Corporations suck!

jedion357's picture
May 28, 2012 - 9:49pm
You know sometimes there are simple solutions that work but corporations dont want you to know about them, instead they'd rather sell you a solution that will not really work but have a semblance of working and yet cause you to just keep spending money.

I never really every had to deal with roaches till moving to Boston. Its just a fact of life that you live in the big city, it doesn't matter how clean you are there will be roaches. However, I'm seriously skeaved by them. Raid and black flag have made a lot of money on me. That was until 4.5 years ago.

At that time the down stairs neighbor had his father visit from what could be characterized as a third world country and suddenly he had bed bugs in his house. He couldn't understand why or how and I had no heart to tell him that they love to travel in luggage. Luckily the landlord lives on the third floor so I got on his case and he for once got off his butt right away to address and issue in the building. Exterminator came in and did the first floor and since we had  not seen the bed bugs on our floor yet he simply wanted me to spray the spray that is used for hornets and wasps, the kind that can shoot a stream 30 feet to nail a nest up under the eaves of the house. I had to spray it around all the base boards and open the windows and get out of the house till the fumes dissipated.

The interesting side effect was that once it was done didn't see any roaches for a month. So I did it again and didn't see them for a year. Sprayed again and haven't see one for three years but just had a big one crawl across the floor in the bathroom. i was thinking about the need to pick up two cans of wasp spray and do all the base boards again but then I though about all those years being skeaved out and spending money monthly for bug spray when there was a real simple solution that will put a stop to the problem for serious length of time.

The exterminator was aware of it and the corporations schlepping bug spray must be aware of it but do you think they'd tell you? Nope. So... they vacuum.

NOTE: this wasp spray must be a very potent contact poison and when used in doors I strongly recommend openning windows then finding someplace else to be for awhile.
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spyder's picture
May 29, 2012 - 9:51am
The last two places I moved into that had roaches, no longer have roaches.
It takes a bit of time but boric acid powder works great.

spyder's picture
May 29, 2012 - 9:53am

when you look at my avatar and name there is irony in my last post somewhere I know it.

Malcadon's picture
May 29, 2012 - 3:58pm
I grew-up in a roach-infested hell-hole. In an apartment building, if one unit has them - all units will have them. You have to clear all units of cockroaches, or they will just come back. The best way to prevent roaches, is to keep everything immaculate (vary clean), all food must be sealed-up (especially cereals and other dry items), and all sources of moisture (leaky pipes, dripping sinks) have to be fixed, as roaches can survive on just grease or moisture. If that failed, you have too bomb the whole damn house or building. It should be noted that roaches like to smuggle themselves in purses, moving boxes, and inside electronics equipment. Bug sprays and roach motels are a joke! They are just a form of self-insurance, and are too localized to deal with with their massive numbers.

I hate those filthy bastards!

Karxan's picture
May 29, 2012 - 5:02pm
I to grew up with the little buggers. I lived in Fresno, Ca in a nice neighborhood. My house was so, so in the cleanliness factor. The problem was they were building a freeway about a 1/2 mile from our neighborhood and dug out the ground for about a city block in width all through town. So one night my friend and I were riding our bikes out and saw someone's lawn moving. It was a lawn covered in roaches. So, every house had them. My dad used boric acid and it worked great. It took some time but they eventually dissappeared. You have to surround your house with it. Make sure if you have little kids they stay away from it too. My dad told me the roaches carry it back to their nest on their legs which fall off soon after the contact with the boric acid. Then it remains in the nest and on their paths creating more damage.

I hate roaches too. So if I see them I go get boric acid and go from there. And Jedion, That hornets spray is potent. I lived in a place that was wetlands, I called it a swamp, and we had wasps. It works great on spiders too. Never tried it on the rats that got in the trash.

jedion357's picture
May 29, 2012 - 6:17pm
I found that its two stages to getting rid of them- with a strong contact poison- The initial kill then wait for the eggs to hatch and reapply to get those before they lay more eggs.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Shadow Shack
May 30, 2012 - 1:45am
Eugenol (sp?) oil is good for wasps. Same stuff found in flea sprays for dogs.

And the bst way to remove a wasp nest is at us, they sleep too. Just grab a plastic bag and gloves, pull the nest and wasps all in one. Tie it up and they suffocate. If you just take the nest, the wasps will build you have to get the whole enchilada.

Boric acid powder is also good for ants, but you have to dilute it with peanut butter etc (at least by 10 to 1), because you want them to survive long enough to bring the food to their queen.
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jedion357's picture
May 30, 2012 - 2:50am
@ Shadowshack: The Prankster in me can think of other uses for a plastic bag full of wasps that dont include tying it up so they suffocate. Wink
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

rattraveller's picture
June 3, 2012 - 6:31pm
Here's what the corporations use for roaches and it is VERY effective.
DuPont Advion cockroach gel bait. Active ingredient Indoxacarb 0.6%
You have to get it from a professional exterminator as it is and I quote the label "Intended for use by commercial applicators"

Used it about 9 months ago and after a week haven't seen a roach since.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?