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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

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On Jul 9, 9:03*am, Mortimer Schnerd
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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.


Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?


3/4" and "big" don't belong in the same sentence. *I've tripped over
roaches walking their dogs down in Georgia.

But that being said, the traditional fix is to spread boric acid, a
white powder available at any drug store, onto the places you think
they'll travel: *on water pipes, at the junction of the floor and
cabinets, etc.

They walk through it and then take it with them back to the nest. *Then
they all die. *Cheap, effective. *And unless you've got the most
inquisitive of pets, it's fairly safe. *It's never bothered either my
cat or my dog.

Mortimer Schnerd, RN
mschnerd at carolina.rr.com



I am in FL and we have Palmetto bugs - sounds like the same thing.
They are found in kitchen and bathroom. I have no idea how they get
in the house but suspect they may come in under the kitchen door from
the garage. I chase them around with Raid and hope I hit them ... I
also get spray and spray around the outside of the house, especially
around doorways. The house has central air so unless they are coming
in under the door they must have found a way along water pipes but
cannot figure out how.
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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

Lewis.

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I used to work in a pharmacy in NYC that had a damp basement. We had
water bugs that were measured in inches, not fractions of inches.

I was wearing hiking boots one day and I smashed a big one with my
heel. The cracking sound echoed across the basement.

When I lifted my foot the d*mn thing scurried away and crawled under a
pallet. Freaked me out!
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On Jul 9, 8:27 am, " wrote:
I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

Lewis.

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I used to work in a pharmacy in NYC that had a damp basement. We had
water bugs that were measured in inches, not fractions of inches.

I was wearing hiking boots one day and I smashed a big one with my
heel. The cracking sound echoed across the basement.

When I lifted my foot the d*mn thing scurried away and crawled under a
pallet. Freaked me out!


I had one travel on a suitcase from Parris Island, SC, to Indiana. Must
have been a Marine recruit )


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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

Lewis.

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Sounds like German Cockroaches (sometimes called water bugs)?

Boric Acid is safe around the house.

A local here discovered that used coffee grounds in a glass jar will
catch them.

Use a glass mayo jar, place two tablespoons of coffee in it and fill
1/3 with water. Tilt the jar against the wall, cabinet, etc. The
roaches climb into the jar and cannot climb out, so they drown. Empty
the dead one out and make a fresh batch.

I was skeptical at first. I put a couple of jars outside around the
house and was surprised at the dead roaches. No roaches in the house.

It works and is cheap!!

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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

Lewis.

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Call them what they are, cockroaches. Get yourself a can of Roach
Prufe. It contains a fine blue boric acid powder. Make a "duster"
from a cotton ball and wire. Dust the powder around all the
baseboards, threashholds, crevices, etc. Clean up your
bathroom/kitchen area first.
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I'm in Ft Worth TX and have just recently been getting what I would
call 'water bugs' (dark brown, about 3/4" long, look like BIG roaches)
in my kitchen and bathroom.

Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these pests without
having to call an exterminator?

TIA

Lewis.

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We get em in NC too. Larger than 3/4" On hot, humid nights they really
come out running around the driveway like Times Square on 12/31. The
steps I've done in multiple houses I've had he

- Bomb the house with Raid Flea Killer Plus Fogger available
at WalMart.
http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_fkpf.asp
The reason I use this is because I have pets
even though they are protected monthly with
Advantage/Frontline.

The residual killer left in the carpet really does
kill them for months.

- Be sure door weatherstripping is good. They're attracted to light
at night, cooler air and water.

- Caulk all areas where devices such as CATV & phone cables, pipes
enter the house.

- Get yourself a gallon of like Ortho Home Defense. The bifenthrin and
others such as Pyrethrins in these does them in even long after
it dries. Once they cross it they croak afterward. Spray
all interior perimeters (carpet/hard floor). Doors sills, jambs,
window tracks. Spray exterior of these as well.

Seems to work for me very well. A more scientific document from the Univ
of FL at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IG082
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