Getting Rid of Cockroaches
Prepare to Git Rid of Cockroaches
And the preparation starts by knowing your enemy.
I admit I had this issue for over 3 years in the past. I live in an apartment complex and for some reason some units are infested with cockroaches. Mine was one of them.
Before you judge, the first bug I saw was in my first day in the unit, before I open my luggage. So it wasn't me. I swear.
In this page I'll share with you how the problem started, how it got out of control, and what I did that didn't work, and finally what worked and how I stayed for 3 years after that (until now) cockroach-free while my neighbours have a huge problem with their infestation.
This video says it all
This is how it started
The problem goes like this: I can not kill, not even a bug. It's a religious issue and this is how I was raised. Roaches, on the other hand, did not appreciate it, and just kept breeding. And there is no way I'll tell the management to come and spray the unit. I can't let them kill those little creatures, and at the same time the spray doesn't work unless you leave it on the floor for 30 days, which is impossible because I was expecting a baby within 4 months at that time.
So as a family we started making cockroache traps and release the hostages outside. That was until the winter came and it was freezing outside. So, taking them out is the same as killing them.
We found on the Internet a company that promised to catch and release the pests. When we called they said they don't catch and release cockroaches. Makes sense, they are hard to catch with any trap that doesn't kill them.
Anyway, long story short, we put our belief aside and decided to call the management. And the nightmare started. Every 2 or 3 weeks we have to collect everything at the center of the unit, empty all of the drawers, and leave the apartment for 48 hours to be treated. After we come back we have to take out the battle casualties represented in the form of about 1 pound of dead cockroaches.
The problem started to get out of control, with all of this killing and still they keep coming. They can't be that many living with us in the same unit unless everything is covered with bugs, which is not.
So I decided to study cockroaches, and once I understood my enemy I realised what should be done to get rid of cockroaches for ever.
This max gel is the one I am using right now. Because the building is infested I need to apply it twice a year to keep cockroaches under control, together with general housekeeping.
Know your enemy :-)
Follow the dripping ... Yuck!
I learned a lot about roaches while searching, but I am not going to put everything here. I'll only tell you what I learned about them that I could use against them.
After learning their hiding, eating, propagation, and nesting habits I realized that whenever we spray only some of them die and the rest escape and come back after we clean the floor. I learned that they love moist wood, so I followed moisture around the apartment. The kitcken was the main focus, while the bethroom although comes next in the severity of the infestation still not comparable to the kitchen.
To know where exactly they are nesting I followed their little brown dripping and found some cracks where they hide. Later I figured out that these cracks are the passages between the units in the building where they go and hide where there is no treatment this week and come back later.
The other thing that I learned and used against them is their immigration habit. Only fully grown adults can do this movement from unit to unit. When you see baby roaches it means they hatched right where they are, which is also an indication of the whereabout of their nests.
The next thing I did was ...
Seal the Nests
I went to a local store and got a tool that looked like a huge syringe full of ready to apply concrete. After sealing all the cracks in the kitchen, the washroom, around the doors and the windows I requested another final spray for my unit.
Two weeks after the treatment I asked for installation of a gel called Max. I don't now what it is but I know it has peanut butter in it.
And that was the end of my story with cockroaces for over 3 years now.
After I did that I realized that there is a spray to seal the cracks and stop leaks that can be then painted like the rest of the walls so that it doesn't look odd.
Happy end ... but not so happy
Giving up on your believes in order to adjust to a situation is not easy. Especially when it comes to the lives of others, who am I to decide to end it when I want because I don't like those creatures?
And what made it worse is that I learned about Riddex. It's a little device that you plug in the wall and forget about roaches for as long as it is plugged. It doesn't kill them or anything, it just annoys them with some ultrasonic waves that only little bugs and rodents can hear.
There are reviews that praise Riddex while others complain it attracts bugs instead of repelling them, but I was willing to give it a try before I end those bugs lives.