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Posted by2 months ago

Getting rid of Roaches

Hi everyone, I bought my condo about a year ago and I have been dealing a lot with roaches. The pest terminator mentioned all of the condos might be having the same issue and HOA needs to step in. For context, I live in Southern California and roaches are a common sight here.

While waiting for HOA to step in and work on this, just wanted to ask if anyone encountered this problem as well and what has been done to help solve this. The roaches are really grossing me out :(

Appreciate any tips.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Ok I am an expert at this now I think. I dealt with roaches - the extremely big ones that can fly - for 2 years at my house during the summer. I’m happy to report that this year I saw none after I took the steps I’m going to tell you.

First: I bought these . I placed them EVERYWHERE — under the sinks, in corners of the living room, but more importantly — outside! Yes, at night roaches crawl around in my alley and in my backyard (they used to!) and I would drop these tablets everywhere. What’s cool is they would eat them right in front of me, so I know they work. I dropped them outside daily for about 1.5 weeks.

I would also routinely visit the alleyway outside, and my backyard, and directly spray roaches with ortho home defense. I’d spray the perimeter & the bugs almost nightly — like hobby. I also sprayed the important areas of my house inside — kitchen, bathroom, basement (but really I went nuts and covered the whole house 2 or 3 times total)

I also bought bait stations for the size of roach I was dealing with. Just as an extra precautionary measure 👍

Lastly, I bought steel wool, and stuffed it down any hole I could find — mainly under the sinks near the pipes and the holes near the radiators.

I’d found one fat roach in my house back in June, and realized I’d missed a pretty big hole near one of the radiators in the room the roach was in. Once I plugged that hole up I didn’t see another roach all summer.

I used to be terrified of the summer time bc of these things, now I sleep sound at night.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Omg. Thank you so much for the detailed response. Since I started having this issue. I have been sleeping terribly

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Op · 2 mo. ago

It seems they come up the drain as well. Any recommendations for this, please?

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Get rid of any cardboard boxes.

Set roach traps!

Seal all food in containers!

Call HOA every day!!

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+1 To the cardboard boxes tip. The only time I ever see roaches around is when I leave cardboard boxes laying out.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thank you

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Buy advion roach gel on Amazon, it helped me greatly with my issue. I haven’t seen any roaches in like 2 years.

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Can you add a link? I can’t find it in amazon

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Buy one of those poison roach food/bait and place it somewhere where you know they are coming from. They will take it back to their colony and feed it all around. Should wipe out most the colony.

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Hire your own exterminator and follow their advice.

The most important part is to remove sources of water/moisture, remove access to food. Physically block access, plugging any gaps or holes.

Then there are different options to kill them. Some pet safe options like diamataceous earth, sticky traps, citrus based deterrents can work well. Borax/sugar, boric acid, and more traditional insectides like temprid are very effective and can spread to kill a whole "nest". Foggers/bombs can work quickly too.

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Put “earth” down in cracks and crevices everywhere you have seen them. I used this stuff to get rid of roaches and even bedbugs once and it really works. I got a 25 lb container of food grade for pretty cheap and I keep it in an airtight container. Dust it around wherever you need to with a paint brush, and I even got one of those cheap plastic bottles to squirt mustard or ketchup so I could blow it under the trim into the wall. I hate roaches and lived in the south. This stuff is great because they get it all over their bodies on their legs, and it kills them over the next few days. It’s not poisonous to you if you touch it or even eat it (though don’t breathe it in because it’s not good for our lungs). This stuff has been a wonderful discovery for me. https://cockroachfacts.com/diatomaceous-earth-roaches/?amp

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thank you for this

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There's a website domyown.com. They'll educate you on what to do and what to but you get rid of them. All professional grade products. The carry the newest formulas (bugs especially roaches get used to products like raid). If I remember correctly you'll need a gel bait and a spray(and glue boards)I would get the glue boards on Amazon though, I think they cost less there. Good luck!!

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· 2 mo. ago

Also isn’t this indicative that there’s openings to the outside? Patch up openings

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Bifen for the outside of your building if you want to DIY it for cheap. YouTube has a few tutorials on using it

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Me and my wife dealt with that in our apartment and we were super clean people. They get in through the baseboards. I ended up just laying down tape to cover the bottom of the baseboards. Sure it looked weird but kept them out.

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If you have connecting walls there is probably a hoarder in the building. I've seen this issue multiple times. You have to get rid of the nest.

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you cant do much about others units, but you can seal your place up real tight and create a barrier with the appropriate chemicals.

do you share central ventilation or not?

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Don’t share a central ventilation. Just window units

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