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06 November 2008 @ 10:23 pm

The roaches are back.

Just in time to ruin another Christmas.

Current Mood: scaredscared
Egregiously Mislabeled Taxidriver: JackOhShit(adaira_d)brendo on November 7th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Time for the Verminators!
Fritters: TT SF wibble by Frittersfritters on November 7th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm still having liver problems from the last 5 times they sprayed =(
Robyn Goodfellow: wwjdrobyngoodfellow on November 7th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I wish I could help!

Have you considered writing a children's story about poor Charlie, the little cockroach who only wants a family for Christmas? And then printing a million copies, and dropping the box on the cockroaches?

I've probably sent this to you before but here it is again.

Try blocking roof related routes. In the dream I had, you Martin and I were looking for something in the roof of a building... I didn't even remember until just now. Although in the dream we found my luggage shoved in an attic thingy.
Fritters: Head smashie by rainecloudfritters on November 7th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
We've tried the borax and it didn't work, as well as about 2/3rds of the things on the first page. I don't want to cover the house in painters tape for the holidays, but if I see any more I probably will. And be more depressed. Why does my degree take so damn long??

We can't block the roof, we're on the bottom floor.
Robyn Goodfellow: chocolaterobyngoodfellow on November 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oops, I meant the ceiling.

Damn, I'm sorry it's not working out. What about clear Duct Tape? I used that to fix the cuts in the lino, and you can hardly see it.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on November 7th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
That'd screw up the paint too much. There are already bald places around the house where I left the blue painters tape too long and it stripped the paint underneath. I might be able to find white or off white painters tape, though. That's an idea.

The ceiling is not a bad idea, the one we saw yesterday was right by the vent on the stove. Not sure how to block that up, though, it might still be worth considering. The exhaust fan in the bathroom doesn't work anyways...
Robyn Goodfellowrobyngoodfellow on November 8th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what you could do around the stove vent... you wouldnt want to stuff with plastic bags, because that might melt too close to the stove...
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on November 8th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
I was mainly concerned with the fact that there'd be no vent and generally dinner is done when the smoke alarm goes off. I suppose if we could duct tape a fine enough metal screening it would work for a while, at least until enough grease built up on it.
postrophe on November 7th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
All of them?

You've read all the get-rid-of-bugs advice columns and such. What Haven't you tried?
catlyn99catlyn99 on November 7th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain, we have them too. One of us needs to win the lottery, then we can get a huge plot of land with 2 houses and be roach free after a nice tenting of the house, lol.
Fritters: Cat - I Petz You by mysticmirthfritters on November 7th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a plan.

Now we just gotta get around to playing the lottery.

How many are you seeing a week?
Fritters: TT SF wibble by Frittersfritters on November 7th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
We haven't tried the things that are unsafe around pets. That's pretty much it. The only thing that's EVER worked is the exterminators and I'm still having liver problems from the poison they covered everything we own in 5 layers of....
postrophe on November 8th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
How bad is it? It could just have been the rain...
Fritters: TT Raven Blink by ellonwyefritters on November 8th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Can that do that?

It's gone from 1 every couple months to 4-5 in the past couple of weeks. Do you think they might actually just go away on their own, what with the spraying outside and the poison inside? It never worked before, but I'm willing to be optimistic.
postrophe on November 9th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
I was told that they might be coming in from the wet ground...
Odd... We have a plague of houseflies here, and as far as anyone knows no doors have been left open or anything. I wonder if they've been crawling in thru cracks too..

(It could also be escaping the cold, in both cases...)
Frittersfritters on November 9th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Have you shown the that kitty they're fun toys? Max LOVES flies.
postrophe on November 10th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Cat's never felt like he needed to do anything like that. He occasionally half-heartedly goes after crickets, but I think flying things would be too much like work.
The dog's fond of chasing and eating bees, but I guess flies just taste bad...
Frittersfritters on November 10th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
We don't let our cats eat the roaches because they may already be poisoned but flying things are Max's favorite.

Doesn't Gwen's mouth get all foofy when she eats a bee? My dog Pepper's used to...
postrophe on November 11th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
...did that stop her from catching them?
Gwen loves em, one after another, and I've never seen her have a reaction in two years... Maybe she just knows the trick of crunching without getting stung?
(She does do this odd snap-snap-snap-catch with them, almost tossing them in the air repeatedly...)
Fritters: TT Oooo - looking by shamanic_nurikofritters on November 11th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
...did that stop her from catching them?

We never saw him go foofy again, so in theory??

And that sounds awesome, I hate bees, I wanna see her eat some.
Frittersfritters on November 13th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
If the rain had caused it would they have been gone by now? We had another this morning, I'm still shaking...
postrophe on November 14th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Are these big 'waterbugs' or real cockroaches?
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on November 14th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Real cockroaches. I've seen enough at this point to know...