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  • Godzilla63 commented on Ninzerbean's instructable No More Roaches9 months ago
    No More Roaches

    Cockroaches will survive the nuclear winter if it ever happens. What I was trying to say is that they are sole supported. They can nest in groups, or as individuals, but they don't need to get food from any other source. Basically they can get their own nourishment from birth. Believe it or not I have read that as they grow they shed their skin kind of like a snake. They can shed one layer of skin, and turn around and eat that skin, and continue that cycle with no other food source until they reach maturity and can mate and reproduce. Almost like a perpetual motion machine

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  • Godzilla63 commented on Ninzerbean's instructable No More Roaches9 months ago
    No More Roaches

    Hello Ninzerbean and others. I'm sitting waiting on a friend and have been reading through your instructable and various comments. I've been working in pest control for about eighteen years, and I find some interesting things. The recipe you're describing will work in certain situations, but the most critical part of the equation is cleaning. There are many similar products that use boric acid. Some use simple sugars, and simple carbohydrates like the flour and syrup you described, some use proteins. The thing is though, no bug is going to choose a synthetic bait when there's real food next to it. Think about would you want to eat a scoop of dry protein powder, or a fresh pork chop. That's actually one of the primary skills in my job description. Teaching people how to clean...see more »Hello Ninzerbean and others. I'm sitting waiting on a friend and have been reading through your instructable and various comments. I've been working in pest control for about eighteen years, and I find some interesting things. The recipe you're describing will work in certain situations, but the most critical part of the equation is cleaning. There are many similar products that use boric acid. Some use simple sugars, and simple carbohydrates like the flour and syrup you described, some use proteins. The thing is though, no bug is going to choose a synthetic bait when there's real food next to it. Think about would you want to eat a scoop of dry protein powder, or a fresh pork chop. That's actually one of the primary skills in my job description. Teaching people how to clean, and repair damages to their building. Somebody made a comment about a pest control company intentionally using a product that did not get rid of their bugs. Call somebody else. There's no kind of labor union with pest control, so it has pretty cut throat competition between companies. Call another company and say the one you're using can't solve the problem and there will be somebody, somewhere, doing back flips to get you to change to them. Being in an apartment, when the management company provides the service is another story though. But good sanitation is always the first line of defense against bugs. You have to kind of think outside the box when it comes to cleaning though. Think about the typical kitchen. There are pre-manufactured cabinets installed. They are nailed to the walls, so that leaves a tiny gap between the house wall and the back wall of the cabinet. You cook food and vapors drift off and land everywhere. You can wipe off the counters, but you can't wipe behind the cabinets. Molecules of food do get there though if they are not sealed properly. I've seen time after time someone tell me they clean constantly but they still have bugs. The problem is they are cleaning the same thing over and over. I'm looking down the Web page here and I saw the little button that says "be nice" and I hope maybe I don't sound like I'm ranting, but I just see so many times people won't do the simplest things themselves. It can be a little frustrating, so sorry if I offend, I'm not really trying to. As far as some of the responses I've read regarding different insects, there are a few simple biology facts to know. Cockroaches don't live in colonies. They might live next to other cockroaches, but they aren't dependent on each other. Think of them as bachelor's at a frat party. Ants however do live in colonies. Along with bee's and termites and other social insects. They're more like a family and they are completely dependent on each other. The trail of ants running across the bathroom sink are looking for food. But they can't eat the food they find. They have to take it back to the colony where the others convert it into food. Food moths are in a bag or box of food. Open every container, rummage through it. If you find a bug or moth, toss it out. The food cannot be saved! 99% of the time they were in it already when you bought it. Spiders, vacuum up the webs...constantly. There is really no spray that you can put on a surface that will work when you're gone because they live in their web instead of on the surface. When they are visible you can spray them, but a vacuum will do the same with no chemical residue. Bedbugs (OMG) the best diy solution is just burn the house down. Seriously, they are a really bad problem. There's universities and government agencies and pest companies spending literally millions of dollars to find the best way to get rid of them, and it's still a huge problem. For these you really have to do your homework and find the best outside company to help you. And do whatever they suggest. If they say throw away your new thousand dollar mattress, then get paper hazmat coveralls, wrap it in plastic seal it with duct tape, wrap it in plastic again, seal it with duct tape. Take it yourself to the landfill, take the coveralls off and leave them at the landfill, wash your car on the way home, change your clothes outside and go wash them at a laundromat with the hottest water available and dry them on high for at least an hour after they're already dry, vacuum out your shoes, wash your car again (if you have a pickup truck that's better so you can hose out the back). Seriously, they can live for a year or more without eating and then come back.

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