I HAVE A ROACH PROBLEM AND THEY JUST WON"T LEAVE MY HOME! How They Get Here?

United States
July 21, 2007 11:41pm CST
I am the most cleanliness person you could possibly meet. I wash the dishes constantly, keep my refrigerator clean, make sure the floors are mopped, and don't get me started about me constantly picking up after my children. I love nice things and I hate a nasty filthy house. I need all the advice I can get because this is a real problem for me. I have those things so much that I'm really thinking about breaking my lease on my apartment to move somewhere better. Do anybody know where roaches came from?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
22 Jul 07
Heloise's Boric Acid Roach Exterminating Formula 8 ounces powdered boric acid 1/2 cup flour 1/8 cup sugar 1/2 small onion, chopped (optional) 1/4 cup cooking oil or bacon drippings (or more to form a soft dough). Cream shortening and sugar, mix boric acid, flour and onion. Add to sugar, and oil. Blend well, then add more oil as needed to form a soft dough. Shape into small balls the size of marbles. (If balls are placed in opened, plastic sandwich bags, the dough will stay softer longer.) Place balls throughout the house in places normally inhabited by roaches (any dark, damp corner). Caution: Make sure no children or pet can come in contact with these balls, as it is toxic and keep out of direct contact with any food. When dough becomes brick hard, replace with a fresh batch. you can also just sprinkle the boric acid behind your stove and fridge. You can take out the draws in the kitchen and sprinkle the boric acid under them. it is safe for the family too. Check out this site for more. Boric acid is good for other insects too. I like it because it is not harmful to humans the way that the baombs and sprays are. http://www.alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/boric_acid.html
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I just remembered something else about roaches too. You can bring them in to your home yourself on boxes and paper grocery bags having the eggs on them.
• United States
22 Jul 07
Thank u so much 4 your information because that was very helpful. I have 5 children rangin from the age of 2 years old to 6 years old. I don't have much furniture in my apartment so it would be very hard to hide those things considering my 2 year old twins think that everything is food. What would you reccommend I do considering my kids are in every inch of the house.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
23 Jul 07
are your children climbers could you put it in the tops andv the very back of cupboards go to the web site and find out mour about boric acid. as I said you can find place out of the way to sprinlkle the boric acid. Do you have a stove and a refridgerater. Do you have draws in a cupboard or kitchen counter. There are places that you can sprinkle just the powder. one is at the very back under the kitchen sink.
• Columbus, Ohio
22 Jul 07
The problem living in an apartment is that your building is only as clean as the dirtiest unit. Roaches have no problem moving between wall. If one of your neighbor lives in a way to attract roaches then their roach problem becomes yours. The best you can do is be active in fighting the problem for your end.
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• United States
22 Jul 07
Would it be wrong for me to ask them to bomb their apartment?
• United States
2 Oct 07
you can ask them to bomb the apartment but roaches become amune to certain sprays and they often water down the spray. I use to live in an apartment that had the same problem and the roaches will continue to move from place to place. The only thing that you can really do is to fight them yourself but you are not only going to be spending a lot of money that you shouldn't have to spend, you will be fighting everyone's roaches. The best thing that I have found is to lay out those sticky traps that are made for mice, these will also draw the roaches to the sweet smell and will trap them on there. You can lay these out at the worse places like your kitche(behind the fridge in cabnets, ect.) and in the bathroom. I hope this helps and remember that if there was a nuclear bomb, the only thing that would survive would be roaches.
@larflu (19)
• United States
10 Dec 07
you don' want to "bomb" the apartment (or the neighbor). The insecticide in the foggers will scatter the roaches more than taking care of the problem. The best treatment the homeowner can use is the syringe of "Combat Roach Gel" you will see results
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
14 Dec 07
Yes... they come from another apartment. They travel down the water pipes in the building. This problem can be solved by asking the real estate to fumigate the whole building... which they are supposed to do every few years. Otherwise... move somewhere else... You cannot stop them when you are not the cause of the problem. The best you can do is to close every gap you can find around the pipes in the kitchen and bathroom, skirting boards and any other gap you can find.