When I was seeing them during the day, they WERE exponentially numbered at night. They’re nocturnal. When I stopped seeing them during the day, the numbers were lowering, but they came out like crazy at night. But I’m confident I’m on the right track.

    I can only imagine how many roaches I must’ve had infested in my house. Don’t waste your money on all those expensive products that don’t work!!!

    Get boric acid, use flour, sugar, and baking soda, CHEAP!!! CHEAP!!! CHEAP!!! And bait the suckers to their death.

    I truly believe I’m on the verge of freedom here! Let freedom ring! Yes!

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  500. September 03, 2010 at 9:11 pm, wahhh said:

    thanks Lee, I’m going out to buy those ingredients tonight to have them ready for when my parents come. I found a 3rd roach in my bathroom, i think that’s where they’re coming from. I don’t even eat, use the bathroom, cook or shower at my apt anymore, I do everything on campus at the gym or elsewhere and only return to my apt to sleep or grab something for class. I don’t know why I cannot deal with this.

    I’m thinking of going to a psych. If i’m diagnosed with a phobia it may be easier for me to make an argument to get out of my lease. I will sleep in my car tonight, I literally feel deranged, I have no fear of mice, rats, snakes, I can tolerate other insects and will kill spiders easily although I am still kind of afraid of them but roaches are like Satan in the flesh I just cannot cope.

    I considered breaking my leg or injuring myself so that I could check into a hospital instead, I covered my clothes in boric acid and even breathed some in/ingested some, not to mention all the sprays. It’s bad. very bad. I don’t understand how people can even live with seeing them daily, I would end up in a psych ward or in a legal battle for breaking my lease. or i would kill myself. good god i can’t stop thinking about it. i want to relax but cannot, it’s pathetic but I don’t give a s–t, just seeing a dead one makes me cry.

    but yea, i’ll see…

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  501. September 05, 2010 at 12:32 am, Anonymous said:

    Ok, first–if you’re posting a PLEASE HELP ME!! have you somehow missed the ZILLION postings prior to yours that give possible solutions???? Or maybe you expect the rest of us to run to your rescue??? Deal with the problem like the rest of us.

    Next–
    I’m beginning to wonder if I should get someone brave to crawl under my house and spray foam insulation all over to keep out the ones that live in the crawl space! We live in a house in the South and it’s pretty much impossible to keep them away. (I can’t actually say the r-word). But apparently we’re the only people in town with a problem…. maybe if more people admit to infestation, we could all work together to find a solution!

    We have Terminix service and I’m getting tired of calling them out to treat the house. They’re getting tired of getting calls from us! It’s bi-weekly now. Things seem to be under control but then we see a bunch of babies (about 1/4″ long and black) and some bigger ones seem to be entering my daughter’s bedroom (now we just can’t have that!) so we’ve temporarily sealed some cracks we’ve found in there with masking tape.

    I think these bi-weekly baby invasions must have something to do with hatching schedules. Ick.

    I’m reading up on sterilization and that seems to be the way to go. If they can’t reproduce, then it doesn’t matter if there are decomposing carcasses in your walls, right? Or r-feces on your windowsills. They can eat all they want but they can’t lay eggs so eventually the problem’s gone.

    So has anyone else tried the IGR products on the market (insect growth regulator) which sterilize them? I’m curious to know if they work, and how long it takes to see results.

    Also I’m curious to know more about poop sightings. How do I tell feces from general dirt? I don’t imagine I have THAT MANY running around, but there are lots of black specks on counters, windows, etc. Gotta look into that more.

    Thanks for all the support. It’s great to know I’m not as alone as my neighbors would have me believe!

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  502. September 05, 2010 at 12:33 am, Ugh said:

    Ok, first–if you’re posting a PLEASE HELP ME!! have you somehow missed the ZILLION postings prior to yours that give possible solutions???? Or maybe you expect the rest of us to run to your rescue??? Deal with the problem like the rest of us.

    Next–
    I’m beginning to wonder if I should get someone brave to crawl under my house and spray foam insulation all over to keep out the ones that live in the crawl space! We live in a house in the South and it’s pretty much impossible to keep them away. (I can’t actually say the r-word). But apparently we’re the only people in town with a problem…. maybe if more people admit to infestation, we could all work together to find a solution!

    We have Terminix service and I’m getting tired of calling them out to treat the house. They’re getting tired of getting calls from us! It’s bi-weekly now. Things seem to be under control but then we see a bunch of babies (about 1/4″ long and black) and some bigger ones seem to be entering my daughter’s bedroom (now we just can’t have that!) so we’ve temporarily sealed some cracks we’ve found in there with masking tape.

    I think these bi-weekly baby invasions must have something to do with hatching schedules. Ick.

    I’m reading up on sterilization and that seems to be the way to go. If they can’t reproduce, then it doesn’t matter if there are decomposing carcasses in your walls, right? Or r-feces on your windowsills. They can eat all they want but they can’t lay eggs so eventually the problem’s gone.

    So has anyone else tried the IGR products on the market (insect growth regulator) which sterilize them? I’m curious to know if they work, and how long it takes to see results.

    Also I’m curious to know more about poop sightings. How do I tell feces from general dirt? I don’t imagine I have THAT MANY running around, but there are lots of black specks on counters, windows, etc. Gotta look into that more.

    Thanks for all the support. It’s great to know I’m not as alone as my neighbors would have me believe!

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  503. September 13, 2010 at 3:31 am, nicole said:

    2nd night i moved in my apt (in feb) i saw one on my kitchen counter, well at the time being a new tenant i decided to catch my new found roommate and take it to the desk of my office. i told the leasing lady that of the issue and of coarse she didnt believe me so i dropped the container on her desk, got a great laugh out of that. anyways, she put me on the pest control list for the following tuesday and reassured that pest control was going to be out every tuesday for the next 2 months. well i took her word and lived with all my food in containers in the living room for about 3 weeks. stupid pest control came the 2nd week, that was it! the roaches stayed away until summer came along. well i’d see one here and there but didnt click in on what is was, until i started seeing them 4 times a week. got sick of it and went back to the leasing office and put in that request, again. ”oh well your building doesnt have roach problems, we havent gotten any complaints from any of your neighbors at all, there are other bugs that look like cockroaches that other buildings have been complaining about though” stupid leasing lady HELLO!!! I DONT GIVE A D**N ABOUT WHAT KIND OF BUG IT IS, ITS A F**KING BUG!!!! again the empty promise on every week sprays downs, (this time i didnt believe it) pest guy came but i dont even think he sprayed down my apartment, i wouldnt be surprised if he went though my stuff instead… whos knows i just left. a week and 1/2 later out come another bug, i caught & studied it, and guess what? german cockroach. boooo!!!!!! raid spray gave me a sense of temporary satisfaction, only because i watched them die their crazy painful deaths, i almost died too though because i sprayed down everything. TEMPORARY key word. i had to fight one off the other day because it wanted my computer i won that battle with a quick flick of a shoe <i found that temporary too. so a loss of brain cells and still screaming months later im clueless on how to win the war with the primitive insect. cheers!!!

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  504. September 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm, Melissa said:

    Dose the boric acid help with german roaches there so much harder to kill an I desperatly need a solution on how to get rid of them.

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  505. September 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm, Lee said:

    I’m back. I have to tell you that I jumped the gun in my earlier post. These suckers are tenacious. But it’s now been five days w/o a site of a roach by me. Very, VERY good around here. I must’ve been infested bad and fast. Wow! I looked up the date I wrote the check to the exterminator and it was for June 9th. She came back a couple weeks later because they were back and I remember leaving all the lights on in the kitchen on the 4th of July because I didn’t want my guests seeing them scurry away if they needed something out of the kitchen. Arghh!

    So my next steps were the lard, boric acid, sugar, and chopped onion (equal parts). Put in bottle caps and set around the kitchen. The lard keeps the bait soft and moist. The onion must be what draws them to the bait. These are good for weeks and stay soft. Then on the same day I’d found another recipe for cardboard, cotton balls, boric acid and sugar dissolved in water Equal part of boric acid and sugar dissolved in water enough to saturate five cotton balls and set on the cardboard. The cardboard prevents the potion from staining bright blue. I must say I touch up the cardboard every night with more water and redo all cardboard/cotton balls every three days. I set both of these recipes side by side. And I have to say it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen them during the day and five days since I’ve seen one period. And instead of seeing tons of babies everywhere they started diminishing. I cannot tell you what a relief it is to go into my kitchen, day or night, and not see things scurrying out of sight. But I’m on the look out! Oh yeah.

    I have a new dishwasher in my garage. I will continue to immediately hand wash until I don’t see a roach for at least two weeks. The dishwasher has everything they want, heat, water, food, darkness. I still chuckle (like a lunatic!) over throwing out my other dishwasher. It’s been a battle.

    And yes, mine were German. I was so hoping they were the Asian. They look so much alike.

    Hubby gets up at five am and was reporting that he sees one or two or three — always in the sink. I found out that the boric acid kills them by dehydration and they think they’re thirsty. So I told him that it was great they’re by the sink. Oh yeah. Die suckers! Die! Now he says that he hasn’t seen any in two days and believes they’re gone. Oh heck no! We’re not stopping now! I have gone through way too much and will continue on for another couple of months. I saw how fast it went nuts and I’m not going through it again. I will have a mental breakdown!

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  506. October 01, 2010 at 6:45 pm, No way! said:

    Let me just say this…. It’s been a battle!….I moved out a roach infested trailer and got into an apartment. I was very tedious about checking everything when I moved into my new apartment. It’s been about a month and a half. I saw a tiny roach on the 2 or 3rd week. I freaked out and got the pest man to come. Didn’t see one again until today this morning. This time it was a big german roach….I thought, Okay, no big deal. It’s not a problem, I’ll mop sometime this weekend. Threw out my trash, stuck my dirty dishes in the dishwasher, ran errands. Came back…little guy is still there motionless. Ate, did some school work…I go back to the kitchen and the bastard is GONE!!!!….I’m about to lose my mind!!!….I’m having the pest man come and spray monday, but that means….no sleep for me for two nights, and loads of school work to do too!….I feel like I’m living a NiGHtMaRE!!!!…..It’s not like I slept the previous two nights either, I’m scarred from living in the other place. I know how ugly this thing can get….How do you all keep sane, because I do not want to have to move (I have NO money) and aparently moving is not going to help anything!!! How do you all sleep at night???

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  507. October 01, 2010 at 7:00 pm, No way! said:

    P.s. It was during the daytime in the kitchen!!!

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  508. October 05, 2010 at 1:21 pm, Anonymous said:

    This page is great and funny too(in a weird sense). Before you get angry at me for laughing about some of the comments…i laugh because im on the same boat and feel like you do…….I have declared WARRRRRRR on these nasty roaches and appreciate everyones input. May the force be with you all…victoryyyyyyyyyyy and freeedom from roaches.

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  509. October 10, 2010 at 5:54 am, oc said:

    i getting sick Cockroaches in my apartment, they are so embarrassing when i have females around, they sure make u look dirty…

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  510. October 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm, tired of these bugs said:

    Recently, I’ve noticed HUGE roaches in my upstairs bathroom (we’re talking INCHES long here, maybe 4 inches), but thank GOD they dont fly. I grabbed the first thing i had around me which was Raid Wasp & Hornet spray. Well, I have seen about 5 of these things and sprayed each one with the wasp spray- it kills the roach within literally 10 seconds. I only see them in the bathroom and they are bigger than any other roaches ive ever seen in anyones home. hopefully they will quit coming in when we get another cold snap and they will all die. Just thought the wasp spray could help someone out there when they are reaching for a can of something to kill a roach with!

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  511. October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm, Guest said:

    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/roach-control-kit-p-1059.html

    Okay.. Never in my life have I had to live with roaches until I moved in with my fiance’s grandparents. Their home is literally held together with roach excrement! My fiance and I proceeded to move into a small mobile home, which we found to have a mild roach problem. After fogging, and coating the place with boric acid/ ROACH KILLER III(Dollar Tree), We have seen a significant reduction in the number of bugs. After extensive research I came across this website.. After reading over 150 reviews on the products included in the linked kit, I’m convinced that I may have found the solution to many of our problems. Supposedly, the bait(ADVION) kills the existing roaches (roach eats, takes leftovers home, Kills family friend and neighbor roaches), the IGR (Gentrol) Halts the reproduction system/sterilizes the roaches and eggs, and the spray)Demon WP, keeps them out after their gone. This stuff is rather pricey ($70), but if you hate the roaches that bad, its worth a try. I, on the other hand cannot stand them and will go extreme lengths to rid my home of the disgusting critters, So when I try it, I’ll let you all know how it goes, until then, clean clean clean, and BORIC ACID!!! Hope the suggestion helps!!!

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  512. October 20, 2010 at 6:11 am, No way! said:

    You guys I just found one in the bathroom. Little guy. It looks like they are moving beyond the kitchen. I found it dead though. I also found it kind of strange that the bug guy came frequently last time. There is something going on in one of the other apartments that I don’t know about. I cringe at the thought.

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  513. January 01, 2011 at 10:19 pm, Lee said:

    LMBO! It *IS* comical reading these posts as we go through our roach infestations and try to figure this out.

    I swear by the boric acid, sugar, lard, finely minced fresh onion bait ( a tablespoon of each) put in strategic places where you find them nasty critters. I do not believe you have to buy a bait to set out and pay $70 for either. My roaches have been gone for months.

    Until the other day.

    Yay! They’re back! Nobody believes me. Ha ha ha (crazy laugh). I just made a fresh batch of bait yesterday and set it in my strategic spots. I found one adult by the coffee pot. Fortunately it wasn’t during the day and it was by the always on coffee pot. Where it’s warm. So now the coffee pot is not always on and I do not believe I’ll see another one.

    Oh, did I tell you? About two months ago I went out to the shed and when I opened the door one was on the inside of the door. We stood and stared at each other. Do you know what’s in this shed? Lawn equipment. Riding mower. Push mower. Weed eater, and gas cans and such. Now what does a roach find enticing in there?
    Warmth.

    That’s why when I was heavily infested they’d be by my computer modem. Mmmmm … warm again.

    Set out the bait folks. I put mine in bottle caps. Funny. Somehow I knew the rotten things would be back so I still collected them.

    Here roachy roaches! Here ya go! Fresh bait for you! Yum. Come and get it.

    And I’m NOT ASHAMED of having roaches. I am fighting them. I will win. I will be roach free one day in the near future.

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  514. January 16, 2011 at 8:20 am, Eric said:

    i have a roach problem…. normally i would nuke the place with foggers and use gel insecticide on the outside walls so the buggers can’t come back…. but i now have a beardie…. what is a beardie safe method of getting rid of these miscreants? and does the electronic plug in unit affect beardies?

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  515. January 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm, RoachHater 2000 said:

    I just inherited the house I live in, and I have lived here for 25 of the last 30 years. Up until the city literally forced us to get on city sewer, we had exactly 0 roaches in those 30 years. ZE-RO. And I live in Flaw duh. The cockroach capital. We have ‘em all here – American, German, Chinese, white, green, Palemtto bugs, hissing… we have ‘em all here.

    So our septic tank dies and the city apparently passed a law that we have to get on city sewer if it does. So in goes city sewer and water (which I now have a $$$$$ loan to pay because off, thanks, Port Saint Lucie) and voila – roaches.

    Almost overnight, probably literally overnight, the nymphs started coming in through the drain in the tub and the sink. I saw them tiny at firs, and I murdalized ‘em as fast as my little legs would carry me, but they kept coming.

    No really bad at first… but they kept coming. And getting bigger. And bigger. And bigger.

    So when I figured out they were coming in from the drains, I powdered the entire bathroom floor with boric acid powder. Every crack, every crevice, every nook and cranny, behind and around everything, under over around and through. It looked like someone had just had a bag of cocaine explode on the floor.

    I have also inherited two Yorkies, and it wasn’t hard to train them not to go in the bathroom, but I don’t like having them around poison on the floor. I left the bathroom door closed aside from use every day, and after that… nothing. Been months now, and I swept it all up (carefully, you don’t want to breathe that stuff in) for a guest who stayed here.

    Damned if he didn’t catch a damned roach under a cup one night. Little bastards!

    I guess the war begins here. But here’s how to kill roaches, and a few facts that’ll get them gone faster.

    * Boric acid does not work by scraping, cutting or dehydrating roaches. It is a poison. It kills roaches, people, plants, whatever ingests it. Take it from me, I have killed trees by accident trying to kill ants nests. The roaches have to eat it – which they will most gladly do if you make it easy for them. The best way to apply it is NOT as a bait! Baits can be missed, or ignored. But if it gets on the roach… even a little bit… that roach is D-E-D Dead. That’s because it is a superfine powder, and roaches have microscopic oil glands which the particles stick to. When the roach “cleans” itself – and roaches “clean” themselves constantly – it will ingest the boric acid and voila. Poison is poison, after all. So the best way to use boric acid is not as a bait, but as a powder.

    If possible, dust it everywhere you win’t stir it up or expose yourself or pets/children/fish/especially fish! to it. If that is not possible, a creative and equally effective solution is as follows.

    Get a paper plate that is sturdy. In the center of the paper plate, pour a mound of boric acid powder. The finer the powder is, the better. Make it a couple inches wide. Then, in the middle of this, make a small indentation, similar to what you would do with mashed potatoes before pouring gravy on them. In that indentation, put a piece of some kind of food that your particular roaches love. A small piece of hamburger, a half a grape, some sugar, whatever. If you use sugar, DON’T mix them together! Just pour a little sugar in the middle of the indentation your formed in the boric acid powder. Maybe a teaspoon full is way more than enough. Or a single sugar cube. Sugar really isn’t the best option; something that will start to rot is best. Roaches love rotten.

    The idea is that the roach smells the food, and must walk through the boric acid mound to get to it. Walking through it, it sticks to the roach’s legs, and then when it goes to clean… dead.

    The nice thing about this method is that if you keep the plate indoors, and put it where roaches will find it, but not pets, plants, babies, or fish (and really, if your plants and fish are hunting around your house while you sleep, roaches aren’t your main problem!) you will have only to replace it once every month or two to keep it fresh. (Make sure to use a bait that will last and be attractive for that long.) Put a few of these plates out on top of cabinets, under dressers, in cabinets under bathroom sinks, etc. and you have a seriously good roach control, very cheap. Just make sure the bait doesn’t stink the place up.

    The other way, which is much better if you have pets, babies, fish or kids, is to substitute diatomacious earth for boric acid powder and make the same style of bait trap. Non-toxic, but tis time, you are cutting them to shreds and they dehydrate.

    Food grade diatomacous earth only, please, and no matter what anyone says, DO NOT breathe it in! It is still bad for you to breathe even if it’s food grade! Diatomacous earth is still diatomacous earth!

    If you use it outside, you will have to either replenish it whenever it gets wet or you’ll have to re-powderize it. Here’s what happens when it gets wet that makes it so much less effective. The surface tension of the water helps prevent it from having the same effect, and when it gets wet, it settles together and forms a clump. When that happens, it isn’t as easy to catch on passing insects. To make it effective again, you have but to de-clump it so it becomes powdery again.

    You can actually make it as a liquid spray that will work well too, but that gets into measurements I don’t care to calculate out right now.

    Enjoy, though. It’s not hard to control roaches with either of these two substances, as long as you use them properly. Here’s to killing roaches!

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  516. February 01, 2011 at 2:05 pm, Kyreem said:

    Ok so will this totaly work, because my house is too too clean for these small insects that i constently kill and my daughter and sun are terified

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  518. February 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm, dabi said:

    so i moved into what i thought was my dream home. but it was just that, a dsream. irst night.. counted 50 + roaches everywhere. fans, walls, all rooms, etc.

    freaked out.
    put some gel traps down and called landlord. she sprayed, set off a bomb, had an exterminator come over the next day who put down a powder in the shelves and floor.. todl to clean up after a day… seems wierd to just leave for one day. landlord came over, cleaned up the powder.. i oput some chinese chalk around eveyrhting.. used 3 sticks..

    put some combat platinum gel in random places and tonight plan to move in..

    so first night – saw 60+ which must mean thousands in the house.
    second night- couldnt see because it was being bombed
    3rd night – sae like 11 or 12 , with mnay dead ones littering the floors
    4th night – saw about 1 large adult dead, 6 babies dead, 3 live ones
    5th morning – 20 dead ones. tonight.. we will see..

    this is so stressful..

    lets see what will happen.
    we still need to unpack everything which is in cardboard boxes.. and throw those boxes away.

    will keep this place updated.. i might go the borax homemade bait with onion and lard that lee suggested.

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  519. March 04, 2011 at 7:54 am, Anonymous said:

    Wall plugin devices DO NOT work! Dont Waste your money!

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  520. March 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm, Anonymous said:

    For Those Who Are Moving & Don’t Want To Take Them With You:

    1st,kill off as many as possible before you begin to pack

    2nd, check EVERY item inside & out for roaches big & small before packing it. Do not underestimate where they may be hiding,roaches can be found in the least expected places.

    3rd, put everything in boxes. You MUST seal every crack on the top & bottom with tape

    4th, be sure to seal the top of the box immediately after packing it. Once you have thoroughly checked the items & completely sealed the box it is safe. I would suggest storing the boxes in a “safe” area such as a hall closet where you never see roaches as added assurance that none will even crawl on it until you move.

    5th, appliances..if possible, placing them in the cold for a couple of days will probably help, however, I would also pull out the screwdriver & open each one up killing any of the nasty little bastards & cleaning it as much as possible. Then put in the cold,on your balcony,a sealed box-somewhere it can not be “reoccupied”.

    * a good idea may be to bomb after everything except your appliances is packed so if there are any in there they will be driven out & die.

    This may seem excessive, but if you’re like me & don’t want to drag those dirty homewreckers with you,you’ll do anything.

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  521. April 25, 2011 at 11:41 am, me said:

    We live in fl and moved into a newly remodeled single family home. It looked beautiful, all the bells and whistles. After moving in with alot of boxes and furniture noticed bugs during the day. Never having dealt with cock roaches I started researching and found out what they were. Went to the store for the usual stuff but didnt seem to work. Like others, I was about to have a breakdown. Did they get here on boxes? Were they in the moving truck? I was such a mess my husband agreed to get a exterminator. The exterminator said these have been here a long time and there is more than 1 type. He also said that the fact that they are out during the day means very bad infestation. I just wanted to burn everything and move out! The exterminator was great this is what he did: sprayed the exterior of the house and the attic and crawl space (there are no basements here), puffed in probably something like the boric acid stuff into electrical sockets throughout entire house (unscrewed face plates to puff it in) and around and in between all appliances etc. It was disgusting to see how much cockroach poop was on the back of the face plates in the kitchen area. He also sprayed inside the entire house and had me empty my kitchen cabinets and he sprayed in around under etc. everything. Cockroaches came running out and females were dropping there sacks . SOOO GROSS! I kept the dogs and cat outside for 1 1/2 hr then he said I could put everything back in (DONT WIPE OUT ANYTHING LEAVE SPRAY RESIDUE). He told me things will appear to be worse because they will all be running for their lives and dropping egg sacks etc. It was true!!! he also said do not use any products or anything else because it will counter what he has done. The spray contained the growth inhibitor as well as other stuff, which is birth control basically for cockroaches. Ten days after that he came back for part 2 of his procedure which was spraying a liquid bait that would get on remaining cockroaches that would kill them and they would bring to the nest etc,. He said give this 3 weeks. He said I may see stragglers but they should be done, all population terminated. I have a year guaranty for anything except mice. It cost 425.00. I think it was money well spent. I am in week three now and the dead roach numbers have dramatically decreased to 1 or 2 dead bodies and I havent seen any live ones or feces on counters or floor. My next test will be to use tape to see if anything appears so I can be as sure as the exterminator that they are gone.

    Here is what I did: I did seal all my food in plastic bags and they are still in bags until I can be 100% sure. I do wipe all surfaces everyday, toss trash everyday, wipe sink dry and vac the floors everyday no matter how tired I am. Dog food and water disposed of at nite and cat dish is placed on table. The stuff I have in garage I will convert to plastic tubs after each and everything is gone thru. The sealing of cracks and fixing of leaks is good as well.

    I know some people cant afford $425 so I would do the cleaning as above and puff (NOT POUR) the boric acid mixture into the outlets and behind appliance etc. and use gel bait. Make sue not to use products that work against each other and according to the exterminator NEVER FOG/BOMB it just gets the surface ones and make the others hide. It does take time and consistency, apts are worse and it is true the entire place must be treated at same time. STill take as many precautions to keep your unit unattractive to them, GOOD LUCK!!!

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  522. April 28, 2011 at 9:41 am, Grossed out said:

    Ok so i’m moving this weekend and i’ve already packed alot of my stuff. I’ve cleaned everything off but haven’t taken all of my appliances apart but it’s already packed and stacked in the kitchen i’ve recently seen small roaches crawling on some of the boxes!! HELP!!! I don’t want to take any of these nasty things to my new place. What should i do? I thought about bombing the moving truck or putting evertyhing in the garage of the new house and bombing it… Will it help or will they just hide in the stuff in the boxes and not die? I also thought about opening every box and repacking everything after cleaning again and completely taping up the whole box… although i have alot of stuff in trash bags like blankets, clothes etc. I’m freaking out now because i refuse to live with Roaches at my new house.

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  523. May 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    I’ve had great luck ridding my NY apartment of cockroaches with the Electronic Pest Repeller from Goodlife. The device is poison-free and the sound doesn’t seem to bother my cat. I almost never see roaches anymore.

    Word of caution – when I initially plugged it in, 3 or 4 startled roaches immediately ran across my wall. I recommend using it just before leaving your place for a day or two.

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  524. June 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm, Roaches are causing me to loose my mind said:

    Okay so I live in Hawaii and never in my life have I had to deal with roaches like I do here! I have these small brown little roaches that nest in the open!!! I live in an apt & have been loosing my freaking mind trying to get rid of these things. I’ve tried boric acid, chalk, gel, traps, baits…what can I do? I can’t use sprays or bombs because I have a parrot. I find them nesting under our tv speakers, in my stove, I’ve had to throw away plastic drawers because they invaded it. I have caulked everywhere and used this stuff from the store that fills up holes under the sink. Boric acid doesn’t even phase them and I put out those baits to find them nesting in the holes ontop!! I clean like a crazy person but they just keep coming. They’re smaller then a nickle and the babies are even worse. I need help because I’m loosing my mind. What else can I do other than a professional (my landlord won’t let me use one..bitch).

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  525. July 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm, samira said:

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  526. July 27, 2011 at 11:43 am, Tom said:

    Those electronic devices are junk. I had 6 of them not a bit of difference. They tested them on the news,Roaches just climbed on them,no effect.

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  527. July 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm, Hailey said:

    Okay so I had this issue because of nasty neighbors in the mobile home park I lived in. I refused to move out because it was cheap living after paying off my mobile hom. But didnt want to live with bugs. So Tried foggers and everything.. Nothing worked for long. Then one day, I had a friend who lived in another park tell me something that saved my life! I bought a huge bag of garden lime.. and I sprinkled it up around everything!. I even got under my mobile home and sprinkled it all over the bottom. Not a bug since.. Not even a spider

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  528. August 02, 2011 at 12:38 am, Monica said:

    Okay, I have read a lot of posts that are about roaches and bedbugs. First, bedbugs HATE heat. We got them when we lived in an apartment (go figure) and when we moved we went to the laundry mat and washed and dried every scrap of clothing we owned and were wearing. Then we put everything else in a non climate controlled storage unit. During the summer is the best time, or if you live in your own house just bag all of the stuff that is “fluffy like” and put it in a shed or something of the like. Leave it there for at least a month, two is better, they can live for a long time. And use the Borax stuff in it. It will cut down how long it will take to get rid of them. They sell bags that you can put on your mattress to get rid of them, the down side is they are between 40$ and 100$ and you have to leave them on there of like a year. Anyway, do all that and you should be good with the bedbugs.

    We now live in a humid, semi tropical area now and from what I have been told, the roaches love it. I have a friend who owns a pest control company and they have told me, along with other companies, that I will not be able to keep them away from outside. Between the grass that decays, dead animals in and by the road, mold and mildew, etc. they will always be outside. To keep them out of the house they say to clean like crazy, have a pest control company out quarterly, try the borax outside doors, windows, basically any entry point, and keep food in the fridge/freezer when possible or sealed containers. I rent our house and the rental company uses the cheapest companies to do what ever work they deem necessary to be done. They even put in my renewal that A/C issues, no matter if I have infants, are not an emergency, even if it is 103 degrees outside. So needless to say, I have done what research I can to fix the infestation and so far so good.

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  529. September 05, 2011 at 1:34 pm, Barb said:

    Best solution, rather harmless to humans… Spray Lysol 4 in 1 spray, and spray on sink drain, shower drain, corners of shower and it’s good in the toilet for odors, too. If you spray this right on a cockroack they absolutely can’t breathe… their little spiracles (holes in their abdomen for breathing…) get choked up, much like you would if you inhaled ammonia – so they choke within about one minute. Nice an clean, and no matter how resistant they are to toxins, they will die when they can’t breathe. Simple as that. AND, if you make it a habit to spray Lysol 4 in 1 on the drains and sinks every night, you will likely not see any cockroaches in the morning or in the night when you turn on the lights. They HATE this stuff, and it is not messy. By the way, sugar ants will disappear from your house if you spray the line of them (when you see them “marching”…) with old fashioned original Windex with ammonia. Again, it chokes them, they hate it and they will not come back. Seems to work for about a year. I never had ants again and I only did it once and let it sit on the line of dead ants for about 15 min. I think they had scouts that communicated the mass death. I would use poisons, but haven’t had much luck with them.

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  530. September 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm, Richter said:

    My husband and I moved into an apartment about 11 days ago. We didn’t realize it was infested with roaches until the night after moving everything in. We had seen one when moving in, but never having seen one before, no sirens went off in my head. 8 days later and we have probably killed easily 500 roaches. They are German roaches (which now makes me embarrassed to be a german haha). They have egg sacks that look like dried up kidney beans. Each egg sack contains 20 to 50 babies.
    After doing hours of research and talking to various exterminators here’s what I’ve learned and what we’ve done. First of course for me, was to freak out and cry. After regrouping, we started the cleaning process. This involved arming ourselves with raid, and pulling out the oven and refrigerator. We probably killed about 100 roaches when we did this. We sprayed everything and they were coming from everywhere. They like the warmth of the refrigerator, as well as the food particles and mess our previous tenants had left for us to clean. GROSS!!!! Originally I was concerned to spray the back of the refrigerator, because I didn’t want the air inside the fridge to be contaminated, but I learned that you can spray away and it won’t ruin the air inside the fridge!
    Since most everything was in boxes, and the roaches like the cellulose and the glue in boxes, about 50% of our boxes had at least one visible roach in it (this was after sitting on a rug overnight). We have thrown out every box we can. Every box we wanted to save or couldn’t unpack yet, we put in totes and taped closed, or sealed in black plastic bags. most cockroaches can live about 2 weeks without water and up to a month without food. If you have any cardboard I would suggest getting rid of it or bagging it for at least two weeks to kill any roaches inside. That’s assuming there are no eggs inside that have recently hatched.

    We immediately called our landlord who said he would get an exterminator. 6 days after moving in, an exterminator came out. He used sprays and gels. Because we are in a apartment building that is three stories, the exterminator said that at bare minimum the basement would need to be treated as well as a second treatment for our apartment. Roaches need water to breed and basements are usually their favorite places to reside. Unfortunately we are in an old building so it will be impossible to completely seal our apartment. The fact that our ceiling is a tiled ceiling like you’d see in an office or school so i’m not very optimistic about completely remedying the problem.
    Although the apartment is spotless and we have yet to have a parcel of food in the apartment (yes our eating out bill has been racking up), we still have seen numerous of our unwelcome roommates.
    After the exterminator came, we saw about 50 dead roaches, but still many perfectly healthy roaches scurrying around. We went to the grocery store and picked up some borax in the laundry isle and some powdered sugar. We did 3 parts borax with 1 part powdered sugar. The borax works similar to boric acid which is that it gets on them when they cross it, and when they ingest it by cleaning themselves, it poisons and kills them. I mixed powdered sugar with the borax so that they would be attracted to it. We sprinkled it close to the walls and made a perimeter around our apartment. We also put it down cracks and holes in places where we’ve seen them (which is everywhere). It works best if its a very light coating because if its just poured around, they can avoid it like we would a snow drift.
    We also have put out foil tape that they stick to when they try to cross it. I think duct tape would work just as well. We put it across our bedroom door because I am freaked out by the thought of them freely coming in and out of our bedroom.
    Any egg sacks we’ve found we have flushed down the toilet to get them as far away from us as possible. The egg sacks stay attached to the females until they are ready to hatch, or else are dropped when the roaches get stressed by us chasing them. They stick out of the end of the abdomen.
    We’ve slowly been seeing less adults and more babies. We’ve killed about 20-50 a night for the past 4 nights.
    We plan on having the exterminator come back out to do our apartment and basement. Until then we are keeping our Borax mix out and in powder form. If it clumps it won’t stick to them and then they won’t need to ingest it.
    It’s sad to hear that most people’s landlords are being difficult. Although our’s is a total jerk, in Massachusetts it is against health code to have to live in a roach infested apartment, so he has to pay! We have the rights and he doesn’t.
    It can take up to a week to show real improvement, but we are seeing improvements (killing less each night) and are hopeful that with all the combined methods we will be roach free!

    Also, I think it is a normal reaction to freak out. I have had two panic attacks and wake up startled, thinking a roach might be on me or near me at least once a night. Not the ideal move to Cambridge I was hoping for! However, having a plan for attack makes me feel better and helps psychologically. I hope someone finds this helpful and I sympathize with anyone experiencing even a fraction of what we have!!

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  531. September 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm, Mari said:

    I hate the fact that the ignorance of people is given us who are clean a hard time. Cockroaches grow for the negligence of others who are lazy to do chores. I used to lived in an apartment where was infested tremendously with this insects and I tried my best to keep the house clean but my two roommates did not care and they would live food everywhere so you could see them as black beans all over the floor, I hated so much. I finally moved out and I was scared to bring them to my new apartment thanks God I didn’t. Now I am living in a different apartment in the same building and like 2 or 3 days ago my husband found one on his desk, he killed it but then he told me that the people from the first floor had door open and he was passing by and he saw the apartment literally a mess where they had food on the floor and not only that but children live there too and as you know children drop food every time they eat. I am very concern because I think I have phobia and my nerves are going crazy just to think that I could see one. I am going to try the BORAX with sugar and we’ll see what happens.

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  536. November 07, 2011 at 12:20 am, Emily said:

    I have tried boric acid, jells, sprays, bombs and everything mentioned…. I am always killing roaches and cleaning my house so there is no food or drink for them….. I really dont know what else to do please help me I am at my wits end with this huge problem.

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  541. December 12, 2011 at 7:53 am, SandMan said:

    Here is the simple recipe that you can make in your own kitchen with ingredients costing a few dollars and that can last for a couple of years:

    Boric acid (powdered form) = 250 grams (8.8 oz.)
    Onion liquefied (without water) in a blender = 200 grams (7 oz.)
    Starch = 20 grams (0.7 oz.)
    Wheat flour (bread and cake purpose) = 20 grams (0.7 oz.)
    Powdered milk = 25 grams (5 tsp.)
    Sugar = 30 grams (1 oz.)
    Place all the above ingredients into a plastic bowl, and then mix them well. Place an old newspaper on the floor, either on your yard or in the garage and pour all the wet ingredients onto it and let it sit the whole night. In the morning, you will find that it has dried up somewhat to the point where you can make a small fingernail-sized balls from it. You can place these balls under the sink, around the drainage pipes, in your garage, storage areas or wherever cockroaches live.

    In a matter of three days to a week, you won’t see cockroaches anymore. So where did they go? They are no longer in your house. They will be dehydrated by boric acid. They will be dried up. Try it. A dollar can keep your home free from roaches. I myself do not have any roaches in my house for so many years.

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  542. December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm, Jennifer said:

    My family and I just moved to a condo development in South Florida from Long Island 2 months ago. I’ve never dealt with roaches till we got here. We signed the lease without seeing the place (except for pix and an older aunt looking around). When we walked in, there they were…..in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms. I was so skeeved out. Before we brought in a single box, I brought in an exterminator. The spraying did NOTHING! We bought traps and put them everywhere. Again…nothing. They were still crawling everywhere.

    I read up on boric acid and told my husband to go out to Home Depot immediately. They had this stuff called Maxx Attraxx by Hot Shot. It basically is boric acid and cost $4. We put it EVERYWHERE! Behind the appliances, under the sink, EVERYWHERE! We even got double sided tape and put it on that too. It’s as toxic as table salt. We have 2 kids, 2 dogs a cat and a bird so poisons were a big NO NO.

    I make sure the pet dishes are cleaned and put away. I don’t have any dirty dishes out and make sure there is no water around…..sinks dry, tubs, everything. Before bed I dry the kitchen sink and make a ring around the drain with the Maxx.

    About a week and a half later, I stopped seeing the adults….just the smaller babies. I kept killing them and either put them down the toilet or the garbage disposal. I did find an egg case under my sink but tossed that down the disposal. It’s only been about a week but I haven’t seen a single one. I continue to keep the food/water away and everything is the same. I heard that there could be a surge again if new eggs hatch (that I didn’t find.) So far, so good. I highly recommend the Maxx Attraxx and if not – plain old boric acid.

    Good luck and let’s kill all these little suckers!!!!!

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  543. December 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm, D said:

    I first encountered a roach in 2004. After initially running and contacting management, the problem was taken care of with a professional company. I didn’t see a roach for two or three years. Then I went to the trash room, I live in a high rise and wow,baby roaches I contacted management And they were negotiating a new contract with another company and would not be able to take care of the problem for months. Fast three months. . .I was sleeping with one eye open surrounded by poison-Borax and because of this I saw one a dat but a neighbor saw hundreds daily, I suspect she was culprit! She moved, they exterminated, no roaches. By this time I stopped cooking in the home, take my trash to the dump every morning and they came back after years one month after I get a new neighbor. Management has now decided to exterminate by floor staring at the top floor. My floor is two weeks after the eighth floor, guess who will be majorly visiting for a couple of weeks, roaches. I already got my first wave.

    These roaches are brazen enough to walk through piles of borax to. Their death to get no food or water. I woke up screaming two days ago aver one breach a safe zone! Every shoe and handbag is bagged in ziplock bags ( they come in sizes large enough to place boots and handbags) and my home looks like kids got into baby powder, I’m surprised I’m alive and while the building has an infestation the exterminator that looked my place over said they were traveling roaches that I would have to kill on sight when I saw them. I fogged with multiple cans at once, no roaches, yet one dared to crawl across my forehead when I was sleep. I’m glad i sleep with mouth closed!

    I of course will keep my floor covered in borax, but is there anything else you can do if you have bad neighbors, let me know.

    Oh, did I mention that my management company said there could be a delay because they were having Christmas celebrations. …I suggested they use our community room, they declined. They acted quickly when I googles to news channels while speaking with the property manager. So for those having management problems that may be the way to go.

    Does anyone know if say four boxes of borax everywhere kills humans, if so this will be my first and last post! Good luck!

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  544. December 17, 2011 at 11:33 am, Angry said:

    I am dealing with roaches for the second time in my life.

    First time was near Chicago like three or four years ago. These were city roaches that were huge. Nothing could kill them (I once took steady aim on a huge one crawling up the kitchen wall with a squirt bottle filled with poison. The thing just kept walking like it was a sunny Spring day! I also once threw a full size phone book on top of one, then stood on it. The thing still crawled out and ran across the floor!).

    They were in the cabinets at night. You could knock on them and hear them scurry away. It got so that at night I did not go in there, as I read then you can become psych afraid of them. The landlord there was a jerk and said there was no issue..BS as Orkin said he was full of it and if they bombed the sewers it would only deal with it for a short time. So we moved and the jerk kept our sucurity.

    But those large and sick that they were at least stayed in the kitchen.

    At the startofWe found a palce to live intown, December my family moved to Texas, right on the bay near the ocean.

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  545. December 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm, Angry said:

    *sorry, writing from my phone it got screwed up!*

    So we moved from Chicago to right on the Gulf in Texas and when the apt was empty there were at least one or two of the damn things in every room! My girlfriend said there was no way she could stay here and we went to her grandmother for the night, but they could not help as her grandad is sick with cancer and they have a two bedroom and we have two kids (One ALLERGIC to…you guessed it roaches!) That can’t be there.

    We could not afford to keep the U-Haul plus get a motel, plus find a new place so we had to come back here. The apt’s manager said they sprayed that’s why they were out and about (Which might be true, the ones I saw that night were just sitting there, even if you waved your hand right over them…) and that they exterminated every month.

    So we signed the draconian lease (If you move you pay for the whole six months in full, they are not laible for damages to personal items or property etc etc…) as we had no place to go and. Could not just drive back to Illinois.

    We bought raid and the “red” can seems to kill the ones who are out and somone here suggested Bengal Gold (not regular Bengal, the Gold can) and that seemed to kill some off for a time in the kitchen but we still see one to four a day. Bought Roach Pruf with boric acid in it but after reading the above I think we will never be rid of them (especially as my neighbors are all asian refugees who seem to according to neighbors bake shrimp on cardboard boxes out in the sun next door and don’t even care if flies gt on them and dry out fish on air conditioners).

    I also feel after reading (and acaring myself to death) last night that they were only pushed back to god knows where to breed by the spray. So I will spend more cash I don’t have (the apt manager says they don’t do refunds for money I have spent on pest control!) On a bottle to apply the boric go to Ace and buy those roach tablets and battle them best I can.

    I am also going to post details of my lease and situations on legal forums and see what I can do about moving, especially with my step daughter having allergies to the bloody things.

    What gets me is I am suppossed to be down here not working while my girl works to start a freelance writing career but yesterday there were two by my PC and then they can live in the damn thing? Not only is that disgusting but I waited five years to get a new PC as I am not by any means rich and now these damn things will move into them?

    This is crazy. If they are that prolific there should be renters and buyers laws in place that unless you are informed in writing of a prior infesatation that u can do anything needed to move and get your security deposit then and there.

    Good luck to all, I will return and post the end results about the fight, the apt and the legal aspects.

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  546. December 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm, Jennifer said:

    To Angry….I feel your pain. I couldn’t sleep at night. I would get up and open the cabinets just to kill whoever was out. The boric acid worked really well. Make sure you dry everything. They need water more than food. Cut off their supply!!! When you kill them make sure you flush the little beast. They can drop their egg case so clean off your shoe or whatever you smash it with.

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  549. January 15, 2012 at 3:40 am, Give em' the Cold Shoulder said:

    Cockroaches thrive in hot and humid habitats. They need the moisture in order to survive. All of the products in the world will not be as effective as attacking your infestation with a cold surge. While it may be expensive, after adding up the cost of all of the other treatments on the market this method will probably be a cheaper alternative. Try blasting the AC to a frigid temperature on an evening ideally during the colder winter months. Plan an evening out at least for a few hours so you don’t also have to weather the cold. This in addition to the other sprays, powders, gels, and foggers will surely eliminate the majority of the population. The rest will most likely retreat somewhere else. Also bleach works on contact for killing them.

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  550. January 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm, Roach Killer said:

    We used to get roaches at our old place, at night there was always 1 or 2 lurking around, it had been worse but the whole house and under the house had been bombed (before i moved in) so the vast majority were dead. when i did find one however i would catch it in a glass and card, and later feed it too the chooks we had in the backyard, they loved them.
    I particularly hated finding them in the bathroom and had a bad incident where one crawled up the curtain while i was having a shower and scared the absolute shit out of me, after which i always checked the tub and curtain before taking a shower.
    since then ive moved twice and the second place ive moved too ive started to see roaches in the bathroom at night.. found 2 the first time and didn’t know what to do with them so i just flushed them, 1 in particular took about 5 flushes to finally go down. however it didn’t bode well with me knowing they would probly survive this and have since found out alcohol is fatal to them. so the most recent one ive caught i sprayed lynx (uses an alcohol based propellant) in the glass i had it trapped in a couple of times after which it started to behave strangely like it was dying, so i dumped it in the toilet bowl and it flailed around a bit and shortly after sank. a bit of a haphazard method i know but if u have no roach spray around or other killing method that doesn’t involve splattering its disgusting, disease ridden guts it does the trick.

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  551. February 09, 2012 at 1:56 pm, Anonymous said:

    can roaches die from extreme cold and NO air movement?

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  552. February 09, 2012 at 2:00 pm, mr me said:

    can roaches die from extreme cold and NO air movement?

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  555. March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am, diana j said:

    I live in South Texas and in the South the laws about housing are not as strict as in some states. But just to let you know the problem in the south with cockroaches is bad because of the humidity, and also because of Live Oak Trees and Palm trees. Cockroaches and Palmetto Bugs ( Large 2 to 3 inch roaches) live in both of those trees and can live off the bark and leaves of the trees. So don’t rent an apartment that has one of those trees within 6 feet of it – or you will never be able to completely get rid of the bugs – because they will keep coming back.

    If your house or apartment is up on blocks or off the ground even 3 to 4 inches – put moth balls under it every month. Also some cockroaches eat wood – so it is not true that you have to be dirty to get them. If your house or apartment has problems with a leaking roof you are more likely to have cockroaches – because the roaches have everything they need to survive: water and wood.

    I have found that Raid is the only spray that actually works here unless you get an exterminator to spray with some insecticide that is really lethal. Then it would be better to leave your house with all of your pets overnight after they exterminate it, so you don’t get sick.

    Another thing you might try is Raid Fumigator bug bombs. Open all of your cabinet doors, your drawers, closet doors and remove all the covers of your electrical outlets, including the switch plates, cover any window air conditioners. Put your dishes and silverware into plastic bags and seal them unless you want to wash them all. Do these things before you set the bombs off and leave your house. Make sure that you place a bomb in every room on top of a chair or table with a small piece of paper underneath it.

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  557. May 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm, Gaurav said:

    The cockroaches are everywhere!! In the fridge, on the bed, on the bathrooom soap, on the table.. even on the food plate (then I don’t eat, once a coackroach goes near it). Its a highly unhygienic situation I live in. I have to do something now. This is disasterous. I got all kinds of cockroaches, from the very tiny, to the medium to the a-bit-large (no large though). A cockroach is roaming on the nearby table as I type this, sitting on the bed. Damn! it just walked on the TV remote control! I got to do something!! Seen all the ideas here. Especially Lee’s relentless mission to eradicate them. I hope I get rid of these. Thanks!!

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  558. June 08, 2012 at 7:44 pm, dansando said:

    lets put it this way if you have an infestation in your your apartments and if you got rid of them all. they will come back because if your apartment is infected this means all other tenets apartment will also be infected.

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  559. June 15, 2012 at 4:03 am, Anonymous said:

    hehehe, quaint methods, i have a suggestion, when a cockroach appears, grab anything and everything and use it as a weapon, i just usually use a broom for melee and my slippers or a water gun filled with alcohol for long range. some chase music and a little role playing heightens the chance you can kill them. IT’S CRUNCH TIME!
    NOTE: slippers, or anything you can throw, are safest to use when facing a wall with no breakable objects. its a cockroach, it aint worth a vase.

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  560. June 20, 2012 at 11:44 am, Not Disclosed said:

    Yesterday I found two huge cockroaches in my southern home. I am a teen, and I am very afraid of arachnids and insects of all kinds. My father just sprayed the place with raid ant and roach killer. I just finished rinsing every sink and toilet in my house with bleach. I pray that this works. On saturday I plan to scrub the place down with soap, water, and bleach from top to bottom. Luckily, I have not found any pests in my bedroom, probaly because I keep it very clean. However, I am planning to give my room special treatment and sanitize EVERYTHING, and refold all my clothes. Roaches have never been a serious problem, and the most I found in a day was four, but then they disappeared for a year. Now they are back to steal my peace of mind. Sometimes I find myself checking my kitchen for bugs before I make myself a cup of tea, or cook a meal. For now, these are the steps I are taking.

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  561. June 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm, Anonymous said:

    i hate roaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  562. July 05, 2012 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve used Max Force and their baits really do work–but they have to be continuously used–like replenished every 6 months or so. I got the product idea from a high-end hotel worker, so I know it works really well.

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  563. July 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm, Greg Biffle said:

    Hi, I live in a one bedroom semi nice apartment.. Somtimes I leave for a week or so at a time and when I get back these little roaches are friggin EVERYWHERE!!! Im talking dishwasher, closet, sink, kitchen floor, even in my refrigerator for god sake.. I don’t understand because I am a clean person.. I take the trash out regularly, wash the dishes, clean the counters etc. Its literally starting to embarrass/depress me.. I have tryed eveything to keep them away raid, borax, all the good stuff but they always show up again and its like they are in packs… I read what one person said on here about how when they cut the lights off they all show up.. I got the same problem.. Anyway thanks for reading my rants lol. If anyone could help that would be GREATLY appreciated. O by the way I am in a severe money crunch right now so calling someone in to fix the problem isn’t going to work out so well for me.. Thanks again.

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  564. July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm, Carmen said:

    Has anyone tried spraying down their property both inside & out if possible with Cedar oil? I have heard it works on ALL pest including Bed Bugs and has ZERO side effect on pets, plants, furniture or clothing?

    I am highly allergic to any form of chemical so my only options are sound or natural preventive methods. Google Cedar oil there are several companies who sell the oil directly to the public.

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  565. September 10, 2012 at 12:17 am, Anonymous said:

    The bigger roaches (about 2-3″ in size) are easier to get rid of than the smaller ones. So far, I have only seen 3 types; the big ones, the tan colored ones (German roaches), and these wide little ones that have a turtle-like shaped body, and are much darker in color. Their babies are super tiny like the size and shape of a flax seed. If you have the two latter types of roaches, you have a serious problem. Those are the difficult ones to get rid of. Not the big ones. You fog once and they should be gone. But the German ones, those seem to thrive more. I live in South Texas. Hot and humid. And in all my life I lived in California, I’ve never seen a roach the size of my thumb. But I was relieved to know that those scary monster-sized insects were much easier to kill. Unfortunately, the others are thriving and this problem has become excessive. :(

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  566. September 11, 2012 at 1:53 am, guest said:

    Question: I am looking fo an apartment right now i viewed one the other day and saw three dead roaches in the bathroom. The agent who was showing me the place said there is another tenant in the building who has a problem and you that they have been spraying but it’s nothing really to worry about. Should I be a worried?

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  567. September 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm, keishaashton said:

    i do not like them cockroaches

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  568. September 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm, keishaashton said:

    i do not like them

    yes do not like them
    ok then
    bye ok
    yes ok yha

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  569. September 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm, California Guest said:

    I have had it with Cockroaches, but they refuse to go away. I have bombed and now going to try suggestions on this page. I hope it works!! I have not heard much tht works though Thanks for allof your help and suggestions..

    thank you

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  570. October 10, 2012 at 4:07 am, GuestWoman said:

    Omg!!! These ugly things are so gross. Don’t like chemicals…to even touch. Suddenly i’ve seen all kinds of & styles of these roaches. My cat alerts me to the big ones but he won’t get them. He just stalks them.

    I have no peace of mind. I don’t want company…they may think I’m nasty. I’ve isolated myself. Don’t sleep at night…wait til daylight.
    Have lost weight & my appetite. Becuase sat a cheeseburger and fries down I’d bought at cookout on the counter…fixed my granchild’s and My elderly mother. Ate half of mine…went back to eat the rest…and could of sworn there was a roach leg inside box w/rest of my food.

    I tried to examine it…ate the rest of my fries & such…thinking it was prob. something the restuarant got on there from another order.
    Now I don’t want to eat. I’ve seen these huge ones and now babies in my kitchen at stove …under it & fridge.

    My cat sits and waits…so I took some tape like priority tape…made a circle…stuck it on the floor and put a piece of cheese cracker. I thought maybe it was a mouse.
    Then I heard the tape move & my cat took from living room. I grabbed flash light and turned on kitchen light and couldn’t believe my eyes. This Huge ROACH…was pulling this half a cheese cracker…like a goldfish kind off the tape and took off back under sove before I could hit it with a broom.

    Yuck!!! I hate all insects and chemicals. This is ruining my life. My social…I have none. Never invite anyone. Feel dirty. Scared to eat.

    Honestly, I think they came in from between walls of other units where water has leaked…or something.
    Or…from boxes you get for your TV when you first move in…Like DVR’s.

    Plus, if you’ve ever rented anything to own or buy used…maybe there were roach eggs.
    EWW!!! This is awful. This really just sucks. There has to be an answer!!!

    If ANYONE knows of a surefire way that is safe…non-toxic for kids and pets …please let me know.

    Thanks for all the help. Maybe we need a Roach Social club or Annual meetings. This is so embarrassing. I’ve become just tired, lonely, and depressed over all this!
    Plus, my mind is starting to fear all other things. I have anxiey & phobias for sure now!

    Thanks…& good luck.

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  571. October 10, 2012 at 4:25 am, GuestWoman said:

    REally, I just want to move now.
    I feel like I’m living in a Roach motel. I just want to eat out which I cannnot even afford.
    I even rented a storage unit before …and was going to go back and seal all cracks and spray…and try everything.
    But the next day while I was taking my things to storage unit. The empty one next to me
    had the door open and a big dead rat was lying right there.
    Wow!!! Now, I had paid for a month and didn’t want to go from bad to worse and have my items stored in worse conditions.
    SOOOO….I lost my money and started moving all my things back.

    I really do pray to the GOOD LORD Above that he’ll send an answer soon so that I can enjoy my little place once again.

    Yuck!!! I feel like sleeping in earmuffs…baths are no more fun. Just quick showers and always looking. These UGLY Roaches make you feel dirty no matter what!

    Dear God, I had no Idea they could get in a refridgerator. That was my one “safe” place….I though.
    Wow!!! I’m obseessed with all this now. Scared to sleep.

    Good luck everybody. Please let me know if you find a safe & permanent solution. ;)

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  572. October 10, 2012 at 4:32 am, GuestWoman said:

    How do they keep them out of the grocery stores?
    They have all kinds of food. And dog food…and cat food.

    OMGOSH!!!! I’ll just bet you I’ve eaten a roach…and that one had crawled in my food here and I didn’t know it.
    I just feel So Sick.

    EWWW…YUCK!!! I know for a fact that the second you turn your back …they’ll come out and grab your food.
    And I’ve left Pizza sitting there and then gone back for another piece.
    No wonder they want to stay…they’ve been eating great!!! LOL

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  573. November 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm, tim said:

    you can take little cups of sulfur put one in each room and light it on fire be sure to open all drawers and cabinet doors take all clutter and spread it out in your house then leave for 4 hours. come back and open doors and windows turn on AC and fans. beware don’t leave pets in the house this kills everything.

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  574. December 31, 2012 at 4:45 am, the exterminator said:

    ok look i have neen an exterminator for about 4 years now and borax/ boric acid with sugar and water and flour makes a good yeast and can be put into alot of crevaces and it will kill cockraoches. as for bed bugs best thing is Diatomaceous earth, i do like Dairy Mist II which can be found at a vet store or some pet stores. the electronic devices do not work please do not waste your money. oh and to get rid of gnats take out your trash and bleach every area you can where the gnats are not the store bleach that stuff is to watered down but industrial use bleach works wonders. Ants also can be killed by borax/boric acid or the dairy mist II or Diatomsceous earth.

    thats about it for inside pest problems if there are more ? that anyone needs answered please let me know.

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  575. November 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm, Angelica said:

    I Use To Live In A Four Plex. 4 /1 Bedroom Units. Mona To The Right. Edna To The Left. The Last Unit To The Left Was Ray. Anyways, We Were Living In A Roach Motel. They We All Over. Floor, Walls, Ceiling. They Even Got In The Fridge. My Mom Introduce Me To A Produce Call “ROACH PRUFF” The Manufacture Is, “COPPERBRITE” They Are In California. As Far As I Know. Only Ace Hardware Carries It. I Was Pregnant. Grossed Out. My Mom Opened This Can Of Magic. She Put It I’m A Garlic Salt Bottle, For Easy Dispensing. She Laided A Line Of This Produce. It’s Light Blue In Color. Behind The Stove, Fridge, Sofa, In All The Cabinet Along The Back. I Was Thinking That It’s Not Gonna Work. Everyday When I Got Home From Work There Was Some 10 to 20, In The Following 2 to 3 Week’s There Were Piles. Believe Me. This Was Magic. It Worked. Nothing To Wash, Nothing To Air Out. BYE BYE ROACHES!!! Forever. YEAH!!!!! As For Mona, Edna And Ray. They Followed Suit. Up To This Date. 30 Years Later. There Hasn’t Been Another Roach On That Property. I Heard That The Raid Company Paid Them To Say Quite About Their Produce. Imagine If The World Knew About ROACH PRUFF By COPPERBRITE. It Would Put Alot Of Company’s Out Of Bussiness. I Wish I Could Tell Judge Milion From From People’s Court About This. She Said The Roaches In Florida Are Big Enoff To Ride. Last COPPERBRITE Makes Another Product Called TERMITE PRUFF. You Can Do Your Entire House For About 12 Dollars. That’s About How Much A Can Of That Stuff Is. Mayne Even Less Than That. Try It. You Will Not Be Disappointed.

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