With all of the rain that we have had here in Texas, I am hearing a lot of people talk about a problem that they have not had to deal with a lot this year-ants and roaches.
My family got 2 cans of Hot Shot Ant and Roach Plus Germ Killer to combat the problem that we were having.
The can is hot pink. You can't miss it. It stands out from all of the other cans. It does not smell like poison, it is noted on the can that the scent is "Fresh Floral Scent". It smells like a can of air freshener. Don't breathe it in too much, it is bug spray!
Interesting little blurb on the packaging is the Germ Killer. It says that it reduces 99.9 percent of germs that insects may leave behind. I had not even considered this before. I know that pests are filthy creatures, but this actually gave me a moment of pause. How many germs are ants and roaches bringing in a house when they come to visit? What kind of germs?
We decided to attack everywhere that we could see the ants coming in. First we swept and mopped all of the floor areas, washed and dried all rugs, vacuumed rugs and carpets after noting where we saw them entering. A line of ants was coming in under the dishwasher, so we even pulled the dishwasher, stove and refrigerator out and swept and mopped those areas, too.
After that, it was onto cabinets, including the door and drawer fronts, the counters, and the walls above the counters.
The surfaces were completely clean and ready for the spray. We sprayed all of the places that the ants were coming in at. We also sprayed under the refrigerator, the stove, the dishwasher and just outside the front door.
We then repeated this in the bathrooms in case they were coming inside to search for a drink.
I made sure that all pet bowls were put away and thoroughly washed before putting pet food and water in them, as well as moving the pets away from the area being treated for at least two hours.
Finally, a friend shared with me the use of a mixture of 1/2 boric acid and 1/2 sugar if the problem is roaches, and 1/2 baking soda, 1/2 sugar if the problem is ants. I traced the ants back to their nest and sprinkled about 2 teaspoons of the tasty mixture right near their home. They lapped it up like a cat drinking milk!
In the 2 weeks after spraying we were careful to rinse off any dishes in case there was a residue from the spray, and other than an occasional any acting very erratically (read:dying) we have not seen any of the little pests since then.
Some good habits that we picked up from this event are:
Wash dishes right after eating a smell so that you are not attracting bugs. If you are going to load the dishwasher, no matter how light or heavy the load, run it. Otherwise the food is sitting there like a buffet for ants and roaches.
Wipe down the counters, sweep the floors and at least damp mop with plain water every day. Ants leave a scent trail for other ants to track where the goodies are. Stop that by erasing their trails for one another.
Put all food away in firmly closed containers or overwrap after eating.
Clean the refrigerator by removing all food and wipe down all shelves, drawers, doors and freezer areas. They may be smelling a small taste of food that we can't see, getting supplied from there.
Clean your stove and oven all the way when you start this, and wipe it down after meals they are used for when the stove or oven has cooled back down to room temperature.
Empty all trash every night before you go to bed. Bag it and take it to the outside container.
Run the garbage disposal in the sink every evening in case there are particles of food under the blades.
Do not allow anyone to have food or food wrappers in their room. This includes in backpacks, drawers, clothing, purses, etcetera. This can be a sneaky source of food for ants and roaches.
If you see an ant or roach, watch where it is going to and from before you kill it.
Read the directions for use of the product that you decide on and follow them. Note if there are special use instructions for children, pets and those with specific health concerns.