Cockroaches

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by yogifink, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for some advice from fellow southern folk. How are you all controlling those large cockroaches, often referred to as water bugs? You know the ones that are big enough to each your leg?

    I have been noticing them a bit around my feeding buckets and mixed into the deep litter in one of my coops. I currently mix DE into the bedding of the coop and into the deep littler, which seems to keep them somewhat at bay. Any one use a spray they recommend? Is Bayer complete insect control safe to use?
     
  2. MuadDib

    MuadDib Out Of The Brooder

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    feed them to your chickens
     
  3. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Between my guineas and my chickens I never even see a cockroach unless he is being ripped in half by two birds.
     
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    MuadDib Out Of The Brooder

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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    DE might eventually reduce the cockroaches...but it will also decimate a good portion of the organisms in your deep litter so it will take longer to break down and may turn it into an unpleasant environment.

    You may have seen this thread, the second year covers adding DE to deep litter.
     
  7. carrieb62

    carrieb62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had the exterminator at my house today - darn roaches been so bad this year from the horrible rains! Well, the only place he didn't spray was the side of the house where I have employed two game chickens for pest control - the exterminator was impressed with how well they clean the place up!
     
  8. ebifish

    ebifish New Egg

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    There is a cockroach issue in my area, and they love spending time in my chicken run. I have turned the roaches into a game with my hens. I go out to the coop after dark with my flashlight and my 2 barred rocks immediately jump up and start playing the midnight snack game. I direct them towards roaches with the flashlight though they are quite groggy for the first minute or so. The first few times I tried to get them to play I had to drag one out of bed, after the 2nd night of that she got the idea as did her sister!

    It didnt get rid of the issue, but at least the girls are enjoying them!
     
  9. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We callem Palmetto Bugs down here. They laugh @ Raid. They even laugh @ Chuck Norris.
    Pour a bottle of Budweiser in an empty paint can and set it out where they are. Put a few pieces of dry dog food in there if you have any, that makes it work better. They crawl in but can't get back out and drown.
    For the occasional one that gets in your house, so you don't have to tear your house apart trying to killem, a shot from a can of carburetor cleaner knocks them out instantly.
    Due to the high price of rifle ammo we can't afford to go varmit hunting at night any more so instead you'll see us sneaking around barns & woodpiles @ night with a flashlight and a can of carburetor cleaner hunting Palmetto Bugs.
    I'm serious.
     
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  10. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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