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Amazonia posted 7/8/2013 21:22 PM

There are roaches that live in a drain about 2 feet from my front door. Occasionally, one will crawl under the door (about a one inch crack) into my house.

I'm talking two inch long, dark red, with wings, cockroaches. These things won't die.

One got in tonight and my houseguest and I spent half a bottle of raid on it before it scampered into one of my boots. I grabbed the vacuum, got it out with the hose, but even then, we let it spin in the canister for like 10 minutes and it was still trying to fly around (no room to open it's wings) when I turned the vacuum off. We ended up flushing it (and the rest of the contents off vacuum, which was fortunately emptied fairly recently).

They don't love in the house. I always find them near the front door. I use raid and they are generally dead when I find them. But is there a way to keep them out? Or to kill them in the drain?

jrc1963 posted 7/8/2013 21:41 PM

I'm quite familiar with the pests...

Spectracide Bug Stop - available at Target, Lowes, Home Depot - is awesome. I spray it around the baseboards and door openings every three months... no Palmetto bugs! I spray along the bottom of the garage door also... and all the windows.

Great Stuff

inconnu posted 7/8/2013 21:49 PM

forget the bug spray. just beat the shit out of it with a shoe.

jrc1963 posted 7/8/2013 21:51 PM

Inconnu... can I assume they grow'em as big in TX as they do in FL?

These damn things will pick up the shoe and beat you back.

inconnu posted 7/8/2013 21:55 PM

they get big, and some fly. luckily for me, my boys have big feet. you don't think I'd use my shoes, now do you?

wildbananas posted 7/8/2013 21:57 PM

I have the same problem...thanks for the tip, jrc!

My sitter just told me that you shouldn't beat the shit out of them with a shoe because if it's female and carrying eggs, the shoes can track the eggs around the house and grow more bugs. Is that true? *shudder*

nowiknow23 posted 7/8/2013 21:59 PM

**shudder**

jrc1963 posted 7/8/2013 22:05 PM

you don't think I'd use my shoes, now do you?

Oh heavens NO!!!

inconnu posted 7/8/2013 22:06 PM

I've never had that problem, wb, at least not with the big-ass tree roaches.

jrc1963 posted 7/8/2013 22:07 PM

My sitter just told me that you shouldn't beat the shit out of them with a shoe because if it's female and carrying eggs, the shoes can track the eggs around the house and grow more bugs. Is that true? *shudder*

Yes! If you squash one, I'd highly recommend cleaning that spot up with bleach after you dispose of the carcass. Also... if you kill one with bug spray and brown stuff squirts out it's just pooped itself dying... Oh the joys of living in tropical climates.

wildbananas posted 7/8/2013 22:18 PM

Ew! Ew! Ew!

lieshurt posted 7/8/2013 22:26 PM

just beat the shit out of it with a shoe.

Try to kill it with the first hit because those bitches fight back if you don't

jrc1963 posted 7/8/2013 22:28 PM

^^^^ Yep

h0peless posted 7/8/2013 22:42 PM

I tried this in an old apartment I lived in. It worked:

http://tipnut.com/how-to-get-rid-of-cockroaches-roach-ball-recipe/

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 7/8/2013 22:47 PM

Blugh! I'll take my dollar sized Wolf Spiders over huge roaches any day

Sad in AZ posted 7/8/2013 23:09 PM

I had one in the shower with me on Sunday night. I sprayed the shit out of it with nontoxic window cleaner--no noxious chemicals for me, but it makes killing bugs a little tough...

Then I doused it with shampoo, scooped it up and flushed it. Urgh.

nowiknow23 posted 7/8/2013 23:17 PM

I had one in the shower with me on Sunday night.
GAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

TattoodChinaDoll posted 7/8/2013 23:18 PM

When I was in Taiwan those huge flying ones are everywhere. You know what most people had? Rubber band guns made out of chop sticks. Somehow that would kill them! But then you'd still have to get rid of the bodies somehow. Million dollar idea!!! Bug spray that vaporizes them so nothing is left. I guess a blow torch would work but I could picture it now. I try to set a bug on fire and it burns down my house.

h0peless posted 7/8/2013 23:38 PM

I guess a blow torch would work but I could picture it now. I try to set a bug on fire and it burns down my house.

When I was a kid, my cousin and I liked to explore the drainage culverts near our houses and look at the graffiti. We would always bring along a can of WD-40 and a lighter to toast insects. Cockroaches don't vaporize very well. Their shells don't burn, although a blowtorch might work better than some WD-40.

Unagie posted 7/9/2013 00:39 AM

NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! Sorry I have a real bad big roach phobia. One crawled up my leg when I was 7 years old in the shower and apparently I ran screaming around the house naked covered in soap as my mom tried to catch me. One flew and almost landed in my hair in Puerto Rico when I was a kid too. I remember my AC made a pzzzt sound a few years ago and when I walked into the room I found half of a dead one....*shudder*

We use Raid Max Strength. The smell is nauseating but it kills them with one spray. We also line the areas the puppy can't access with the gel. *shudder*

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