My success with banishing cockroaches from our new Manhattan apartment is still modest. We’ve seen some ebb and flow in the total number of sightings in the past week, but we are still finding roaches daily. Many of them are dead or dying, but they are not gone and not all dead either.
In my first post on the subject I mentioned an electronic device that my wife had ordered as a possible long term help with keeping roaches out of the apartment without chemicals. The specific name of the device is the Flowtron Bugfighter Plus model number PR-2. It claims to work by sending a magnetic signal through the wiring in our home which agitates the bugs and drives them away along with an ultrasonic sound that does much the same thing.
Our PR-2 arrived in the mail today!
It may be a longshot that this has any effect, but (for $15US) I’m willing to give it a try. We had a similar device in our last apartment and I never saw a roach there the whole time I lived there. According to what I’ve read, one of the ways you can determine that the device is working is by a temporary increase in roach activity due to them leaving the nests and looking for new nesting places without the irritating magnetic waves and sounds.
I’ll be plugging the Flowtron Bugfighter Plus into the kitchen outlet tonight and watching closely for changes in the roach activity in that room.
Over the weekend I also ordered some Diatomaceous Earth to use as a non-toxic long term solution to the problem as well. I will be opening up holes in the stud cavities in the kitchen walls and blowing in a mixture of this product and Boric Acid. The expectation is that this will create a very hostile environment within the major pathways the roaches are traveling along and kill them before they ever get into our home. Since these products don’t lose potency over time they should help combat future infestations as well. (One of the primary benefits of both of these products is that the roaches track them back into the nests where they kill others.)
My quest for a roach-free home continues.
The Go-To Guy!
P.S. If you have an idea I haven’t mentioned, leave a comment and let me know. I’m looking for a long term and non-toxic solution to killing the roaches and keeping them from coming back. Organic is even better. (I also ordered some mint oil based roach spray to replace the chemical sprays I’ve been using.)