How to keep cockroaches from coming home with me in my bag
My SO has a small cockroach problem (like just about everyone who live pandora bracelet s in that part of London) that has recently become a big cockroach problem, and is now my problem. The last 2 times I stayed over, I realized 1 4 came home with me. After the first time I had assumed simply keeping my bag high off the floor while there would solve the problem but it did not. At least one came back with me this afternoon.
Throwing my bag and everything in it into the washing machine is less than ideal (for example, times when I return too late to run it w/o disturbing neighbors).
What are my options here? Is there anything I can put in my bag to keep them out? Is there a product in the UK to fog out my bag in between houses that ideally won’t damage things like my phone charger toiletries or stink u pandora bracelet p my house with regular use? Should I even worry about 1 4 cockroaches coming back at a time?
Anonymous to save the SO any embarrassment.
posted by anonymous to Home Garden (17 answers total)
Do they sell boric acid over there? When you’re at your girlfriend’s house, draw a circle on the ground in boric acid (maybe two circles, sort of like a moat) and put your bag inside of the circle. The roaches shouldn’t cross it. Much better than insecticides.
On preview: trash bag idea is great and probably easier. I do like the idea of an impenetrable roach fortress, though.
posted by phunniemee at 6:56 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]
I have read that cockroaches don’t like mint or cloves, so maybe put some mint leaves and whole cloves in some sort of spice bag in or near it? You could even couple that with a reeeeeally tightly shut trash bag. The little roaches can fit into much smaller spaces than you’d think, but if you both twist and knot the top of the bag that should keep them out.
posted by wondermouse at 7:06 PM on August 22, 2011
And yeah, unfortunately you do need to worry about 1 4 roaches coming back at a time. Roach problems easily spread by just one hitching a ride in a bag. One could lay an egg in there too, meaning you’d be bringing 30 40 baby roaches back with you.
posted by wondermouse at 7:21 PM on August 22, 2011
Cockroaches will definitely crawl through boric acid (they’ll even eat it); direct contact is how it gets ‘e pandora bracelet m.
posted by Specklet at 7:23 PM on August 22, 2011
If you have an Indian grocery anywhere near you, ask about Laxman Rekha (luck shmun ray kuh) chalk. I assume this shit is majorly toxic but hey, it might get through customs. You draw it on the floor and cockroaches WILL. NOT. CROSS. IT.
Small problem with it: apparently there’s an equivalent in Colombia and a friend mentioned a horrifying anecdote about a night when everybody set up sleeping bags in some old rundown shack and one of them decided to draw lines in the Colombian equivalent chalk all over the walls. The roaches, rather than crawling down the walls, hit the lines and began dropping off the walls and ceiling onto people’s faces while they were sleeping.
Do not draw Laxman Rekha on your walls.
posted by artemisia at 7:33 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]
Here in the US, we have Ziploc Big Bags, meant to store winter blankets and such.
Until it’s taken care of at your SO’s place, can they just stay at your place?
posted by AlisonM at 7:40 PM on August 22, 2011
We recently had a bedbug scare (but thank goodness no bedbugs), and discovered the Packtite. It’s basically a large duffel bag with a heating unit. You throw whatever you’ve traveled with (clothes, shoes, purses, even whole suitcases) into the bag and cook it for an hour or two, and whatever hitchhikers you might have brought along are toast.
People in the bedbug fearing community absolutely swear by this thing many people have cycled the entire contents of their apartments through it. My google fu isn’t turning up the lethal temp for roaches, but if a couple of hours at 120 140F does them in, this product will solve your problem.
posted by apparently at 8:02 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]
I read last week about Japan’s gokkiburi (cockroach) problem, and since they have asked people to turn AC higher to 28C, the roaches are loving it. Apparently their perfect temperature is 25C 30C and get uncomfortable after that. At 40C they start dying, unless they have lots of moisture around (like potted plants).