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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!
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.

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.
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.

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
. 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: http://www.stephentvedten.com/27_Roach_Control.pdf
 

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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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We just moved in an apt. last Oct. but as the weather warms the roaches has come in ABUNDANCE. The last straw for me was some night when I went to drink my night water and their was a roach crawling around inside
:. So I went into extermenitor mood and have some ques. for anyone who has tried these.

1. I mixed baking soda and regular white sugar and put them around, but then when I went back and read online it said powdered sugar - would that make a difference, should I go out and get the powdered sugar?

2. I sprinkled some borax near the sink and stove area.

3. So far I have cleaned out our utensil draws and sprinkled crushed dried bay leaves - should I use fresh instead or do they both work equally? They had also made a home in a basket we have out to put provisions and fruits in, so I layered it w/ bay leaves and but the leaves under it. I have to yet see if they made a home out of it yet, I do see one around it sometimes but that is it.

4. DH bought those Raid hotel looking things so we have those around too.

5. Decluttered around the countertops and sink and trying to keep it as clean. But it is hard to keep the sink dry all the time. Can the roaches get in the dishwasher? I plan on putting all the dishes in there.

Things I plan on also doing.

1. I heard about diatomaceous earth and plan to go buy some.

2. Putting garlic under in the cabinets also.

3. Making a bay leaf tea to spray around the place.

ALL other tips welcome, PLEASE

Off to try and finish cleaning the rest cabinets and putting the dried bay leaves in them.
Hello
I am professional pest controller and I can confirm the only effective method in eradicating cockroach infestation in roach bait gel, this can be combined with cockroach traps.
Gel will create a " cascade effect" eradicating the popuation in few weeks.
Rea more about getting rid of cockroaches at the source.
 

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We just moved in an apt. last Oct. but as the weather warms the roaches has come in ABUNDANCE. The last straw for me was some night when I went to drink my night water and their was a roach crawling around inside
:. So I went into extermenitor mood and have some ques. for anyone who has tried these.

1. I mixed baking soda and regular white sugar and put them around, but then when I went back and read online it said powdered sugar - would that make a difference, should I go out and get the powdered sugar?

2. I sprinkled some borax near the sink and stove area.

3. So far I have cleaned out our utensil draws and sprinkled crushed dried bay leaves - should I use fresh instead or do they both work equally? They had also made a home in a basket we have out to put provisions and fruits in, so I layered it w/ bay leaves and but the leaves under it. I have to yet see if they made a home out of it yet, I do see one around it sometimes but that is it.

4. DH bought those Raid hotel looking things so we have those around too.

5. Decluttered around the countertops and sink and trying to keep it as clean. But it is hard to keep the sink dry all the time. Can the roaches get in the dishwasher? I plan on putting all the dishes in there.

Things I plan on also doing.
Home Remedies For Cockroach Infestation
1. I heard about diatomaceous earth and plan to go buy some.

2. Putting garlic under in the cabinets also.

3. Making a bay leaf tea to spray around the place.

ALL other tips welcome, PLEASE

Off to try and finish cleaning the rest cabinets and putting the dried bay leaves in them.
How do you guys kill roaches? the exterminator spray my place for one day and they came back 2 days later.

the roaches were hiding in other places when the smell of chemicals were strong.
Are there other ways of killing them ?
 
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