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 Post subject: regulations and roaches
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:29 pm 
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The good news is our school district doesn't spray pesticides at the first sight of a roach. The bad news is the dinky bait traps aren't working. Several rooms, including the work room where the paper and copy machine are have a big problem with roaches. We are under very strict guidelines not to use any pesticide. Any roach sightings must be recorded on the official state tracking chart with the kind of roach identified. (I am truly not making this up! The school office has several roaches in baggies to prove which variety!)
My question for you is....Can we say that boric acid is a true natural material and in no way falls under the pesticide category? Any other natural remedies that you can suggest?
Thanks!!


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Why are the roaches coming to your school? Do you have any moist, wet areas? Is there food or crumbs not getting cleaned up? Are the windows and walls sealed and caulked well to keep pests out?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 7:15 pm 
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No idea where the roaches are coming in from, unless it it through the doors of the school. The workroom and faculty room have no windows. Only one door leads to both rooms. No leaks. We do have water in a kitchen sink and bathroom facilities.


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 Post subject: Roaches
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:27 pm 
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Roaches enter through ventilation systems, sewer systems, etc. They are very fond of the glue used in cardboard boxes and paper bags so they are often found there. Contact your school district's IPM (Integrated Pest Management) coordinator and talk with them about using items on the "green" list for pest control. They are far preferable to methods used in the past. The prohibition lies in exactly who applies the pesticide and the type, not if one is used. Catching and killing them is secondary to trying to repel them altogether.

Boric acid products are generally considered harmless; the danger comes when they are inhaled. Roaches greatly dislike orange oil products and vinegar based products and the combination of natural cleaners in Simple Green seems to repel them well too.

Good luck and I hope this is helpful to you.
Kathe


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 9:46 pm 
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Thank you for your help. I think using the Orange products and the vinegar will keep us "legal". One of our staff members did a thorough cleaning of the "kitchen" area with an orange oil cleaner and that seems to help. The ethical problem is we have all had to sign a statement that we would not use pesticides in any form. (We the staff...teachers, aides,etc.) That is why I am concerned about boric acid, even though it is safe. I have done more research since my original posting so I think there are several avenues open to us--from the orange oil cleaners to vinegar and bay leaves!! Thank you!!
Susan


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 Post subject: Roaches
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You can put DE out and spray the DE with orange oil seems to work. Also horse apples under the cabinets work also.

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