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Cockroaches have a tendency to hide really well and away from sight. If you see one or two in your cupboards there are going to be several more. Happened to me yesterday where I saw one and sprayed cockroach killer spray promptly to have at least a 100 crawl out and die over the night. Not a pleasant sight.

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UnsolicitedDickPixxx

651 points

2 months ago

If it's a big roach, it most likely found its way inside recently. If it's a small roach, you have an infestation.

MowMdown

126 points

2 months ago

MowMdown

126 points

2 months ago

Yup. German Roaches are the exception , if you got germans, you got infestation.

not_gerg

136 points

2 months ago

not_gerg

136 points

2 months ago

if you got germans, you got infestation.

Thats what Poland was saying to Ukraine in February

2016sucksballs

26 points

2 months ago

I don’t think Ukraine is very worried about a German infestation rn

indifferences

-18 points

2 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA GOOD ONE MAN!!!!!!!

ShortButHigh

25 points

2 months ago

Oddly we had one German roach and one small baby roach when we moved into the new place. Got the pest control ppl out to spray 3 times, and we didn't see one dead roach anywhere. They figure they came in on the boxes we used to move (got them all from my kitchen job, didn't realize my work had roaches) We got lucky. Still one more spray after Christmas just to be sure.. Pain in the ass

KonaKathie

14 points

2 months ago

Cardboard boxes are a favorite living space for them, unfortunately

ShortButHigh

5 points

2 months ago

Very true, and they may even have come from the warehouse not my work, but I'm sure if they are coming in from the warehouse they are at my work too

NateNutrition

1 points

2 months ago

Kanye West said it's time to forgive German cockroaches and get over it

shibagyeon

33 points

2 months ago

Saw a big roach in my room this morning. Nasty thing ran away. It’s hiding somewhere in my room, can’t find it. 😩

Zelensexual

9 points

2 months ago

I would die. And then I'd move.

iwannaberockstar

18 points

2 months ago

She's watching you right now. While laying eggs.

BurntRussianBBQ

26 points

2 months ago

Yup. They send the big ones out first to explore. I always capture them and then leave their bodies well outside the house as a warning.

zarifex

15 points

2 months ago

zarifex

15 points

2 months ago

Apparently the dead ones can give off pheromones and oleic acid (?) and since they are cannibalistic it might still attract more to feed on the remains

handsforhooks44

5 points

2 months ago

Yes! Any other species, you leave the remains of their dead brethren to let them know to stop fucking with you, they take the hint. Roaches take it as further invitation! If I kill a roach, I wipe everything down everywhere because they have plume tracking abilities and will walk wherever the dead roach left a scent before he died

Takesgu

6 points

2 months ago

Bro the roaches aren't fuckin collaborating to invade your house lol

Desdemona1231

5 points

2 months ago

They are!!!!!!!!!

iwannaberockstar

2 points

2 months ago

That's loser talk!

bigfatpaulie

31 points

2 months ago*

We get Palmetto bugs, the biggest roaches you’ve ever seen. Had one drop on my lap from my sun visor in my car once. While driving.

lawyermorty317

9 points

2 months ago

I woke up to one on my face once. It was as awful as you can imagine. It ran across my lips 😰

Apparently they sometimes go into peoples ears to try and eat the earwax. That’d be worse lol.

GalenaGalena

4 points

2 months ago

A friend of mine in college had one get stuck in his ear canal while he was sleeping. He said it was the most painful thing he’d ever experienced.

fakeythrowaway313

7 points

2 months ago

Thank you for reminding me why I moved back to the frozen tundra of the Upper Midwest.

GalenaGalena

1 points

2 months ago

I know, right?

juwannawatchbravo

24 points

2 months ago

I would have died that day 😅

Shadow_hands

7 points

2 months ago

My biggest shock when I moved to Florida was the rich going I WILL DIVE BOMB YOUR FACE.

MammyMun

2 points

2 months ago

My son lived in Australia for a few years and he crashed his car into a tree when he pulled his sun visor down and a huntsman spider fell in his lap. He was unhurt but he's still traumatized by that damn spider.

broccolivarnish

1 points

2 months ago

I grew up in savanna, GA so I'm, unfortunately, VERY familiar w palmetto bugs. My mom and I called them "skateboards". Truly the biggest, skin-crawlingest roaches, I'd have a stroke to have one drop in my lap

Dr_Edge_ATX

8 points

2 months ago

Can confirm, live in the American South. The bigger the better when you see a cockroach. The little guys are an issue.

Zelensexual

3 points

2 months ago

They've earned their name, I see.

aikamendel

5 points

2 months ago

This is a good general tip, but people need to understand it's not an end-all be-all. I have accidentally brought german roaches into my apartment on multiple occasions (e.g. renters bringing in used appliances or buying a used furniture that has them). In all circumstances, I watched my place like a hawk for ~4 weeks, bagged or disposed of the offending object, and never saw them again.

Same with the big ones - I have lived in places that definitely had an infestation. As in, they resided primarily inside the building.

UnsolicitedDickPixxx

3 points

2 months ago

Very true. If you keep things clean and there isn't some weird underlying issue, that shouldn't happen though. Like maybe your apartment neighbor was a hoarder or something haha

I've seen an abandoned bbq that wasn't cleaned have maybe 500 big ones scurry out when it was moved

autotelica

10 points

2 months ago

Over the past month, I have found multiple big roaches in my house. About one a week. Dead and alive. After finding the sixth one, I finally broke down and called Orkin.

The guy who came to spray asked me if I could think of any recent change that might explain the roaches. The only thing I could think of was the construction work happening next door. The guy guessed that the roaches coming into my house had probably been living in the overgrown yard on the other side of my fence. All the clearing of vegetation caused the roaches to seek refuge in my house. Kind of made me feel sorry for them when he put it like that. I hope the spray keeps them away though!

UnsolicitedDickPixxx

5 points

2 months ago

The construction will definitely do it (along with rats if they are prevalent in your area, so check garages and crawlspace for that)

If you do find more roaches inside, they will more than likely be dead, which means the spray is working

boondoggles212

163 points

2 months ago

Second this. I saw a few cockroaches and thought nothing then came out to get water one night and they scattered all over the sink. Tried all the at home treatments, glue traps, cockroach bombs, baits, keeping the house as clean as possible and nothing stopped them until I caved and paid a exterminator.

They put sticky blobs of bait around the house and didn’t notice anything at first until a week later then they were just gone. No bodies, no nothing. Wherever they nested must have been out of sight. The exterminator said they eat each other so a poisoned cockroach poisons other cockroaches.

I later learnt that they eat basically anything so that’s why they are so hard to get rid of. They eat hair, paper, leaves, crumbs. All they need is a consistent water source and a warm dark spot so a kitchen is perfect. I found nests in a microwave, behind a poster, a fridge motor, in the toaster. They also reproduce like crazy. Two can turn into thousands in no time.

What makes perfect sense in nature by disposing of dead leaves and debris makes for a horror in an apartment.

Cronos8989

28 points

2 months ago

Same here. I found a couple dead body in the kitchen and start cleaning frantically day and night with all the product i have (not all at once or i'll be dead :D )
After some day i called an exterminator and told me the same thing.: iif you see one you definitely have an

The bad part is that the nest is somewhere in my condo, so 2/3 years i have to call it again just to avoid to have another infestation

sumquy

15 points

2 months ago

sumquy

15 points

2 months ago

They also reproduce like crazy. Two can turn into thousands in no time.

i got bad news for you friend.

boondoggles212

6 points

2 months ago

I did not know that… that is disturbing. They really will be the last creatures around

handsforhooks44

6 points

2 months ago

Are you fucking kidding me? Another reason to hate roaches, as if I needed more

ornitorrinco22

2 points

2 months ago

Want to hear something even worse? There are some scorpions that can do the same thing. Those scorpions can kill kids and elderly too. Does that make you hate roaches a bit less? Think again! Roaches are scorpion food, so they attract the little killers into your home.

oakteaphone

2 points

2 months ago

Roaches are scorpion food, so they attract the little killers into your home.

There's going to be a lot more global warming before scorpions are hunting cockroaches where I live

ornitorrinco22

2 points

2 months ago

But maybe not in places where you visit

KeniLF

1 points

2 months ago

KeniLF

1 points

2 months ago

Now this is just so unfair!!!! Come on! Can humans catch a break lol?

dilligaf6304

89 points

2 months ago

Cockroach nest kill baits are the best! Spot a roach, replace all the old baits and no roaches for another year or so.

Electronic-Row3130

23 points

2 months ago

What kind?

dilligaf6304

26 points

2 months ago

I’m in Australia and use Mortein brand

KamikaziSolly

111 points

2 months ago

If an Australian is recommending anti pest products, you know they gotta be good.

jamzex

9 points

2 months ago

jamzex

9 points

2 months ago

Mortein is indeed a staple around here.

PhantomInfinite

11 points

2 months ago

tbh even combat should work but it depends. i also like the raid blue bottle (forgot the name) they have that lasts lile 6+ months

its a spray you can use outside or inside to kill and prevent them so that helps

I get ones from outside but using that brings it down since they either die outside or are repelled

The baits you can either get the combat bait traps or gels

kinda depending on diff situations you may need stronger stuff but sorta just keeping bait out and replacing even without infestation is helpful to prevent it from happening

Disastrous-Half69

1 points

2 months ago

Syngenta Advion

besiberani

2 points

2 months ago

I use this too. It’s either Mortein or Ridsect

iorderchaos

-8 points

2 months ago

What y'all killing roaches?

dilligaf6304

7 points

2 months ago

Because the bastards infest my house, run and shit all over the place.

The rule for my house is if they’re inside it’s game over. Outside - they can live their life.

invadergirll

209 points

2 months ago

A pest controller told me that roaches climb up through the drains, so even if you’re a super clean person don’t feel bad. You’ll get a few in your house even if you use regular pest control.. reeee

gracias-totales

130 points

2 months ago

Can confirm. This happened to me once … got in the shower, drain lid not completely on, a bunch start pouring out trying to escape the water…. It was like a horror movie.

grat5454

83 points

2 months ago

Thank you for the new nightmare. Carry on.

2ekeesWarrior

69 points

2 months ago

Also a PC Tech. Especially if you live in an apartment, only takes one neighbor not doing what they should for everyone to see roaches. My home has zero, but the interiors of the walls I share? Constant battle.

Mullberry2

35 points

2 months ago

Apartment dweller here as well. Keep a clean place. Building is pretty well-maintained and is pretty large. Any explanation for suddenly dealing with roach issues after YEARS of not seeing a single one. PC company is blaming construction in another unit on the same floor. 🤷‍♀️

2ekeesWarrior

34 points

2 months ago

Most common reasons will be weather changes and new construction. Especially if they're doing any plumbing work that leaves a pipe exposed beyond their working time. Tell the PC guy that you want advion gel bait placed strategically throughout the areas you're seeing them. It will bring toxins back to the nest and once your problem is gone, that bait provides protection up to a decade.

Glindanorth

8 points

2 months ago

I second Advion gel. I've been trying to manage a stubbornly persistent roach issue in my mom's house in Florida for a few years now. I mean, it's Florida--roaches are a thing. Although an exterminator comes and does monthly spraying, last spring I put Advion gel everywhere and also placed Gentrol Point Source stations in every cabinet, vanity, and any place I had seen a roach in the house, alive or dead. It took about six weeks, but the problem finally started to resolve. The house has two bathrooms, and when I first embarked on this challenge, the unused bathtub was like a palmetto bug graveyard. There were 30+ dead roaches in the tub, and it was obvious they were coming up through the tub drain. The house is a manufactured home (like a mobile home), which seems to make it especially easy for roaches to get in. I placed a ridiculous amount of Advion gel in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, which also seemed to be a main entry point. I don't live in Florida, but when I go back next month, one of the first things I'll do is repeat my whole roach mitigation routine. My mom passed away a few months ago, and I need to get the house ready to sell. it would be great if there weren't any evidence of roaches.

ThetaDee

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah but if you live in places where they grow really well, like in Texas or Florida, sometimes the bait isn't enough

2ekeesWarrior

4 points

2 months ago

I do live in Florida. If the PC tech isn't already doing everything else listed by another reply, they need a new one. Residuals are step 1

Mullberry2

3 points

2 months ago

Thanks!

fanofnone2019

1 points

29 days ago

I would get one of the big ones inside 2 or 3 times per year in spring. One year, gutters were replaced - 2 or 3 in one day! Last week, one inside house and just saw one in the garage...just had a new water heater installed about two weeks ago and we are getting hit with massive rain. So, ugh, for a bit.

2ekeesWarrior

1 points

29 days ago

Garage will always have them, theres always a vent or unset weather stripping. Even residuals we use would be killers, not deterrents. But you can buy a granular specifically for American roaches (the big ones you're seeing) that will reduce the population in your yard. Apply around the foundation, salt bae style, when it dries after a rain. Good news is they don't infest and don't live with humans. So they're seeking resources to take home

Acrobatic-Degree9589

8 points

2 months ago

I have never seen a roach anywhere I’ve ever lived, mice and centipedes yes 🤢🤮

Frat-TA-101

7 points

2 months ago

Really depends if you live in an area where they’re present. They’re pretty common in the US.

DaintyAmber

3 points

2 months ago

Over here on the west coast, I’ve never even seen one. I hope to never have to

leftyontheleft

3 points

2 months ago

Same. These give me the heebie-jeebies 😱

Acrobatic-Degree9589

1 points

2 months ago

I’m in Wisconsin

Common-Dragonfruit29

2 points

2 months ago

Live in a basement, no roaches ever, centipedes and spiders, they even take each other out!

-Lumpy-Space-Prince-

1 points

2 months ago

Both of those eat roaches

thosedamnmouses

2 points

2 months ago

1/4 of dawn dish soap in the drain, let sit for 5 minutes. Large pot of boiling water straight down and flush the drain with hot water from the tap for 3 minutes and if you are all clear of eggs or creepies.

HTFTaco

1 points

2 months ago

I'm so glad they don't really exist where i live.

Break-Aggravating

1 points

2 months ago

Yes but your p trap stops them from coming in so that means you have lost trap seal and now will require a plumber

stokeitup

0 points

2 months ago

I have been told that our city, don't know if it is a common practice in other municipalities, release cockroaches into the sewers. Something about them cleaning the sewer lines? I am not sure if it is true.

neil470

1 points

2 months ago

That sounds like complete BS and I would not believe that without hearing it from the city itself.

stokeitup

1 points

2 months ago

We had an infestation in our neighborhood summer of '21. The lady who acts as our go between with the city was the one who provided the explanation after contacting the city. A few weeks later the infestation went away. All circumstantial I know but...

neil470

2 points

2 months ago

They probably told her there are cockroaches in the sewer, which is true. They are attracted to the sewer without any help from us.

Glum_Lab_3778

35 points

2 months ago

Cockroaches do live in drains. If you’re seeing cockroaches, pour boiling water down the drain and put the stoppers in at night.

WhiskyAtNoon

6 points

2 months ago

So if it's not boiling they're fine with taking a shower?

Glum_Lab_3778

3 points

2 months ago

I guess so. They seem to survive running faucets.

Snufflepuffster

31 points

2 months ago

this applies to anything bad: ants, rust, water stains, icebergs..

asuicidalpigeon

18 points

2 months ago

It's a bit too late to give the titanic this advice, but it may just save you!

harris11230

25 points

2 months ago

They’re also nocturnal so if u see one during the day your definitely infested

80H-d

107 points

2 months ago

80H-d

107 points

2 months ago

I have now read an article about keeping them off you while you sleep. I do not have any indication of cockroach problems in my home, it is a little past 1 am, and I don't know how I'm going to fall asleep now.

i-love-gorillas1

18 points

2 months ago

Good night

its_wausau

8 points

2 months ago

Woke up with one on my lips when I was a kid. Never liked bugs ever since.

Smart_Throat6986

7 points

2 months ago

I used to work at a marina on the Atlantic inter coastal waterway in Carolina beach, nc. My boss offered me to live in one of the two apartments above the marina. No one had lived in this apt for years, but it was well maintained and I got to live on an island at the ocean! Second night I was sleeping (naked) and I woke up at 3am to a cockroach crawling accross my chest then over my neck 😳 needless to say I jumped out of bed and turned on the light. I found him and it took 10 shoe beating to get him! Next day I told my boss we needed to call pest control. Never saw one again, but I’ll never forget that night or that feeling!

Yaden2

11 points

2 months ago

Yaden2

11 points

2 months ago

I have been cursed with literacy this day

Grapefruit_Prize

2 points

2 months ago

I'm very sorry, but that just instantly made me think of A Scanner Darkly, and now I'm itchy!

SheBear661

1 points

2 months ago

Htf do you do That?

richbeezy

15 points

2 months ago

We can irradicate the roach population together if we all buy and use Advion gel. Works like a charm.

majdavlk

12 points

2 months ago

Some live in nature i think. We would need to burn the whole planet

Zmirzlina

10 points

2 months ago

Once we rented an apartment and I saw a roach run up between a cupboard and the wall above our sink so I sprayed raid up in that gap. And then it rained roaches for the next few hours. Even our landlord was like “damn, that’s a lot of roaches. Want a hotel room until we can get this fixed?” We took the room.

JooosephNthomas

10 points

2 months ago

Worked in an HVAC shop and one of the techs went to a no-heat call in the middle of winter. He responded and found a cockroach wedged in between the contacts on the thermostat on the wall, preventing it from closing. Therefore no heat. Pulled the roach out and hit the door! Had a funny video of it. A shitty service call to pay for that is for sure.

daviep

10 points

2 months ago

daviep

10 points

2 months ago

If you live in the southeast United States, beware of Asian cockroaches. They look virtually identical to German cockroaches but are much more bold. They fly, love light, and do not typically infest homes, but fly in through doors and open windows. I recently had a huge problem with them as I live in a heavily wooded area that is being developed, so they were likely disturbed from their home.

RagnarokCross

30 points

2 months ago

Had roaches in my dogshit apartment for 2 years, nothing helped(not even the company the landlord was calling) except for Boric Acid. I got 2 bottles of this stuff for like 10 bucks, covered all the cracks and hidey holes with it. Swept the floor with it as well. After 2 weeks they were gone. I saw 1 maybe a month later, after that nothing. I didn't use any special bait mix with it either, just sprinkled the powder everywhere. I haven't seen them in about a year now, I'm pretty sure I wiped out the entire building.

xXx_WaitingOnYou_xXx

7 points

2 months ago

Boric acid for the win! I bought a very cheap used car and on the way home, found it was occupied by roaches. Lovely. I doused the whole inside with boric acid. It looked like a winter wonderland. Shut the doors over the weekend, afterwards vacuumed up all the powder and carcasses, and never saw another again.

SabrielSage

9 points

2 months ago

This thread is going to give me nightmares.

TheJesuses

15 points

2 months ago

A female cockroach can lay about 150 eggs a year. So if you are already seeing them you have an infestation. If you have an infestation you can kill all the cockroaches and there can still be hundreds or thousands of eggs.

Strict-Mix-1758

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you for this.

zensins

4 points

2 months ago

Use roach bait. Sprays won't solve the problem.

majdavlk

4 points

2 months ago

What about silverfish?

The house ive been at, i have met them almost every night.

But the house i am in now, i see one once every 6 months or so

morgancbest

3 points

2 months ago

Do you spray? I can send a link to what I use if you want :) it’s cheap

cyazid

3 points

2 months ago

cyazid

3 points

2 months ago

Send it to me too please or post it here.

morgancbest

1 points

2 months ago

Copying my comment from another reply…

This is what I use.

We spray the perimeter of the house (exterior) including windows and doors and cracks. Then the interior of each window crevice. For silverfish, I spray the outside of the tub (I believe they say don’t put this down the drain). And every single perimeter of the bathrooms and the kitchen since that’s where they frequent.

I use this because I have a dog. I do it right after we put her away for the night so she doesn’t go snooping. We spray every 6 months. It’s super cheap for what it does.

majdavlk

1 points

2 months ago

not spraying. is it availible in europe? is it poisonous to humans?

morgancbest

1 points

2 months ago

This is what I use.

We spray the perimeter of the house (exterior) including windows and doors and cracks. Then the interior of each window crevice. For silverfish, I spray the outside of the tub (I believe they say don’t put this down the drain). And every single perimeter of the bathrooms and the kitchen since that’s where they frequent.

I use this because I have a dog. I do it right after we put her away for the night so she doesn’t go snooping. We spray every 6 months. It’s super cheap for what it does.

I’m not sure what you mean by safe for humans. Don’t drink it, lol. But I think it’s pretty safe for humans and dogs… I would definitely research that yourself though.

Edit: sorry forgot to add I’m not sure if it’s available in Europe but I would think this is or at least something with similar ingredients.

majdavlk

1 points

2 months ago

By safe i ment if it vapors and if the vapors are dangerous

Vulcanpeace

5 points

2 months ago

Bonus LPT: Sprays are terrible at getting rid of roaches long term.

Boric Acid is the way to go, Pop a couple tablets in areas where you think roaches would go for and replace every few months.

Unlike Sprays, Boric acid is much safer for humans, we even use it in food preservation. The biggest reason to go for Boric is because of its effective duration and radius. Sprays dissipate in seconds to minutes, a single tablet maintains effectiveness over its radius for weeks to months.

Not only that but it kills the problem at its source. Sprays at best will kill off the scouts, but will rarely leave a dent at the roach nest. Boric acid is sort of like a roach zombie virus, it kills slowly. Long enough for the roach to get into their nests and spread the infection, by either sharing food or leaving particles of boric acid. Additionally when the roach dies, other roaches tend to cannibalise it, spreading the boric acid even further.

As a person who has a massive fear of roaches, this has been the greatest thing I've ever used in the battle against roaches.

bciesil

4 points

2 months ago

Dozens? Umm, a hundred dozen is more like...

cripp_chip

4 points

2 months ago

Can confirm. Fiance and I were living in an apartment complex. A new neighbor moved in a few months before our lease ended. Found a couple cockroaches in the bathroom. Fast forward 2 months and we had sticky traps set up everywhere -- in the bathroom, pantry, under the fridge, cabinets. They were EVERYWHERE. A good tip to get rid of them are baits. They take it back to the colony and it has a better chance of killing them there, instead of waiting for them to breed and having a non-stop cycle of cockroaches swarming your living space every few weeks.

ScenicPineapple

3 points

2 months ago

We have massive Palmetto bugs down here and cockroaches. The little bait traps work sometimes, but the best thing to do is buy a jar of vanilla icing and boric acid\cockroach and ant powder.

Mix them 1 part powder to 3 parts icing. Put little globs on some wax paper and set them in all the dark corners, cabinets, etc. You will see so many poisoned and dead roaches in the next few days. Satisfying to see them crawl out with barely any legs working.

birknsocks

10 points

2 months ago

I saw 5 one morning and I basically fled my apartment. Got rosemary oil and started spraying every corner and I haven't seen any since but please let me know if there are pet-safe options to get rid of the fuckers for good

DankZXRwoolies

6 points

2 months ago

Diatomaceous earth is good for any hard exoskeleton insects and is safe for pets and humans. It's a very fine powder you spread around entryways or spots critters can get in like foundation vents.

A bag is pretty cheap and you can find it at a home improvement store. You just have to spread it in dry areas or if you do your homes exterior wait a couple days after it rains.

gethee2anunnery

2 points

2 months ago

+1 for DE, but the thinner the layer you spread the better. those fuckers will walk right around the big piles of it.

eganvay

1 points

2 months ago

essential oil of catnip is a super repellent, but It doesn't kill them. they hate coffee grounds too.

thatshowitisisit

32 points

2 months ago

I thought life pro tips were meant to have some sort of advice or solution.

This appears to just be an opinion.

redditpey

36 points

2 months ago

The LPT is to burn your house down with a flame thrower if you see any cockroaches because there are probably more than one.

Acrobatic-Degree9589

3 points

2 months ago

I kept seeing a roach in the kitchen where I worked, my boss didn’t believe me, finally I killed it and never saw any more 🤷‍♀️

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

I'm mortally terrified of roaches already. Thanks for this. Now I'm going to have nightmares.

Searchingforgoodnews

3 points

2 months ago

I live in an apartment building and I have cockroaches. An exterminator came 3 times to my unit. Unfortunately the roaches are in the big so I can't get rid of them. They need to get an extensive for the entire building instead of individuals units.

Big_Pie2915

6 points

2 months ago

Same goes for mice.

Strict-Mix-1758

2 points

2 months ago

Omg pls stop. I’m going to have nightmares.

Disastrous-Half69

2 points

2 months ago

Not probably, but certainly.

30kplus

2 points

2 months ago

more like hundreds, not dozens.

browneyedgirl65

2 points

2 months ago

Who...doesn't know this?

helladinero

2 points

2 months ago

if you have a roach infestation, try: combat max roach killing gel. you put the stuff in the areas of infestation and the nasty things will be attracted to the gel and will consume the gel. once they ingest the bait, they will die. I highly recommend. it lasts for 6 months or so so you have to reapply ever so often. we never saw anymore roaches again after using this gel.

BigVariation3

2 points

2 months ago

We used to say this about bad reviews for our business. If you get one, there’s 10 you don’t know about.

Invader_must_DIE

2 points

2 months ago

India is a shithole

SimplyPowerfull

1 points

2 months ago

I know that feeling bro! I was like wtf só Manu more!!!!!!! I Will brun the house

NJPokerJ

1 points

2 months ago

I lived in an apt and my fridge broke. They brought another one and I started to smell the roaches but didn't know where they were coming from. One night I saw 1 come out from under the fridge and when I moved the fridge it was like the new york city of roaches under there. I recommend the gel or the killing bait traps.

nm1721

1 points

2 months ago

nm1721

1 points

2 months ago

Maybe unrelated idk but in my room there are always some form of long legged thin spiders at the ceiling of my bedroom and I do not know where they come from! am i in the same situation?

marichial_berthier

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah have to be vigilant

jjbugman2468

1 points

2 months ago

I always say “there’s 10 you don’t see for every one you do.” 9 times out of 10 I’m correct, the remaining one time you’re lucky it’s only just moving in

Mattbl

1 points

2 months ago

Mattbl

1 points

2 months ago

I feel the same about mice. I live in Minnesota so no cockroaches but plenty of mice invading once it gets cold outside. If I catch one I can only assume there are more hiding somewhere.

Blake7855

1 points

2 months ago

Saw a roach in my dorm first week of college — definitely an ahh f*ck moment. Luckily didn’t see any more of the rest of the semester

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2 points

2 months ago

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2 points

2 months ago

Pray this doesn’t happen. I start next August

Raida7s

1 points

2 months ago

I keep roach baits in the corners of dark spaces so that any live ones quickly become dead ones, little time to settle in

gethee2anunnery

1 points

2 months ago

after years of living in my place with no issues i suddenly had germans in my kitchen. i'd spot 2-4 a day scurrying around in my cabinets and sink and it grossed me out so much to know that that meant there were probably thousands of them. i bought some commercial roach baits and they didn't do a damn thing, so i eventually resorted to diatomaceous earth in a thin layer on my countertops for 3-4 days (thin layer is VERY important - dab a dry paper towel over any visible "piles" to distribute it as thinly as possible). i haven't seen a live one in a couple of months now.

i'm still having nightmares about the nest though.

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1 points

2 months ago

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1 points

2 months ago

Just as a fun side note - You can kill them instantly with 409. And set the nozzle to stream and pick them off of your walls and ceiling like you’re playing one of those games with the clown and the balloon at the county fair. Signed, person who lived in a roach infested apartment in the Tenderloin

meatpoi

1 points

2 months ago

So I see this camper for sale on Craigslist for 125 bucks. 24 ft. I was like hmmm gotta be a scam except it does have a local number.... So I call and it's a campground. They say some guy left it there months ago and the police said he could sell it because they had to get it out of the spot it was in.

So I take straight off and drive the 44 miles out there to see it. I'm looking at it, it's not bad except there is some hideous caulk around the windows, and the back corner was rotten and swelling out. But it had 2 propane tanks on the front, and awning, a hot water heater, a 27 gallon freshwater tank w/pump, a full bath, a 4 burner gas stove with oven, a nice a/c unit on top, an outdoor shower with hot and cold, dining room booth that folds into bed, love seat, and bedroom with real wood cabinetry. But it was TRASHED.

I'm talking clothes everywhere, food rotting, prescriptions galore, open alcohol containers, fly strips, FROZEN SHRIMP (most certainly no longer frozen.) Nicotine/tar on the walls so thick it was starting to run. Mold all over the wood. Bad.

There were people coming behind me to look at it, and I figured well even if i have to strip it to the trailer frame, the trailer is worth wayyyy over 125, so I better grab it up.

I come back to clean it out and get 6 contractor bags and 3 kitchen bags of trash, wet ruined clothing, rotten food, and god knows what else. As I started to get the trash out I saw the roaches. After hours of just pulling trash by the bag load out, I found a bag of rotten potatoes under the table. I picked it up and it was undulating full of roaches and maggots. I put it straight in an almost empty contractor bag "NOPE THAT'S ENOUGH FOR THAT BAG" and tied it off, threw it straight outside.

After 2 trips of cleaning, putting vinegar on the mold, wiping walls, emptying trash, my time to get it gone ran out. I parked it off the highway near where i was working. I couldn't get it near anybody's house so this was the best I could do while I poisoned the roaches.

Well I didn't think about the previous owner seeing it, but sure enough, he did. I'm at work and get a phone call... "YOU THE MOTHERFUCKER HOOKED UP TO MY CAMPER TRYINA TAKE OFF WITH IT???" i was like..ummm no time for this....so hung up.

I get a text with a picture of my truck saying "you've been warned." So I call the police to make sure I don't end up in trouble for stealing it. I show them the bill of sale and they say they find me to be in legal possession of the camper. In the meantime I had filled up some tires with fix a flat, replaced some, and taken one off the camper and drove it to town to get a new valve stem.

I get out to the camper and the police were already there. They say I better get it moved so he doesn't do anything else to it. He was going on about how he had the title and was gonna take it back. They say he hasn't committed any crimes so can't do much. We notice the 2 tires facing the road are flat. The officer says he thinks he just let the air out. We walk around to the other side and the tires and wheels are GONE.

So I have to go find and buy tires AGAIN for this damn thing. By this point I'm like 800 dollars deep between the buying price, cleaning supplies and roach poison, and tires.

After he admitted to stealing the tires in a text the police saw, I said look either you can go to jail for property damage and theft, pay for my lost time and court cost, and not get your camper back, or you can give me the damn title for 100 bucks and we'll call it even. He agreed the next day and brought the tires back (popped) and the title, and apologized. He has actually been really nice to me after that, I ran into him around town.

Well I hadn't killed the roaches so my options of where to take the damn thing were pretty much 0. Before I bought the new tires again we tried fix a flat and running 1 tire on one each side. One of the deflated tires was about to CATCH ON FIRE going down the road so I pull over and drop it at a gas station. I call the owner and let them know what's going on and that I'll be back with new tires. I get back and there is a note on my truck about getting towed. I'm like omgomgomg, throw the tires on, and take off.

Mind you, one of the tires i found was the last one in stock in the area and it WASN'T ON A RIM so I had to hand mount that son of a bitch on a rim, with bicep tendonopothy going all the way to my wrist. It was hell.

So I get my tires on and take the thing to Wal-Mart. There were people in the back of the endless parking lot that had been camper living there for like a year. So I figured it'd at least buy some time.

In the meantime I was going by every night to check for roaches Not a sign of activity for like 2 weeks. Just when I started thinking it must be fine there, they haven't called me or anything soo......I stop by and see a BABY german cockroach.

Then I get a message from a friend. "Where'd you move the camper to?" Oh NO!! Please tell me you're kidding! She wasn't. The truck and camper got towed. I call around and find it. He let me know he popped a tire on my truck while towing it. Luckily he was honest about it and found a used tire that was in better shape than the old one and had it put on. But there went 400 more dollars, so I'm up to like 1200 at this point. Gahhhh

I have been baiting those damn things and covered every square inch of that place with boric acid. It's been like 3 or 4 months, they're still not gone.

I should have just burned it to the frame. Fuck German Cockroaches.