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Glen Miyashiro
June 9th, 2005, 10:03 AM
I've got a bunch of stuff in storage boxes that I have to leave in an area that, unfortunately, has roaches. Big red B-52 roaches. What can I do to keep them out of my boxes? Is there a good roach repellent that I can use? I have a feeling that if I do nothing, I'll come back in six months and find all my stuff crawling with the damn bugs and encrusted with stinky roach stains. :(

1stwahine
June 9th, 2005, 10:19 AM
Would it be a big problem for you to either wrap your belongings in a plastic bag or visa versa, then put it in a storage box? I recommend Roach Hotel or spraying the area at least once a week...or you can put one of those smoke bombs once a month so the critters get the message or die! ;)

kimo55
June 9th, 2005, 10:21 AM
Is there a good roach repellent that I can use?

there's this great gooey molasses kine stuff that comes in a clunky syringe type thing. Industrial powah kine stuffs. No gettum on da skeen, oddawise get one puka on da kine. Squirt a little puddle at each end of yer storage unit. Da cokadaroches take a bite... yumyuum! and hele on back to da hale, somehow it also affects da odda ones, den, bumbai, make-die-dead all da buggahs!

month later, you come back, no mo da kine, all da roches steh laying on their backs, prayin ta da beek stinkbug in da sky, sayin; "get me a lawyer! park and lock it! not responsible! wanted to ride da skyslide before i die. oh, the humanity! the horror. the horror..."

Glen Miyashiro
June 9th, 2005, 12:50 PM
Would it be a big problem for you to either wrap your belongings in a plastic bag or visa versa, then put it in a storage box?I was hoping to avoid the work of having to do that, but it's probably the best idea. They've got those 2-gallon ziploc bags, I guess those would keep the roaches out. Of course, the inside surfaces of the boxes will still be infested, but at least my stuff will be protected. Thanks Aunty.

Glen Miyashiro
June 9th, 2005, 12:50 PM
there's this great gooey molasses kine stuff that comes in a clunky syringe type thing. Industrial powah kine stuffs. No gettum on da skeen, oddawise get one puka on da kine. Squirt a little puddle at each end of yer storage unit. Da cokadaroches take a bite... yumyuum! and hele on back to da hale, somehow it also affects da odda ones, den, bumbai, make-die-dead all da buggahs!

month later, you come back, no mo da kine, all da roches steh laying on their backs, prayin ta da beek stinkbug in da sky, sayin; "get me a lawyer! park and lock it! not responsible! wanted to ride da skyslide before i die. oh, the humanity! the horror. the horror..."Oooookay. Where do you get this stuff and what's it called?

kimo55
June 9th, 2005, 01:11 PM
Oooookay. Where do you get this stuff and what's it called?



nooooot oookkkkkeeeey. on both counts.
I forget.
dass all i know.
(Well, I know alot, but about dat, dass all i know!)


addendum:
you like find da kine?
holoholo on ovah shiddy mill or home despot, axem about da kine. try fo describe um. maybe gettum.

kimo55
June 9th, 2005, 01:13 PM
I was hoping to avoid the work of having to do that, but it's probably the best idea. They've got those 2-gallon ziploc bags, I guess those would keep the roaches out. Of course, the inside surfaces of the boxes will still be infested, but at least my stuff will be protected. Thanks Aunty.



ho, you not been kama'aina too long, eh!?

da buggahs get insai anything!
hermetically sealed glass! not a problem.
zip lok!?
ha. they spit on ziplok!
from da insai!

Miulang
June 9th, 2005, 02:12 PM
When I lived on Maui, they used to say to put borax (http://homeparents.about.com/cs/householdtips/tp/borax.htm) in your storage boxes (like "20 Mule Team"). They said when da cockaroaches eat da stuff, it mixes wit da body fluids and makes 'em explode! :eek: And it's safe for people and animals and has other household uses, too.

Miulang

kimo55
June 9th, 2005, 02:44 PM
and makes 'em explode!
.... has other household uses, too.

Miulang


yea, i can see it now;
Entertain yer out of town guests!

"Ok, Klem and Dora, now we come to the segment of tonite's entertainment we call; 'Da explodin Hawaiian cockaroaches'.

Ho, da good fun, eh!?"
pluck wings from yer beer.
dodge da eggsack.
pull sharp leg shrapnel from your eyes!



who needs Gallagher?

SouthKona
June 9th, 2005, 08:21 PM
buy a good quality "roach motel" such as HoyHoy's Trap-A-Roach, and use them liberally. put them on top of the boxes, next to the boxes, all over the place. be sure to occasionally throw out the old ones, as they loss their stickiness (effectiveness) , and also if they are full of decaying roach bodies they can aggravate allergies.

lavagal
June 9th, 2005, 09:47 PM
We were given one of those molasses-containing syringes by our exterminator: Grim Reaper Pest Control. They're in the phone book. I don't think it's too cheap, though.

scrivener
June 9th, 2005, 11:00 PM
They said when da cockaroaches eat da stuff, it mixes wit da body fluids and makes 'em explode! :eek: And it's safe for people and animals and has other household uses, too.
What really happens (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_019.html) is that the boric acid creates micro-abrasions on the roaches' exoskeletons and this causes them to dehydrate. It won't keep roaches out, but it will kill the roaches who walk through it. I read somewhere (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_064.html) that cinnamon sticks and whole cloves will keep roaches away--if this is true, something like this would seem to work well for your situation, since you're talking about a box. Just toss a bunch of cloves and cinnamon sticks in there. Six months might be long, though: I've been told the effectiveness declines as time progresses, and the stuff needs to be replaced with fresh stock.

Miulang
June 10th, 2005, 05:48 AM
I read somewhere (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_064.html) that cinnamon sticks and whole cloves will keep roaches away--if this is true, something like this would seem to work well for your situation, since you're talking about a box. Just toss a bunch of cloves and cinnamon sticks in there. Six months might be long, though: I've been told the effectiveness declines as time progresses, and the stuff needs to be replaced with fresh stock.
And your stuff will smell like apple pie too! :) I prefer using remedies like this and borax instead of those insecticides. Besides being safer for living things, the natural repellents cost a whole lot less.

Miulang

kimo55
June 10th, 2005, 10:08 AM
I recommend just droppin da wallet and investing in that molasses syringe thing. search it out. you will NOT have cockaroahes in yer storage unit ever again, if the stuff does the trick for you as it worked for me.
Everything was killed and they never returned.

pinakboy
June 23rd, 2005, 02:06 PM
Use boric acid u can buy from Long's Drug to kill them and laurel or bay leaves to repel them from in your utensil and kitchen knive drawers. it really works!! :) got it off from the internet. jus google it! :D

our apartment was infested and in one month our kitchen has no sign of dem little buggahz. :) dey all dehydrated and died and they don't like the bay leaves and avoid the cupboard, drawers and cabinets. Just throw some leaves wheaevahz u no like dem go.

good luck! :)

Cnecki
June 26th, 2005, 09:02 AM
Checked my new house this week and the yard is infested with those BC Bomber flying roaches, called the exterminator, sprayed, killed some in the house but not all. I am going to try all of the tips on this sight! Can live with alot but not ROACHES!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the tips!

Serenity
June 26th, 2005, 10:11 AM
Those damn bugs, I tell ya!.

Who said that they can come in, stay & have free rent, any way?. :D

Gotta git rid of 'em one way or anodda.

AuntieNellieKulolo
June 27th, 2005, 07:20 AM
Use boric acid u can buy from Long's Drug to kill them and laurel or bay leaves to repel them from in your utensil and kitchen knive drawers. it really works!! :) got it off from the internet. jus google it! :D

our apartment was infested and in one month our kitchen has no sign of dem little buggahz. :) dey all dehydrated and died and they don't like the bay leaves and avoid the cupboard, drawers and cabinets. Just throw some leaves wheaevahz u no like dem go.

good luck! :)

This(bay leaves) is a good idea-I'll try it myself. Plus the cloves and cinnamon sticks. I live in an old NY apt. building and no matter how clean you keep your place the roaches get everywhere! I try not to kill any critters if possible-my lama's orders... but if there's a way to repel them I will try it. Also I have a pet parrot and don't like spraying poisons around-birdies have sensitive lungs.

Beachboy
August 21st, 2005, 05:23 AM
if all else fails, there is always Chinatown! Go do there and ask the Chinese merchants for their 'special Cockroach' chalk. It looks like Chalkboard chalk, and you just draw lines over coackroach paths in dooorways,under cabinets, etc,etc.. Roaches all die after they cross the chalk line! Not quite sure how it works, but I think the stuff is illegal in Hawaii too. The merchants always seem to get this stuff from the back rooms, it never seems to be on display in any of the stores. But da bugga work big time though!

Glen Miyashiro
August 21st, 2005, 11:00 AM
if all else fails, there is always Chinatown! Go do there and ask the Chinese merchants for their 'special Cockroach' chalk. It looks like Chalkboard chalk, and you just draw lines over coackroach paths in dooorways,under cabinets, etc,etc.. Roaches all die after they cross the chalk line! Not quite sure how it works, but I think the stuff is illegal in Hawaii too. The merchants always seem to get this stuff from the back rooms, it never seems to be on display in any of the stores. But da bugga work big time though!It's illegal because there's a big risk that kids will think it's regular chalk and get it all over their hands playing with it. Here's an EPA fact sheet (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/illegalproducts/chalk.htm) about the stuff.

AbsolutChaos
June 16th, 2006, 12:54 PM
It's illegal because there's a big risk that kids will think it's regular chalk and get it all over their hands playing with it. Here's an EPA fact sheet (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/illegalproducts/chalk.htm) about the stuff.

Hmm...so according to what I'm reading about the chalk, you should be ok if you handle the stuff with gloves and have no children who might use it?