After using roach bait and boric acid and roach bombs I called in an
exterminator. I picked a guy that does not require a contract. It
turns out that has been a big mistake.
He has been coming once a month since November. He is due back
tomorrow. I am thinking about kicking him to the curb and signing a
contract with another service. I have talked to another exterminator
that says if I still have roaches after 6 months they send out an
The roaches are gone except for the kitchen, but I still see freshly
born roaches in the kitchen. I know I can't give up the fight, but
even with an "expert" I am loosing the battle.
I would think 6 months any exterminator would be able to kill roaches.
With this guy, I don't see any end in site.
I like Bengal Gold Roach Spray , it has a growth regulator hormone in it ,
they don't mature sexually , can't reproduce . Or so they say , but I've
seen the occasional deformed one with an egg sac . I back it up with a light
dusting of DE (diatomaceous earth , bet ya didn't think I could spell it
...) in all the nooks and crannies they hide in .
Actually , I think our resident Blue Tailed Lizard <really !> gets most of
those who actually find their way in . <<Believe it or not , there are
several species of roach that live out in the woods . They wanna keep
warm/cool too .>> And (s)he's welcome to them !
It depends where you live.
Here in Wisconsin, the good thing about Winter is that it kills off the
insects and problems are rarely permanent.
In the deep South, there is almost nothing you can do to eliminate
Since you say you see them only in the kitchen they are obviously
getting at food and you will need to go over /everything/ with a fine
tooth comb...making sure /all/ food is in sealed containers and to check
under the stove and refrigerator and /inside/ the bottom of the stove
and especially the refrigerator's motor compartment etc.
I assume he is not talking about "American" roaches, the big ones we
have down south. Usually the problem roach is the little brown
European (the French call them German roaches and the Germans call
them French roaches) or the darker triangle shaped Asian roach.
While it is true they can live in the woods, generally they live in
buildings and winter has little effect on them. People have been
trying to kill them for over 1000 years and they have a tolerance for
most chemicals. Once you are infested it is hard to get rid of them.
You need a combination of sprays and baits. They usually will stop
eating the attractant in any bait before the last one dies.
A good pest control operator should be able to wipe them out as long
as your neighbors are not infected and you are not bringing them in
from the store.
By comparison the American roaches (palmetto bug, water bug etc) is
pretty easy to control. They respond to most baits, sprays kill them
and if you treat your yard, they won't be coming in from outside.
BTW cold weather does not have much effect on roaches. They have found
then in unheated shacks in Alaska, They may go dormant but they don't
You can increase the effectiveness by mixing the DE about 50:50 with
That was the secret recipe my buddy used to create a million dollar
flea killing business but it wiped out most of the insects in a home.
If you go to a pest chemical company like Lesco, they will have the
right kind of DE and the best deal on boric acid. Neither are
The German roach can fly too but they are more like gliding down from
a high spot. Our big ones can take off from a flat surface.
Fortunately they are pretty easy to control. You just have to
understand it is an "outside" bug that comes in the house. Control
them in the yard and they are not a problem in the house. The little
roaches are domesticated and live quite easily around people.
A lot of that is simply perception. Roaches are certainly cleaner than
flies for example and mosquitoes kill millions of people every year
from the diseases they transmit. With roaches, it is mostly just the
yuck factor. We don't want bugs in our stuff.
The fact that roaches constantly clean their feet is what makes them
susceptible to sprays, boric acid and other poisons they walk on.
BTW the "bee hive" hair thing is just an urban myth, along with a lot
of other myths about what was in that pile of starched hair. I doubt a
roach could have survived the chemicals in the cans of spray that was
constantly added to the "do".
I was never really attracted to the look, when it was all the rage
(50s, early 60s)
The girls tended to be too "high maintenance" for me. ;-)
On Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:26:05 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The exterminator says that we are bringing them back in. He may be
right. My niece lives here and she works at a grocery store.
When he said we were bringing them back in, I reminded him of the time
he told me that the poison he uses is supposed to last for a year. He
can't explain why, if we are bringing them back in, why the existing
poison is not killing the new ones.
I had read where roaches get immune to the poison. I have asked if he
uses more than one type of poison. He says he does. After 8 months,
it seems like he may be using water some of the time.
He may be the one bringing them in.
BTW they are German roaches.
First of all, get rid of all paper/corrugated cardboard you use in
cabinets or for storage....they love to nest in c.c. Wash, seriously
and thoroughly, insides of all cabinets, floors, broiler pans, drip
pans, cat boxes, etc. Clean off all food containers in cabinets, esp.
anything that has been opened.
When I lived in Fl., we had a serious infestation that became horrible
when an upstairs neighbor moved out. We had Sears exterminate, one
time, which cured the problem (five years on). They used a bait which
they said was peanut butter and boric acid....it was applied in little
dabs along baseboards, cabinet shelves, around appliances and then they
took off covers of wall outlets and switches and applied inside them.
They said wall spaces are a favorite place to hide. They were soon gone
and never saw another.
And water. Get rid of any water that might be available to them. Under
the fridge too.
In 1965 I bought a sailboat. It was heavily infested with German
roaches...cheeky little buggers, they'd parade around as if THEY owned the
boat. Shortly, I hauled the boat (went to drydock) and was out of the
water for almost six weeks, no water anywhere in the boat during that
period and all the roaches disappeared. Did they leave because of lack of
water? Can't say for sure but they were gone and never came back.
I used to fight these when I lived in apartments up north.
I would go another way and shoot poison around the pipes, into the
I also went behind the electrical boxes but be careful not to wet down
the inside of the box.
Swap the head on a spray can with the "straw" type from an oil, carb
cleaner or "air" can to get in tight spots.
Also go up under the soffit and anywhere else they might get in.
Pull out all the drawers and spray the bottoms, then spray the inside
surfaces of the cabinets. They like to put egg sacks under these
I also sprayed behind all the toe kicks
By treating every month I was able to hold them down but it was a
constant war. In a house it is a lot easier.
Back in those days Baygon was the go to poison ... if you didn't use
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