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Old 03-03-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I'd take the roaches over the centipedes any day. Be glad that you have them and not centipedes or even cane spiders.

Also, you can put bay leaves out- roaches hate them! Make sure that their aren't any cracks that the bugs can get in from.

And finally, as everyone told me when I complained about my bug problems, welcome to Hawaii. you do just learn to deal with it and while I started out terrified of bugs, I am not MUCH better with them.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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We had regular Terminex visits for a few years, but it seemed to stop working. We cancelled and spray Home Defense inside & outside lower perimeters, and behind kitchen drawers/cabinets at floorline. Works great!
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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We had major roach problems. Geckos are your friends, they eat them. As kids we would gather roaches and stick them right under where the black widows were and watch them bite the roaches. It was great. Yes, my parents let us play with black widows. Gotta loves the 80's!
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities, Wa
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The first time I saw a fairly large roach when I was in my apartment in Salt Lake (on Likini st) it was in the bathroom sink. I walk in, turn on the light, see the roach, scream and jump in the shower and pull the curtain closed. I don't know, I guess I thought it was going to attack me! It just stayed there so turned on hot water and rinsed it down drain. I know it didn't kill it and it would be back another day but at least I couldn't see it anymore! I know when I move to Hawai`i I will need to get used to them but ICK!!!!!

And the above was when I was doing a nursing contract at Kaiser at Moanalua-I saw a roach in the CVICU (post open heart unit)-talk about really gross!!!!!
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I was born and raised on Oahu and we did not have the roaches that others have described here. After being away with the Army and moving back in 2006 we still have not had to deal with the 'roach problem' that others have.

Perhaps it is because we have always in lived in clean, new(er) homes? In any case, I have been told that the boric acid is the best way to go and do not ever try to get rid of the geckos since they keep the roach population under control. Good luck guys!
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Kahuku, HI
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Between the geckos & cats who take care of the roaches inside of my house & the chickens who take care of them outside I rarely see roaches in my house.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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I know Iʻm not on that Island but this is what I do I have a firefighter friend that recommended to me a great spray I use it and have no problem with the little critters I spray once a month and the only ones I see other than the big ones that fly into the house are either dead or dieing it also takes care of the kids/dogs/cats/coconut thieves that wander on t the property just kidding if you want I can go into the garage to see the name just ask Iʻm to lazy right now 6 hour time zone jet lag.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:00 AM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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Eh - I got one for you. I was renting house on Ohana street in Kailua. This was back in the 70's. One sleepy morning I go in to da lua and lift up the toilet lid... Lo and behold there was a RAT! It had crawled up through some crack in the sewer system, I guess. I dropped the lid and started screaming and flushing flushing flushing. Then I ran to get my landlord who lived next door. By the time he got there, da buggah was gone. I learned three things: 1) ALWAYS keep the dang lid down! 2) ALWAYS LOOK first! 3) Keep one baseball bat next to the toilet in the bathroom!

GAHHHH - Just thinking about it gives me the willies.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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Eh - I got one for you. I was renting house on Ohana street in Kailua. This was back in the 70's. One sleepy morning I go in to da lua and lift up the toilet lid... Lo and behold there was a RAT! It had crawled up through some crack in the sewer system, I guess. I dropped the lid and started screaming and flushing flushing flushing. Then I ran to get my landlord who lived next door. By the time he got there, da buggah was gone. I learned three things: 1) ALWAYS keep the dang lid down! 2) ALWAYS LOOK first! 3) Keep one baseball bat next to the toilet in the bathroom!

GAHHHH - Just thinking about it gives me the willies.

LOL great story

I would use all your rules but if I was to keep 1 bat by the toilet I would have have to have 3 extra toilets in the carport my wife has a bad swing!
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Big Island
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We live on The Big Island. We have a brand new home and I keep it near spotless at all times and very carfeful of leaving dog bowls down as well. You do not have to live in a dirty house to have them that is untrue. We have both huge and smaller . You deal with it the best you can. When I clean I am likea mad cleaning machine and they are still here. Boric acid out on perimeter of home as we have dogs,various traps and the darn supposedly unscented bug spray. Life goes on for all of us...

Last edited by dianer29; 07-19-2010 at 01:37 PM.. Reason: spelling
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