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I live in an old farmhouse in the country that is more or less permanently infested with cockroaches. I hate the things. Whenever I see one I spray it. We also provide a home to a cat colony that lives under the house and that we look after. We can't fumigate the house because that would affect the cats. Some are tame, others are not, and it would be an enormous hassle (and traumatic to the cats) to trap them all and remove them for the fumigation. So we don't see that as an option.

 

The question is what other possibilities, if any, there might be. Is there any cat-friendly way to eliminate, or at least reduce, the damned cockroaches? Any suggestions, even silly ones (for the amusement value) are welcome.

 

 





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If you can keep the cats outside/under the house and bug bomb the interior, rooms would this not help? Failing that I am sure that a professional Pest Control outfit could recommend a mog-friendly solution!





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  Reply # 1981376 22-Mar-2018 10:50
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To add - are these (harmless) Bush Roaches or the nastier, dirtier and hard-to-get-rid-of American or German roaches?

 

 

 

If the former, then they are probably coming in from outside on the regular, rather than breeding/living inside...might be harder to stop that!





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To get rid of cockroaches I recall a professional insect controller saying you have to hit them really hard.

 

Miss one and in no time they will be back.

 

Whatever you do will probably require something pretty strong and thorough - As suggested above you probably need to talk to a professional.





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  Reply # 1981386 22-Mar-2018 11:13
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To add - are these (harmless) Bush Roaches or the nastier, dirtier and hard-to-get-rid-of American or German roaches?

 

If the former, then they are probably coming in from outside on the regular, rather than breeding/living inside...might be harder to stop that!

 

 

They are the natives and they do come in from outside. I don't care if they are harmless or not. They disgust me and I want them gone.

 

 





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  Reply # 1981390 22-Mar-2018 11:22
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Rikkitic:

 

They are the natives and they do come in from outside. I don't care if they are harmless or not. They disgust me and I want them gone.

 

 

I think you'd be pushing the proverbial uphill. 

 

You'd have to torch your entire property to get rid of them. We get a lot inside as well, just flick them out as we come across them.





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Rikkitic:

 

They are the natives and they do come in from outside. I don't care if they are harmless or not. They disgust me and I want them gone.

 

 

I think you'd be pushing the proverbial uphill. 

 

You'd have to torch your entire property to get rid of them. We get a lot inside as well, just flick them out as we come across them.

 

 

I agree.  Apart from chemical warfare, probably limited to clearing leaf litter etc from under shrubs / garden beds near the house, and making sure doors seal well.

 

I doubt the native cockroaches are a disease threat. Not sure if they'll be attracted to and take cockroach baits indoors.


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We recently moved into our new home, new suburb, and were not aware of the large amount of cockroaches here. Obviously the previous owners were as we have found bait stations hidden throughout the house. From speaking to others who live in the suburb it appears it is well known for cockroaches.

 

We purchased a few of the Pestrol rodent free devices, and have noticed a stark decrease in the number of cockroaches in the house. Going from finding 2-3 per week, to one every 6-8 weeks.


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I lived in a house that had ('aussie') roaches.  I found that applying a residual insecticide product got rid of them. I applied to the skirting boards in all rooms, as well as under appliances, furniture and doors.  I also used an insect barrier spray on exterior door and window frames to prevent re-infestation.

 

Worked.





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When we had bark chip on the gardens around our home we would get the odd native cockroach inside and in the garage. We replaced the bark with pebbles and placed insect bombs under the house (check nothing is likely to spark when doing that) We have not seen them since.





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  Reply # 1981397 22-Mar-2018 11:40
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I lived in a house that had ('aussie') roaches.  I found that applying a residual insecticide product got rid of them. I applied to the skirting boards in all rooms, as well as under appliances, furniture and doors.  I also used an insect barrier spray on exterior door and window frames to prevent re-infestation.

 

Worked.

 

 

I might give that a try. I'm sure it would at least improve things.

 

 





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With regards to the native roaches........... they are bloody spooky beasties and boy can they move fast.





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Must watch movie for you.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es0dcoiww60

 

 

 

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Rikkitic:

 

I live in an old farmhouse in the country that is more or less permanently infested with cockroaches. I hate the things. Whenever I see one I spray it. We also provide a home to a cat colony that lives under the house and that we look after. We can't fumigate the house because that would affect the cats. Some are tame, others are not, and it would be an enormous hassle (and traumatic to the cats) to trap them all and remove them for the fumigation. So we don't see that as an option.

 

The question is what other possibilities, if any, there might be. Is there any cat-friendly way to eliminate, or at least reduce, the damned cockroaches? Any suggestions, even silly ones (for the amusement value) are welcome.

 

 

The cockroaches are coming from the outside environment so fumigating won't help other than short term - they'll just come back. 

 

We get this at Whangamata. They're everywhere outside where there's shelter so naturally you end up with them inside. All you can do is not provide an attractive environment for them. Keep food areas clean and sweep up spills in the kitchen and pantry.

 

I find robocans keep them away. People don't like the idea of a semi permanent toxic film over everything but I perfer that to constantly having flies ants and cockroaches in the place.

 

 


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What you need is a moat. Preferably, one of fire.

 

Those glueboard traps work pretty well. They outlawed the rodent ones a few years ago.


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