(Closed) Ladies of the South! How do you get rid of bugs and roaches?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@engleman10513:  Have someone spray your home reguarly, they’ll still get in but they won’t be alive more than a few hours. I live in Arkansas and when I worked at a hotel people would get so upset over a bug being in the hall, I had to just tell them “Look, it’s the South we have bugs, yes we spray for them but they’re going to get inside no matter what and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.” I guess people assume that spraying for bugs wards them off, it does not it just makes sure they can’t thrive in your home. Last August I moved 2 hours away from my hometown and was startled to find this truck with lights driving through my neighborhood spraying stuff everywhere – apparently the city pays someone to spray for mosquitos it’s so bad! Ah, the South I guess you gotta take the bad with the good.

Post # 18
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We used to have a company come and spray, but they randomly stopped coming and sent us a letter letting us know that our contract had run out and now they wanted ridiculous amounts of money to keep coming out here. FH and I just bought our own stuff and started spraying around the house. We don’t have that bad of a bug problem. The city sprays for mesquitoes and we mostly just have lots of flies and beetles. I will sometimes see a black widdow but spiders and roaches usually stay away from our house. 

We do get flies in the house a lot though from opening doors. I haven’t figured out a real way to get rid of them yet. Even cleaning and taking the garbage out all the time doesn’t seem to help. This is the first time I’ve really had the fly problem indoors.

Post # 19
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s a part of our lawn service that we have the outside of our house sprayed with insecticide/repellant. We have a few spiders in the garage but they’re welcome to stay there.

Post # 20
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’ve always wanted to live in Texas, but after this thread, I’ll stay put with my Canadian winters and zero roach sightings.

Post # 21
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MrsBrown13:  College Station  – what area are you in?

Post # 22
10649 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@chouette:  Doesn’t that occur in most cities in the US?  In Canadian cities they control for mosquitos and I would assume our season is much shorter!

Post # 23
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s what my fiance is for. 😉

Post # 24
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@runningcali:  We were stationed at Ft Hood for two years. We came home in 2010. I actually may have liked living there if the situation had been a little different but I could not come home to SC to see my family often and that did not work for me. If I ever win the lottery & can buy my own jet then I may move back, once our youngest is out of school. I have ten years, so we will see. LOL!!

Post # 25
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@AB Bride:  I dunno, this is the first city I’ve ever experienced it and FI’s family has lived all over the state in most of the larger cities and have never seen one. 

Post # 26
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m Florida born and raised and the shortest answer I can give is… you don’t get rid of them for good. You can significantly decrease the bugs by regularly scheduling pest control visits, keeping a clean home and keeping trees and bushes away from your home, but down south, bugs will always be an issue. I have regular pest control, I keep an immaculate home due to having a 4.5 month old and we STILL get bugs. Ugh.

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