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Old 11-30-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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They're totally harmless, you know. Even if they do get in the house, a good cat will make sure they don't live very long.
I realize they are harmless, but does it sound like I am trying to be rational? I'm claiming my phobia just like those afraid of spiders do, and I deserve the same rights and privileges as any arachnophobe lol!

I'm not all that keen on the idea of petting a pet that has been eating roaches, but if it push came to shove, I'd get a clowder of cats. Still, I vote for hiring an exterminator as the first step.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:11 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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If you are worried about roaches try this home remedy. We had some around here on occasion. Buy a box of borax and mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 1 tablespoon of Sugar and place it somewhere where roaches have been seen. Make sure that children or pets cannot access it. It won't kill a human but it will kill a pet. Still, humans should not ingest borax. The sugar attracts the roaches and they eat the borax with it. Borax is deadly to roaches but they will live long enough to transport it back to the nest for all to eat. Eventually all who eat the borax/sugar mixture will die. We haven't seen even ONE since we put it out. We've seen far fewer bugs in general as a matter of fact. Try putting the mixture under the house or behind the stove or fridge.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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... I'm not all that keen on the idea of petting a pet that has been eating roaches ...
How about petting pets that lick their own butts and private parts? Because they all do that ... both dogs and cats. :-)
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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How about petting pets that lick their own butts and private parts? Because they all do that ... both dogs and cats. :-)
Truer words have not been spoken, but I choose to look the other way. Much like a hubby, I think do what you gotta do with your personal grooming, and I'll stay out of it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Gotta agree with everything but the repair service people. I will say maybe too friendly to the point of Norman bates creepy. We had a locksmith come out that I swore gave me the heebie geebies. Most folks we have met were so polite and just genuinely friendly. Don't ever move to Houston. The roaches will eat you out of home, then take over your car. Our back yard is a Forrest, and I'm dreading summer bugs.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:13 AM
 
Location: O4W
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How about petting pets that lick their own butts and private parts? Because they all do that ... both dogs and cats. :-)
You gotta do what you gotta do lol

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Here are my first impressions after one week in the Atlanta metro area. But first, something I dread posting because people will make fun of me. Y'all are my only friends down here so be kind. Last night, around 2 a.m. I saw a cockroach in my shower. At least it looked like a cockroach to me. It was fast, it was brown, and it was fairly big. I've never had a cockroach in my home before. Is this normal for the area? Is it time to panic? Advice?
I've lived in many homes/dorms in Atlanta with roaches/palmetto bugs and I've lived in one or two homes without them.

In my experience, if they are there already then you will probably never be rid of them. Using an exterminator, pesticide, or getting 1 or 2 cats will help with how often you see them but you would basically almost have to raze an entire house and rebuild it to seal every nook and cranny that would offer a roach ingress. Even then, there would not be any guarantee because those guys can live in trees!

My last place had them even though I rarely saw them. The house I am renting right now was built in 2001 and I haven't seen any bugs in it at all.

If you live in a house the city then you're probably out of luck... they are quite prevalent.

Where are you moving from?
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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Moving from Illinois. So far, I've only seen the one roach. Our home is newer, so it's a real bummer that I've already seen a cockroach. :'( Exterminator comes tomorrow.

On an unrelated note, I can't believe I'm wearing shorts and flip flops in December.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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Growing up, I spent many summers in SW Virginia and they had tons of flying palmetto bugs. At night they would fly around outside, it really freaked me out. I've seen my share of palmetto bugs since moving here, and they are pretty gross but no need for alarm.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: O4W
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Moving from Illinois. So far, I've only seen the one roach. Our home is newer, so it's a real bummer that I've already seen a cockroach. :'( Exterminator comes tomorrow.

On an unrelated note, I can't believe I'm wearing shorts and flip flops in December.
Yeah the high today is 72 degrees
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