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Help Me Get Rid of Cockroaches!

I seem to have a cockroach infestation in my kitchen cupboards and can't for the life of me understand what they are looking for. There are only cans of dog food and plastic containers in the cupboards. I can't use anything like Dyroach or Cockroach Bait as 18 months ago I was hospitalised for Oganic Phosphate Poisoning due to placing bait down. Banana skins and Borax don't work for me either. Please help me, they frighten the life out of me. 63 mths ago

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I have had a lot of success with Boracic POWDER. Sprinkle it wherever you can in the cupboards. I am extremely allergic to any chemicals or toxins, but this did not seem to affect me. Here is also a website for NATURAL control of a variety of pests, including cockroaches. Good luck.

63 mths ago

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I understand that various things repel cockroaches - like black pepper, chili-powder, cayenne pepper and white vinegar - but don't kill them. The most widely recommended natural killer is boric (or boracic) acid, which is not quite the same as borax, although borax is also often recommended. How did you use borax? I believe it's most effective mixed with sugar, syrup and/or cooking oil, but if you get the concentrations wrong the bugs won't eat it. I got rid of an ant infestation with borax but haven't (yet) had a serious problem with cockroaches. But I did find a useful discussion at the link below:

Source: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/herb_home_remedy_qa/natural_alternatives_to_getting_rid_of_r

63 mths ago

I have seen a Tv commercial overseas about an electronic gadget to kill cockroaches. I am sure that you can get here in S. Africa, maybe Verimark ?

63 mths ago

You get a supersonic sound gadget Clicks use to stock them. Or Glomail or one of those stores should have something that shall help. It does help to clean your drain to rid your home of roaches. It does not just help you doing so if you live in a complex as they can be breeding some where else.

63 mths ago

Before you start spraying pesticides on every open surface of your house in an attempt to kill the roaches, you need to strategize. Plotting out an attack on a group of insects may sound borderline crazy, but you'll have more success if you plan ahead.**To do that, let's go back to those three things that roaches need: warm shelter, food and water. Taking away those elements is like serving them an eviction notice. A single pesticide will not permanently do the job.**First, you need to figure out where the bugs have set up camp. If you've noticed them in an isolated area, such as the kitchen, that's a decent clue they're hidden away in there. For a more precise indicator, put out strips of roach traps that are coated with a sticky glue to stop them in their tracks. The heavier trafficked strips should be closest to their nest. You can use this method repeatedly throughout your roach-eradicating mission to check your progress and whether they've changed locales. Also check around for droppings, egg sacs and shed exoskeletons.**While you're waiting on your trap results, you've got some cleaning to do. Even if you keep things tidy, you probably haven't covered every spot that serves as a feeding trough for roaches. Items in particular that you should get rid of include:Piled newspapers*Cardboard boxes*Paper bags*General piles of clutter where roaches can hide*.Roaches are especially drawn to paper products because they readily absorb a certain pheromone, or chemical attractor, that roaches emit. This aggregation pheromone is like a GPS system. It communicates the insects' locations to other ones around and leaves a trail for them to find their ways back and forth....After all of that, you must maintain a high level of cleanliness to eliminate your pest problem. That means not leaving dirty dishes in the sink, sweeping routinely after cooking and never abandoning food on countertops. Take your trash out regularly as well.**Perhaps more than food, roaches seek out watering holes. For that reason, search around for places that could collect water, such as plants, the drip plate under your refrigerator or condensation around pipes. Try to keep those areas dry, especially at night when roaches feed. Place stoppers over your drains and check your faucets to ensure that screens cover their spouts where roaches could crawl in

Source: http://home.howstuffworks.com/roaches-in-house.htm/printable

63 mths ago

Nobody likes roaches in their homes, but harsh chemicals can be dangerous to use around young children and pets. Here's a homemade, safer roach killer. Difficulty: Average Time Required: 15 minutes Here's How: 1. Mix equal parts powdered sugar and borax in a bowl. 2. Sprinkle in cracks along walls and under cupboards. 3. Keep away from children and pets. 4. Repeat as necessary for one to two weeks until all roaches have died. Tips: 1. Borax is relatively safe and can be found near the laundry soap in your grocery store. 2. Borax slowly kills roaches by interfering with their metabolism. What You Need: * Borax * Powdered Sugar * Mixing Bowl

Source: Found this on the net.

63 mths ago

Yip, the are ugly creatures. The give me the willys. There a some cool answers, and I am sure they will be able to assist you. Good luck!

63 mths ago

See my question on recipes for curried Parktown Prawns, I am sure you could use the same recipe. You avitar is obviously a photo of you when you were muuuch younger, ne?

63 mths ago

When my husband and I lived in a flat many years ago (pre children days) we did just about everything to get rid of roaches. The damned things lived BEHIND the kitchen cupboards, anyway we managed to kill the ones that had made residence in our flat but the visiting roaches still arrived in their droves from our neighbours to party every night! So I'm afraid if you live in a flat or complex you're doomed - 'scuse the pun. Oh yeah and I used to spray the little bastards until the cans were empty and then beat them with the cans of insect spray!!!! They're EVIL I tell you ...

63 mths ago

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