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Yuck! We live in FL and get these huge flying roaches that aren't afraid of light or anything else. They like our detached garage where we keep our recycling, but sometimes they sneak into our house.<br><br>
I don't want to use bug spray/poison for many reasons. Can any of you offer tips for something I can use to keep them out of the house at least. The garage would be a bonus!<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I'm in GA...and yea, they are NASTY...and really bad if you have pecan trees in the yard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: We use borax tablets and I get them at the grocery store. It's the only thing that's worked. You may see more at first since they come out of hiding to eat the tablets (they have a lure in them) but then they drag their dying bodies across the floor in the middle of the afternoon and can't run away so well so they are easily killed (icky, icky, though). But, they've really worked well for us as the weather's cooled and more seem to come out. HTH!<br>
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Thank you for the borax tip. And yes, giant flying roaches, what could be better, right?!<br><br>
Where do you put the tablets - I don't want animals or more importantly DD eating them! Any other tips to using them?
 

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They aren't roaches, honey, they are palmetto bugs said in a southren accent<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Sorry, we lived in SE GA awhile back. And that is what I always got. Like giving flying roaches a different name made it better.<br>
We were pretty lucky that we only had a big problem if we kept our door open and they flew in. I used to kill them with hairspray, kept on hand just to kill them, or pledge. Any aresol seemed to work well. These were usually things left at our house by well meaning parents who I think were trying to tell me to dust and do something with my hair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The stuff is so fine that it clogs up their airways or soemthing and it works when they are flying all over the place. Pretty fast killer. I know that doesn't help with keeping them out, we lived near a swamp, there was no way I was going to put a dent in the population, I could only take care of what got into my house<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My cats loved them though, didn't care for the ones in Hawaii, which don't actually fly very often. So maybe there is a difference. If only I could ask my cats...
 

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We are renting now while building a new house, so most of our stuff is in storage. I sprinkled a mixture of powdered sugar & borax 1:1 along the walls. The powdered sugar attracts them, then they eat the borax & take it back to their nest on their feet. It has seemed to work fairly well. But yes, you do want to put it where the kids can't get to it. Maybe in the back of cabinets under your sink, or pantry. Also in the garage out of the way.
 

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I've heard they're also called waterbugs...all just nasty roaches to me (and they fly! How evil!) I put the tablets behind bookshelves, appliances...on top of cabinets. I try to keep them out of ds reach. And they don't work as well if they get wet, or so I've heard. I like the tablets since I don't have to worry about any dust getting stirred up...although I do have some powder in a bottle with a nozzle that I've thought about putting into crevices. We had these things really bad at our last house (it was a historical carriage house, pecan trees in the yard and TONS of overgrowth along the property) so I've tried to stay on top of things since we moved so we never have to deal with that again. We could hear them moving around at night!!!! EW!<br>
Best of luck!<br>
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Maybe palmetto makes them sound more tropical - either way - yuck! Thanks all for the tips!!
 

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I lived in Florida for three years. Palmetto bugs were my nemesis! I feel for you because they are gross!<br><br>
We rented so there was usually a bug service. However, I realized from one house we rented that the palmetto bugs came in from a tree that was tall enough to reach over part of our roof. Maybe it's a gamble, great shade trees or palmetto bugs?
 
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