Monday, June 16, 2014

Well.

The bugs are back with a vengeance.  They are going for the baits, in some cases, but not in most, and I have seen them coming out of the outlets. 

We've got some indoor-safe Ortho stuff.  I'm trying to get the kitchen cleaned to the point where we can spray at the baseboards, behind the appliances, and behind the bookcases I use as extra pantry space.  I'm incredibly hesitant, but the box says it's safe for pets and children after it dries.  I hate using poison inside my house--inside my kitchen--but it seems like we have no choice.

Because otherwise?  We're losing the fight.  And I don't know what else to do. 

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  1. HH, I don't know what kind of bugs you have, but maybe there's some info in the links which will help.

    http://thesurvivalmom.com/8-tips-keeping-mosquitoes-away/

    http://www.diy-home-remedies.com/home-remedy-to-kill-ants.html

    Burning the kitchen cabinets may not be a good choice. ;)

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    1. German cockroaches. Around April of last year, the landlord of the place two houses south of us evicted some tenants nasty enough that they had to take the place back to the bare studs in the remodel. And all of their bugs...went out in every direction. Last summer, they started coming in, and we started fighting them. We were holding our own...until we got rid of the mice we had.

      The Terro baits work *really* well on ants, but the roaches just ignore the baits we put out. The only thing they seem to eat up are the ones with mixed Borax and powdered sugar...and I have a cat that has a sweet tooth, and two small children, so I'm hesitant to put those most places those...things...like to lounge around.

      I'm hoping the Ortho stuff works. And doesn't hurt the kids, the cats, or the dog. Or us.

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  2. Here's another link that may help.

    http://www.germanroaches.com/

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  3. Ugh. I had a similar experience - I had Neighbors from Hell (seriously, I think they were drug dealers), who got evicted for having a huge rodent problem. Guess where the rats went after the neighbors were gone? I hate using rat poison because of the chance other critters can get into it, but by God I used it that time. There's nothing more alarming than hearing a noise in the kitchen and finding a rat staring at you from the pipe chase.

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    1. I have two cats. One of them is half Siamese, and has half of a brain (but excellent instincts), and the other is very smart, and understands rodents are mobile treats that she can play with before she eats them. Rodents are not a problem.

      Just...the bugs.

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