Getting rid of 'water bugs'

I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches) in my kitchen and bathroom.
Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without having to call an exterminator?
TIA
Lewis.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

3/4" and "big" don't belong in the same sentence. I've tripped over roaches walking their dogs down in Georgia.
But that being said, the traditional fix is to spread boric acid, a white powder available at any drug store, onto the places you think they'll travel: on water pipes, at the junction of the floor and cabinets, etc.
They walk through it and then take it with them back to the nest. Then they all die. Cheap, effective. And unless you've got the most inquisitive of pets, it's fairly safe. It's never bothered either my cat or my dog.
Mortimer Schnerd, RN mschnerd at carolina.rr.com
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wrote:

I am in FL and we have Palmetto bugs - sounds like the same thing. They are found in kitchen and bathroom. I have no idea how they get in the house but suspect they may come in under the kitchen door from the garage. I chase them around with Raid and hope I hit them ... I also get spray and spray around the outside of the house, especially around doorways. The house has central air so unless they are coming in under the door they must have found a way along water pipes but cannot figure out how.
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wrote:

Palmetto bugs, water bugs etc are all cute names for the American Cockroach. It is a native and in the grand scheme of things the easiest to kill because we only recently started trying to so they are not immune to much. (unlike asian and european cockroaches, those nasty little ones that get in everything) Dusting out of the way places with boric acid is very effective and the best direct approach is the baits. They do come in from outside and are not usually infesting your house like the foreign kind unless you have been ignoring them for years. Sprays can work but the typical roach spray uses chemicals that are far more toxic than they need to be if you are just trying to kill the American variety because they are formulated for city bugs that have been sprayed for a couple centuries with chemicals if ever increasing toxicity. Home Depot, Lowes and Ace sell the boric acid in a quart sized plastic squeeze bottle with a pointed tip. You can shoot a dusting into the holes around pipes and into walls, up under cabinet kicks so it gets under the cabinet and in other cracks and crevices. These are the places where the bugs hide and it is away from kids and pets. If you want to kill them outside, a fairly mild chemical like Sevin will do a good job. Concentrate on mulch beds, palms, under things that lie on the ground and a perimeter up next to the house. Don't kill the reptiles like tree frogs, lizards and snakes. A fat palmetto bug is a tasty meal to them. Since these bugs are mostly nocturnal the snakes and frogs are much more effective than the lizards that sleep at night. (contrary to popular legend).
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I used to work in a pharmacy in NYC that had a damp basement. We had water bugs that were measured in inches, not fractions of inches.
I was wearing hiking boots one day and I smashed a big one with my heel. The cracking sound echoed across the basement.
When I lifted my foot the d*mn thing scurried away and crawled under a pallet. Freaked me out!
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

I had one travel on a suitcase from Parris Island, SC, to Indiana. Must have been a Marine recruit :o)
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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 05:27:38 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Sounds like German Cockroaches (sometimes called water bugs)?
Boric Acid is safe around the house.
A local here discovered that used coffee grounds in a glass jar will catch them.
Use a glass mayo jar, place two tablespoons of coffee in it and fill 1/3 with water. Tilt the jar against the wall, cabinet, etc. The roaches climb into the jar and cannot climb out, so they drown. Empty the dead one out and make a fresh batch.
I was skeptical at first. I put a couple of jars outside around the house and was surprised at the dead roaches. No roaches in the house.
It works and is cheap!!
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Oren wrote:

The German cockroach are the brown ones that invade the pantry and counter tops. The American cockroach is the large and often black "waterbug".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cockroach

Indeed. They can't survive without plentiful water. So if you get rid of the leaks, caulk around the shower and elsewhere as needed, the bugs will disappear as the excess water goes away.
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wrote:

I found the link for the coffee/jar trick: Dubbed the Vegas roach trap.
With video testimonials.
http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S630244
Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegas_roach_trap
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wrote:

In Germany they are French cockroaches, that is why I just said European. ;-)
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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 05:27:38 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Call them what they are, cockroaches. Get yourself a can of Roach Prufe. It contains a fine blue boric acid powder. Make a "duster" from a cotton ball and wire. Dust the powder around all the baseboards, threashholds, crevices, etc. Clean up your bathroom/kitchen area first.
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We get em in NC too. Larger than 3/4" On hot, humid nights they really come out running around the driveway like Times Square on 12/31. The steps I've done in multiple houses I've had here:
- Bomb the house with Raid Flea Killer Plus Fogger available     at WalMart.          http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_fkpf.asp     The reason I use this is because I have pets     even though they are protected monthly with     Advantage/Frontline.          The residual killer left in the carpet really does     kill them for months.      - Be sure door weatherstripping is good. They're attracted to light     at night, cooler air and water.
- Caulk all areas where devices such as CATV & phone cables, pipes     enter the house.
- Get yourself a gallon of like Ortho Home Defense. The bifenthrin and     others such as Pyrethrins in these does them in even long after     it dries. Once they cross it they croak afterward. Spray     all interior perimeters (carpet/hard floor). Doors sills, jambs,     window tracks. Spray exterior of these as well.
Seems to work for me very well. A more scientific document from the Univ of FL at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IG082
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