There doesn't seem to be a notable infestation, but I like to keep things
in check in my duplex. Since downstairs apartment is currently vacant, I
thought I'd do some pest control before next tenant moves in. Do any of
the Ortho, Raid, Hot Shot, or other brand pest controls sold at Home Depot,
etc, do a worthwhile job, or should I just put the money towards a pro?
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:) in check in my duplex. Since downstairs apartment is currently vacant, I
:) thought I'd do some pest control before next tenant moves in. Do any of
:) the Ortho, Raid, Hot Shot, or other brand pest controls sold at Home Depot,
:) etc, do a worthwhile job, or should I just put the money towards a pro?
Guessing you are talking about the smaller German
roaches rather than the large outdoor roaches that find
their way in, as suggested earlier, go with the Combat
bait in the syringe. Apply it in the corners of the
cabinets, any cracks where the counter top meets the
cabinets, etc. If you have ever had an infestation
before there will probably be evidence of their frass
where they were hiding, so you can tell the areas where
Go with the Boric Acid, it's safe, cheap, easy to use, no oders, non-toxic
to humans and pets, and last a long time. Most of the time you can get it
at your local dollar store for about $2.00 for a 16oz bottle.
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:) Go with the Boric Acid, it's safe, cheap, easy to use, no oders, non-toxic
:) to humans and pets, and last a long time.
It will be more toxic than any of the sprays that might
be used..it is cheap and does not go away though.
In a notable roachy city (except some people euphemize them as "palmetto bugs"
I've kept a roach-free house with strategically placed baits of Max Attack.
Whether you'd want to do this in a house with pets or young children begs
If you want to use the stuff the pros use without paying for their services,
I've been told it's a product called Demon WP. A store in my area sells it
to do-it-yourselfers. I've used it for years and had great results. They
run an online store at http://www.pestproducts.com/ which is worth a look.
For under $20 you can get enough for 4 sprayings.
:) If you want to use the stuff the pros use without paying for their services,
:) I've been told it's a product called Demon WP. A store in my area sells it
:) to do-it-yourselfers. I've used it for years and had great results.
This will be one of the more effective "maintenance"
spray you can use. You might go in with friends to cut
the cost. Even if you hit all of your baseboards areas,
window sills and plumbing areas you probably will use
about 1/3 gallon. There is no need to hit total
baseboards, just entry ways such as door thresholds,
window sills, plumbing area. If you get a WP formula it
will show up on dark surfaces (dirty water drying
stains)...the EC formula will leave no visible residue,
but has a bit of an odor until it dries.
Thanks all for the input. I noticed no one suggested using the pro, so I
take it I'm alright with the do it yourself stuff. I've gone down in the
wee hours to check out the action, and so far I've only encountered two
roaches. One was the small kind checking out the closet and wondering
where everyone went. The other was a larger one that I think just came in
from outside (hopefully) as I had left the door open overnight to cool the
place down. I hadn't counted on visitors, and wont be doing that again.
Anyway, the tenants are moving in today and tomorrow, so I wont do a bug
bomb. At this point, I may just go with some Raid or Real Kill that I have
unless I can make it to the store before they move in. Real busy. Thanks
for the help.
:) Thanks all for the input. I noticed no one suggested using the pro, so I
:) take it I'm alright with the do it yourself stuff. I've gone down in the
Using the pro is just using a service such as going and
having the oil changed instead of doing it yourself. For
what you are wanting, doing it yourself should be a
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