Shana Simpson
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How do I permanently get rid of roaches and those really big centipedes!? Please help me

I live in a really nice townhouse (ok, semi-nice, but very clean) and I just saw my 3rd roach. It's not like an infestation, but 1 was in the bathroom when I was brushing my teeth and another was on MY CEILING when I was going to bed.

And I see those disgusting centipede things all of the time, too

Pleaseee how do I get rid of these things?? I raided the roach and it took him like 45 seconds to die and then I obviously didn't want to touch him. so gross. help!?
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Douglas Pope
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I have both roaches and those huge centipedes as well... but cannot get myself to crush them so I capture them in a towel and then release them outside (after walking down three flights of stairs etc...). I would love to get rid of them permanently.

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Colleen Corgan
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I woke up to a roach in bed with me for the second time in 3 years. I am desperate.

Can you buy boric acid at CVS or a pharmacy? Do you make it into a compound by mixing it with an unboiled egg?
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Justin Rodante
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I believe we made the compound with a little petroleum jelly (vaseline) to make a paste of it, then put it on wax paper squares hidden around the house. It appears it was believed that boric acid was carcinogenic, but that has been dis-proven by the FDA, but may be harder to find now because of that. Amazon.com seems to have a good portion of different types to try though.

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Colleen Corgan
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Also, I read that this attracts roaches to the substance which kills them. I fundamentally understand that you have to get the roaches to the bait in order to get rid of them, but I do not want them coming to my bedroom.

Do they bring their disgusting, diseased selves back to some hidden nest somewhere, or do they just flop over right there? I don't think I can deal with roach carcasses either

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We have them in New York like you wouldn't believe. Be thankful they aren't rats. I step on them. Spray some roach killer around the baseboards and in any cracks, but do it in the morning with a fan and open window so it's ventilated by the time you get back.

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Odd that you would have both. I'm in the Arlington area too, and seem to get those common house centipedes, but after reading how beneficial they are (they eat pretty much every other creepy crawly) I decided to not worry as much (they don't .... BUG me.. ).

Anyway, back in TX we used to get frightfully large roaches. We used boric acid (generally sold as borax in some grocery stores) mixed into a compound and placed in cabinets and other trouble areas.

I'm not 100% how harmful it is for small pets, but if you make sure to hide it well, or put it where your 4 legged friends can't get to, should do the trick. Though I am not sure if it works on the centipedes.
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mix an unboiled egg with boric acid make little balls with it and throw it around where kids wont get to it,like in back of the stove, believe me you wont have none,I do it every month or every two months..

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