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Old 05-22-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Austin
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So I came home last night to find one of them in my sink. I had left some dishes there (rinsed, but not washed). I killed it and promptly washed all the dishes. Tonight I came home and found one on the top of my oven. I'm heading out to buy some Borax. I was warned about these things before I moved here (I'm from the mid-Atlantic region) but I have to say I am a bit freaked out. Any inside tips on how to get these f*ckers out of my apt? Thanks in advance!

Ciao for now,
Brent
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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Welcome to Austin.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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The best way is to call an exterminator and establish residual baits/barriers. Since you are in an apt, it is very likely that one of your neighbors is not as clean or careful as you are and you are the beneficiary of their infestation.

I live out in the county with no close by neighbors and have seen only three in the last 4 years, thought there are plenty outside. Two in as many days is not just random chance.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Well, I live in an apt but it is an odd setup. It is an efficiency that was built on to an existing house...the house is from the 40s I believe. My landlord actually grew up here and is now renting it out (3 other people live in the main house). I can deal with spiders, snakes, fire ants and even fleas, but I cannot live with roaches.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:47 PM
 
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Is a tree roach the same as a regular roach?
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:57 PM
 
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Or the same thing as a cicada? I remember those from my childhood- in the trees making creepy nosies and then dropping on you. BLAH! I've carefully left that story out from telling the wife
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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We had roaches in our 70's house. Got a pest control to come and the biggest thing that helped was having him go through the house and plug all the holes where roaches and other creepy crawlies could come in...like if there's a space next to a sink pipe going into the wall, a space between the wall and the floor trim, a space under the door, etc. Once these were plugged and we had a few sprayings, I haven't seen a roach since... (ugh! knock on wood!).

I agree with what another poster said about keeping things clean. Perhaps your neighbors aren't taking trash out regularly or washing dishes or leaving food on the floor...this will keep the roaches coming back for more!
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:51 AM
 
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Or the same thing as a cicada? I remember those from my childhood- in the trees making creepy nosies and then dropping on you. BLAH! I've carefully left that story out from telling the wife
Cicadas are not the same. They don't even resemble roaches. The tree roaches, though a nuisance in the house, are drawn to water. They don't necessarily want to be in your house. The little critters are thirsty, lost, and bewildered...and of course, gross looking. Oh, and they fly, usually when you're least expecting it.

Back in 1984, I moved into a house in Hyde Park that was infested with all types of roaches. My house mate, being a native Floridian seemed to be oblivious to them. Me, the Yankee, was appalled. Every night I would flip on the kitchen light and see them scurry across the counter. The pantry smelled of roach dung (yes, there is an odor), roaches would fall on me whenever I opened the pantry door, and I even found them inside the refrigerator!

I tried all sorts of sprays, but nothing seemed to work, until I bough the roach powder. I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom, spread roach powder under shelving paper and around the perimeter of the shelves, across the top of doorway frames, under and behind the frig and stove, and anyplace where I suspected they were entering or living. Amazingly enough, within two weeks, they were gone! Never encountered another one while living there.

Now that rat situation was a different story.

Welcome to Austin, ya'll!
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:20 AM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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I have not had roaches in my house, tree or otherwise, thankfully. That was one of my biggest worries when we decided to move Texas. Many people see scorpions, too, but I have only seen one or two and they were tiny!
Overall, I am pretty critter free. A slight ant problem inside, but a little 409 does the trick!
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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We sometimes get the little bitty ones in if we leave the backdoor open, but have yet to see a tree roach. Oh Man do I hate those things! Do both what MJinAustin and Crewer suggest and it should help. When I lived in Rice Village in Houston, those bugs were everywhere. My back door in my apartment wasn't sealed good, so they always got in. Sealing it up would have made a huge difference. One thing I really hated was when I could hear something eating my cats food and the cats were in my room with me
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