How to Prevent Cockroaches from Invading Your Apartment

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A cockroach crawls along a wooden surface inside a home

For most tenants, the mere thought of having to deal with a cockroach infestation is enough to make their skin crawl. A particular problem in warmer and damp climates, roaches are an all-too-common pest, plaguing countless apartment dwellers every year across the U.S. When the tell-tale egg casings and droppings appear, frantic calls to landlords soon follow, and exterminators are usually dispatched to spray down the apartment with a witch’s brew of chemicals (many of which are highly toxic). Clearly, this is a major league nuisance for all involved.

Why are Roaches Bad?

American cockroaches are a host organism for at least 33 kinds of bacteria, as well as several parasites and pathogens that can adversely affect humans. On top of that, cockroaches have been found by researchers to exacerbate both seasonal allergies and asthma in people of all ages, with those in big cities being most at risk of developing an infection or seeing an uptick in their symptoms. If that isn’t enough to make your skin crawl, consider this: an average roach is capable of running three miles per hour, carrying and spreading bacteria very quickly wherever it goes.

When Do They Come Inside?

These unwanted guests typically venture indoors when they sense food, crawling in through cellars, garages, open windows, and even underneath doors. in other words, any small crevice exposed to the outside is fair game for roaches to enter through. They can also utilize other entry points like the bathroom sink or shower drain. Yes, it’s actually pretty well known that roaches travel along sewer lines, finding their way into pipes and eventually the homes to which they’re connected. Once inside, they are oftentimes drawn to kitchens in search of food.

Clean Up Your Act

Roaches out in the wild can be found feasting on natural materials such as wood or leaves, but they’re actually very indiscriminate in their diet and will eat pretty much anything. That’s why they’re often a big problem for restaurants and other commercial spaces where a large quantity of food is prepared or disposed of. For that reason, your first order to business should be to consider your kitchen’s cleanliness — are there any food particles or spills that don’t get cleaned up right away? Even your cat’s food, if left uneaten for a prolonged period, can lure in the pests. After each feeding, rinse out the food bowl.

Look around and make sure you’re cultivating an environment that’s completely sanitary (and thus unappealing to them). Check all the nooks and crannies in your kitchen to see if there are any old crumbs that have accrued anywhere, and then clean those areas thoroughly. You might even want to use some disinfecting wipes to get the job done. Is your stovetop in need of scrubbing after one too many cooking spills? Is the microwave in need of a good wiping down?

You should also examine your cupboards, noting any smells or signs that condiments and other packaged food items have been left unclosed or improperly sealed. Any lids loose? Containers, when not actively being used, should be stored appropriately, and you shouldn’t be able to smell anything when you open your cupboards. Traces of food also seem to stick to appliances like toasters or refrigerators, or settle beneath them, so keeping these places relatively clean will certainly help as well. The goal is to create a sterile space where no food scraps or crumbs can be observed.

Keep the Food in the Kitchen

Properly stored food sits nice and sealed inside a kitchen cupboard

Get accustomed to regularly storing any uneaten food in the fridge, in lieu of leaving that box of half-eaten pizza sitting on the kitchen counter “for later on.” And stick to a firm schedule for washing and putting away dishes rather than letting them pile up in the sink. And though late-night snacking in your living room can be tempting, doing so habitually can lead to more crumbs accumulating, which in turn attracts pests like roaches. So keep food consumption in other rooms to a minimum, or better yet, ban meals outside the dining room or kitchen altogether, or else you may soon have an infestation on your hands.

Routinely vacuum or mop your kitchen floors to keep them free from any food residue, and remember to clean up after all your meals. This includes peeking under tables or chairs for any bits of food that may have rolled off the plate or otherwise didn’t end up where intended. Food smells can also originate from your trash can, so make sure you keep the lid on tightly. When it starts to get full, promptly take it out to the curb. Just be sure to double-knot your trash bags to prevent any odors from escaping and potentially giving the roaches the wrong idea!

Caulked and Loaded

Lastly, you’ll want to show those cockroaches that you aren’t open for business by caulking exposed areas shut, such as little cracks in walls or ceilings, spaces around pipes, and any narrow, hard-to-reach nooks that seem unprotected. Sealing off these openings, however tiny they may be, will make it nearly impossible for any creature to crawl through. Consider weather stripping your windows and doors for added protection.

By following these handy tips, you’ll never have to worry about seeing these bothersome bugs in your apartment again!

137 Responses to “How to Prevent Cockroaches from Invading Your Apartment”

  1. September 29, 2006 at 10:38 pm, Guest said:

    My apartment is crawling with German Cockroaches, which are so disgusting. Granted, it’s a low rent place that isn’t well maintained so I can’t act like I’m shocked. It’s a building problem, so bad that the local pest companies spray all the units every 90 days, it’s like clockwork around here. And they’re still everywhere.

    The article wasn’t very informative, it failed to mention the most common infesting types (German Cockroach, American Cockroach [a.k.a. Palmetto Bug or Water Bug], Brown Banded Cockroach, and the Oriental Cockroach.

    It also should have mentioned Boric Acid and gels that the roaches eat, are somewhat effective control measures. Though in a muliple unit apartment building it is next to impossible to eliminate an infestation. It’s difficult enough in just a single household.

    Basically, avoid any apartment complex you know has a German Cockroach infestation.


    • December 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm, A said:

      > IT DIDN'T WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is happening to me now i am only 11 and i am super scared….


  2. October 03, 2006 at 12:29 am, Guest said:

    Boric acid? I’ve seen it in stores, but an exterminator once told me they no longer use it. Plus, I’ve heard they’re not so good if you have pets (and probably children).


    • October 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm, Stace said:

      > yea they tell you that so they can water your place down so you can keep calling them and keep feeding them so they can get your money. Sad but true.


  3. October 07, 2006 at 9:16 am, Guest said:

    I have used Boric Acid by the door entrances and it has prevented all types of bugs from entering my home including roaches. Make sure you keep this product out of reach of the children.


  4. October 09, 2006 at 12:21 pm, Guest said:

    I used to work for an apartment complex that had coakroaches. Let me tell you from a management standpoint, it’s not fun for us either!! One thing that we used was sugar and baking soda mixture. We placed it in bowls around the kitchen and bathroom areas of the infested apartments. Apparently, the roaches go to it for the sugar, but also injest the baking soda. However, roaches can’t “pass gas” and due to the baking soda eventually just die. You still have to clean up the dead ones and remove them from your apartment ASAP so that nothing rehatches. However, it did seem to be fairly efective in between regular extermination treatments from our contracted company


  5. October 11, 2006 at 9:32 am, Guest said:

    We bought a house that was infested with all sorts of cockroaches. It was wierd because the house stood vacant for many many months before we moved in and still there was a terrible problem once we did finally move in. So they didn’t have food to eat for a long time. I think they eat other things other than the food we eat. Also we did some yard work taking out old bushes and an old gate next to the house and there were nest in the gate and under the bushes. So all my ideas about roaches have changed, I think they could survive a nuclear explosion!
    I have also heard that the roach poop is a attraction for other roaches, so it is important to make sure that is cleaned up. Also, I would recommend a professional. I was spraying with some stuff from the home store every single week for 2 months and would still see some live bugs, once I called in the professionals I haven’t seen any live bugs at all and that was only after one treatment.


    • May 21, 2017 at 3:01 am, Gabby said:

      > they could survive a nuclear explosion — I think so too. Hopefully we won't have to experience that. But your comment reminded me of a science project this creepy kid did in junior high school. He had this movable backdrop that started with the Egyptian pyramids that he pulled from left to right showing famous places and historical figures. The roach was in between to pieces of glass in front of the moving backdrop. It looked like it was moving through the centuries! (>:


  6. October 11, 2006 at 8:54 pm, Guest said:

    IN COMPLETELY GETTING RID OF ROACHES…The best thing I’ve seen completely get rid of roaches is the Combat Roach Gel…not the generic kind, but COMBAT!!!! Everyone I know that used this product, including myself, does not have german roaches, american roaches, nothing.


    • October 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm, Stacey Saunders said:

      A friend of mine told me the same thing. He used the Combat gel at his Aunts apartment that was infested with roaches and they have not seen any since .>


    • October 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm, Nick said:

      Hi my name is nick. We just moved into apartment I have German roachs in the kitchen and bathroom. I have sparred used the broic acid. They keep coming also we keep are place very clean. We have only lived here for four weeks.i plan on trying your method >


    • August 29, 2019 at 10:42 am, Raymond Michael Collins said:

      > I agree. I think it was nice of you to point out and specify did they get the combat name brand because I've had met success with the generic versions as well.


    • December 26, 2019 at 2:54 am, kim said:

      > YEP!


  7. October 13, 2006 at 10:18 pm, Guest said:

    Just reading the info… hope I never end up with a problem! I have a pet and it seems difficult to balance killing the roaches and keeping the pet!


  8. November 08, 2006 at 10:39 pm, Guest said:

    I just bought a town house nice clean right on a golf course in davie fl.
    It’s been 5 weeks of palmetto bugs every night at sundown!!!!All over coming through the walls ac vents closets ect. terminex has been here 5 times this month it’s only getting worse!!Now they tell me they legaly can not put anymore chemicals!!!I am ready to burn the house down!!Ther was no mention of this in the sellers diclosure is that right???Help!!!!!!!!!!


    • September 03, 2016 at 5:31 pm, Lance said:

      "DEMON" brand insect killer. CAlongomes as a powder you mix with water. Mix in a garden sprayer, and spray the baseboards – ALL of them, every inch, even in closets and cabinets and bathroom vanities. Wait a day. You will be HORRIFIED at the number of dead roaches that will crawl into the open rooms and die!!!

      Then spray along the bottom of the exterior of the house. Spray on the floor of porches, and on the exterior wall around all doors and windows. Also spray the mulch in flower beds near the house.


    • July 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm, Ebony said:

      Go to and get this stuff called suspend…it's about 40 dollars and it looks like elmers glue…it's a concentrate so you gotta mix it with water…that stuff really works. Can't find it in stores…it's very strong…it would keep palmetto bugs out for 3 to 4 months…and if they did slip in they would die. I swear by the stuff…it doesn't work for German roaches..but it works wonders for the water bugs. I sprayed it everywhere…all along the floor boards windows doors even outside on the steps walking up to my apartment. 40 dollars isn't much for the product…it lasted me about 6 years… and I used more than they recommend.


    • October 29, 2017 at 8:48 pm, Nick said:

      Try heating the place with anything u have


  9. November 08, 2006 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    When puchasing a new home is the seller legally required to disclose a major paslmetto bug investation?????Because they didn’t and I got a nightmare on my hands!!!!!!!!!!! I have been here 1 month.


  10. November 09, 2006 at 1:21 am, Guest said:

    Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    How do I kill palmetto buggs?????!!!!!!!!
    All of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. December 12, 2006 at 9:41 am, Guest said:

    i have a problem with the american cockroach i live in an appartment complex with 3 other appartments is it possible that they are comming from the other appartments, and how do i get rid of them i have a lot of cracks but getting the landlords to fill them is next to impossible what can i do to clear my house of them i’m finding them every where in the kitchen even with my clean dishes. please help me!!!!!!!


    • December 29, 2017 at 9:58 am, lisa said:

      > call the landlord tenent act plus call the health inspector.they will come in and inspect ur unit and they will give ur landlord 7 days to deal with the issue or get hit with a major fine plus having the unit sprayed.


    • November 29, 2019 at 2:36 pm, Debra said:

      Combat Gel!!! Alcohol in a spray bottle works on the ones you see crawling around and it won’t interfere with the combat get.


  12. March 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm, Guest said:

    I am an apartment manager, your landlord needs to take care of this, send him/her a registered letter stating that you have your rent and will pay when problem is solved OR that you are going to pay for it your self and take it out of your rent. Do some research, becouse the exterminaters will tell you the whole biulding needs done or its no good, most the places will charge $75.00 an apt. Dont let your landlord treat you unfair. He has a responsibility to you.Remember, you are the customer, they are always right. Good luck to you.


  13. March 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm, Guest said:

    I am the manager of an apt complex, and it has roaches, the owner says hes not responsible, I looked into landlord tenant and all i found was, hes not responsible if they brought them. but whos to say who brought them? Please let me know if you find any legal way the landlord is responsible.
    Thank you


  14. March 30, 2007 at 8:15 am, Guest said:

    I am a tenant who lives in a building infested with german and american roaches. i complain to management and they laugh at me saying that roaches are “clean creatures” and its “better than having mice”. despite being inconsiderate, they try to exterminate every 2 weeks. but dead ones are just as gross as live ones when ur stepping on them in ur rug.and discovering them in your bedroom. i dont have the money to move right now,and they only seem to be getting worse. Im also scared that when i do move ill just bring these little guys with me. and thats my worse fear. how do i prevent them from coming with me?


    • February 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm, Cindy said:

      For that you need to throw everything away and basically start Over with all appliances furniture electronics and etc except your clothes and stuff that's easily to clean off >


    • November 27, 2019 at 3:41 am, Patricia Gail Hudson said:

      > that's messed up for management to say they are better than roaches! Undoubtedly they have welcomed roaches all their lives! Ugh


  15. April 16, 2007 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    I am living in a house and asked before we signed the lease if they have or ever had cockroches. They said no.. But I saw all kinds of little droppings on the floor after we signed.They were cockroch droppings… I will tell you I am so upset.They said a month later what they do is paint kelly more paint. and that keeps them away for up to 6 months. Which I know for a fact this works..I used this meathod to help concore the mess we had long long ago.Sigh. Also. I have heard… If you paint after a spray they will stay away they can not stand the smell of paint. Keep all food sealed I would invest in a Seal a meal or a Food Vac. To seal all foods. Even with food in the Fridge. They do go in that area to get food. The infestation is not yet known. They used the gel but they haven’t touched it. So today they are comming to spray and this is something I fear will be going on. We just moved here and rent for the same type of house is up 400. a month more now. We can not afford to move to another house. It looks like we might have to move to a townhouse. But To be honest I rather Battle the roches then deal with the crazy people you have to deal with in an condo dwealing.Anyway…I am babbaling.
    To Keep them Out after you have a PROFESSIANL come in..
    Then Paint.
    Keep your appartment or house very clean.
    Sweep after every meal.
    Mop after your dinners Every NIGHT.
    PINSOLE has an attractent in it that brings them in. WE once lived in an apartment long ago. I used LYSOLE and one of my neighbors used the PINSOLE and the roches never left Her home. We never had another problem. We were deamed clean. ^^
    Also another trick is paint.. Kelly More brand paint will keep them away too. They leave and while you are still treating this is fantasic treatment. Will work for up to six months. BAKING Soada with some sort of sugar food.. basic a homemade bait you make as long as you have the baking soda in it will get rid of most of them… They can be concored depending on the infestation level. Make sure all pipes have seal around it. Cocking around all entries in cabnets. Tolet floor. Pipes. Around the Pipes use Clay to seal them better. Not is made with weat and that is food to them. You can get the clay at the craft store. Make sure it is AIR drying clay.. I hope I can help you all. I did alot of these tricks and very often was the only one that was clean… The bug guy asked how I did it so I shared it..Now I am sharing it with you. Forgive my spelling…


    • October 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm, Arlene Smith said:

      > Thank you ladyjaye. Our problem is first time since moving into our home in AZ. Why this year when next door neighbors had NONE?? Your extra tips are great. I will follow them to the letter


  16. May 10, 2007 at 11:58 pm, Guest said:

    Help me. I just had twin baby boys and I have roaches everywhere. I just saw one slowly crawling over my bed a couple of weeks ago! Mostly the problem is in the kitchen. I did not have them until the people underneath us moved in. I can’t stand it! I have called the complex and they have a guy come and spray something that seems to make it worse! You see them slowly crawling around, I’m so embarrased to have anyone come over here. I asked the little girl downstairs about whether or not they had roaches. She of course said yes, and proceeded to tell me about all of the places she sees them. She also said that they had not had anyone come to spray! She acted as though it was normal! They are extremely messy people, and most of them are severly overweight. Now, I am a big woman myself, but I’m by no means lazy, and I keep a clean house. Please, what can I do. I have another 9 months left on my contract. I have used combat gel, and it worked a litttle, but now they are back!:(


  17. June 13, 2007 at 11:44 pm, Guest said:

    bugs are NASTY


  18. June 16, 2007 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    we live in an aparment complex that is infested with roaches i mean infested. i painted, sprayed, bombed, did everything! they are still worse then ever, they are german cockaroaches, has anyone found something that works?


  19. June 27, 2007 at 1:45 pm, Guest said:

    I have nasty roach problem cause I live in an AWEFUL apartment that does almost nothing to keep their place clean of cat and dog poop. I am not the most clean person in the world, but I clean, spary, and disenfect anything I can in this apartment. Now that I have more info on my “roommates” and how water is one of their main lifelines I can more efficiently get rid of them. Thanx.


  20. July 09, 2007 at 11:22 pm, Guest said:

    We have cock roaches even in the bedroom…and don’t let anyone tell you they don’t “bite” they do! I have an area on my arm that was “bitten” by roaches. We have been requesting that the manager spray or do something about the roaches with no results. About a year ago they did spray…but it did no good. We bought roach motels and that helped a little…but after the tenant next door moved in the roaches are back 100 fold….again we have repeated asked the manager to do something….they keep telling us they will spray but don’t. I like the idea of deductiong from the rent until the problem is solved. If I do this can they evict me?


  21. July 16, 2007 at 8:26 pm, Guest said:

    no they cannot evict you could even break your lease.roaches are a health concern. call your local health department they have people that can inspect your home and make your landlord fix all the problems, i’m sure roaches aren’t your only one, and with no ramifications to you.


    • April 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm, Mo said:

      This info is very helpful I'm actually allergic to roaches and had a bad allergy flare up because of it I don't have a lot of roaches but I'm not ok with living somewhere with something I'm allergic to. Good to know they can't evict me


  22. July 17, 2007 at 9:03 pm, Guest said:

    Are you an apartment manager for a man called Esposito ?


  23. July 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm, Guest said:

    evict you that is not fair especially if youve gotten biten before we just move out of are nice humble apartments into some crappy one’s and it has roaches this has never been a problem before thanks for leting me know they bite sign person who knows how you feel


  24. July 30, 2007 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a 12 plex apartment building. We have never had roach problems until they let these nasty people move in next door who never kept anything clean, now they are gone, the apartment is not cleaned and we are now having roach problems like crazy. I have gone crazy with the bleach and hot soapy water on the floors, even sprayed hot bleach water behind the baseboards and on the bottom of them. I have house cats and do not know what i can use to get rid of these nasty creatures with out harming my kitties. I am about to go crazy here! I used to use a brand of spray by raid and that did not hurt my cats, but now i do not find it on the shelves anymore. HELP! what can i do short of buying a shotgun!?! The landlord is a waste of time to talk to as is the owner…. they will do nothing about it.Plus we have been here allmost 9 years and have only had a lease for the first 6 months, they never asked to resign after that, so we are between a rock and a hard spot as far as pushing them. Some one please please please let me know how and what i can do….. that will not harm my pets because i have no place to put them to bomb or use harsh toxic chemicals.


  25. July 31, 2007 at 10:40 pm, Guest said:

    Unfortunately, cockroaches are impossible to kill in an apartment building. They spread out and avoid treatments. Unless you bomb the entire building…you are stuck with the new friends.


  26. August 06, 2007 at 10:20 pm, Guest said:

    I just found two large American Cockroaches in my bedroom! I was shocked!!! I bought this townhouse about 10 months ago and have NEVER seen bugs in the second floor, I have found a few on the first floor because they come up from the crawlspace…but seeing them on the second floor is crazy! I saw the two hovering over a chew bone toy for my dog that I accidentally left by my bed.

    What I don’t understand is where they came from. I have never seen them before in my house and all of a sudden there were two in my bedroom! I have ZERO water or food on my second floor…so I’m confused on where they are coming from.

    I’m going to call Orkin or someone and have the house sprayed…


  27. August 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm, Guest said:

    Belive it or not there is an effective way to get rid of the bugs but I guest I should bottle it andf sell;what do you think.


  28. August 31, 2007 at 7:01 am, Guest said:

    just 1 roach?

    is it possible to just have 1 roach? we saw one today, it was huge, killed it, had never seen one before, and stayed up all night standing in the middle of the living room afraid… if there is one does that mean there are more to come, or more are already here? HELP


    • August 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm, Stacy said:

      > Depends on what kind of roach it is.


    • February 05, 2020 at 5:42 am, Connie Jarvis said:

      > was it during the day they say if u see any out during the day means u could have a infestation they are getting crowded out of there hiding space


  29. August 31, 2007 at 7:19 pm, Guest said:

    Yes that is exactly what it means because if there is one cockroach than it had probaly laid eggs so be cautions there is more to come!


  30. September 05, 2007 at 2:47 pm, Guest said:

    sprinkle boric acid ( i bought mine at walmart) in the back of your cabnets in your kitchen and in bathrooms, in the cracks where your stove meet your wall, where the dishwasher meets the wall etc. i have a 1 year old daughter and i use the stuff. its something that my dad, who is an exterminator, recommended because it isn’t harmful in small doses. good luck!


  31. September 05, 2007 at 10:01 pm, Guest said:

    roaches are pretty hard to kill. when i was 17 years old i woke up one and saw my aunt spraying and wacking this roach with her shoe. and crazy enough as many times as she wacked and sprayed it it was stilly moving!

    and even though you live on the second floor roaches can still get to you. they can flatten them selves to fit into the smallest of crevices. which means they can get in from practically anywhere.

    and no matter how much you clean its still not going to keep the other curious roaches from checking out your place for food and water. like also mentioned they can travel from apartment to apartment. the whole building would have to be bombed.


  32. September 09, 2007 at 3:36 am, Guest said:

    Landlords Must Fix Major Problems

    Your landlord is responsible for keeping your unit in a habitable,
    or livable, condition. The landlord must keep the structure of the
    building sound, including stairways, floors, and roofs; keep electrical,

    heating, and plumbing systems operating safely; supply hot and cold water
    in reasonable amounts; and exterminate infestations of pests such as cockroaches.

    Keep in mind, however, that if a problem is the result of your own carelessness —
    such as a vermin infestation caused by your poor housekeeping — the repair bill will
    properly be forwarded to you. If you don’t pay it, the amount may be taken out of your security deposit.

    I am going through the same thing where i live and talk to a lawyer. The landlord has to prove that the tenants live in a pigsty. O r he has to do something to fix it or help the infestation.


  33. September 13, 2007 at 11:27 am, Guest said:

    Well, I hate to be the only one, but I have purchased three tubes of the Combat gel and placed it everywhere in the kitchen. My German Roaches don’t eat the stuff they just walk right over it and my problem has gotten SO bad!


  34. September 14, 2007 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    Okay we moved into this nasty slum lord apartments and we are infested with roaches. When I asked him to fumigate he said that he would buy me one of those bombs that they sell at like wallmart. My pediatrician said that that was not good for my kids being that is stays in the air after. So I told him if he could please get the gel that my doc recommended and I heard him telling his maintness man that he was not going to because we are dirty people anyways and it wouldn’t help.Okay I am not the cleanest person in the world but I clean everyday and my house is usually company ready. My neighbors on the other hand keep bags of trash outside their front doors and on their balconies are bags and bags of huge trash bags filled with aluminum cans!! What can I do to get them to take responsibility?


  35. September 16, 2007 at 12:26 am, Guest said:

    That happened to me those roaches are getting on my nerves


    • December 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm, Sarah said:

      > I heard sticky traps are the best for keeping the population down, when they are dying they drop their eggs therefore making more roaches for the future, with a sticky trap they can't.


  36. September 16, 2007 at 12:29 am, Guest said:

    I can’t live in a house with roaches there nasty and when my friends come over they shouldnt have to be yelling at a roach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats enbaresing


  37. September 24, 2007 at 10:40 pm, Guest said:

    Ok. Heres my deal. Im not the cleanest person in the world, but i dont leave trash lying around. its just like clothes, and i havent left any on the floor for months. my lease is up in december and i have been fighting with the office for months. i got sprayed four times in a month and a half, and i know its the people below me. they have a little girl who throws food and soda everywhere downstairs, last month she dumped milk in the rocks and it smelled like sour milk for 2 weeks. i finally got the office to check them out. well they gave them a 10 day notice that they were going to come in. sooo when they did come in, big surprise the place was clean. i have put traps, i have thrown away all of my food in my house. i dont have a damn CRACKER in here, i have my cats food and water and litter, but i put their food away at night and put their water up on the table. im getting bombed wednesday and im staying in a hotel, but i dont know how long to keep the kitties out. does anyone know? ive also had several other problems and when i report them the office just laughs at me. i havent documented the dates i went in or who i talked to, but can i still call health services on them?


    • January 09, 2020 at 12:58 am, Andrea D Bramblett said:

      > I was bombed and you only have to keep them out for 3 hours


  38. November 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm, Guest said:

    I’m not sure if you got this taken care of but roaches are attracted to dog food and cardboard… if that helps.


  39. November 27, 2007 at 6:09 am, Guest said:

    We’re in a townhome rented out by remax. The house had been vacant for 3 months and the realtor promised they had just sprayed for bugs. When we moved in we didnt see anything the first night, but the 2nd night we were there 3 different roaches were running all over the place. Does anyone know anything about Virginia state law? Will they just spray raid or get an exterminator? Will Remax put us up in a hotel since we only signed the lease less than a week ago?


  40. December 04, 2007 at 6:49 pm, Guest said:

    I moved from my last apartment because of cockroaches. They had every kind you can in California. Three days later, I discovered my new apartment has cockroaches!!! So far, only the little brown ones. Now I don’t have the money to move again at least for a long while. I have two children, one a preemie 3 month old, and an asthmatic 5 year old. This is not fair, I feel doomed to cockroaches. How do you get other people in your apartment to help get rid of them, my neighbor is really infested and its just apart of their disgusting life that happens to interfere with mine!!!!!!!!!!!


  41. December 15, 2007 at 10:29 pm, Guest said:

    That’s not necessarily true! If you are diligent and determined to be rid of them you can. I have done it with two apartments that I moved into that were infested. You use a combination of bug spray (Raid), boric acid, and a boric acid-peanut butter mixture. Place boric acid (in small amounts) in the corners of all rooms (where the walls and floor meet) and sweep it into the cracks. If you have carpet you must be more careful if you have small children and make sure you get in between the carpet and the wall. Then you take peanut butter (inexpensive brand) and mix 1 part boric acid to two parts peanut butter placing small dollops of it on pieces of foil or parchment paper,etc. And strategically place the peanut butter mixture around the house (where small children or pets cannot get to it but roaches can). For weeks after I was cleaning up dead roaches. For the longest time I didn’t see any and occaisonally I would see one or two but I would catch them and kill them. Even if I didn’t catch them the boric acid would. It gets on their bodies and they bring it back to their nests and transfer it to the others. As for the peanut butter mixture, they love it!


  42. January 15, 2008 at 11:42 am, Guest said:

    With an asthmatic child, even “the little brown ones” need to be taken care of. Many people have severe allergies to cockroaches, often creating breathing problems for young children. I suggest you do whatever you can to get (and keep) them out of your home!


  43. January 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm, Guest said:

    Can I break my lease and be refunded my deposits based on the fact that the house is infested by roaches from the previous tenants. The landlords have exterminated three different times but nothing is working. It is so gross!! The bugs fall from the stove vent onto the range while I’m cooking!!!! They’re in my bedroom and my children’s bedrooms, Also just recently came to my attention that a drive by shooting occured two streets down from the house we’re renting. This was also not disclosed. We are down to having one shower with 7 people cause the bathtub in the guest bathroom has been clogged for the past week, the heater does not heat the house properly, thus runs constantly giving me a 500 dollar light bill each month. I just want out!!


  44. February 05, 2008 at 10:03 am, Guest said:

    To all you people with bug problems, eliminating then is a long and consistent process. You need to clean, and maintain a high level of cleanliness. Don’t let any type of water or moisture exist. Keep the sink dry especially at night, make sure pipes don’t maintain mositure on them and just don’t leave any water or wet rags and such out for them to feed on. Caulk every single crack, hole, opening throughout the entire home. Don’t forget the space between cabinets and walls and spaces between baseboards and walls, and be sure to look inside the cabinets and under them as well to seal off any possible entryways. Look everywhere, even places you barely fit into or can barely get your head into, just seal off every thing. Next start a regime of pesticides and baits. First bomb the place, and then clean up real good afterwards. Next bait the place with the gel stuff and the little roach motels. Keep a can of roach spray handy in all parts of the home where there are problems so you don’t have to go far to find a can when you come across a bug. This way they don’t get much of a chance to get away. Replace the baits after the recommended time on the product or they won’t be as effective. Treat your home with a product designed to spray throughout on the inside AND the outside perimeter of your home. If you live in an apartment, then treat the area just outside your door. Make sure none of the exterior doors to your home have a space or gap under it or around the edges where bugs can come in through. Maintain this level of consistency and you will eliminate all of the bugs, not just most of them. Once they are gone, just treat your house with a spray about 2 or three times a year and you should be home free unless you allow your home to become a pigsty. You won’t even need to keep bug spray or baits any more. Just keep the home treated inside and out throughout the year and keep a clean home. I was raised in an apartment in the Bronx of New York City in the ghetto and my mom was a single parent, that worked around the clock and although our neighbors had insane roach problems (our neighbors on each side of us and above us and under us), our apartment never had roaches because we practiced this same procedure I just explained. So if it worked for us, than it will work for you. You just have to keep them from getting back in and kill all the ones that are there already. Good luck!!!


  45. March 30, 2008 at 3:41 am, Guest said:

    I just found out that there are roaches in my apartment. It has really shaken me up! My apartment is extrmely clean, no damp areas, food left out, pets or disorganization other than the minor shirt or two on the bedroom floor. Would this infestation allow me to “cancel” my lease? I just want out!


  46. April 15, 2008 at 6:51 pm, Guest said:



  47. April 24, 2008 at 9:03 am, Guest said:

    My son is moving back home for a short period between schools. How can I prevent him carrying pests with his possessions? We dont have them now and I dont want to introduce them into our street.

    Years ago one son moved home from college and brought them with him. I dont want ths to happen again.

    advice welcome


  48. May 24, 2008 at 1:36 am, Guest said:



  49. June 07, 2008 at 1:06 pm, Guest said:

    i am writing this at 2AM in d morning, because i just saw a cockroach at 1AM which was one hour ago, and u wanna know it came out from where??? from my SOFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i feel like spraying all over my room now, but it is already late.

    i just rented a room at this old apartment, realllyyyy oldddddd….apartment…. the apt is about almost 29 years old, citizens here are mostly seniors and they cant help themselves to keep the environment clean outside as well as inside the apt because most of them are also polluted with common old diseases (then they spit everwhere!! and that [email protected]#*$(#@&!^!_)%^@!!).

    i feel like buying 10 packs of the most expensive and quality-proved spray specially made to torture those roaches.


  50. June 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm, Guest said:

    Nope. As long as your manager treats the unit and does so to the other units in the area they are doing their jobs. We always want to blame management but pests are like tornados- managers don’t bring them in but they need to takcle the problem once it hits. However, because the process for dealing with roaches is long and unpredictible residents will become dissatisfied. The truth is that clean people don’t get roaches and if they move into a roach occupied area r they usually force the roaches elsewhere.


    • May 24, 2019 at 8:35 pm, Bonnie Wheeler said:

      clean people do get roaches if they live in populated places. My floors are extremely clean and I still have the roaches come in, which happened after next door neighbor exterminated. I've read that roaches hunt water and I never leave any around. I keep my sink covered. I find dead roaches all the time. What else can I do?


  51. July 07, 2008 at 4:20 pm, Guest said:

    I just move in my apartment in March of 2008. I sign a 1 yr. lease. Shortly after moving in I started to see roaches. The landlord came and sprayed in june. Now i see more roaches now than I seen before and the bad thing is I have a 7 month old baby. I keep my place clean. I seen roaches on my son bed, in the kitchen sink, countertop in the kitchen, the stove, bathroom sink, on the toliet.I called the city on the landord because she wants to collect rent but she doesn’t what to fix anything. The city is giving them a certain amount of days to fix the problems that need to be fix. Then they are going to call me back to she if she did everything.I scared that a roach might end up in my son mouth,ear and hair. If that happens I will sue the landlord. They need to close these apartments down or get another landlord who cares about the buildind and the tenants.


  52. July 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm, Guest said:

    Folks please don’t give up. Clean your house and try some natural remedies.
    Make a 50/50 mix of sugar and baking soda. Place it in shallow containers near the bugs.
    essential oils that repel bugs:


















    ~^~A Brown Recluse Experiment
    Seeing how squirting a peppermint-water spray would kill flies
    in mid-air, I wondered what pure oil would do. So I did an
    experiment on a brown recluse spider. I captured a live one in
    a jar and carefully placed one drop of peppermint on one side.
    The pure peppermint repelled the spider who crowded to the
    otherside to avoid the oil. When I tipped the jar to force the
    spider to fall into the oil, it merely squirmed and got away,
    still repelled by the oil, but not apparently harmed. Then I put
    a drop of water with the oil and tipped the jar so that the
    spider slid into the water and oil together and, instantly, it
    shrivled up died.


  53. July 20, 2008 at 8:07 am, Guest said:

    we have the same problem the came and sprayed On May or April. I Spoke with the Owner and We see more and more roaches every day we also request for the carpet to be repace because this is the second time they came and I think it is because the neibor below our apartment she is not really clean and this carpet is’t kind of old and we our like you we have 2 sons and yesterday morning my son olmost aet one!! When you called to the City what did you tell them so I can call too. I Called the City ones so the can fix the plumming in my bathroom, and I no sure how many times can you complaing with them.


  54. July 20, 2008 at 8:28 am, Guest said:

    well let me tell you, every request even if is only for a bottle of water make a letter and send it by certify mail to the office it doesn’t matter that it is the same address that you live. Make it to attention manager and Landlord even though you go personaly to talked to this people send the letter that’s the only prove that you have that you talked to them about any problem that you have after 3 or 4 bussines day you don’t hear from them send another if by 10 days you don’t hear from them. you can call this number La housing department(rent stabilization)866-5577368
    or Repairs/Housing Conditions Violations
    866-557-7368 if you live in los Angeles CA but if you don’t just do check the yellow pages or call your local counsul


  55. July 25, 2008 at 10:14 am, Guest said:

    I’m a home owner looking into this to prevent what seems like an imminent infestation, but I do have a couple of tips…

    1) NEEM – Neem is a tree, and the powders and oils that are derived from it disrupt insect reproductive and growth cycles. On top of this, neem is completely safe to eat and use as a supplement. Neem, when applied to the only food that desert locusts had available, caused the desert locusts to starve themselves to death. They would not touch it. This is also safe for pets, so you can sprinkle it in their food if you have the powder. (That’s what I plan on doing once I get my order in!) You can also combine it with natural/organic soap or canola oil and spray it in your yard or any outdoor space. This will be a natural pest repellent, obviously, and should help prevent new infestations. Buy it in bulk – it has millions of uses!

    Note: Do not overpower your pets’ food with this powder, as with anything you add to the diet of yourself or your pet, it can cause digestive turbulence.

    2) Cockroaches eat the glue that keeps your floorboards together, and anything that is starchy at all. This means that they have food, even if you can eleminate all other sources.

    3) Freezing them or trapping them in the hot summer sun will make them die with any eggs. If you step on a pregnant cockroach, the eggs can still hatch from the bottom of your shoe. So what you need to try to do is kill them whole. This may also help prevent more from arriving, as you are limiting where their smells and byproducts are. They only need 1 hour in a freezer, or several hours out in the sun. (The cockroaches I’ve seen outside, I trap under a bowl that has been outside and they explode by about 2pm in the hot, hot sun. Justice has been served.)

    7) Don’t leave standing water OUTSIDE, either. Obviously if it attracts them inside, it will do so outside also.

    ***I agree with most of the advice given above, except for the excessive use of pesticides. Haven’t we already learned our lesson via pesticides on crops? Eventually, bugs gain a tolerance, and then you’re screwed again. Go the all-natural ways that work, i.e. the peanut butter and boric acid, the sugar and baking soda, the neem. I definitely agree with keeping everything in tight, sealable containers and cleaning difficult places. I’m going to have to do the cleaning part of this, as I’ve been seeing cockroaches outside – and I’ll be DAMNED if I end up living with them! Just not going to happen.

    Sealing all cracks – gotta try this and see what happens. I’m sure it helps, but I’m also sure I’ll miss some cracks… I’m also going to re-seal all my windows over this weekend, provided the rain stops coming down and the sun comes out.

    And for the first entry, those methods DO work and they may work on cockroaches. Another thing that might help is garlic; garlic has this mystical property where it forces bugs to shrivel when they touch a puree or the juice of it. I used to use this on my yard to repel bugs, but it can be expensive. Also, I am unsure as to whether this had any part in attracting the bugs, but I doubt it. I live next to a farmer’s field that grows starchy foods… So I’m fairly certain that is where most of my problems originate from, regardless of what I do.


  56. August 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm, Guest said:

    I am a mother of 2 I live in the epharta area we have roaches and the first time the landlord only sprayed only my unit. I lived there for 2 years and never had a problem. then he came over an blamed me and then he went up stairs then he found more. i am tired and exausted. in some states they make the land lord move u out and pay u to stay else where until the problem is fixed. I need some help soon and me and my childern tried and wake me up at 2 in the moreing and my daughter ends up crying , and tells me they r in her bed. the bugs r dirty and carry germs . I have done all but move out. I don;t know my legal rights. Pleaz help


  57. September 05, 2008 at 12:03 am, Guest said:

    Im moving from a severly roach infested apartment to a brand new building. Ive packed eveything and yet when I move a box I see a roach. Im sure there in some of the boxes. So what can I do to prevent them from coming along or if they do cant I just bomb and spray my new place and will they die as soon as they come out of the box? please advise….what can do…


  58. September 08, 2008 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    I moved for the very same reason. The bombing will not work. If possible pack your things in plastic bags. Pack at the last minute, b/c the roaches will want to come in the boxes. Put boric acid in the bottom of the box if you need to pack early. Go to your new apartment and caulk up ALL the crevices. Check under your appliances and sink. Check for droppings. Put traps down. Buy some boric acid. Google boric acid. Honestly, they eat the roach spray. It’s toxic and it smells. Put cedar chips or moth balls (smell preference) under the sinks, closets, etc. Good luck!


  59. September 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve had the same predicament; I moved this past weekend from an apartment that was so bad I’ve taken roaches with me to WORK. New problem; I’ve found that roaches had moved with me to my new home, in spite of carefully packing everything away. Bottom line, I don’t think there’s anything you can do to avoid it; expect to see a few show up in your new place, since as long as the boxes you packed are lying around in a roach infested area, chances are extremely high that one or two or four will crawl into your stuff. The only good thing is that the number of new roaches is likely to be controlled easier; I got a tube of gel bait from this exterminator, and now, in addition to killing whatever bug I see as I unpack, I’ll be placing this gel in every corner to kill these awful bugs. It’s frustrating because it’s the reason I moved in the first place, but hopefully this will nip it in the bud.


  60. September 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm, Guest said:

    i just moved into a complex that has roaches. i didnt know this when i moved in. i have seen the people that live around me and they are nasty people. the first few days i was here i didnt see any of them but then i did. i freaked out and called the manager. they came in and sprayed or i thought they did. you would think that if they sprayed something there would be a smell of some sort. there wasnt. after they sprayed i saw alot more of those nasty little bugs.. this morning i woke up before everyone else and saw one crawling accross my 2 yr olds blanket that he was sleeping with. i didnt have to sign a lease thank god. i am on a month to month. i want to move but wont have the money till i get my deposit back from this hell hole of a place. i cant get my deposit back till after i move out. how can i move with out that? does anyone have any advice for me? i have 3 kids and they cant live like this


  61. September 12, 2008 at 9:24 pm, Guest said:

    I have a townhouse near woods in the back and under the crawl space it is damp. I have hot forced air. could they be coming in from there. Once in a while we find a cockroach.

    I am renting. any help need it.


  62. September 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm, Guest said:

    I just moved from an apartment that had an infestation of roaches. I moved in and stayed there ONE NIGHT. I gave the landlord a chance to get rid of the problem, but he lied about calling an exterminator, and tried to use raid/bombs to do it himself. He got really angry when I asked for the name of the extermination company and their number. But I eventually got all my money back. BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE WITH ROACHES. If possible get a lawyer or legal aid, call your local housing authority.

    MOVE OUT! Especially if you have kids. Roaches are diseased, and a major health threat. I am not rich, but I would just move out!!!! My health is worth more than money. Especially if there are roaches that cannot be gotten rid of!

    So if anyone is looking for an apartment, my advice do a lot of research on the building/managers/landlords.. find reviews online, talk to the other TENANTS, the landlord/managers will not tell you they have roaches, ever. EVER.


  63. September 20, 2008 at 2:24 am, Guest said:

    All I know is whatever you do people DO NOT waste your money on any of those electric devices that you plug in the wall and the vibrations or sounds are saposed to drive the roaches away I bought four of what were saposed to be top of the line plug in’s spent over $200.00 and they havent done anything!!!!


  64. September 26, 2008 at 1:19 am, Guest said:

    I don’t want to put the time in to writing a long story about how to really get rid of roaches when I’m not sure it’ll be read. I live in an apartment were all the apartments are infested but mine. There is a way, and it’s free. [email protected] I’ll tell you how.


  65. September 29, 2008 at 2:09 am, Guest said:

    Since I received so many emails I wrote it all down and put it here. There was a person in another place on this website that explains, “How to kill roaches”. It is very wrong. They said they can live a month without food or water. They can’t live very long without water. I studied this. But if there is no supply of either they will pack their lil roach bags and jet up otta there. The following may partly be what you’ve already read but what works “for sure” as it as tried by myself. In apartments the roaches will only go where they can survive. *Get cheap dish soap and put a line around the kitchen sink, sink in bathroom and bathtub. They can’t cross he line so they will starve for water and go to another apartment. *They love heat and electronics. Get Vaseline and put a line around the computer (bottom too where the vents are for the laptop), TV and things (cord). I put a line of Vaseline around the *garbage can and they can’t pass it to get inside to the food. I don’t have one roach there. The soap will dry up over night so put it again. It’s not beautiful but they will leave. *Put containers of water with some drops of dish soap and they will drown (in cupboards or wherever). They breathe through the body and the soap blocks it. *Also if you put containers with the inside lined with Vaseline they can’t get out (not with the water containers). Put a piece of bread in the attract them (not the whole piece). *Do NOT step on or hit them. This can spread the babies from the sack that you can’t see. *Clean the poop with a sponge dedicated to cleaning only the roach poop. Their poop contains a hormone that attracts male roaches and more will come. *Cover sink holes (all) with stoppers(I got 3 for $1). They can travel through pipes. They can also feed on water sitting in the pipes that hasn’t dried. *Keep dishes clean always. *Keep food in plastic Ziploc baggies. *Roaches also eat more than food. This includes glue from tape and carbohydrates like in bar soap. *Take off your plug and switch covers and put a mixture of (half and half) boric acid which is $1.00 and baking soda. Shake it in the walls. Replace covers. When they eat this they will blow up. *Close every crack you see. *Always use a plate under you when you eat. They can survive on the smallest crumb. *I put a ring of Vaseline around the plants too to stop them from getting water from them. *Do not leave piles of things because they will hide there. *I forget the name of it but if you go to a hardware store tell them you want to put a seal around holes. Tell them it expands and then hardens. It’s a can and you add a tube to the can like fix a flat (comes with it). When you squirt it in the holes it expands and turns hard (about $5 here). It will block everythingI love this stuff. It’s GREAT. Put it under sinks and things where the holes are around the pipes where they can travel between apartments. I saw an 80% decrease in 8 hours with the soap thing. Days later suddenly you’ll think you’re getting more roaches but you’re not. They will start coming out of hiding. They are just getting mad because they’re hungrey and thirsty. They get braver before they finally leave. Mine got so mad they started biting my ankles. Two days later they were leaving. Some things I said works immediately while the boric acid/baking soda takes up to 8 days but is permanant. They also spread this to their hideouts. *Make sure to protect your electronics with the vaseline. I have lost a computer to roaches. Do NOT put anything on the computer that you can’t touch. Once I thought I was smart and put my electronics in the trunk of my car and set off a bomb. I wanted to make sure the lil shits didn’t go with me when I moved. The bomb ruined an expensive television. It’s really good to tell your neighbors this too. If they all do it then they will leave the building. Maybe print this and pass it out.


  66. October 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm, Guest said:

    We had an infestation of roaches in our apartment for many years. The apartment manager fumigated twice a year and we fumigated two to three times a year with those raid bombs (1 for each room) but roaches end up coming back! about 4 years ago my brother suggested me to try those electronic devices that you put on the wall that have waves that make roaches crazy and never comeback. So I decided to purchase one for $59; what I did first before I used this was to ask the apartment manager to fumigate the apartment; the next day after this, I fumigated the again apartment with those raid bombs and then immediately I used that new electronic device that I purchased. After this we saw the roaches being very weak and they were dissapearing and dying. It took about two months for this to happen. I do believe that this electronic device did something. For 6 years we had roaches and the fumigations didn’t work! Suddenly we used this device and they were gone in two months. I think with this devices you have to be patient to work! I am actually buying one of these devices for my son who recently moved to an apartment that has some roaches. I don’t remember the name of the company that I purchased from. The electronic device that I had was place in the garbage by accident by one of my sons. The electronic device suppose to have tree kind of waves and also kill other small animals. My apartment has been roach free for 4 year now but my neighbors still have them! Good luck!


  67. November 18, 2008 at 10:31 am, Guest said:

    if you live near water and you see what you think is a roch and it is very large it is most likely just a water bug which looks like a massive roach but they are not a serious issue most ppl rarely have them in there home and they do not infest like the most common german roach which is small and thin


  68. November 28, 2008 at 1:40 am, Guest said:

    I am obsessive compulsive person, so when it comes to seeing any type of bug in my home I tend to go crazy. I have to admit that I’ve been severely traumatized when it comes to roaches, making me fear moving anywhere. I was 22 years old and I moved into my very first apartment in North Florida. I was excited because I was finally on my own and never dealt with any cockroach problems while living in my mothers home.

    It took the second day to see a cockroach walking around a box and I freaked out but killed the nasty thing. I didn’t think much of it but days later I kept on seeing more and more and I immediately started freaking out. I had to do something so I set a bomb and then left my home and slept over a friend’s house. When I came back the next day I was so shocked and saw so many dead cockroaches. I was grossed out and stressed out because I continued to see them. I immediately called orkin to come and spray my apartment and didn’t realize how expensive it was. After a while I barely saw the adult cockroaches and decided to put sticky traps and only use to see the babies. I was relived for a couple of days but so grossed out and couldn’t help thinking about them walking around my kitchen. I moved out that same month, breaking my lease and surprisingly I got my deposit money back. I was lucky to find a friend who needed a room mate in a luxury apartment and was happy to never see any cockroaches (the place had a pest control) coming in to spray every month. It felt so good to finally not have to wake up to thinking about that situation in my life.

    It has been 3 years later and moved to south Florida and recently moved into another apartment and of course I had fear that I would come across the same problem. My brother lives in the same apartments and asked him if he sees any cockroaches and he told me that he never sees them so I made the choice to move into these apartments. First thing I did is set bombs and when I saw the results I saw a couple dead roaches. I followed the advice of others when it came to keeping the place clean and shutting any water source for the roaches. I felt that some bad memories came back but I figured that it wouldn’t be as bad as my first infestation. I have to say that I have never seen the adult ones crawling around but I did see the babies. I have the baits all around my apartment and bought my own pest control product and every other day I spot the dead babies or the smaller ones dead. I sometimes think that I am just freaking out because of my first experience; I am still upset that I see them. I am just patiently waiting for that day when I stop seeing them but I made up my mind that I will only live in this apartment for a year and then move somewhere else.


  69. December 26, 2008 at 8:53 pm, Guest said:

    Thank you for the useful tips. I am visiting my boyfriend who has lived in his place for a month and I unfortunately am the one that discovered the pests. We went to Home Depot and Walmart today and purchased many, many remedies to begin the war on these little f-ers. I saw a baby one crawling up the wall and decided to do an experiment. I took dish soap and drew a thick line around it/he/she. It couldn’t escape. It just kept circling. So dish soap is effective. We also bought a vacuum which he didn’t have, traps, gel, boric acid, and spray. He is a bachelor so unfortunately he has to shift his style into pretty much OCD but I think it will work. I lived on a particular street growing up where we had to live with the pests for 5 years and my mom always told me that any kind of cardboard harbors them. She also said any kind of store or restaurant nearby will bring them in because of the boxes. Unfortunately yet again, he has a store AND a restaurant on the bottom floor of the building. I know it will be a war for him but I think with all of these tips, he should be okay. He is embarrassed, and I can’t blame him, but like I said, I’m used to it so we’ll get over it. Thank you all!!


  70. January 12, 2009 at 5:31 am, Guest said:

    i live in an 16 plex apartment, and my land lords are the same way. i have lived here for a year and 3 months and i signed a 6 month lease whe i first moved in, i have yet to sign another lease. when i first moved in there wasnt any bugs, but as time progressed i found bugs and more bugs. right now is the time ive seen the most roaches here, and i AM GROSSED OUT! i talked to my landlady last wednesday and she said they’d be out here to spray AGAIN today (monday) or tuesday (tommorrow). they came out and “sprayed” twice last month, and im already having to tell her again. this is ridiculous!!!! she also tells me she’ll leave me a note on my door 3 days prior to when she sprays, so i can get my dog out, i have yet to see a note this time, and even the last 2 times. it is now 5:30am and i have been googleing for hours on how to get rid of my bug problems. is it time for legal action???? and if so can anyone help me????


  71. April 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm, Thera said:

    I hate roaches and im actually scared of them so getting rid of them is going to be hard. As soon as i found out i had roaches i couldnt set foot on the floor. The website does help a bit im going to clean my house frequently and always clean up any water or food. Also i think im going to try the baking soda and sugar. Though i dont know where to put it i think ill put a bowl in each room and hoover everyday. I hope the roaches will go without me having to face them. I dont know what i would do!


  72. May 09, 2009 at 8:55 pm, Anonymous said:

    I can help! I married my husband and move into his grandma’s home only to find out it was infested! I used Dawn w Bleach. I had an exterminator once tell me it kills them. Not right instantly but it does work! The best tricks is to put it in a small squiert bottle w water. Has to be squirtable so try to use as little water as possible but enough to make it squirtable. Squirt them and soak them well. It kills them shortly. All you do is pick up the body and wipe up.


  73. May 13, 2009 at 12:24 am, Guest said:

    So we recently moved into a new apartment…everything seemed fine, but a few weeks ago we found one very large roach. They came and we are seeing them daily!! We just bought Combat Bait Traps and placed all 18 of them in our small 700sqft place…hope it works, i will try boric acid and baking soda as well. We’re being exremely clean now. I wont leave out pet dishes anymore either. Any more advice?

    The last apartment I lived in was TERRIBLY infested. we saw thousands a day, even in the light! i dont want to live like that EVER EVER again!


  74. May 13, 2009 at 12:39 am, Guest said:

    To avoid bringing them with you when you move:
    “Quarentine” the packed boxes if you can. Keep them in storage for a month, and they will all die or leave. I promise it works. 🙂


  75. May 25, 2009 at 3:27 am, Kris said:

    Hi, I have a long story I will make as short as possible. One of my best friends that I had known for 10 years offered me an apartment. It’s a recession and it was cheap rent. We are in Chicago and we have pets so it is very hard to survive.

    We moved in around X-Mas so it was cold. I saw a roach….we killed the roach. The winter months went on….we killed the winter roaches. 1-5 roaches in a day was fine, we killed them.

    Come May and June there were no such thing as a “winter roach” as she promised. We are FULL on infestation.

    I turned on the stove to make dinner and at least 50 roaches ran for cover. I started screaming and grabbed my child and dog and cat and ran the hell out of the house….. I called her FRANTIC. She came, and set “bombs”. I spent the weekend at a friends with a dog, cat and child. Not easy to do.
    Miserable, I came back to check it out and pack my things. There were dead roaches everywhere! At least 50 in a room.

    I told her I was moving. She assured me I was the “only” apartment with roaches. Disgusting to me and I know she is a lie and not my friend once I am out.

    I was in the hospital a month before for a whole week. The doctor told me I had “Gastroenteritis”. I had never heard of this nor have I ever had roaches. I was on an IV. Then I googled Gastroenteritis and itsd from the roaches.

    This was the wake up call. I did not know what I had moved into, this was my friend.

    I bought the “Plug In” roach deterents. This did not work.

    We have all had diahrea for months. I caulked every hole, I plugged every outlet with sound waves, I keep my garbage can on the back porch. I wipe with bleach. I clean with bleach……IF THE BUILDING IS A ROACH MOTEL, only you can check out.

    I bought Borax and moth balls.

    I washed every inch of household items I was taking and packed it in Borax, then I doused it in Moth balls, I threw away my coffee pot, microwave, blender, clothes, furniture.

    I am only taking staples……I rented a Uhaul. I am BOMBING the Uhaul with the very few things that have survived this move.

    This has been the sadest year of my life and have exposed my child and pets to something that can kill us.

    I feel like I have been exposed to Aids or Herpes. I feel invaded and exposed and taken advantage of. I have been hospitalized because of these dirty ass mexicans.

    Borax and Mothballs and throw everything away. Ask your new landlord if they spray for bugs….take care of your self. if its cheap….ask wahy???


  76. May 27, 2009 at 9:51 am, Danielle said:

    I live in a HUGE apartment complex. Many building, and each building has about 50+ units. I have been here about 3 years. When I first moved in, I noticed big waterbug type roaches in the laundry room.. which is kept in the basement party of each building. However, for 2 years.. I never had one in my unit. Well… one day.. I saw one in my apartment. I figured it was just “one roach” and killed it.. but like it has been stated before.. if there is one roach in your unit there are a hundred roaches in your unit. I just want to say it IS POSSIBLE TO KILL AND KEEP ROACHES OUT OF YOUR UNIT EVEN IF YOUR LARGE COMPLEX HAS AN INFESTATION. This is how we did it. NOTHING LESS!!!! You have to do it all!!! It is a pain in the butt but not as much as a pain as the roaches!!!

    1. CAULK- CAULK EVERY CRACK AND CREVICE AND HOLE in your home!! I used DAP silicone caulk.. you need a caulking gun and a couple bottles for most units with bad, cracking fixtures. Make sure it is sealed up good.. also do not forget the cracks along the bottoms of the rooms.. even the tiny ones.

    2. SEAL UP OPENING AROUND PIPES- I used a foam seal that I got at sears for about 6 bucks called “TOACH N’ FOAM MAXFILL”

    3. HOT SHOT CONTACT KILLER SPRAY- Raid sucks. I one time sprayed a roach with half a can and it was still alive. Gross. Hot Shot spray kills them on contact.. which is the best for hand to hand contact when you see one walking around.

    4. HOT SHOT WATER BAIT STATIONS IN COMBO. WITH STANDARD ROACH HOTELS- HOT SHOT STATIONS are way better than the roach motel but we used those too- set the hotels strategically alongside the hot shot bait and its a roach killing buffet! These bait stations are filled with a posioned water that attracts roaches with a smell it lets out. And as stated before.. roaches need water even more than food. You will clean up lots of dead ones after you put these traps out.. but the good news is when they are many dead ones.. they are dying and not thriving!

    5. BORIC ACID MIXED WITH SUGAR- put it in corners and cracks before you caulk and under your door after. They get it on their bodies, eat it and DIE. They also track it back to the infestation spot in your unit.. which is MOST LIKELY IN YOUR WALLS. THAT IS WHERE WE THINK OURS WAS COMING FROM. So this kills the ones that you cannot get to!

    6. BLACK AND DECKAR ULTRASONIC PEST CONTROL AND SOUND PLUG-INS- These things are great. Plug them into your wall units. They let out a horrid sound that will repell the roaches that humans cannot hear.. they will come out of hiding and out of your walls, and go quicker into your traps. (NOTE: THIS DOES NOT KILL ROACHES, USE THIS IN COMBO WITH THE REST OF THE STUFF FOR MAX ROACH CONTROL.. ALSO ALLOW A FULL 2 WEEKS TO GET THEM OUT OF YOUR WALLS COMPLETELY)

    Last and not least…

    BLEACH!!!!!! Bleach gets rid of the smells that roaches spray out to let other roaches know there is food and shelter!! luse bleach and confuse their communication!!
    Bleach your whole apartment and give it a deep cleaning!!! Clean your floors with bleach or products with bleach in it!!! get rid of clutter.. inc. clothes on the ground and everything else!! Make sure there is no water in your sinks backed up and do not leave dirty dishes out for even an hour!…
    My “Roach cleaning” took 5 hours… Some things I did was: bleached the ceiling and walls (we have white walls).. and mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors with a bleach/lysol mix. Cleaned out my oven and stove real good with oven cleaner. Make sure you scrub.. get on your hands and knees, blast some music and say “bye bye roachy!!”

    … I am living proof that this method I have just shared with you WORKS!!..

    i wont bottle up and sell it because I know how it feels to live with these discusting and horrible PEST

    I did this and have been “roach free” for going on 3 months now! I have not seen a single one in my unit even though they still are in the building. It is possible guys and NEVER GIVE UP!

    Good luck ;o)

    <3 fellow roach hater


  77. June 01, 2009 at 1:49 pm, Rinae said:

    What you do before you even move into an apartment is ask if they have roaches and if they say no then they should have no problem with you leaving some sort of roach trap in the apartment overnight, or maybe some kind of sticky trap. Then just go back and check the next morning , if you see roaches don’t move in. If the landlord has a problem with your little test then they are hiding something. If you had roaches and are moving somewhere that doesn’t have them take all your stuff out shed fulls at a time and bug bomb it then sit outside and comb through every single piece of clothing, towels, dishes and bring it in your new home slowly, anything electrical will either have to be thrown away or opened and blown out with a compressor (after being bug bombed.) This is extremely time consuming but it worked for me and now I live roach free. Unfortunatley nothing else worked for me except moving and that alone broke my pockets. Its really funny that Fair Housing cares nothing about roaches because I used to live in a low income housing in Tracy Ca. aka Tracy Homes and they are affiliated with family fair housing and thier houses are so infested with roaches I was terrified to sleep at night. You don’t have to leave food or water out I think they collected food in the walls or something from the old tenants, because they have no problems staying alive when the home is vacant. Sorry if I couldn’t be more helpful, I know it is terribly hard when you don’t have that kind of money to hire a professional or constant bug bombs and things of that nature. I have 5 kids and I know money doesn’t grow on trees.


  78. June 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm, Anonymous said:

    Help, I live in a townhouse and have a one year old. We noticed the cock roaches last year. Didnt see any in the winter and now that summer is back , there back We believe that that they are coming from our neighbors house who is not very CLEAN. I got a pest control guy come in last year and it worked but I can’t afford to do that every year. I have tried spraying the house. Any other ideas. I need to get rid of this problem FAST.


  79. July 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm, sue said:

    I live in NYC, it is not easy to get rid of infestation. But I absolutely agree with one of the posters that it can be done. Stop giving your money to raid or exterminators. If you have a problem address it with elbow grease, not with chemicals. Find out exactly where the nest is. It’s likely somewhere in your kitchen near the sink, because they need water above all else. Check the pipes for leaks. Dishwashers are a very common place for them to nest. Open it to the bones if you have to. Plug up every hole and every crack you have with chaulk or joint compound. Clean your kitchen thoroughly. Do all of this before you move in. Bomb the place to find out if you even have a problem while the home is empty. Prevention is key. People ignore an infestation for way too long.


  80. July 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm, danielle said:

    well i agree that roaches are a pain but my comment is that no matter how you clean your place if your neighbors are not keeping their places clean roaches do go from place to place. its like once you get rid of them, its very hard to keep them away. when i first moved to my place i saw some here and there but now i am seeing to many of them !!!!!


  81. July 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm, Jane said:

    I had a very small (700 sq ft) duplex that was infested. The neighbor and I bombed the place with 20 foggers. We placed them in the attic, the crawl space, all the rooms, the cabinets, and opened up the walls that contained the water heaters. The darn things were back within the month. I could see them crawling around inside the LED display of my microwave. So, I moved. I got brand new boxes and plastic bins and didn’t bring them in the house. I brought each item outside to pack it. I through out the microwave, tv, vcr, and stereo. This was highly effective. I didn’t bring a single roach with me. However, this was fifteen years ago when I didn’t have much. I don’t know what I’d do now with four kids and a housefull of stuff.


  82. September 08, 2009 at 2:35 am, eric said:

    there are different species of roaches and they have different needs. the two i have come across are german cockroaches and brown banded cockroaches.

    with german, it’s pretty simple. eliminate their food and water supply. chances are, you’ll see them in the kitchen and bathroom. fix any and all water leaks. don’t leave out anything that they can eat. no crumbs, no sauce, no popcorn kernels-NOTHING. a crumb of bread is all it takes to feed a family of those motherfuckers. eliminate their food and water. make sure they stay dehydrated by laying down a thin layer of boric acid throughout the bathroom and kitchen. use it sparingly. also, set up traps. then, once this is all done, go on AT LEAST a month long vacation. these roaches depend on humans and human activity for survival. without you there, they won’t survive. empty out the kitchen prior to your departure.

    with brown banded, they can survive in other areas of your apartment such as the living room and bedroom. they don’t need as much food and moisture. the best thing in this situtation is to remove all items from along the walls of your room and bring it to the center. set up traps and lay down boric acid along the walls. ELIMINATE CLUDDER AND KEEP YOUR APARTMENT SPOTLESS. use plenty of bleach. wipe down everything. again, keep absolutely no clutter. investigate any drawers, shelves or any other hiding spots and set up bait in them. leave for 1.5-2 months.

    while you are aware, make sure that an exterminator comes at least twice and that he is aware of what kinds of cockroaches you have. when you return, your problem should be solved. be prepared to have a lot dead roaches to pick up.


  83. November 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm, Nicole said:

    I have lived in my apartment for a little over a year and didn’t notice any roaches until the nasty lady next door moved in with ALL of her roach INFESTED furniture, when she was moving in I could tell she had roaching because all of her furniture smelled as if it was wiped down really good with bleach and comet cleaning powder. The hallways reeked of comet and bleach for quite sometime so I knew she was NASTY as hell. I reported this to the landlord and she’s gonna call an exterminator! Roaches cant live with me and I love my apt I would hate to move!


  84. June 29, 2010 at 1:29 am, -angela said:

    I moved to Annapolis with my hubby a few years ago. Found a nice apartment with lots of room. Of COURSE we viewed it during the day after it had been cleaned and repainted so OF COURSE we didn’t see roaches. We signed the lease and planned to go into the house to clean and do preventative spraying and baiting as you should ALWAYS do in EVERY APARTMENT you EVER LIVE in.

    Long story short..we hadn’t even moved in yet and when we opened the door and turned on the light…OMG…I froze, my heart dropped and I stopped breathing…just held my breath as HUNDREDS of roaches…american to German were just calmly hanging out all over the place. The light didn’t even make them scatter!

    When we went back downstairs to leave the laundry room door was open and OMG…..and this isn’t being over dramatic but HUGE waterbugs and roaches everywhere.

    So as if that isn’t bad enough the response that the P.O.S manager gave us was hilarious. Now I’ve lived in nice apartments pretty much my entire life and NEVER had a problem with bugs because they always sprayed every home and the lawn regularly so I KNOW how it is supposed to work.

    The manager told us that the waterbugs were GREAT bugs because they actually eat the roaches and keep the wet areas in the laundry room free of other pests…..umm…..huh?
    She then proceeded to tell me something that I think ALOT of people try to use as an excuse…

    “Whenever you change out a carpet or cabinets this happens….they increase in number and then the spray kills them”

    Ummmm..there shouldnt be ANY at all PERIOD.

    If you move into a place and find roaches, the health risk is so great that I can’t begin to tell you the worries that I had.

    -Roaches carry the same bacteria that lives in cat feces that can cause serious birth defects and death!
    -Roaches put out a horrible scent as a defense mechanism that can actually cause a mildly asthmatic person to go to severe in less than a few days of being around them
    -Roaches can actually live off of no “food” for MONTHS and YEARS because the very particle board that might be in your walls will suffice to keep them fed.

    My goodness I’ve learned so much about roaches since that day.

    They refunded EVERY PENNY of our money after I told them that I’d not only sue them but I’d go to the papers about them.

    The bottom line is not to let them manipulate you. You have rights! You can search google with your state name and “Landlord Tenant Act” or “Tenant Rights” ALSO call your local health department and send them photos of the infestation. You’d be surprised how they will react.

    I’m now suffering greatly because my hubby and I bought a beautiful house and our neighbors are squatting in an empty home of a family member until it sells….they have roaches and they are in the process of throwing away furniture and leaving it on the curb for DAYS. Needless to say…we saw our first roach yesterday.

    I sobbed..threw up and then sobbed some more because it is the ONLY phobia that I have and it is crippling!

    We don’t really have the money to use professionals but I’ll be damned if some pig loser affects my health and happiness.

    In the mean time we are doing some things that i would suggest:

    1.) Never leave dirty clothes laying around. Wash them, dry them and put them away ASAP

    2.) Never leave any water or fluids sitting out…wipe out your sinks and tubs after showering!

    3.)NEVER EVER leave food sitting out over night without containers…Make sure that you even seal them up in the fridge

    4.) feed your dog, pick up the bowl, wash it and wipe the area where the food was. SEAL THAT FOOD IN A CONTAINER THAT IS AIR TIGHT!!!

    5.) push all mulch and plants at least a foot away from your home!

    6.)I can’t tell you enough times to get rid of any bag vacuums you have and upgrade. Vacuum
    every day and dump that stuff right into a bag and get rid of it. Put some borax in the bin and never leave the bin sitting full. I upgraded to a “RAINBOW” vacuum. It is very expensive but OMG is it amazing for air quality and cleanliness

    7.) NO CARDBOARD BOXES. this takes time…took me months before we moved into our house but I did it. I went to Walmart every other week and bought a few plastic sealing totes and one by one got rid of all my boxes. I used bubble wrap instead of paper products!

    8.)leave your shoes in one place and never ever ever step on roaches with them! I keep mine by the backdoor on a mat that is sprayed with roach spray heavily. if you smoosh them the eggs can still hatch!!!!!!!

    9.) Keep pets off furniture and out of your beds/bedroom. Trust me…You have NO idea how dirty dogs can be and Roaches are known to be attracted to feces of both cats and dogs.

    10.)eliminate clutter, newspapers, magazines…just random crap that you don’t need…get rid of it. more places to hide..more places that don’t get treated. The Orkin man told us that we were great candidates because we hadn’t bought furniture yet and we cleaned house TOTALLY before he even got there. He has a blank slate now and just has to one by one do all his steps to help us.

    I hope this helps. it forward when you learn a new trick because you know how horrible it feels and how violated you can feel when you see one of those disgusting creatures.

    No they aren’t good for the environment. No they aren’t helpful bugs…They cause disease and can KILL severe asthmatics!


  85. August 03, 2010 at 12:14 pm, Ro said:

    I just moved into a place and I noticed 3 or 4 roaches….needless to say I was not about to deal with those nasty creatures! I found an exterminator that uses “Gentrol” google it…it prevents them from being able to reproduce as well as kills them!!! If there are any “babies” they will have stunned growth AND they still can’t reproduce. The problem, other than them being nasty as heck is that they can reproduce very quickly. I will say that it’s a little pricy, I paid about $400 for a year of service…he’ll come out weekly, monthly, daily if necessary! But he sprayed, they died… and I have not seen a single one dead or alive in a month! So I suggest to anyone to find an exterminator that has a license that can obtain Gentrol. He paired it with another bait that added protection as well. It works! It’s like birth control for the little bastards (pardon my French, but I hate them! Ugh!)


  86. August 13, 2010 at 1:09 am, Phid said:

    I lived in Minnesota for most of my life and never saw a single cockroach while there. I also lived in Michigan for a few years, and don’t recall seeing any there, either. But now I am in Georgia and have to deal with them, which is a pain. Bottom line – if you really don’t want to live with cockroaches, move far enough north and you probably won’t be bothered by them.


  87. November 16, 2010 at 5:35 am, 2scared said:


    I have lived in my apartment complex for over 5 years. I have severe dust allergies and ocd like germ phobia, I clean daily and deep clean twice weekly.

    In the past week the curvy shaped pipe under my bathroom sink sprung a leak and gushed water everywhere, it was repaired a few days ago. (plumber did say that the pipe was very old/corroded and probably hadn’t been serviced in 20 years)

    I never had any bug problem until now. I woke up about 3:30am to go to the bathroom, i flicked on the hall light, then I saw the monster! coming out of bathroom into the hallway was was a HUGE shiny black water bug/roach(?) fast as lightning it bolted back into the bathroom. I had about 9 panic attacks and was completely frozen with fear, when I built up the courage to go in, it was gone. I poured bleach into the sink drain,shower drain,toilet and mopped.

    Is a water bug different then a roach? Im so confused,some commenter s/websites say yes, some no….if there is a difference, how do i discourage it/them from the bathroom area? was this just a rogue ‘explorer’ who came through a pipe and has returned to the plumbing? or is this the beginning of an infestation? please help! im to scared to go back to sleep!


  88. February 13, 2011 at 11:00 am, alloutbugwarrior said:

    The advice about caulking,boric acid.bleach, maintaing clean home are all outstanding.
    However, there is ONE HUGE HOLE that no one mentioned. Your air/heat vent covers. One night I was laying in bed and saw one coming thru the air/heat vent in the room.

    I was horrified. After I regained my composure, I went to home depot and bought screen material that would not block the air flow but tight enough that the neighbors roaches coud not come marching in.
    Take down the vent cover,cut screen neatly to cover opening,tape the edges with heavy duty tape and put vent cover back on.
    With the caulking of EVERY crevice,spray foam on every pipe,drain cover on every sink drain.boric acid solutin under every door entryway when I leave town and the vent covers help me live pest free and happy!


    • January 12, 2020 at 11:55 am, josh bebard said:

      > we livein an apartment complex in, Columbus ohio called the new continent French quarter apartments on, 161dublin and granvilleroad in Columbus ohio we live theie
      r for 3 years now with our sonand daughter also and we have never seen so amny cockerroaches living in our building and come out, all hours of the day and night, and the apt manager keeps getting the pest control to come inspect all of the apartments on the property and the men spray them and they keep coming back these pests and theirs a certain person whos a horder on lives by him, her self and has so may boxes and other garbage in their apartment and laugh and tell other tenents, oh I am a, horder and he, she laughs about it but, they don,t throw him her out at all nor, make him her get rid of the crap in, his her apartment and other people called the news about this all but nothing is everdone. what can innocent residents do about this all and the rent their goes up, each year and the hall ways are filthy everyone says living on the property and the news is after the owner to shut him down, and after a recent shooting and its wrong for innocent residents who have to pay more money each year just to reside their and what do people really do living like that>?


  89. July 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm, Anonymous said:

    We will be moving into an apartment that I inspected that had signs of roaches. I am moving from an apartment with a rat infestation with rat mites that I’m allergic to. Ugg. We are caulking everything and I’m going to clean the new place with bleach. Foam up every crack and I hate that it has carpet though. In that past, I had roach problems and got rid of them by using liberally using boric acid under appliances and under sink. I kept all food out of the kitchen and in a pantry that I bought and kept food in closed containers there. I finally got rid of them even though the other neighbors had them. I really didn’t caulk up holes but I will this time. Eww. They are gross and make me uneasy.


  90. August 09, 2011 at 6:45 pm, Jen said:

    I have found 3 dead German Cockroaches in my living room (i believe they are german ones anyway) my husband says im over-reacting but i will be up all night scrubbing EVERYTHING! The one i found tonight was in the little dish (dead) that catches the water from the bottom of your plant pot….those will be in the garbage!! Anyway I was wondering (because i have never seen a live one ANYWHERE in here…..EVER)….why are they dead and is this a sign that we are infested? I am fraking out and have gotten up in the middle of the night and quick turned on the lights but i never see any…i dont know what their “droppings” look like either but i have already cleaned out all my cubbords…..can someone please help i have 2 small kids and i dont feel safe….i could cry…


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  92. October 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm, Bee said:

    My husband and I have been in our apartment for the past 4 months. By reading the above posts I now know that I made the mistake of not spraying the apartment before moving our stuff in. Of course it was spotless when we checked out the place and we did not see a single roach the first 2 months of living there, but one day after that 2 month period I would wake up and go in the kitchen and see little roaches running every time I turned on the lights. I did some research and it looks like the german roaches are what I’ve been seeing( the worst kind!!!!). My husband bought some roach motels which seemed to work for a few weeks, but after that I saw them on a regular basis ( I would kill at least 3-4 EVERYDAY!!). The apartment has a professional pest control company that came by and set out baits and that seemed to work for about a month. I would see dead roach bodies in the kitchen and bathroom and became excited because I thought my troubles were over. Shortly after that month I began seeing live roaches again which only lead me to believe that they became resistant to the bait. I have to let you all know that my husband and I have not previously lived in an area with roaches so I know they didn’t “travel” with us. I hate them so much, they really gross me out! I literally hate staying home by myself while my husband goes to work because I’ll have to face them alone. I called the front office and told them to send pest control by again, but he came by and had the nerve to tell me my apt. is not infested and did nothing!!! Well why do I see them EVERYDAY??? I was so pissed and went down to the office again and demanded that pest control come by and maintenance come by seal any cracks!! It was after that meeting that the manager told me the apt. below us had pest problem. So I became even more furious that they did not spray my apt. after doing the one down stairs since roaches often roam between units. I’m sure that is the reason I began seeing them in my unit because they were running from the poison down stairs. I heard that coffee grounds can lure roaches out, has anyone else heard this? I was thinking of making my own traps by putting the coffee on a sheet of sticky paper and thus causing the roaches to get stuck on it when they tried to get to the coffee. Please anybody tell me if this is a viable plan, because at this point I’ll try anything. This is a halfway decent place, but I will break the lease if they can’t solve this problem!


  93. October 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm, Anonymous said:

    I looked at at least 40 apartments (no exaggeration) over 3 days in the San Fernando Valley and saw lots of nice places except for the fact that I could tell they had a roach problem. In every apartment I would open all cabinets and look for dead or live roaches, roach motels left in cabinets and corners, and some places still had the outlet covers off so I know they sprayed, and some places you could tell based on the building and neighbors (hoarding crap on the balconies) that pests were going to be a problem.

    So then I find a nice looking studio. The building didn’t look that great but the managers and leasing company were better than most and I felt that this place would not be infested.

    I had gotten to the point during my search where when managers would ask what I was looking for in an apt or what was most important, I would come right out and say “no roaches”. My last apt building didn’t have roaches and my BF’s did so I knew what I ‘did not’ want to deal with.

    Within a week of moving in, I saw a roach crawling in the kitchen. I was PISSED! I immediately emailed the company and that morning I set off a fogger and put down boric acid and they sent someone in to put up gel.

    After the fogging I found 2 dead roaches. About a week later everyone in the complex received a letter on their door that a pets control company would be coming in and doing a MANDATORY fogging and spraying. You had to pack up EVERYTHING out of your cabinets and put them in plastic in the middle of the room. You had to empty all closets and move all light furniture at least 2 feet from the walls. It was a pain in the ass but I was happy to know that all my neighbors had to do the same thing too. On Monday they did everyone’s apt on the first floor and on Tuesday they did everyone’s apartment on the second floor. Other than the first live roach I saw and the 2 dead ones, I felt good about never seeing another.

    Well, this morning I woke up and saw a BIG ASS roach crawling up a wall by the kitchen. I almost passed out! I got my iphone to record it right as it reached the ceiling. I then got the RAID and killed it. I know the notice said that you may still see some after the treatment and that after awhile they should no longer be seen. I do have to say that the management company has been great sending people out to make repairs whenever I report them (though I’m not always satisfied with the work of the person) but to have the entire complex done was great when so many other places will only offer to spray just your own apt.

    I NEVER keep food out, stop up the sinks with covers, always immediately wash dishes, take out trash daily (especially if any food products had been put in them) don’t leave water in the sink, had maintenance plug up all cracks and openings near pipes (though I may go to Home Depot and get some some more caulking and do it myself) etc. I just moved it 9.23.11 and am pissed that I even have to go through this. I have resigned to move when my lease is up, but if I continue to see roaches (even 1 a month) I will be tempted to break my lease. I live by myself in a studio, and being a female I just mentally can’t take it. Not to mention that I’m already battling allergies to grass, weed, pollen, etc, I really just can’t deal with fighting to keep another threatening element out of my home.

    When I called LA Housing about the health code, she would come out and do an inspection, but if she didn’t see any roaches, she couldn’t put anything in her report. The infestation isn’t like what some people describe, like hundreds or handfuls scattering. I have seen 2 live roaches and 2 dead ones in a month. And the exterminators said my apt was a ‘light infestation’ when I asked what that meant they said they only saw a few dead ones. When I removed everything from the cabinets and walls when preparing for the treatment, I didn’t see any then. I still live with this fear that when I wake up or get home at night and turn on the lights, I immediately scan the walls and kitchen looking for them. I’m nervous to have guests over.

    Yes, I know ‘treatments and precautions’ can be done to manage living in a building with roaches but that ‘SHOULDN’T BE NECESSARY!’ People who live in houses or apartments without an infestation don’t have to line boric acid along their baseboards or put dish soap around sinks and such. I’m now worried about moving my cat and dog into the apt because I’m afraid that their food and scent will attract more roaches. I also plan to ship my 37in HDTV to myself and just bought a new microwave and unpacked my appliances that were in storage from my last place as I read that roaches can live in electronics?!?

    I would like to know if there is a site that has certified roach-free apartments in the LA area? Searching craigslist and visiting all places that look attractive in the pictures only to get there and see evidence of infestation could take FOREVER to find a new apt and weed out the bad places.


  94. April 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm, Trevor St. James said:

    HEY EVERYONE! I have a suggestion that a lot of people won’t like but….it WORKED! What did I do? I bought pet rats. Yes, pet rats. At night, I let them out of their cages. Why? Because they would chase down and eat the cockroaches. I could sleep at night knowing I had no worries. And after a while, the roaches stayed away.
    Not kidding here. I have pics of my rats holding and munching down on the cockroaches. People didn’t believe me but once they saw the pics they did. It really works. So, if you can handle pet rats running around in your house at night, go for it. As far as the rats mating, I bought all females.
    Good luck.


  95. June 01, 2012 at 11:55 pm, Moo said:

    Random note for the random bugs you see crawling all over the place… Scotch Guard…. Get yourself a can of scotch guard (foaming works best) and spray the buggers with it. It does take more of the stuff to kill the super big ones, but it does work. They breathe thru pores all over their bodies rather than with lungs. Seal off those pores with scotch guard, and it kills the bugs. I learned it one day by accident when I was living in my clean apartment next to an infested neighbor. I meant to grab the can of raid… Living in AL, roaches are everywhere!


  96. July 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm, lock said:

    rats? lol that cracked me up. i’m getting desperate enough to try that! unfortunately, roaches DO live in the north as i live in a small apt complex in Michigan and have been battling these f****** (the german kind) for the past year and a half. I’ve lived in this very nice complex for 5 years and had no probs or even thought about them until 12/10. i first saw 3 or 4 “beetles” crawling near my fish tank. they were too fast so i couldn’t catch them but figured i’d keep an eye out for them later. after i eventually killed the 3rd one, i thought i’d gotten them all. i kept seeing more and more though. usually 1 or 2 every week mostly in the bathroom. i was telling a coworker about how i keep getting these beetles and don’t know where they were coming from. She suggested they might be roaches. I FREAKED out!!! the office said they’d send someone in to spray. of course they also had to mention that i was the only one complaining( my building has 12 other tenants) and maybe i brought them in with my fish tank supplies from the pet store. they sprayed, they left. the roaches left, came back. i went back to the office several times and each time, they’s send the hung over maintenance guy over with his trusty dollar store spray can which did nothing. each time i went to complain, the office always made sure to mention to me that i was the only one that had them and this was my fault. finally, i spoke with 7 of the 12 neighbors in my building. i was too scared before. i didn’t want to be like “do you have cockroaches? “no?” “oh no reason, nevermind” they all said they did and they all complained. each of us were “THE ONLY ONE” though. we all got together and went to the office. now they’re like “oh, oh wow, we didn’t know this was that big of a problem, we’ll call an exterminator” i still don’t think they’ll do anything and after reading all these comments, i have a sinking feeling it won’t get rid of the roaches anyway. i guess i would have what is called a light infestation-i only see maybe 2 a week. i spray permethicin every month around every corner, move furniture, in cupboards, everything. it helps somewhat. i have such a phobia with any bug and this has been a nightmare. i can’t go in my bathroom or kitchen without peering around every corner, expecting to see one. i keep almost no food in my house anymore, i eat out. i love my apt but i’m moving soon and am so scared these bastards will come with me. i may just throw everything out and start from scratch


    • June 01, 2017 at 4:51 pm, Kira said:

      > I have the same phobia so its a problem for me too. They will follow you. I left my belongings in a storage units for 2 years and there were STILL roaches in my stuff. I ended up letting off a whole 4 pack of raid bombs in there before I started moving anything and then did it again after moving it into the apt. So far I have only seen 1 since I moved to my new place and that was in december.


  97. August 06, 2012 at 12:36 am, Anonymous said:

    i have every type of
    there basicly is. there droppings are everywhere i see atleast 10 a day. There disgusting . some are babys and i know hundreds are born in my house everyday. I really dont know
    if i well ever get rid of them.


  98. August 06, 2012 at 1:50 am, SHARON said:



  99. January 01, 2013 at 4:59 pm, Jaye said:

    I moved into an apartment in Gaithersburg, MD in November. Before I signed the lease I asked if there were roaches, eats, mice, or pest concerns. I was told no. Furthermore, I was told that I wouldn’t have roaches unless I brought them with me. Well I moved in without furniture and only a few articles of clothing since it was a tuesday. I didn’t realize them postponing my Friday moving date was them buying time to cover up the roach problem. Well they sprayed twice since I moved in. More roaches ugh! Its January now well Friday night I went to either lowes or home depot I don’t recall but I got two tubes of Red Devil Dura Guard Plus premium kitchen and bath sealant and a bottle of Bayer Advanced Home Pest plus Germ Killer Indoor and Outdoor Insect Killer ready to use spray. I cleaned and dried everywhere kitchen and bathroom. I sprayed once it dried I sealed every visible crawl space, crack, and hiding hole that I could find. I haven’t seen a roach in over 24 hours. Today I put boric acid behind the fridge and stove. I also sprayed and sealed behind these areas. Sealed the top of counters where it meets the wall. I sealed everything I could seal. I have not seen a roach. My best friend thinks they are dying inside the walls where they live… Gross thought. I like to think that I’ve sent them back home to my neighbors where they came from. Time will tell how long this will last. I will treat my apartment monthly with the spray Just to keep them away although the spray claims to provide up to 12 months of indoor insect protection. I also placed combat bait stations in cabinets, behind appliances, and in the bathroom. I have been able to turn my lights off and when I enter the kitchen no sign of roaches day or night when I turn on the lights! I think I will start furniture shopping soon and get rid of the air mattress. If you have questions you can email me good luck! Don’t forget to spray around pipes, entry doors, windows… baseboards even in rooms where there is no roach activity. You don’t want them taking refuge somewhere else and coming back. [email protected]


    • January 28, 2020 at 8:49 pm, Kaiden said:

      Okay so, I live in a apartment and I have some creepy neighbors who don’t dress nicely and look like messes all the time they just moved in and brought cockroaches so thanks this really helped


  100. November 09, 2016 at 12:24 pm, Sam said:

    They are very annoying creatures and i get very irritated by them as my eyes are about to pop out while typing this I kip my slipers close to knock down anyone lurkign around aimlessly


  101. January 11, 2017 at 6:51 am, lucy said:

    I live in an apartment building that has 8 floors and on each floor there are 16 apartments. Even though the management calls in a exterminator to spray, roaches are still in my kitchen and now they are spreading to other rooms. My kitchen is now a breading ground. I can just finish cleaning the kitchen and when I literally turn around a roach has had baby roaches on my cabinet. OMG, I am so disgusted. I need to get rid of them. I cannot afford to move right now and I don't have any money. I need to find a way to get rid of the roaches. And now I have bed bugs. I don't know where they came from. OMG Help.


    • August 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm, Nicole said:

      You can just throw diatameacous* earth every where in your appartment, it kills bed bugs in all stages and I recently found roaches in my appartment and it killed them fairly quickly once the crawl through the dust maybe 35 mins tops once they crawl though it, the way it works is the dust cuts there exo skeleton and dries their inside out, there are time lapse videos on YouTube, best and easiest way to deal with pest…. oh and it's pet friendly


  102. March 10, 2017 at 6:10 am, Pre-freaking out said:

    Due to extenuating circumstances I'm about to move into a low income apt unit temporarily. I expect to only have to be there 6-8mo but I'm not stupid….I KNOW there's GOT to be roaches there, likely the little German ones (the WORST to combat). I've done extensive research & the landlord has cleaned & caulked…I didn't see any water leaks or anything & I intend to wage war right from go (I'm a young woman & I won't lie, roaches skeeve me out)….before I put a single item in the unit I'll be lining the baseboards in the entire apt with a thin line of diatomaceous earth, setting out boric acid/sugar traps, water bottle traps & either glue or gel traps, my dogs eat frozen food (so kept in chest freezer) & I wash their bowls after each meal, the cats food is kept in an airtight container (& just bc I'm paranoid I'll prob put that container into an empty trash can with lid) all food & even utensils will be kept in airtight containers, I Wash dishes right before bed & will Vacuum & Mop right before bed daily. My main concerns are: I use a steam Mop….no chemicals & I HAVE to leave 1 water dish out for my pets at all times bc 1 has a liver condition that requires constant access to water. I understand I'm likely to never be 100% free of them while living there…but what are my chances for keeping them at bay enough that I can actually sleep at night without having nightmares of them climbing all over me? Honestly? Will my extensive measures ensure they stick mostly with other tenants & avoid my apt or will this all be for naught?


  103. April 03, 2017 at 7:14 am, Tammy laronde said:

    This article fails to mention that cockroaches can infest the most cleanest of homes. Messy homes can worsen it but it is not necessarily the cause of it.


  104. April 23, 2017 at 6:34 am, Nonya said:

    I had a terrible German roach infestation. Normal methods don't work with these roaches. They will live in places like TVs entertainment center cabinets and dressers. They are the worst pest I have ever seen. After YEARS of nothing..and I mean nothing working.. Every kind of spray, bait, home remedy, vacumming, 5 different professionals..we still had a severe problem..the only thing that worked was using something you aren't legally allowed to use indoors for this purpose because of its toxicity..Termidor. We bought some online…mixed it and painted the house with it. The bugs were gone within days. Now roach egg sacks can live and hatch up to 5 years..yes 5 years after they are laid…so every once in a while we will see a newly hatched batch and we paint the house with the mixture again, and poof gone. I will never use anything else again cause nothing else works.


  105. June 01, 2017 at 4:43 pm, Kira said:

    COMBAT GEL DOES NOT WORK LONG TERM. It gets hard after while and is less attractive to the roaches. Here are some directions for making roach cookies that will not get hard and will kill the roaches instantly.
    You mix up 1 egg,
    1 cup grits cream of wheat or oatmeal
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1/2 cup Boric acid.
    A new cookie sheet only for this purpose.

    Mix well and spread over the cookie sheet.
    Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees

    You should end up with a tacky sheet cookie that is very sweet smelling, soft and pliable from the sugar.

    Put on some gloves and get a knife or a pizza roller and cut rhe whole sheet up into tiny square pieces. Put them everywhere!! In the corners of ceilings and floors in corners above door frames and windows, these are places people miss and roaches main path of travel when out in the open at night! Also do around stove and underneath the cabinets as well as all other areas listed here. Another good one is to mix peanutbutter and boric acid as apposed to sugar and baking soda. They are more attracted to the peanutbutter. You can put it on paper plates and place in under house hold appliances where they ll be out of sight but do their job. Make sure to check every month and replace if necessary. Also remember roaches like to be warm just like us so if you know the neighbors have them you really want to do this every fall before winter comes and every spring to prepare for summer!
    Hope this helps!

    All of the other advice here is accurate from my experience and I was the only one to not have bugs in my building. Which had a code red infestation.

    I began by bombing with black flag industrial strength bombs for large storage units and the Demon spray really works too.


  106. June 18, 2017 at 4:02 am, Angela said:

    I've been in a battle against cockroaches now a whole year and my lease will end soon and they never disappear. I live in a house surrounded by big trees . So the landlord keep telling me it's normal because of the trees. I'm a clean fresk because of them to the point I use bleach to clean . And i spay by the doors before I sleep to create a barrier. The pest control came regularly still I see them every morning dead , now that it's summer I start to see them alive , I'm moving to an apartment complex and Inside scared to carry them with the furniture to my new place


  107. June 20, 2017 at 9:42 am, KC Benton said:

    Gentrol tell manager to ensure the exterminator is using Gentrol it kills egg sacks..the exterminator should use something that acts as birth control as well as killing the roaches. Preventing them from having babies is essential. Caulk openings…under sinks make sure if there are cracks in your doors that you enter and exit you put weather stripping around them. Home Depot sells RealKill white glue boards. They are not expensive put them under your sinks. In your cabinets throw in your dumpster female adults could have eggsacks. Baking soda & sugar. The baking soda causes them to explode sugar attracts them. Order the Real Kill on line any FLAT glue boards work. Throw out daily. Call the health city housing authority.go to legal aid. Read landlord & tennat laws. File a lawsuit with the help of legal aid you & other tenants. Bed bugs? R evil. Home Depot has kits for this. How did u get bed bugs? Is the building infested? Don't allow the individuals that own your building & the management company go home & live the way you should be able to pest free. You pay rent this pays the management company, & the owners. Don't be victimized u deserve to be comfortable. Write letters certified return receipt give them 30 days to really get this problem taken care of. Advise your rent will be withheld until they do. Ask for the name of the exterminator check them out with the BBB ask for a list of chemicals they are using. In the same letter tell the management company you will expect new bedding if they can't get rid of the problem. Mattress, sheet's pillows & comforters. wash your clothes in hot water seal them in plastic bags in the room that doesn't have bed bugs.


  108. June 20, 2017 at 10:43 am, KC Benton said:

    To those of you that can't afford to move call, write, protest outside the buildings. Call tv stations, call the health department! Roaches & bed bugs can make u sick. Write city counsel, house rep's, Mayor, state Congress person.. protest future tenants will not sign. Low housing does not equal sub-standard housing. The human society is roach Free!!!!


  109. November 24, 2019 at 10:11 am, mike spradley said:

    I have read all of the advice given and so far so good, the one thing that has not been mentioned is moving boxes or cardboard boxes used for storage of personal items.

    Roaches love to eat the glue that holds boxes together, they also love to lay eggs in between the layers of the boxes. Many people use boxes from grocery stores when they move like fruit boxes.

    Do not ever use these boxes or bring them into your home they are infested you can not tell by looking at them but trust me they are.

    If you are low income and use food banks or food assistance programs where they give you a box of food in a cardboard box , do not even put the cardboard box in your car. It only takes a few minuets for the roaches to crawl out of the box and into your car.

    You have two kinds of cardboard boxes clean and dirty , clean are brand new moving boxes you purchase at a moving company or home depot like store, Dirty is any box that has been left outside or had food shipped in it or that had been inside a grocery store or loading dock.


  110. January 09, 2020 at 9:15 am, Sir Arsalan said:

    I think all are fine


  111. January 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm, Donna Gregory said:

    Get a cat. They love to chase and kill roaches. Use diatomaceous earth. It's non-toxic for pets and people but really effective against insects.


  112. February 13, 2020 at 2:34 pm, Jenna Hunter said:

    My aunt thinks that she has found some cockroaches in her home and she really wants to get rid of them so that they don't damage anything. She would really like to get some help from a professional to clean out everything so that it is cleaner and can make sure that it is sanitary.


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