Cockroach Prevention

Hi edhat readers, I need some advice. I've lived in Santa Barbara for over 30 years in a variety of homes and I have never seen a cockroach. I've been renting a small 1930's cottage for the past 2 years and just in the last few months I've seen 3 cockroaches.

My house is very clean but because it's old, there are numerous cracks and a general lack of insulation. I've only seen these in the bathroom and kitchen at night. Do I have an infestation or are these a few stragglers, and how do I get rid of them for good?

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Flicka Aug 29, 2019 02:13 PM
Cockroach Prevention

We had a minor problem when a friend living with us came back from Hawaii and brought the roaches in his suitcase (not an uncommon problem). When we turned on the kitchen light roaches would scurry across the counters to hide. This was 50 years ago and I don't remember how we got rid of them.

a-1594270493 Aug 29, 2019 01:55 PM
Cockroach Prevention

Find and buy either Advion or Maxforce. Both are in syringe-type applicators for pinpoint applications for long-lasting cockroach elimination/prevention. Follow label application directions--a little goes a long way. Proper sanitation and caulking of roach harborages are just as important as gel applications. For more information:

a-1594270493 Aug 29, 2019 11:54 AM
Cockroach Prevention

***Cockroaches cannot survive without water.*** Solve your problem, those of you who have these critters in your homes, by cutting off the source of their water. You have a water leak or multiple leaks somewhere. Perhaps under a refrigerator or a freezer or kitchen/bathroom sink. Please DO NOT USE Sygenta. (Monsanto and five other corporations — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta, collectively known as the “Big 6” of toxic pesticide producers.) No need to poison your environment and that of your tenants. The borax/powdered sugar thing works, but cutting off the roaches' water supply will get rid of them altogether--------with no need to use any toxins.

a-1594270493 Aug 29, 2019 01:56 PM
Cockroach Prevention

BS--depends on the specie of roach.

a-1594270493 Aug 29, 2019 11:53 AM
Cockroach Prevention

I knew a guy who had problems with cockroaches in Isla Vista many years ago. They kept coming back because they bred in the adjoining apartments. He finally caulked every crack he could find, and it worked, no more bugs.

Alexblue Aug 29, 2019 11:02 AM
Cockroach Prevention

Boric acid, which is a powder, sprinkled in the areas where the coming in and going out. Takes care of them very efficiently.

a-1594270493 Aug 29, 2019 10:33 AM
Cockroach Prevention

We're having the same issue. Even when I lived in Isla Vista many moons ago, I never saw a cockroach. Not saying they weren't there, but this is the first time I've fully experienced cockroaches in Santa Barbara.

ngolfer30 Aug 29, 2019 10:10 AM
Cockroach Prevention

We had a similar issue in our garage, and used a product from Amazon called: "Syngenta Advion Cockroach Gel Bait 4 X 30 Gram Tubes Roach Control" with great success. I followed the directions on the package and applied a small amount in a few places frequented by the roaches a couple times each day for a couple of weeks. We were soon sweeping up the dead ones and have been roach free for over a year since the initial campaign.

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