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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the suggestions, rainyday and marimara... I'll pick up a few bait discs and give them a try. I'm going to teach myself how to use a caulking gun this upcoming weekend so I can seal everything up!</div>
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There's a bait that we've used (we have palmettos down here, love FL) anyhow, I tried the natural way for a while, but then ran into a problem which didn't work.<br><br>
I got some bait, baited inconspicuous areas the kids/cats couldn't get to and all the areas I've bated seem to be successful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I even removed the outlet covers and bated in there (probably overkill but whatever I was freaked). Though they told me it can take up to a month to work completely.<br><br>
However, I didn't use the supermarket stuff, I actually spent LESS most likely and got the professional stuff that contains fipronil. Once I found out it was fipronil containing I felt better. Fipronil is the same chemical used in frontline the flea treatment, and I knew from researching that it was one of the safest pesticides out there.
 

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I live in Hawaii, and unfortunately the bugs love the climate as much as we do, so roaches are everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. After some online research, the best non-toxic method I found : put some dish soap & water in a spray bottle & spray the roaches! Takes a few sprays, then they flip over & 'croak'. ("regular" dish soap works better than the natural kinds...more chemicals, but still less toxic than Raid) This also works on other bugs & sometimes w/ spiders. ((Spraying spiders w/ rubbing alcohol sometimes works--smells awful, though.) Other methods (catnip, talc (I use baby powder), diatomaceous earth) help a little. Reduce humidity, leave no standing water, food, or crumbs out,etc. (I wash anything that had food in it before throwing away, e.g. plastic sleeves that crackers come in, etc. I also keep all my food in the fridge, including my compost bucket--- anything that would attract roaches.) More info in this pdf: <a href="http://www.stephentvedten.com/27_Roach_Control.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.stephentvedten.com/27_Roach_Control.pdf</a>
 

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I've found that using dish soap mixed with the amp water to be very helpful , however it's not a kill on contact but I was fine with that because after I would hit them with 2 or 3 full sprays that was enough to stunned them and put them on their back., then I'd finish them off by stepping on them and squishing them.
 
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