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Eww! Cockroaches!

Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Grinder » 18 Jun 2014, 18:21

I second the efficacy of alcohol, and it's much better than using poison when you have animals in the house. My bf gets bottles of the stuff from the pharmacy.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Ibis2k12 » 14 Jul 2014, 10:46

we live on the 4th floor and we cannot keep them out :/
The apartment is clean: we wipe the floor with bleach every weekend, all dishes are done after a meal, we have nets against all windows....we have an almost mosquito-free life, but 2 or 3 times a week when we wake up we find some roach in the kitchen.
We have the small trap-boxes but so far I haven't seen a single dead roach, apart from those that I banish.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby hansioux » 14 Jul 2014, 10:51

Grinder wrote:I second the efficacy of alcohol, and it's much better than using poison when you have animals in the house. My bf gets bottles of the stuff from the pharmacy.


yup, who knew they are such sleepy drunks.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby ranlee » 31 Jul 2014, 16:55

They're everywhere and seem to be immune to a lot of "traps"

You can clean all you want, they will still appear.

Just make sure you block off all drains in the house. That should lower the amount you see, but won't copletely block them out.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby kungfuken » 27 Aug 2014, 01:34

I don't know how they can be immune to ingesting an acid but sounds pretty terrifying- drug resistant cockroaches!? :lol:

I was having some problems with the wildlife since I was leaving the bathroom window open to prevent mould. "Operation: Fuck Bugs" is in its first stage and the Combat baits I bought this morning seem to be doing their job- haven't spotted one cockroach so far and I saw tons of them yesterday.

What I want to know is how do I keep the leeches out? I seriously found annelids in my bathroom, 0.5mm wide, 5mm long, brown/grey, doing the leech walk (think the dance move 'the worm', from tail to head) in the puddles after I got out of the shower. I found a bunch of dead ones in little blood smears tonight so I can assume they come to eat the arthropods and died from borax ingestion thanks to the Combat. Next is ants and those stupid little clear-winged mini-fly looking things that seem to be harmlessly (but numerously) chilling on the walls in there.... I hope the ants go for the Combat traps too, but if not I'm sure there's specialised ones.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Leftywang81 » 27 Aug 2014, 13:51

Its impossible to roach-proof your house. You would have to completely vacuum-seal your place to ensure that you dont have any roaches getting in. It comes with the territory. Roaches thrive in this kind of weather, especially in the Summer. While there are no ways to prevent them from entering your home, simply cleaning up eating areas and not leaving food out on the table will prevent them from wanting to get in. If you have food just lying around or if you have scraps fall on the floor and forget to clean it, roaches will be attracted to that. Keeping your place clean is a good way to keep them away.

I have a serious roach-phobia. They are at the top of the list of things I'm terrified of. Locals here dont even think twice about stepping on them as they're just used to them. My dad tells me that the big ones that fly are harmless. Its the little ones that you have to worry about.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Icon » 27 Aug 2014, 14:27

kungfuken wrote:I don't know how they can be immune to ingesting an acid but sounds pretty terrifying- drug resistant cockroaches!? :lol:

I was having some problems with the wildlife since I was leaving the bathroom window open to prevent mould. "Operation: Fuck Bugs" is in its first stage and the Combat baits I bought this morning seem to be doing their job- haven't spotted one cockroach so far and I saw tons of them yesterday.

What I want to know is how do I keep the leeches out? I seriously found annelids in my bathroom, 0.5mm wide, 5mm long, brown/grey, doing the leech walk (think the dance move 'the worm', from tail to head) in the puddles after I got out of the shower. I found a bunch of dead ones in little blood smears tonight so I can assume they come to eat the arthropods and died from borax ingestion thanks to the Combat. Next is ants and those stupid little clear-winged mini-fly looking things that seem to be harmlessly (but numerously) chilling on the walls in there.... I hope the ants go for the Combat traps too, but if not I'm sure there's specialised ones.


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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby kungfuken » 27 Aug 2014, 15:24

Icon wrote:Move!!! Escape!!!! :runaway:


I like the price and location, I'm 3 minutes walk from work, 10 from a Carrefour and Night Market, and 5 from 3 department stores. Aside from the bugs there's nothing wrong with the place. I am new to this country so I may very well be entirely culpable, but it being an old building I think is contributing mostly. The previous tenant probably didn't take cleanliness too seriously (I find most seem not to unless they're families, considering the places I saw when I was hunting for apartments). That said the landlord generously had the place cleaned before I moved in.

Leftywang81 wrote:If you have food just lying around or if you have scraps fall on the floor and forget to clean it, roaches will be attracted to that. Keeping your place clean is a good way to keep them away.


Not just food, but water too. I have literally 0 food in my apartment and have never had food in here. I brought in some food containers once for about 2 days before I remembered to throw them out, and that was long before the roaches showed up. They can go months without food or water but water alone is enough to make them want to set up shop apparently. Considering they eat each other's faeces they probably have a very low bar for minimum amounts of nutrients available, too. This is what my cursory research has suggested- water alone attracts them and will encourage them to nest let alone food.
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Leftywang81 » 27 Aug 2014, 15:34

Hmm I've never heard of roaches being attracted to water. Water is everywhere. I've been living at my current location for about 2 years and I'd say during that time I've only come across roaches a handful of times. Less than 10. I'm on the 2nd floor too so its not like I'm on the 20th floor on a high-rise or anything. I have left food out on the table or forgotten to throw away scraps and used paper plates right away, but I've been very fortunate that I havent encountered as many roaches as I have. From the sound of things, an important factor may very well be location. If I was dealing with roaches on a daily basis or had one pop up every week, I would move...
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Re: Eww! Cockroaches!

Postby Icon » 27 Aug 2014, 15:40

Dunno. I mostly find roaches floating in my pets water dishes....

Kungfuken, I'd go Drano and hot water on all drains, then seal them off while not in use -with those stick ons or plastic lids they sell. Yes, there are poisons specifically for ants, and others for roaches -traps and roach motels and stuff. I have found that a multi pronged approach works best.
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