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We have become infested with big water beatles or something. They're like roaches but not the little nasty cockroach kind... they are big black/brown bugs that look like roaches. I think its a water beatle. They aren't in the house much mostly swarming on the front and back porches that have a lot of water damaged wood (post katrina- yipee) but now they are starting to come into the kitchen.. more water damage there under the cabinets.<br><br>
What can I do to get rid of them? Does anyone have any experience with these? We live next to a field too so that doesn't help our problem. We get infested with sugar ants every summer too. Help please. They are gross!
 

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I've had them at various times for years, and just about constantly lately. They seem to have the same aversion to boric acid as do cockroaches, but beyond that I'm stumped. Can't put boric acid everywhere. And unlike roaches, water bugs don't lick themselves clean of boric a., carry it back to the nest, and poison the others with it. The only advice I've gotten is the laborious process of finding & plugging every point of entry with steel or copper wool or hardware cloth.<br><br>
Robert
 

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I don't know if they grow where you are, but we've had some luck with Osage oranges (grapefruit-sized, wrinkly (think brain) green balls). Many bugs have an aversion to them. It takes quite a few put in hot spots (mostly the basement) but we stock up every fall and it seems to help until the next year.<br><br>
hth!
 
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