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Offline lanseaux

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Re: bugs in my apartment
« Reply #360 on: March 18, 2011, 10:02:10 PM »
If you haven't already, put a line of boric acid at the entrance to your front door (if you have a pet, try putting the line in the hallway outside your front door right at your doorstep).  I really hope you have conquered the bastards.

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Re: bugs in my apartment
« Reply #361 on: March 20, 2011, 10:12:12 PM »
Oh, and I don't know if this has actually done anything, but I read that roaches don't like the smell of cloves. So after I cook particularly strong smelling meals, I've been putting a few whole cloves in a pot of water on the stove and boiling it for a couple minutes, leaving it to sit there overnight after that. I personally like the smell, and the added humidity is nice in the cold weather. I have not seen any roaches emerge during clove time and would be interested in hearing if this works for anyone with a more consistent roach problem.

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Re: bugs in my apartment
« Reply #362 on: March 21, 2011, 10:34:44 AM »
Well, I'm hesitant to jump to any conclusions because I'll go for a week or two without seeing any and then see two in the same night, but I seem to have defeated them in the kitchen and bathroom. We (me and some cleaning people) cleaned the hell out of the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity, where the main infestations were and where I think they were coming in from the wall also. After it was clean I applied copious amounts of boric acid in the unreachable areas they were emerging from. I also got those little plastic outlet covers and plugged up all the open outlets in the kitchen and bathroom. This apartment is chock full of outlets, which is cool until you have roaches that like to live in them. I have not seen any evidence of roaches in the kitchen or bathroom since this cleaning, which was done in mid-February.

Then it was all good and I felt pretty good about stuff, until a couple weeks later when I started seeing them in the goddamn coat closet in the living room. Like, one was walking on my coat. I despised it and caused it to die. I found a bunch of cracks and crevices in there and broke out my trusty can of expanding foam, so I closed up everything I could see that they might be coming in through and put a couple little Combat baits in there. Haven't seen any since, but I saw what I think was a tiny baby one climbing up my front door a few days ago. I have not seen any eggs, so I don't know where that came from.

So.... there it is!


The only way to get rid of them is foam and caulk.  Boric acid and sprays is just a temporary solution.  The pesticides only help with what is already in your home.  I'm going about 4 years without seeing so much as a spider in my apt.   Construction in my apt brought them out.

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Re: bugs in my apartment
« Reply #363 on: March 21, 2011, 09:21:45 PM »
The only way to get rid of them is foam and caulk.  Boric acid and sprays is just a temporary solution.  The pesticides only help with what is already in your home.  I'm going about 4 years without seeing so much as a spider in my apt.   Construction in my apt brought them out.

Yeah, maybe you can convince my landlord to tear the counter and cabinets out of the kitchen so we can access the wall and seal it off. I was not able to convince him to do that, and believe me, I tried. So, boric acid and poison bait are what they will get, along with my foam stuff where I can manage to use it. While I'd rather not see any of them ever again, seeing a stray one wander about every few weeks is a lot better than what was going on when I moved into this place. I imagine the previous tenants decided to leave a plate of hamburgers and a birthday cake out on the counter while they went on vacation.

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Re: bugs in my apartment
« Reply #364 on: March 21, 2011, 09:49:18 PM »
I'm glad to hear the problem has gotten better, Essen.  I had some bigger holes and actually put xerox paper over top them and sealed that off with tape.  I don't know if that's possible for you to do.  I used to do just the boric acid and combats and the only time I managed to get rid of the roaches was when I went nuts caulking and sealing.  The difference was amazing.  I credit Enigmacat and other Astorians with teaching me the caulking trick.  I still see roaches from time to time but nothing like it was.

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Re: bugs in my apartment
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