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Thank you so much for your reply and the great article. We found some real boric acid at a local hardware store so I'm going to re-make this and put it through the house. Thankfully all the light switch covers are off, because we are re-painting anyways :).
First Borax won't work, and secondly you really need to do your whole house. Germans are a different story altogether. They live inside vs outside. You need to take that couch apart with a flashlight and make 100% sure there is not any evidence of roaches. This is really going to be a mess because as you move in they are moving in. I'm out of town so it's really hard to write all this I. My phone but re read the whole ible.
Hoping you still check comments - we just sold our home and bought a new home. Previous owners were pest control workers, so I know the new home is bug free, as was our previous home. The problem is that we were in between the new home and the old home for a bit and moved most of our stuff to storage for a month while we moved out and moved in. We thought the storage was nice and clean, boy were we wrong.We found dozens of baby German cockroaches and a few adults in my husband's dresser and a few here and there on the ground. We have bombed (several times), baited, and sprayed the storage unit. But the problem was we had already moved a few things over before we realized there were bugs, like our couch.The stuff we've moved was just in the garage so we baited some sticky traps for a few days and no sign of any bugs, so we moved the couch inside, as well as a few other things. Today, we found a baby/juvenile roach in the basement family room where that couch is. I put three of these "treats" in the basement, one in the kitchen, and two in the garage where the rest of our stuff is.Since it's our stuff that has roaches and not our home, do you think this will be good enough? Should I do more or see if they become an issue first?Also, these were made with borax, as that's all I could find. Will it still work?
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I like that cracked bowl - did you put that back together to use as a strainer?
Ha! I ended up there after my comment - how funny - thank you.
I just filled up the back of my car with Pecan wood today - from hurricane Matthew, thanks for letting me know it was the right thing to do. I also got a bunch of China Berry - it's so pretty, I thought it was cherry.
Well that's a good question, I always just cross my fingers. You could try that too. IDK, maybe just not seeing any lets you know it worked, sometimes it does seem too good to be true, but it's true. Thanks for writing
I thank you for this! I mean seriously, thank you. I just moved into our place and saw 2 small roaches on the hallway (double banded) and 1 dead german roach in the kitchen. This was enough to make me want to start working on getting rid of these bugs and I used your stuff exactly how you instructed. This was 3 weeks ago. Since then, I have only seen two dead roaches. My question is how do you know if you eradicated them for good?
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Do I read comments? It's like a part time job answering them! 9 years now I think.
I just want to say thanks for your post. I woke up two days ago to a large roach crawling up my wall near my bed. I sprayed the sucker with spectracide and called my dad over to spray with a 12 month spray. There's a large hole under my sink amd i am going to by spray foam, and the stuff to bait today. I read comments for over an hour and feel much better. I hope i can stop shoving towels under my bedroom and bath room doors so i can semi sleep at night. If you still read comments i will post agian once we've baited the house!
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Thanks for writing, I'll try to feature your comment - it's what I want everyone to read.
I moved into a house and it was infested with roaches. After an expensive extermination, I found the pest just returned in a couple days. then I found your bait recipe. I mixed it up and put in inside all the wall sockets, pocket doors, water sources, etc. in the house. I had ONE roach (dying) appear in ONE YEAR). I reapplied in certain spots. It has been almost two years with NO BUGS!!!! the exterminator came by to see if I wanted him to spray again. When I explained that I no longer had a roach problem and why, he nervously requested that I not tell anyone, as it would put him pout of business! Thank you. so much. YIou are a life saver!
To that point the largest living organism on earth is the honey mushroom in Blue Mountains of Oregon, a single organism that spans 2200 acres+https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange...Mushrooms are just fascinating all the way round, the 4 sexes of many spores, the takeover of DNA for small colonies, the ability for the single cellular organisms to cooperate and form complex structures like the fruiting body.... I am sure I left a lot out
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Hi EmaleeY,The wood has nothing to do with the roaches, they don't care where they go as long it's dark and away from you. Knowing that they like the kitty litter gives you a great place to put bait. Your cats won't eat it and they would not die if they did taste it.Good luck with your place and your war against roaches.
Reading the comments on this page are giving me hope! I'm not sure how much of an infestation we have, but I want to stop it as soon as possible. Me and my two friends just moved to south GA from Ohio. I'd never seen a roach in my life until I moved down here. Unfortunately, the place we moved into is very old, and there's not a door in the house that leads to outside that doesn't have big cracks or gaps in it, so I often see them coming in from there. On top of that, the people who lived here before were certainly not the cleanest, so much so that every time the maintenance guy has come to fix our many problems with the house, he's made comments about how amazing and clean the house looks compared to what it used to look like, even though I certainly wouldn't say our house is always spotless.We normally see at least one roach a day here, I thought it was just normal as one of my friends lived down here for a few years and saw them in every house she lived in. I've been killing them as I see them, but the other day found tons of baby roaches in both litter boxes for our cats. This is making me realize maybe this problem is much worse than we thought. We ended up just throwing out the litter boxes, but I'm going to try this and pray that it works! These bugs actually make me miss the cold weather!But I do have one question, I tried searching it and couldn't find anything. Does anyone know if wood paneling or wood cabinets attracts roaches more? Sadly my entire bedroom is wood paneled walls and cabinets/shelves, and when I picked up the littler box and they started running out, they went straight for the cabinets. Does this have to do with the fact that they are wood, or just because it's a good hiding spot?
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This is great! I thought you used PVC because of the steam as well - before I read your reasons. I use PVC 1/4 round on the floor next to the baseboards. I hate all the coats of paint as well, then there is the sanding between coats, the place to lay it all out, turning, painting repeat, repeat. Thanks for sharing, I am going to look for a place to do this, will post pics if and when. Thank you for sharing.
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Wow KathleenA21, you have been busy. What a horror story about the AC vent - but it could be good news - there is a leak in your duct work somewhere - air is getting in which causes condensation which causes roaches to come have a drink. Having a leak in your ducts is a waste of money so get a duct person - HVAC to take a look - or you can do it yourself - there must be videos on how to do an inspection. In my house it means getting under the house and no way am I going there - BUT there is special metal tape to use on the ducts - much better than packing tape. Its like really heavy duty tinfoil but sticky on the back. Cool stuff.
Thanks Zinzerbean for getting back to me about the caulking. I was able to bait every single outlet and switch in the 3 levels of the house this past weekend because I didn't need to do the caulking. I'm not sure where I picked that idea up - maybe in the comments somewhere... I baited on door frames in the kitchen and bathrooms as well. We had our exterminator come last week (after being out here 6 weeks ago) so I haven't seen any but I closed the AC vent in the kid's bathroom as the large ones were coming in through there. The exterminator told me he would bait one switch plate in each room (big whoop). I still went ahead and did all of them, including the ones that had the magic peanut butter from the exterminator. Many of the electrical boxes were dusty and that it was hard to find a clean area to put the bait down. I halved the recipe and still had a bunch of bait left over that I put in the attic near where I saw a ton of cockroach poop. The tree guy comes out on Wed and I'm really hoping that, along w/the baiting will help take care of this issue. I need to go in the attic and remove the insulation from around the HVAC vent going into the kid's bathroom to see if I can foam and/or tape any holes shut. Another thing I do is use packing tape - I put it around the attic access door (as there is a hole near the edge) and over the outlets in my daughter's room where I saw the poop. Not sure if it helps in reality or just helps me sleep better so I don't worry what's coming out of those holes. Thanks for all your help!
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Caulking the outlets? Foaming inside the outlets? You have my instructable mixed up with some crazy information. Do not do either of those things. My god it's too dangerous to even waste time trying to think why anyone would suggest that. Please try and view this 'ible on a computer so you can view all the photos and read through all 8 steps again. Step 7 shows where to foam, caulking is up to you - baseboards are the normal place to caulk. The bait it put inside the walls because that is where the roaches roam from room to room. Putting the bait inside the outlet boxes is just a way to get the bait into the walls. Foaming around where water pipes come into your house is because there is usually a lot of space there that is open to the walls, bait in there before you foam. If you have any more questions please write to me .
Ninzerbean, I'm going to start this weekend on the outlets and switches. In terms of caulking, is the objective to seal off the between the plate and the opening in the wall so these buggers can't escape out or is it to minimize their movement in the wall between outlet/switch boxes? The reason I ask is because I saw another tutorial online showing caulking around everything and anything in your house basically trapping them in the walls. (There was no baiting so not sure how that approach would work w/the roaches multiplying in the walls.) I just want to be sure to apply the caulk correctly. My husband is not in favor of foaming in the outlets because of the issue with it expanding and possibly affecting the boxes. Can you let me know your approach? I looked over the instructible but still am not entirely clear. Thank you!
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how long did it take to see get results after placing this remedy in the recomended places?
Nice! I have two dogs and they are both jack russels. I know that they aren't what you intended but they get cold easily. LOVE IT!!!
A small cup/jar with some fruit juice, sugar water at the bottom is another way to get rid of some, they go down for a drink and end up falling in.(This author will tell you how many roaches will end up in a glass left overnight quarter filled with fruit juice.)Although the roaches with egg sacks aren't so silly, maybe they fast and hide until they lay the egg sack? Don't know, never found one in a glass juice trap.
I just posted a comment, was it deleted?"The magic peanut butter that John's company had been using was so successful that clients started canceling their contracts."Reminds me of some doctors. Oh we have a new disease and it is incurable you will need to come in for appointment every week. We are trying all sorts of medication, cant find one that works, need more funding for research and medication and equipment and fancy expensive outfits that match with name tags.As I was saying, You can use a glass/ cup/jar with a little fruit juice or sugar water in the bottom and leave out over night and it will have a number of roaches in it the next morning.The roaches with egg sacks aren't so silly though, never found one of those in there, maybe they fast and hide before and until they lay their eggs.Don't know.
Ninzerbean, Thank you so much for all the time and energy you have expanded on responding to the comments on this posting. I am so impressed and grateful for you. I just had all the outlets and switches opened this past weekend to puff Delta Dust in them. Wish I had seen this article b/c I could have done the baiting and caulking at the same time. I'm sharing my story to help others who may be in the same boat.We moved to GA from NJ a year ago. While we like many things about living down here, the bugs have been a huge bummer (for me)! The 2nd night in this house we started seeing the big cockroaches (water bugs, american cockroaches, etc). I FREAKED out and started researching anything I could about how to get rid of these suckers. I was so ill prepared - I didn't realize that they were in GA. I am so creeped out by them that I have trouble sleeping. I would see them all over the house in random places not always near water sources (which is where I had read that they usually are). We had them in bathrooms, kitchens and living room and play room. Also in finished basement and unfinished part. We had pest control come and spray and that would work for a little while but they always came back. We didn't see them for a few months over the winter - a nice reprieve - but they came back in May again. After one fell on my husband from the fan in the bathroom, we figured out that they were in our attic. We live in a wooded area with a lot of trees, many that hang over our roof (had them trimmed but have decided to bite the bullet and take down a few to minimize the bugs dropping from them onto our roof). They were in our HVAC system as well (coming through vents to all 3 levels of the house!! Yikes!!) The HVAC system in the attic was old and died this summer so we replaced that and had all the vents cleaned (they found dead cockroaches and their poop all in side the vents - more ugh). Then I hired a new pest control and told them about the roaches being in the attic. I had read up that Niban granular works well in attics but it's only 5% boric acid which is interesting - not 100% like your recipe. So it only lasts about 3-4 weeks and back they come! I guess so you have to keep buying the product...This weekend we painted the kids rooms and I found a ton of cockroach poop in the outlet in my daughter's room. I checked all the other outlets in the upstairs (as I was puffing Delta Dust into them) but didn't see any poop. I am so upset it's in her room. I also saw two CR babies on her wall the day after I cleaned all the poop out. So they are definitely in the walls, likely coming from the attic. Zinzerbean is right - they use the wiring in the house as a highway to get around your house. I went back in and checked that same outlet and a bunch of poop was back in there so it's an active infestation. I've used Max Force gel in the past and the exterminator asked me to stop doing that b/c roaches build up immunity to it and it can counter act what they put down. Also, after 2 mos, it dries up and the roaches won't eat it. I wonder why that's not the case w/the recipe here. Maybe because the Max Force gel is formulated to dry up and not work after a while so you go out and buy more....?I plan to do this recipe exactly as stated. I did foam up under all the sinks last year in an attempt to stop the onslaught never realizing that they are coming from the attic. I plan to put the bait on paper plates and put them around the attic. I would imagine I would need to reapply every 6 mos or so due to the heat up there. I also am going to bait in the HVAC ducts in case we start to get them coming through there again. (Please dear God, no!) I ordered boric acid from Amazon and will pick up karo and flour today at the store. Will start baiting in her room and the surrounding rooms as well as caulking. I have to practice my caulking skills! Thank you again Ninzerbean for your dedication to sharing this information. I was pretty hopeless last night when I googled "cockroach feces in electrical outlets" and your article came up. Now I have hope. I'll check back in once I'm done w/the outlets to let you know the status (could take me a few weeks since I work full time and have a busy family).
Ahh... thank you.
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