Jump to content

Cockroach alert! Best baits?


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 sāta kōrsa

Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

We have a cockroach problem.  We're not crawling with them, but I have had the displeasure of being confronted by these vile, gargantuan, evil creatures of darkness a few times now when I've innocently walked into my kitchen.  They only appear one at a time, and freeze in spot as I do as we both spy each other and have a weird old west style showdown for a moment to see who blinks first.  

The fourth one met it's end at the bottom of DH's boot last night.  I bashed it like a crazy person.  I couldn't care less who I woke up in the house/neighbourhood at that point.  It was worth it.

So, the point of my little rant - can anyone PLEASE recommend to me a bait that has worked for them?  I'm trying to avoid having the house sprayed, if possible, and would much prefer to give baits a go first.  The hideous vermin are currently laughing at the Woolies ones we've been trialing.

(Oh, and a big thank you to the person IRL who, when I asked her the same question, helpfully informed me that she 'keeps a clean house and doesn't leave food out overnight so she doesn't have any problems with them'.  No, really.  Thank. You.)

Edited by sāta kōrsa, 17 February 2013 - 10:39 AM.


#2 4Princes

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

Sticky baits work the best because they (the roaches) can no longer move and breed (in fact I have caught many females this way and their babies hatch on the bait and die too).  You can get hem here http://www.easypestsupplies.com.au/lo-line...roach-trap.html.  I have a woeful problem with them as the laundry wall no longer meets the ground (the floor has sunk, old house)  and they come under there from outside.  Also got rid of a very bad roach problem when living in a very old house in Newtown (NSW) with these beauties!

HTH


#3 sāta kōrsa

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

Thanks!  I'll try to source them a bit cheaper or from the local shops.

#4 miriams

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

Boric acid was the only thing that worked for us. We had a problem with them last summer. Fairly sure that it wasn't just us and a dirty house because we'd been living here for four years at that point and did not have a problem with them until then apart from spotting the occasional one. We rarely get large ones  but the small German cockroaches started multiplying like crazy. Tried baits, tried decluttering, went on massive purges with the sprays but they'd be back in a few weeks. It was really exhausting. We were at the point of calling in the exterminators but we were already worried about just how many chemicals we had been using with the spray.

Did some more research on the net and saw that lots of people were recommending boric acid as a solution. It gets stuck to roach feet and they lick it off later . Because it's mineralised seashell, it cuts them up on the inside and dessicates them . Roaches who eat dead roaches who have died of it also die. It  also destroys eggs . Couldn't find any at the hardware stores or major supermarkets so I bought 2kg of boric acid from a seller on Ebay. Mixed 2 parts of boric acid powder, 1 part flour and 1/2 part sugar in clean, dry tomato sauce bottle.  The flour and sugar act as the bait otherwise they won't walk over the acid. Puffed it along the backs of cupboards, under the fridge, along skirting etc. It took about three months for them to die off . This whole summer, we've seen about five roaches.

ETA: Even though it's got low toxicity, it is still recommended that you wear gloves and one of those face masks when applying it. It definitely causes skin irritation and you do not want to ingest it. Also, if you are pregnant, it is highly recommended that it not be used.

Edited by miriams, 17 February 2013 - 06:39 PM.


#5 sparassidae

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

Just mention to the 'my house is clean so I don't get roaches' friend that they eat all sorts of things including paper and soap.

Yes, soap. We can't win laughing2.gif

But anyway, we usually stick the Mortein lure n kill ones around the obvious places and that seems to do the trick.

Unless you're living in Newtown. We were just happy when we lived there that we only had cockroaches and not rats biggrin.gif

#6 Water Dragon

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

Another vote for Borax. I keep it in the house anyway to clean drains and the toilet if they get stained or smelly - it works wonders!!

#7 sāta kōrsa

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (sparassidae @ 17/02/2013, 07:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just mention to the 'my house is clean so I don't get roaches' friend that they eat all sorts of things including paper and soap.

Love to!  She'd still find a way to sound superior though, lol.

Thanks for the suggestions, those pesky roaches won't know what hit them.

#8 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

QUOTE (sparassidae @ 17/02/2013, 07:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just mention to the 'my house is clean so I don't get roaches' friend that they eat all sorts of things including paper and soap.

Yes, soap. We can't win laughing2.gif

But anyway, we usually stick the Mortein lure n kill ones around the obvious places and that seems to do the trick.

Unless you're living in Newtown. We were just happy when we lived there that we only had cockroaches and not rats biggrin.gif


My sister lived in Newtown. She used to charge them rent. Made a fortune.

#9 mylittlemen

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

I just love the whole 'my house is so clean' rubbish. I usually feign utter amazement at the fact they keep no paper or cardboard in the house, somehow their hair never falls out (yes they eat that too) and they have energy after dinner to pull apart their rangehood and remove all traces of grease from the extractor hose.

We live in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, not quite Newtown but not far off.  We rely on the professionals...  The big guys don't really work but I can recommend a small outfit if anyone is interested.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Melbourne!

Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.