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    ...from my professional (as an industrial hygienist) position:

    Look for a gel bait with fipronil or hydramethylnon, they have a low toxicity in mammals. Fipronil interrupts the nervous system of insects through a pathway that doesn't exist in mammals--its used in anti-flea products. Hydramethylnon is a metabolic inhibitor, but there has to be a ton of it ingested to reach a toxicity level for mammals--it has a really poor oral absorption rate, between 72% (in rats) and 95% (in dogs) gets secreted out. Both are potential carcinogens, but that has only been established in lab studies, which are notoriously unrealistic in terms of the amounts fed to those animals. As long as you place a bait gel properly and use them according to the directions, the hazard risk is quite low.

    Also, if you have a dishwasher in addition to the sink, make sure you clean it out as well...roaches love dishwashers.
    Thanks. The only gel bait I could find had abamectin BI (sp?) as the active ingedient. Any thoughts on that? I might have to search online to find something else.

    We had 9 days of rain straight here, with flash flood warnings, etc. We've noticed them hanging around outside other houses on our block as well and think the rain is pushing them out of the sewers, etc. It's crazy. If they're invading our neighborhood, I'm not sure what we'll do, because unless everybody treats it seriously, we'll never be rid of them...
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    I'm so glad I don't live in a place with cockroaches. Can they survive -30C? I know nothing is supposed to kill them, but I've never seen a roach up here.
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    Re: The Rant Thread (v 1.2)

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    Thanks. The only gel bait I could find had abamectin BI (sp?) as the active ingedient. Any thoughts on that? I might have to search online to find something else.

    We had 9 days of rain straight here, with flash flood warnings, etc. We've noticed them hanging around outside other houses on our block as well and think the rain is pushing them out of the sewers, etc. It's crazy. If they're invading our neighborhood, I'm not sure what we'll do, because unless everybody treats it seriously, we'll never be rid of them...
    Diatomaceous earth; it can be a bit pricey, but its safe around kids and pets.
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    Diatomaceous earth; it can be a bit pricey, but its safe around kids and pets.
    Yeah... we have this on every edge in our house. We've been taking off electrical fixtures to squirt it into the walls.

    V, I don't know what temp they can survive. We get pretty cold weather here every now and then (-20-30 for a couple days a year at least, usually for a week or so) but we still get them around. They live in the sewer system a lot of the time in this area, and that never freezes. From what I understand, the colder it is the less their muscles work, which makes it easier to kill them off, but I don't know that the cold would kill them otherwise.
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    NOTE:

    I watched as they fumigated a house once,and the roaches swarmed across the ground to a house next door,so you never know if you can kill them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    Yeah... we have this on every edge in our house. We've been taking off electrical fixtures to squirt it into the walls.

    V, I don't know what temp they can survive. We get pretty cold weather here every now and then (-20-30 for a couple days a year at least, usually for a week or so) but we still get them around. They live in the sewer system a lot of the time in this area, and that never freezes. From what I understand, the colder it is the less their muscles work, which makes it easier to kill them off, but I don't know that the cold would kill them otherwise.
    You know, I was curious so I actually asked around today. Apparently, every once in a while, we get them up on a truck from down south, and they end up infesting an apartment building or something. But they very rarely spread, because we have outside temps of below zero for 6+ months a year. So when they're found in a building, they just fumigate, and the problem is completely gone.

    ...or something to that effect. I've only ever seen roaches in Asia, actually. I'm sure they exist in southern Canada, but I've never seen one. The only nasty bugs I've ever had are carpenter ants, fleas (but that was down south), and weevils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    You know, I was curious so I actually asked around today. Apparently, every once in a while, we get them up on a truck from down south, and they end up infesting an apartment building or something. But they very rarely spread, because we have outside temps of below zero for 6+ months a year. So when they're found in a building, they just fumigate, and the problem is completely gone.

    ...or something to that effect. I've only ever seen roaches in Asia, actually. I'm sure they exist in southern Canada, but I've never seen one. The only nasty bugs I've ever had are carpenter ants, fleas (but that was down south), and weevils.
    Canada is looking more attractive every day...
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    Grrr. We juggled the whole family's schedule to make sure we had a car to get my daughter to the doctor's office for her medication, and the pharmacy didn't deliver it on time. Not only is it a PITA to rejuggle everything for a second time, but she has some symptoms and needs to get her medication.

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    Storms,storms,storms,All over the news,and I think about the people responsible here in this senior building,that I doubt have any plan if we have a storm on this level here, being older and les able to just get up and go on my own,it bothers me that my safty or even survival may depend on people with no real understanding in this area. I was used to disaster planning in the navy,and I see no effort or plan here. this worry's me,in other storms like Katrina older people in rest homes were left to die!! Just my paranoia about being OLD.
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    That is a concern. Is there anyway to find out if there is a plan in place, and if the staff is prepared to carry it out? I can't remember who you have near you who would be helpful. It might be a good plan to know the facility's plan, and have some kind of backup plan with a friend or family member. The older I get, the more invalued I feel, and the more I think about things that wouldn't have fazed me when I was younger. I'm still as okay as most in a storm, but I can see how that kind of thing will become more of an issue. I will be thinking of you as I watch the news, and will be happy to see your posts.

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