Guess I'll live in the upstairs closet
July 15, 2011 8:13 AM Subscribe
How to DIY or get management to finally get rid of these friggin roaches that come up through the drains?
posted by KogeLiz to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I do not like bugs. I live in Tennessee - a place where I've endured facing more indoor insects in the past two years than my entire life.
My boyfriend now gets annoyed everytime I scream or ask him to remove a bug from the house.
We live in a two story townhouse. Last summer we dealt with probably 50-60 insects that got inside the house. This included large water roaches (?)(a little smaller and darker than palmetto bugs), various sized roaches, slugs, crickets, love bugs, stink bugs, silverfish and spiders.
My main concern are the roaches because they are in our plumbing during the summer. Last year it was the dishwasher and downstairs bathroom. Now it's mainly the UPSTAIRS bathroom sink. Upstairs was the "bug safe" area during the summer...
I dread having to use the bathroom, take showers or use the dishwasher.
A lot of people said to "get used to it" because Tennessee is full of bugs and it's a way of life.
How does a professional pest control company deal with roaches that are inside the pipes? Is there anything we personally can do? I tried pouring various things down the drains, but overnight they come back up (saw the little roach poops).
Last summer, here is what happened:
-management had pest control spray extra
-management switched pest control companies after complaints of water roaches from a few of us
-they fogged our downstairs
-we personally went out and bought some roach gel stuff and also used boric acid near baseboards
-Then it became fall/winter and all of these bugs went away.
But, there was never a complete week of being bug-free.
Boyfriend is calling management today (again) and explaining to them the situation (about how just a couple of sprays downstairs along 4 walls isn't helping) and demanding they do something. It's not really a "health hazard" or whatever because there is not a whole shitload of them crawling everywhere.
I should mention, we keep our place clean and last summer one of the townhouses next door was empty and the other one management said was clean (?). So I dont think it's a neighbor issue... plus they don't seem like the german brown cockroaches that are attracted to filth.
I feel like our townhouse is sitting on a giant roach-infested soggy area and nothing can be done.
I'm ready to pack it up and leave!