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La cucaracha, la cucaracha...

I don't have a cockroach problem in my apartment exactly, but there are cockroaches outside and I want to keep them far enough away from the door that they don't periodically follow me inside. Difficultly level: Please don't kill my cat in the process. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Fellow New Yorkers! I don't think it's a roach...but what is it?

Just moved to New York City to a clean, small apartment. I've been here a month and in the past few days have found several, small, brown bugs. My first thought, roaches! But these guys are really, really slow and come out in the daylight a lot. I've had roaches before and you can't catch them with your hands, these guys I can just swoop down and snag. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Even googling "bedbugs" is making us itchy

We moved into a new apartment a month and a half ago, and bought a used (like new) couch from an acquaintance two weeks ago. About a week ago, I started noticing a few (total of 3 or 4) of these on the floor in my bedroom. Today I saw one on the couch, and one on the living room floor. Any idea what they are? We've seen a few enormous cockroaches and a few small flies, but we're not itchy or rashy or anything. We're located in Philadelphia.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Bedbugs, roaches, deep paralyzing renter's remorse. Oh my.

I'm PERHAPS overly paranoid about renting an apartment. I need some advice from sane, non-traumatized people to make sure I take all necessary precautions while also not rendering myself homeless by default. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Apr 2, 2013 - 25 answers

La cucarachas... leave por favor!

I've lived in my current apartment for around a year and a half now. I moved here mostly because it was cheap and there were no real problems abound. But now... there are cockroaches. I'd say it's infested. I complained to the landlord and a pest control company came out yesterday... but today... I saw a scary cockroach! WHAT GIVES? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jan 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Do exterminators often have to exterminate for themselves?

How common is it for exterminators to bring their work home with them and end up with bug problems themselves? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do about surprise cockroaches on day 1 of our lease?

We just signed a year long lease on a very nice house but haven't moved in yet. The lease started on Tuesday, the checks are cashed by the landlord, and the walkthrough in the bright light of day was fine. The landlord assured us that there were no bug problems (except termites in the past, which have been treated). However, yesterday evening when we were moving the first load of stuff to the new house, we spotted multiple cockroaches (outside, but against the house/diving into cracks in the foundation). NOOOO!!! How to proceed when we would have not signed the lease under these conditions? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter on May 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Do I really need to address the cockroach problem?

Today I saw a cockroach. It's huge. (3 inches?) But I mean - it's just a cockroach, right? RIGHT? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on May 14, 2012 - 24 answers

resistant roaches

Help me kill my super-roaches. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Nov 19, 2011 - 16 answers

War on cockroaches

How do you combat cockroaches on your own? Roach motels, boric acid... What else? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Sep 8, 2011 - 11 answers

How to keep cockroaches from coming home with me in my bag?

How do I keep cockroaches from coming home in my overnight bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 17 answers

roaching the subject

Is it possible to have a roach or two without having *thunderclap* a roach problem? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 15, 2011 - 22 answers

A little piece of my soul has just died.

Say you just spotted a big-ass cockroach, and you are headed out of state for vacation in a little over 24 hours. What do you do tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Jul 31, 2011 - 29 answers

Guess I'll live in the upstairs closet

How to DIY or get management to finally get rid of these friggin roaches that come up through the drains? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jul 15, 2011 - 7 answers

RRRRRRAAAAAID!

Please help me leave my six-legged roommates behind. [more inside]
posted by wo on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

To get away from you damned pests!

I'm moving. How do I make sure I don't take the fleas, mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, and ants with me? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Sep 13, 2010 - 12 answers

You win, roaches

I just moved into an apartment which I now think had an existing roach problem. Should/can I break my lease now and recover my money, or should I try to fight the roaches? I'm in PA. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 8, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I get cockroaches out of my car?

I think I have a cockroach infestation in my car. I've only seen a few of them so far, but I want to stop this before they multiply. I've had a look at other threads dealing with cockroaches in houses, but has anyone had any experience with them in cars before? I could bug bomb the car, but I'm worried about overdoing it, as a car is so much smaller that a house, and also, would it be dangerous from an explosive point of view? Also, should I be worried about cockroaches hitching a ride from the car into my apartment when I carry shopping, etc around and then bring it inside? [more inside]
posted by Piroska on May 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Ew. This is not the type of roach I thought you'd be passing.

Joe's-Apartment-Filter: Advice and anecdotes on how to best roach-bomb our place? I'm moving and want to obliterate these monsters! [more inside]
posted by numinous on Aug 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me keep a chinchilla without cockroaches.

How do we keep a chinchilla in an apartment where roaches might be present without killing the chinchilla or attracting tons of bugs? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jul 13, 2008 - 10 answers

How to avoid unwanted roach passengers in a move, and the ethics of informing potential tenants

2 questions about cockroaches and moving house, one practical, one moral. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Apr 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Photo cleaning, not Photoshopping

What is the safest (my health comes first, preserving the photos comes second) way to clean photographs contaminated with cockroach eggs and rat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Cog on Mar 12, 2008 - 10 answers

What is NYC doing about pests?

[NYCFilter] What steps has NYC taken to deal with vermin? And what isn't it doing that it could? [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Nov 6, 2007 - 2 answers

Cockroaches!!!

I moved into an apartment that is infested with cockroaches and i don't want them to follow me to my new place. [more inside]
posted by unreasonable on Aug 23, 2007 - 17 answers

Cockroaches in my dishwasher. Ewww!

I have cockroaches in my dishwasher. Help me kill the little bastards with extreme prejudice. [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Jul 23, 2006 - 6 answers

Boric Acid (roach killer) safe to use in my cupboard?

I'm Using Boric Acid for a cockroach problem - is it safe to put it in my cupboard next to plates and cups? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Jun 23, 2006 - 18 answers

Poisoning the roaches not the pooches.

If the exterminator comes to kill roaches will they kill my pets too? [more inside]
posted by xetere on May 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Cockroach genocide?

GAH! Cockroaches! Please help! [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Jun 25, 2005 - 21 answers

Killing Roaches

What's the most effective, least toxic way to kill the hordes of cockroaches that have infested my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Mar 5, 2005 - 27 answers

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