Post # 1
I own a house in the city that I am currently renting out. It’s a tiny rowhouse with a tiny 12’x12′ paved back patio. My tennants told me that they are seeing cockroaches on the back patio near the garbage cans.
I lived in that house for 4 years before I moved out and we never had a problem with cockroaches. I’m not sure if there is anything that I can do since they are outside and not inside.
Does anyone have experience with this? Or advice?
Post # 3
@kelly105: Exterminator, ASAP. You don’t want them in your house…they never leave and are the most vile, disgusting things *shudder* It’s not even a question, do something.
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: But what if there are no cockroaches in the house? Isn’t the outdoor species different from the indoor species?
Post # 5
@kelly105: I would think not…I don’t think there are specific indoor cockroaches. Where would they come from, if not outside? It’s not a risk I’d be willing to take.
Post # 6
A roach is a roach and once those things are inside the house you’ll have a much harder time to get rid of them. I’d call the exterminator ASAP to spray/set traps outside the house as well as inside.
Post # 7
I get chills even thinking about them. WHY GOD WHY?????????????
Post # 8
I live in NYC, so OF COURSE our building has cockroaches. I’ve only seen them 3 times since moving in (our landlord is pretty good about sending an exterminator every month), but the third time I saw it IT FELL ON ME. I was screaming for hours!
Post # 9
We had a few roaches in our apartment when we moved in, but we pretty effectively blocked them from getting in. We’ve only seen 4 total the entire year and a half we’ve lived there, and none in 6 months. Here’s what we did:
– Steel Wool in all openings. There were holes in the floor where the radiator pipes came up, so we stuffed them retty liberally with fine steel wool.
– Diatomaceous earth (DE). We sprinkled this around the pipe openings; also on the windowsills and at the base of the balcony and front doors.
– Bay Leaves. It’s kind of an old folksy tale, but I’ve heard bay leaves repel roaches and mice. We sprinkle them around our garbage can.
I would suggest getting a spray or strip of outdoor insect repellant and spraying/laying it under any exterior doors of the unit. Or hire an exterminator to do that for you.
I’d also suggest cleaning the garbage cans pretty thouroughly, as the smell can be attractive. You may want to spray around the garbage pails.
Finally, I’d suggest checking all the weather stripping and seals around your house.
Does the condit from the electrical box have a tight seal when it enters the building?
Can you see daylight under or on the sides of the back door?
Is there a screen missing or broken in any windows?
You should address these entry points to avoid roaches in the house. You can use sealant or caulk, even steel wool. Replace the screens (pretty easy to DIY) if needed, and install new seals on the doors if needed.
Mostly, if your tenants only see them near the garbage they should keep that area clean and not allow any clutter to accumlate. They should also be sure to keep the lids on the cans.
Post # 10
I’d investigate. We have huge crickets living under and around our trashcans (think like half dollar coin size). The first time I saw them I freaked out and thought they were roaches.
Otherwise @CakeyP: gave some pretty awesome advice!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the advice! See, the house is in Baltimore City where pests run rambid. It is not uncommon to have pests in the back alleys behind your house. And that is where they saw the roaches. So at this point I don’t really want to call an exterminator to treat the inside of the house because no one has seen a roach inside the house – only in the back alley on top of the trash can.
If they see a roach inside, I will call an exterminator – for sure.
Post # 12
@CakeyP: Thank you for your very helpful advice!
Post # 13
Just out of curiosity, are these what you have been seeing? These were in my classroom every single day. I always thought they were cockroaches, but an exterminator said they are water bugs. 99% of the time they’d be on their backs and not crawling around.