Finally. I can safely conclude that my house is cockroach free. For now. Saturday I went out and got a deadly insecticide specifically made for these nasty critters called DyRoach. I also bought some yellow jell-like substance from the street vendors that I understand sticking it in corners acts as a repellant. We’ll see. I have also got a lot of handy hints from friends, i.e never leave food out. Get rid of the garbage regularly. Dry all surfaces and never leave dirty dishes overnight in the sink. Sprinkle baking soda, when roaches eat it, it expands inside their little guts and explodes. Sprinkle bay leaves in their favorite spots. The smell though sweet to humans, is appallingly revolting to them.
Living in a flat can be such a nightmare where these little critters are concerned, especially for one who has serious roach-phobia like myself. They are a such menace hopping from door to door carrying all sorts of germs, I can only imagine what in view of the pigs that live next door. It is worse when any of the fellow tenants exterminates. As it got warmer in October, I was beginning to see a lot of roach especially in my kitchen, everywhere, the food cupboards, under the sink, under the fridge. They nolonger seemed bothered by the light and even waltzed across my floor lackadaisically in broad daylight! Thankfully, they were not the huge German type, eek, but they were still roaches. A lot of them had those little detestable eggs sticking out their butts, very pregnant. After searching around on remedies, here is how I did it:
1. Bought a lot of plastic containers with tight lids and have started storing all the food in there, the lids so tight the roaches wont even smell a thing.
2. I cleaned out all the shelves, having taken out the crockery and dishes first. A simple mixture of Jik (stain remover) and water made a good disinfectant.
3. I covered my nose with a cloth THEN bombed the place up with insecticide, madly spraying in all cracks and dark corners that for a moment the kitchen misted over. In a matter of seconds the little bastards came out scurrying for dear life. It was such a victoriously liberating experience…
I am happy to say that the massive roach massacre had a 99% success rate; the bloodbath a near total knockout with high mortality rate. There were no visible survivors. The battle ground looked something like this in the aftermath: