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Lasairfiona



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No reflecting on a online society I've been a part of for years, no girlfriend/boyfriend trouble, or friends freaking out (as of now). I'm just sick. Fuck, for all I know it is allergies that is kicking my ass - I can't tell the difference.

For weeks I have told myself "Don't get sick the week of the 22nd because you have that important business trip" and look what happens! Grr. Maybe I just psyched myself out.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:c i'm sick too. got hit by the allergy bus, i think
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This morning a roach welcomed me in the bathroom.

This means war.

They never travel alone.

Edit:
Another one down.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they always travel single-file to hide their numbers
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mad Not roaches! I feel for you, had to deal with them in a horrible apartment down in North Carolina. (I would see them by the side of the road, just hanging out, and they also showed up in stores and restaurants.)

I'm sure you'll get all kinds of advice, but if you haven't heard of it yet, try some insect growth regulator. If I remember right, it prevents the roaches from reaching the stage where they can reproduce. I spray down the carpet with a form of IGR once a year for fleas, and omg it is awesome!

Here is an IGR for roaches:

http://www.amazon.com/Gentrol-Source-Insect-Growth-Regulator/dp/B002Z3B14E

Advion is supposed to be badass, though I haven't personally tried it.

http://www.amazon.com/Dupont-Advion-Cockroach-Bait-Tubes/dp/B002Y2GNVM

I don't recommend glue traps at all. Mine caught spiders and moths, but the only roach it ever got ate its way free in a day or so. And the evil fuckers can live for a month or more without food, forty five minutes without oxygen, and weeks without their heads.

I would think they were fascinating were it not for having lived with cockroach infestation.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, almost forgot. My partner has mentioned living in a place with a house centiped before. It took care of a lot of pest problems. (Downside: You'll have one big creepy thing wandering around, and you'll probably come across it occasionally.)

Other people let a gecko run around freely. Tokay geckos are supposed to be great for that, but they're also evil.

These might not work for you, but I wanted to suggest them just to provide some other options.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For now they located in the bathroom. The good thing is....it's one room for now, the bad thing is I don't feel comfortable with taking a shower.

I always had slight phobia with insects, I don't scream when I see them, I just don't want them touching me.

And yes if roaches were a fictional insect I don't have to deal with....I'd be fascinated with them.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad That is where mine tended to come out from too. They love water.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stripeypants wrote:
Oh, almost forgot. My partner has mentioned living in a place with a house centiped before. It took care of a lot of pest problems. (Downside: You'll have one big creepy thing wandering around, and you'll probably come across it occasionally.)

Other people let a gecko run around freely. Tokay geckos are supposed to be great for that, but they're also evil.

These might not work for you, but I wanted to suggest them just to provide some other options.


Centipede vs Roach....that's a moral dilemma.

Since this is middle-of-city apartment problem gecko's are out of the question...though I could live with that.

Thanks for the advice, I'll look up chemical soultions you suggested.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to help!

When I was dealing with roaches, my big solution was to ignore them if possible, and also to run after them with whatever was at hand. I killed one with a wooden sword once!

I also started naming them after Les Miserables characters, and occasionally would pretend I was an entymologist working out in the field. That made it livable.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be glad it is only roaches and not, say, bedbugs. Those fuckers give you neurosis for life, I swear to god.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but thankfully a way of dealing with them has been found. You just need a convenient supply of kidney bean leaves.

http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2013/04/kidney-bean-leaves-may-help-eradicate-bedbugs-study-suggests

Wasps are the worst, but I've found a simple, easy way - just throw soapy water on them. If you do it at night, they will be asleep and so even if they do stumble out of their nest they'll be too disoriented to do anything. I've been doing that now for a couple years, and we have no more problems with nest building. This year, I'm trying marigolds (which have pyrethrin) as a wasp deterrent, Unfortunately, it is also a bee deterrant and the flowers would have to be very close to the garden plants I need bees to pollinate.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really now? Marigolds as wasp repellant? Nice!

No horrors to speak of, thank the gods. Life has been pretty good for me. ^_^
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it appears this is one of those garden lore things that works. Pyrethrin is the active ingredient in flea meds. They are supposed to help with slugs as well, but I think that is more providing the slugs something else to munch on. (Maybe they think it tastes better?)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why oh why oh why do I read reddit comments. I should just go there to see/click on the latest articles and then gtfo from there. Shit's not worth it.
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