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July 17, 2008


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Once you have roaches, keeping things clean might help a huge outbreak, but it's not going to be as effective as you might think.

Roaches actually have fat of sorts, and can go weeks without eating. (They actually get thinner.) So, one crumb or something, bang, square one. They also can go sometime w/o water and again, the damp shower or sink can take care of that.

Gordon Wangers

Mr. Green is brilliant as always at turning a clever phrase, even when his advice is not realistic. "Mandible a mandible"? Hilarious. However, as the previous comments points out, keeping the kitchen ultra clean every second of every day is just not realistic, especially with kids around. Any other non-toxic death-to-the-roaches solutions?

Laura Wallach

I just moved out of a house in an area where palmetto bugs frequent (i.e. very large outdoor roaches), and they would come into the house every so often. I'm not a bug person, so my landloard bought an electronic pest repeller for the house. It stayed plugged into an outlet in the middle of the main room, and apparently sent out some sort of frequency that pests didn't like. So when I would get roaches in the house, they were usually on their back and easy to squish (or just died on their backs before I could get to them). With no exterminator or chemicals involved it's definitely cost effective and eco-friendly.

One note: this worked well because I was in a small house with a pretty open floor plan. If you live in a bigger house with more hallways and tighter spaces, you may need more than one. And don't get this if you have rodent pets because they can hear the frequency too.


i like Mr. Green's sense of humor. a few years ago i moved into a place swarming with roaches. after many tries and expensive and useless exterminators i talked with a friendly retired exterminator who put me on to some gooey non-toxic stuff. i put the stuff (MegaRoachKill) into 4 or 5 cracks and i was sweeping dead bugs up for days then no problems for almost a year. put it down fresh now about every six months to prevent. site sells make-it-yourself instructions.

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