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Old 11-06-2009, 02:01 AM
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How to Kill a cockroach

This post is in refernce to 1983 posting:
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...ll-cockroaches

Is this still the best answer, considering it's over 20 years old now? I live in Colorado & have NEVER had cockroaches, but yesterday I found a cockroach in my house. It crawled into my coffee-maker. GROSSSSS! I went right out and bought some bug bombs & set 6 of them off this morning (3 upstairs, 3 downstairs, 1200 square feet each floor). When I came home after fumigating, the roach in my coffee maker had fallen out of the crack it ran to & was still alive, but "dazed"-acting. I put it in a sealed container with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball & after it died, with the help of the Internet, I identified it as a German cockroach.

The student who rents a room from me said, "It's just one," but I'm thinking if there is one, there are probably more. Who's right? Also, several places in answers at the previous link, instructions were to the affect "seal all holes & cracks" in your home. How could that POSSIBLY be possible, considering these bugs live & move through the smallest of spaces?

I am totally disgusted that I have this uninvited species in my home & where I live (in Colorado), cockroaches are considered a sign of filthy living areas. My house has never been filthy. I even mop my floor once a week. Food spills are cleaned up immediately. It's very clean.

I think this critter might have come here with one of the student renters I have. The last 3 were from either Texas or Arizona & I was told that cockroaches are a normal part of homelife in those states.

So, is the info at the referenced link still current? Considering I only found the one dazed roach, I don't think the bug bombs are going to irradicate a possible infestation. Help?
 

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