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Old 09-19-2009, 12:04 PM
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So I just sprayed Raid all over my kitchen....

What do I do?! I came home from a weekend trip and grabbed my water cup off the counter. As I did that, I budged the cutting board and suddenly an unending stream of dozens of cockroaches scurried out from under it! They scattered to all corners of my kitchen! I live in a tropical area, so roaches are part of the deal. But this was too much!!! There must have been at least thirty of them!

On instinct I grabbed a can of Raid and sprayed the hell out of the place.

Now what? All of my dishes are coated in Raid. I really don't have the resources to buy new ones.

But I don't want to poison myself, obviously.

If I wait a few days, and then give everything a good scrubbing, will it be okay?
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:17 PM
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What do I do?! I came home from a weekend trip and grabbed my water cup off the counter. As I did that, I budged the cutting board and suddenly an unending stream of dozens of cockroaches scurried out from under it! They scattered to all corners of my kitchen! I live in a tropical area, so roaches are part of the deal. But this was too much!!! There must have been at least thirty of them!

On instinct I grabbed a can of Raid and sprayed the hell out of the place.

Now what? All of my dishes are coated in Raid. I really don't have the resources to buy new ones.

But I don't want to poison myself, obviously.

If I wait a few days, and then give everything a good scrubbing, will it be okay?
I don't want to sound patronizing, but couldn't you just wash them in hot soapy water now instead of waiting?
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:27 PM
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It seems like a good idea to let the volatile elements wear off. Not to mention the kitchen currently smells like a gas chamber and I bet plenty of those roaches are still alive and waiting to get me!
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:04 PM
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It seems like a good idea to let the volatile elements wear off. Not to mention the kitchen currently smells like a gas chamber and I bet plenty of those roaches are still alive and waiting to get me!
Hell, they are probably all still alive. Roaches are resilient fuckers.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:23 PM
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I've spotted a few dead ones on my floor. It's a losing battle- the whole building is full-on infested. But maybe I can convince them to move on to someone else's apartment for a while.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:27 PM
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I suppose it should be noted that the proper way to use cockroach spray is to spray it on the edges of the floor in bathrooms, kitchens and near doorways before you see any buggers and on a regular basis. Do this once ever two weeks or so and right before you're going to leave for a good long while should help prevent the bastards from making it too far into your dwelling.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:51 PM
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Wash the dishes with soapy water then you, can always use a few tablespoons of bleach in the rinse water. Then after that, rinse them again.

As for the roaches, boric acid does work, and well. The thing is it doesn't kill immediately. You have to let the roaches live and as they run through the boric acid and take it back to their nest, that will kill them. It can take a week to notice a decline, but it will work.

Of course if you have pets or small children you need to keep them away from those.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:17 PM
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Wash em.

Then, buy a bug bomb, & set it off.

Fizes the whole apartment at once.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:32 PM
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It seems like a good idea to let the volatile elements wear off. Not to mention the kitchen currently smells like a gas chamber and I bet plenty of those roaches are still alive and waiting to get me!
That stuff washes off, and like others have said, you shouldn't be using it as a direct kill method, you should be spraying it where they travel for the most part.

Boric acid does work, too.

Roaches are filthy insects and deserve their eradication.
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:42 PM
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I think you are worrying too much. While the active ingredients in Raid do have some toxicity to humans, the effects aren't great. If you wash your dishes thoroughly, you shouldn't have problems. And you might as well wash them now rather than waiting for a few days.

The active ingredients in Raid (for roaches) include permethrin and tetramethrin.

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[Permethrin] is not known to rapidly harm most mammals or birds, but is highly toxic to fish and cats[1][2]. It generally has a low mammalian toxicity and is poorly absorbed by skin.
Tetramethrin seems to be less toxic than permethrin.

I get roach infestations here in Panama too from time to time. (Fortunately my apartment is high enough up so that its fairly dry so I don't have them all the time.) If I see roaches around, I remove all my dishes and utensils from the kitchen and then spray. Sometimes, though, I have overlooked something, and then I just wash it.
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:13 PM
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FWIW, I've accidentally sprayed Raid directly into my mouth (though it was the ant and spider formulation) with no noticeable ill effejagjalfaslggjgkldsamga sajsaflaksjrw aa ,
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:38 PM
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If I wait a few days, and then give everything a good scrubbing, will it be okay?
Yes, that's the ticket. And be sure the windows are open. Farmers live with worse every year.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:05 PM
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Yes, that's the ticket. And be sure the windows are open. Farmers live with worse every year.
No need to wait a few days. They can be washed right away.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:40 PM
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When I got a nasty infestation of those gross little dudes a few months ago, boric acid and baits killed the revolting little fuckers FAST. People said weeks, but I stopped seeing them in days.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:44 AM
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ugh, roaches & Raid

Hi. I live in a 24/7/365 very hot, horribly humid tropical village in the south American equatorial Andes.
I have tried everything with boric acid for about two years. It won't make a dent in the many different ant species I am privy to host in my horribly large garden, let alone cockroaches, or any kind of spiders. My cats are wonderful at spotting them so I can jump up and spray the heck out of wherever they run out from, which tends to be out of the same corner of the house running towards me. They also come out of the drains and anything water pipe related. I've made numerous boric acid + sugar water solutions for both ants and roaches and followed tons of advice I've found online, but nothing seems to work for any "rastreros" here. Raid is okay, the best thing is Baygon.
I heartily dislike using such harsh chemicals and I am concerned about my own health as well as my cats' using this stuff. My health and that of one of my cats has declined markedly since we all moved here from the US.
I continue to search for friendlier naturalistic solutions. Thx.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:47 AM
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FWIW, I've accidentally sprayed Raid directly into my mouth (though it was the ant and spider formulation) with no noticeable ill effejagjalfaslggjgkldsamga sajsaflaksjrw aa ,



I just popped in to give you my sympathies, since the question has mostly been answered. I sometimes think I want to live in a tropical area, but one of the only advantages of the cold Albany weather is all the bugs die. * shudder * Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:57 AM
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I just popped in to give you my sympathies, since the question has mostly been answered. I sometimes think I want to live in a tropical area, but one of the only advantages of the cold Albany weather is all the bugs die. * shudder * Good luck!
Normally I'd feel similarly about Minnesotan winters but it was rough last summer when I had a horrible fruit fly infestation. I RAIDed the hell out of my apartment and didn't stop to actually read the instructions about use until my tongue started tingling.

And I know it say not to be used as a direct kill method but it's so damn satisfying to spray the fuckers midflight and see them drop, seizing like the little bastids they are.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:59 AM
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They scattered to all corners of my kitchen! I live in a tropical area, so roaches are part of the deal. But this was too much!!! There must have been at least thirty of them!
If they're that prevalent you probably need to get some Panty Raid too. Those little buggers find their way into the strangest places.

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Old 04-03-2015, 10:53 AM
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If they're that prevalent you probably need to get some Panty Raid too.
Traditionally, college age kids are good at that. Although, with the influence of the military in society these days, you might need some commandos just to bare all.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:39 AM
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As long as this was resurrected, any thoughts on how to get rid of a fruit fly infestation? No fruit on the counters, flies in the cupboards, drains, and refridge (sometimes).
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:54 AM
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Well, like I said, I had a nasty fruit fly infestation this summer. I took the garbage out every night so any organic material wouldn't hang around. Wine glasses, beer and cider bottles, and anything else that that might have had something sweet were rinsed thoroughly immediately. I poured a couple glugs of apple cider vinegar in empty bottles and cans with a squirt of dish soap and left them next to the sinks and cupboards. I hung pest strips everywhere they were hanging out and I sprayed Raid twice a day. A thorough spraying of the entire apartment just before I left for work in the morning and one room at a time in the evening where I'd give the space 15 minutes to air out before opening the door again.

I don't know if it helped at all, but the internet told me that they like to lay eggs in drains so, every night, I'd boil a couple kettlesful of water and pour them down the sinks in the hopes they'd cook any eggs left behind.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:24 PM
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In my fruit fly lab, we use cider vinegar + soap traps. They're pretty effective and you can keep them out for several weeks (at some point there won't be any volatile attractants left). A small dab of live yeast paste does an even better job at attracting flies, but you need to be diligent about discarding your traps every week so that you're not breeding flies in even larger numbers. Put a funnel or inverted paper cone with a small hole in the bottom to catch more flies.

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Old 04-03-2015, 12:41 PM
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FWIW, I've accidentally sprayed Raid directly into my mouth (though it was the ant and spider formulation) with no noticeable ill effejagjalfaslggjgkldsamga sajsaflaksjrw aa ,
User name/post, etc.

Also, I thought you typed, "(thoughT it was the ant and spider formulation), as an explanation why you would do it. Made me laugh out loud.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:51 PM
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Thanks for the FF suggestions!
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:26 PM
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As long as this was resurrected, any thoughts on how to get rid of a fruit fly infestation? No fruit on the counters, flies in the cupboards, drains, and refridge (sometimes).
Don't overlook a very low-tech solution: fly paper. You can buy it in drug, hardware, and feed stores. For those who don't know, fly paper is a roll of paper covered in glue that you unroll and hang from your ceiling. It contains no pesticides.

To me, it is essential if you have a problem with any small flying insects. If you have a bad infestation, you will have to use as a supplement to the other methods, of course, and you will have to clean up whatever is attracting them. But it is awfully satisfying to wake up in the morning and see your fly paper covered with hundreds of the buggers.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:14 AM
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Fruit (or drain) flies: from experience, get EVERYTHING off your countertops. Yes, including your microwave/toaster/mixer. Scrub everything with bleach water. Pay special attention to all the crevices around and behind your sink and faucet. They will breed in the tiniest bit of scum. In my case, I guess my counter was a little slanted, so water slopped from doing dishes would end up behind the nearby microwave. It wasn't much, but there was a gross bit of biofilm back there, and that was the culprit. Little guys were gone after that.

Repeat as necessary.

Oh, and make sure you don't have an old errant little potato/onion/apple somewhere around whatever bin you keep those things in; that'll do it, too.

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