Ant/roach problem?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We use the Ortho Home Defense Max, that’s the one with the barrier, and it works great. But, I will say that we dont’ have roaches that bad around here (but stink bugs are horrible around here!). I know that peppermint oil and cayenne will take care of ants, but really not sure about the roaches :/

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@SouthernGirl: Boric acid works REALLY well on ants (and prob roaches too, since it works by drying them out through their exoskeletons). Sprinkle some on the floor inside your house, and then sweep it towards the cracks around the edges. It will fill up the cracks and then when they come through they get it on them and they die. You can also try the bait things… they work by getting the live ones to take some poison back to the nest and then it kills them from there. With this method though you have to kinda let them come and go for a bit to make sure they can get some back to the nest.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It’s not too hard to buy, I went to the hardware store and asked them for boric acid and they took me right to the pest control section! I have a gigantic bottle I sprinkle around periodically and it seems to have done the trick WAY better than the Raid we used to use in our old apt. Like @breezybri19 says you do have to wait a week or 3 after you sprinkle the boric acid (a very light layer, they won’t walk over it if they can see big piles of it) so that the bugs can go back to their nests and it can kill off their egs and stuff.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

People around here say Moth balls work well. I don’t like the smell of them, so I’ll avoid the use. But we’ve had a HUGE problem with ants. I’ve used the Ortho max and I may as well be pouring sugar around my room because they still come!! T_T

:Is very afraid of ants:

I hope the apartment I move into sprays often! But good luck to you on getting the problem taken care of. I know when I lived in Florida I used something other than Ortho and it worked. I think it may have been the boric acid.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@breezybri19: totally agree on the boric. its not an instant kill but they take it back to there hide out and spread i around. its water soluble and non toxic to people and pets. its working for us. i do keep a can of insta death around for when i find hideouts

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mom swears by Boric Acid!  She’s deathly afraid of roaches (that’s where I get my bug phobia from!) and has been using that for years!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Boric acid is great because you can sprinkle it in the yard too.

But we have an exterminator that comes every other month and it is $48 (so it’s like $24 a month). Any time I find a roach that has managed to get in a window or from the patio (we are in Florida next to a swampy area, so I find a few a year), they are already dead on their backs. Plus if I find anything living in the interim they’ll come back and treat for free. I know you said you can’t afford it right now, but if you really want to get rid of it, I would call around and see if you can find something within your budget. It’s definitely the best $24 out of my monthly budget!!!  I can leave food out on the counters, dishes out, etc and not have to worry about ants, roaches, flies…nothing! Plus it’s nontoxic to birds, cats, and dogs (we have all three!!)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

This tip may help a little, if you or a friend can get under the trailer and check the duct work it may be helpful, they love to come in open places in the ducts and then crawl through the vents, depending on your type of ducting system you may be able to easily seal them up with “metal tape” usually runs about $12 at the store. You can also turn off your ac and lift the vent covers and vacuum way down the ducting with an extended hose on your vac., they love those spaces, and making sure they are extra clean may deter them, depending on the material your ducts are made of cleaning them with a mild solution of vinegar can help.  If anyone has lived there before you there could be items and particles that attract them. They also are attracted to water leaks, so check around under the trailer just in case.  I sometimes get ants in the kitchen and i use bleach and water on my counter tops, i remove all items and wash them down. I live in the country and i also store all food in the fridge, it sounds silly but i live in a house on pier and beam and the crawl space underneath is like heaven to all types of pests. Good Luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@octobermom: so glad im not the only one that puts everything in the fridge! when Fiance and i first moved in together he was making fried chicken and couldnt find the flour so he went and got more, he came home and i was like i just brought flour! he said he couldnt find it i was like DUH its in the freezer. he was totally baffled!! lol silly city boys

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For roaches, my exterminator says that the boric acid attracts the water in the air, and after a couple of days, is ineffective because its soaked up the water.  he recommended something else, but the name escapes me…  something like POW or WHAM.  We still use the boric acid, and it seems to work.  we also swear by combat roach traps.  we get the large ones, and replace religiously every 3 months.  

Also, be sure to seal up all cracks and holes.  

Put ALL your food in plastic containers, and be sure to clean up.  Basically, be super clean.

We don’t have plants or flowers, since decaying organic matter and standing water will attract them.

We follow all this and it has helped us A LOT!  Good thing too, because roaches cause me to have panic attacks!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Pest infestation is an serious issue and it should be deal seriously. To eliminate pest, hiring professional pest control services is the most recommended solution rather doing it yourself.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

– Clean up like crazy! My parents used to have roach problem, but since they clean up like hell (really clean everything after cooking and eating, only eating at dining room and clean it up thoroughly afterwards, throw trash to waterproof trash can, nothing on sink), no roach ever comes again. They don’t have pets, so no pet food cleaning needed. I think this is the most enviromentally friendly solution.

– Have you check if there is any leak? Moist place invites roaches, it is the ideal place to live for them between the cracks and all.

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