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  •  my christmas gift to you is a roach solution that (13+ / 0-)

    is inexpensive and works!

     background info: i lived ib nyc for decades  and as all nyers will tell you, ny is built atop a rroach nest!

    i used boric acid powder.   sprinkle it liberally under kitchen and bath counters near water then dust floor baseboards and cabinet and drawers at seams - if you've a really bad problem, dust kitchen counters, too.  don't forget behind fridge and stove.

    leave exposed areas for two weeks to carch newly hatched ones.

    they track it back to their nests where the fastidious little buggers then ingest it during their cleaning of themselves.  the powder crystallizes in their stomachs and they implode.  occasionally you'll find one that has "exploded", but mostly they will just be gone!

    when my floors were replaced in my 100 yr old blding, the installers exclaimed that mine was the
    only ny apt they had ever done where they didn;t encounter a single roach!

    you can buy from pharmacy or get "croak-a-roach" from home depot cheaper.  the latter is also boric acid powder.

    oh, and it is pet safe unless they eat a pound of it!

    •  here's a good link - says boric acid and (6+ / 0-)

      diatomaceous earth + other inorganics can provide longterm control... link here

    •  We lived in Florida in a single family house. (1+ / 0-)
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      edrie

      The only roaches we had were an occasional large one.They must have hitch hiked home with the groceries. When I did see one, I would use your boric acid method.  I would disolve it in water, and use a brush to apply it to all the cracks and corners in the area, and then just let it dry.   It must have worked,  because I never saw any smaller sized.  Just the big ones. And them, seldom.

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 10:44:08 AM PST

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    •  It's true. I lived in base housing for a long time (1+ / 0-)
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      edrie

      and no matter what, with all those duplexes and townhouses someone somewhere has roaches and they get around. I did what edrie is talking about here, and I didn't have roaches in my unit like my neighbors, and they had "cleaner" houses than mine. I just used Mule Team Boric acid, it's available in most grocery stores in the laundry section, and is cheaper than stuff marketed for roaches. You get a big box for a low price.

      And most bugs communicate by scent. So using essential oils can be useful too. I used to add Rosemary Essential oil to a bottle of water and shake and spray in the carpet with lavender essential oil [NOT FRAGRANCE OIL] and that also kept spiders and other bugs out of the house. I would spray it on the flooring after vacuming, especially by the entries. And don't forget to treat the curtains and drapes. Bedbugs like to get in there.  FYI limit direct skin exposure to E-oils. They are very powerful concentrations and can be poisonous for children and pets, if not properly stored or used. And can cause skin and eye irritation, so do not ingest! Do not rub in eyes or directly on skin.

      I have also read that buying scented Dryer Sheets placed in between mattresses, in your couch and chair cushions, and in your shoes, [basically anywhere bedbugs can hide, deters them. I haven't tried that for bed bugs, but it's a cheap something worth a try.

      Over time the stuff in them break down and they dryer sheets must be replaced. You can also put them in drawers with linens and such.

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