And now for something a little different… ROACHES!! Hey, somebody has to talk about it…..A reader named Joe from Shore Road sends in the following:
I read your blog all the time and was wondering if I could pose a question for you and your fellow readers.
I recently moved into a condo/apartment complex on Shore Road, and I gotta say I love living in LB. As the weather has gotten really cold over the past few days certain creatures that would normally live outside are starting to move inside and I have seen two of them in my apartment and they completely freak me out. I won’t even mention their name, let’s just say it rhymes with “ockroaches”.
Keep in mind I don’t do anything stupid, like keep open food out or leave the garbage uncovered.
My question to you and the readers is, is this just a side-effect of apartment building living? And does anybody have any good remedies for getting rid of them or at-least controlling them?
So can anybody help Joe from Shore Road out? It’s funny, I lived in apartments in NYC for 20 years and have had my fair share of Roach Battles. I often wondered if Long Beach had a roach problem as well. Here are a few things that I did:
- Boric Acid mixed with sugar in a flat tray under your sink. The sugar attracts the suckers and the boric acid kills them.
- Try to find and plug all small holes: under sink, pipes, etc. Use either steel wool or find some plumbing putty at the hardware store.
- Use zip lock bags a lot and all open boxes such as cereal should be placed in your refrigerator or tupperware.
That’s all I did. Did I win my roach battle? Well, I am still alive, but I’m mentally scarred for life. Any more tips to add?