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Roaches are a huge problem in most houses and apartments. We also had that dilemma last year when our children got sick due to asthma. So we made it a point to regularly keep an eye out for those pests, and we still do after a year of being roach-free.

This is a really helpful post. Boric acid works really well for roaches and is free of chemicals, something the last poster would appreciate. Controlling what comes into your home I think really helps control roaches.

Baits didn't do too well for me. I moved into a house that was infested with roaches and the previous resident used baits EVERYWHERE. In fact, 2 years later, I still find bits a pieces of the baits she used (getting them off after so long was quite a hassle). Yet when I moved in, it seemed like it wasn't working at all because they were everywhere. Eventually I turned to dusting with boric acid powder and lots of cleaning. I removed all the baseboards in the kitchen and dusted the little space where the wall meets the floors. I also dusted under kitchen cabinets. I did take almost a year before I was completely free of roaches (at least I don't see any anymore).

Jim, Thanks for sharing about your experience with boric acid vs. baits. Baits are known to work well in many situations, but sometimes roaches just don't like and thus avoid certain baits. In your case, even though it took a long time, it sounds like you addressed the problem correctly and your efforts finally paid of!

I recently moved into anew apartment, unaware that there was a bug problem, I have all of my food that’s in cabinets in containers, no paper, all of my books are in plastic containers, I put boric acid down, I have been chalking up all of the cracks, I clean, sweep, keep sink with rubber stopper, dry up all of the water in sinks, steel wool around front door, I will be getting the copper to replace the steel wool, at this point I don’t see many, I will buy them the Sticky Stuff, so I can monitor how well all of my efforts are working. I too have breathing issues, and these pests just are not an option. I know that hat I will have to continue to do these things for prevention. I may speak with manager about all of the residents being more proactive. Thanks

Thank you for such a useful article

I'm really asking. Can cigarettes smoke that In held by the cockroach. Would it kill the roach as we saw in the video on YouTube.

Mr. Smith, I can't say for sure but since cigarettes have nicotine and nicotine is an insecticide, I would assume it can't be great for cockroaches. This is why we advise not to smoke indoors when using cockroach baits, the baits are normally effective but could absorb just enough of the cigarette smoke to make the cockroach not want to eat it. So I don't advise smoking indoors if you are trying to get rid of cockroaches! Baits work great.

i have a cat and a dog does that limit what i can use to get rid of the bugs?

Bonnie, when used correctly many products can be used safely with dogs and cats. But if you are broadcasting sprays around and they settle on the floor, then yes, your pets will be exposed to the chemicals in these products. Most liquid or spray products should only be applied in cracks and crevices where the bugs are, not the pets. I recommend using baits, not sprays or bug bombs. Read the tips in the above post. You should be able to get rid of cockroaches if you use baits, maybe a vacuum, and take away the food and water. Just keep the bait/bait stations out of reach of pets. Some baits smell and taste good to dogs.

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