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cockroaches in coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stephboden, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. stephboden

    stephboden Out Of The Brooder

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    So, no one answered the question in a previous post about boric acid and cockroach control. I have what I would call an infestation of cockroaches, not palmetto bugs or woodroaches, and I am SICK over it. Cockroaches are my nemesis and I must figure out a solution to this problem. Please help!
     
  2. kajira

    kajira Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    DE kills cock roaches. Some people dislike using it, because they feel it's an aspiration risk to your chickens... however... a light sprinkle to kill the infestation may be worth the risk.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I seriously doubt any size sprinkling of DE would kill cockroaches.

    @stephboden try looking thru the threads from this search result.
    advanced search>titles only> cockroaches
     
  4. stephboden

    stephboden Out Of The Brooder

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    I seriously doubt any size sprinkling of DE would kill cockroaches.

    @stephboden
      try looking thru the threads from this search result.
    advanced search>titles only> cockroaches
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  5. stephboden

    stephboden Out Of The Brooder

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    well, i put the de on right away, but have been doing my best to get all my work done before dark so i dont have to see them. not sure if itbis helping or not. if anyone has anybother suggestions, let me kNJow. thanks in advance
     
  6. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read suggestions on making natural traps using a mixture of boric acid and confectioners sugar. The sugar lures them and the boric acid kills them. Also cleaning out your coop and spraying it down with soap and water and spray the roaches directly, the soap will supposedly suffocate them.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Did you click the search link I posted?
     
  8. stephboden

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    AART, I can't seem to find the link. I did some searching, but not sure which link you are referring to. Thanks.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Can you see it there?
    Are you on mobile app?
     
  10. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    The chickens will eat every roach they can find. The finding part is where you have to help. I would make some cozy shelters for the roaches and flip them over during the day when the chickens are active. They will soon learn to run and wit while you turn over the shelters and them pick them clean. Just flip them back afterward to make a cozy place for more to settle in the next night. You have a bountiful supply of live food in your coop.

    I don't have roaches, but use this approach with mice. My hens will grab the young mice and eat them, so even the largest roaches will have no chance against your hens.
     

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