They're back...

They're back...

Gregory Han
Jul 19, 2007

Monday's mass insect infestation has subsided, but this morning I found myself eye to antennae with a baby roach while taking a bath. It was skittering around, probably looking for water, proving the hypothesis that our 1917 built apartment home must have a nursery inside it's aged guts. So no matter how clean we keep our place, they might occasionally come into our place to scout for water or wayward crumbs we missed.

So during lunch today I plan to pick up some borax powder and make an anti-roach concoction I found on Dollar Strecher, all in the hopes of poisoning whatever hidden nest of roaches reside inside the walls and inbetween our floors with a more offensive measure.

Known as roach balls, this little cucaracha appetizer entices the pests to bring back the small poisonous snacks to their nest and kills them, which in turn poisons other roaches that eat their carcasses. At least that's the hope [crossing fingers].

Roach Balls

    1 cup borax
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 tablespoon water

Here's something I've noted. In the years before this infestation, we've never had a roach problem (we saw one roach, but that was when we first moved into a formerly dilapidated space). But now we've got air conditioning, I'm wondering whether the cooler temperatures has inadvertently tempted insects to make our house their home too? Has our temperature controlled rooms become a vacation destination for the six-legged? No more passports into our house, pests! I guess if I can get desperate for a natural roach remedy, I could just get a couple pet geckos and let them loose (I jest).

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