sudden cockroach invasion

topic posted Sun, November 12, 2006 - 9:37 PM by  Unsubscribed
15 years in this house and this is the first time i've had roaches. i opened a cabinet and they came pouring out just like in a horror movie. i have no idea where the bastards came from but i have to get them to move on cuz they are freaking me out.

first of all, it's unclear to me, what are they after? i see them scurry all over the kitchen in the dark... but never actually going towards anything in particular.

secondly, without spraying poison all over the place, how can i convince them that this is not where they want to be? i can't use sprays because i have birds, and i think just blowing pesticides all over the place does more harm than good.

any suggestions?

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    Re: sudden cockroach invasion

    Sun, November 12, 2006 - 9:53 PM
    Suggestion ONE: clean the whole house! everything...biggest culprits are behind the fridge and behind the stove.

    Cockroaches are very intelligent and very organized...(also apparently very egalitarian, they always share) if there is no food in your house they will LEAVE...collectively.

    Do you live in a detached house? or an apartment or what? what I am getting at is check with your clean are their houses?

    Suggestion TWO Put EVERYTHING in sealed containers. EVERYTHING.
    This includes your garbage.
    Make sure there are no holes in your house leading into the foundation and that your bathroom is very clean.

    Suggestion THREE: bay leaves...most bugs, including cockroaches HATE the smell of bay leaves...leave some bay leaves all over cupboards, behind fridge etc, the roaches will HATE it...and leave on their own.

    Catnip apparently is also a smell that cockroaches HATE...sprinkle little bags of catnip all over the place (especially on high places (on top of the fridge and counters) apparently cockroaches love high places.

    (you need to replace the bay leaves and the catnip with fresher dried herbs after about 3 to six months, cuz they will dry out and have no smell, and therefore defeat the purpose....

    The fruit of the Osage orange tree, the hedgeapple, is a natural roach repellent. Leave one hedgeapple per room for effective deterrence up to two months. You can learn more about hedgeapples for pest control at

    Remember cockroaches are amazing and very organized creatures, if they are there it is for a reason, get rid of the reason and they will leave peacefully, and you will not need to use any dangerous chemicals that could be dangerous to you, your birds or the cockroaches. Repel instead of kill. :-)
    Good luck.
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      Sun, November 12, 2006 - 10:08 PM
      i'd much rather move them out than kill them

      i am thinking they arrived with something new and am trying to figure out what that is.

      house is detached and fairly clean, and all my food - such as it is - is sealed away to protect it from the damned ants! i see no evidence of them actually doing anything other than scurrying around and looking gross, so i wonder what they want.... ?
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    Mon, November 13, 2006 - 4:06 PM
    I have heard of cucumber peels doing the trick...
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      Tue, December 26, 2006 - 4:02 PM
      thanks for that link, ax, and for the advice everyone-
      i have had some success, here is an update--

      i figured out where these roaches are coming from - the house next door has been more or less empty for about 6 months. i saw a mess of roaches scurrying out of the mail slot when i stuck some mis-delivered mail there.

      i now also have a mouse problem. i went into the yard next door and looked in the window of that place- there are mouse droppings everywhere on the floor, counters. man, it must stink in there. i also got into the neighbor's ally and found 6 garbage cans full of food and stuff that has been there a long time. last week i dragged those cans out to the street so they would get emptied.

      anyway, the roaches come in mainly through the vent of the range hood. which opens to my neighbor's ally they may also be nesting or establishing themselves in the (hollow) door of the dishwasher.
      i have put some boric acid on top of my cabinets - well away from the birds. i have also made some catnip tea and brushed it on the baseboards and all over the door of the dishwasher.
      for xmas i bought and/or made all sorts of garlands and wreaths made of bay leaves and hung them all over the place.

      this all seems to be working as i have seen only a few tiny baby roaches this week.

      now onto dealing with the meeses.
      • Re: sudden cockroach invasion

        Fri, December 29, 2006 - 8:16 PM
        There's 2 different kinds of roaches - chinese and greek? russian? some other nation... there's a boric acid powder which works for one and not the other. A friend had a similar experience, she did tons of research and found the least toxic versions...
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    Sat, December 30, 2006 - 7:56 AM
    Diametcious earth! (Prolly didn't spell that right) You can get it at the hardware store or Whole Foods. Works great on all creepy crawlies, I even put it on my dog for fleas. Just don't breathe it directly in!
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      Thu, March 1, 2007 - 2:22 AM
      Diatomacious earth is probably the best solution for most pests, including roaches. It is certainly the safest. I used to work in the pest control industry, and we applied DE directly on pets. It's completely safe, because it's not a poison.
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    Thu, March 1, 2007 - 2:14 AM
    one word: Neem

    It's the oil of a tree in India (and lord knows that country needs money) and it is a natural insecticide. It doesn't kill them. Instead it prevents them from breeding. It's organic and non toxic so it won't harm animals or children. Highly recommended.
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    Thu, March 1, 2007 - 2:29 AM
    Lots of great suggestions around here. I have a couple more:

    Mop your floors and wash your surfaces with hot bleach water at least twice a day (morning and night).

    Seal every crack in your house (where counters, toilet and sink meet the floor and walls, around wall sockets, EVERYTHING) with caulking.

    Depending on which breed is infesting your house, you may only see them around sinks and toilets, in which case they may be after the moisture. Are you seeing them around a coffee pot? They like coffee grounds and warmth, and may be *inside* the coffee pot. Get rid of it and buy a new one. They also like wood and wood oil. Don't use pine scented cleaners!