Any tricks on getting water bugs out of your apartment?
Over the past couple weeks I've noticed bugs around the sink and kitchen area of my apartment. They aren't roaches, but look like smaller versions and seem to be attracted to the water in the sink.
Any trick fellow New Yorkers have getting rid of these pests? Any traps that work especially well?
I'm going to do a deep clean off the kitchen area this week, but any other tips are great appreciated.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/02/2013|
They are roaches. In NYC "waterbugs" and in the South "Palmetto Bugs," all roaches. Nasty.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/01/2013|
No, but water bugs are a great way to get tricks out of your apartment when they've overstayed their welcome.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/01/2013|
OP, your 'fellow New Yorkers" don't call bugs smaller than roaches "water bugs." Water bugs are very large roaches.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||04/01/2013|
Waterbugs are huge - roaches don't come close to the size of a waterbug. And waterbugs either fly or jump, always a matter of debate in NYC, and are the ugliest critters in the world. You might have silverfish in your sink.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/01/2013|
OP They sound like German roaches as opposed to the southern Palmetto bug or water bug which is capable of flight. There are many "home style" remedies which you can Google now that you know what they are. The good news id that they are easier to deal with than the big creepy ones. The best of luck to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/01/2013|
OP, try Combat traps (available at Target, Home Depot, etc). I had a problem with palmetto/water bugs in my garage for years, tried every kind of spray, and a DLer recommended these traps. They're actually little black squares filled with poisoned food, which the bugs then carry back to the colony to share, and then they all die. I put them out one afternoon, and by the next evening there were no more palmetto bugs to be seen. Change them every three or four months and never be troubled again.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/01/2013|
Combats aren't traps, they're bait stations
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/01/2013|
Are they solid black, op?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/01/2013|
[quote]Combats aren't traps, they're bait stations
Yeah, I knew I was misspeaking in calling them traps, but the phrase for what what they were wasn't coming to me. Anyway, I'm sure the OP gets the point.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/01/2013|
OP, every smart New Yorker has the number of a good exterminator on speed dial.
If you live in a rental apartment, legally your landlord must provide an exterminator to visit your apartment and spray free of charge at least once every other month; more often if you request it.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/01/2013|
American cockroach = big roach - sometimes called waterbug, Palmetto bug.
German cockroach - small/medium sized roach.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/01/2013|
A bug flew into my ear last night, and it still hasn't come out. I think it was more of a gnat thing, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/01/2013|
In Germany, German cockroach = French cockroach. In France, the opposite is true.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/01/2013|
One towel, turkey meatballs. They'll leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/01/2013|
OMG, OMG, OMG! I cannot think of a single thing more GROSS than that!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||04/01/2013|
I thrust my hands forward and yell "Git! Git! Git!"
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/01/2013|
A few bottle caps filled with boric acid.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/01/2013|
They taste like caviar and peanut skins.
Go ahead. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/01/2013|
I just google imaged German Cockroach, and those are definitely what I have.
Thanks for the tips about Combat traps/bait stations. I'll look into getting a few of those.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/01/2013|
Those big ones that fly are damn scary.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/01/2013|
OP, my first house had those, hated them. I had a good exterminator (odd, he was German) and he recommended after his treatment, to throw a little bleach in the standing drains in the basement. My plumber later told me that it's good to use bleach in your other drains too, it helps degrade build up.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/01/2013|
OP, seriously, another route is using borax.
We had a big old house and never had any issues except in the basement around the sewers. My mother always used borax similar to what's in the link, and that took care of things. For many years. And my mother was one of the all-time uncommitted, pick-the-crumbs-up-tomorrow housekeepers.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/01/2013|
Borax = boric acid mentioned above.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/01/2013|