Life as a landlord who lives on his property, and does whatever he can to please his tenants is a job with no end. If I'm not unclogging someones toilet, then I'm exterminating pest that they bring into their household. Yes, I have heard all of the stories, "Everyone has roaches!", "Well, they just come!". No, everyone doesn't have roaches, and if they do, then they can be controlled. And no, they don't just come. They're attracted to something, and it's usually plain old fashioned filth. I hate to be this straightforward, but in a lot of peoples cases, some folks are just total pigs and they act as if cleanliness can end with the death penalty. This describes a good portion of my tenants.
When people notice their homes have become a breeding nest for bugs, roaches in this case. They will run out to buy the best product in the market. After following all of the directions, a few weeks will pass by, then the bugs will return, and these people will complain that the product doesn't work. This is incorrect, the product does work. But it doesn't work alone, and it doesn't work forever either. There are other things a person must do to rid themselves of pest for good or at least control them. I'll cover that shortly.
The Raid Concentrated Deep Reach Fogger is a product that will assist you in getting roaches out of your apartment. I have been using it for the last 3 years, and the results have been satisfying. I used it in my apartment, and in the apartments of several tenants.
First of all, the spray comes in a box of three small cans, with a net weight of 1.5 oz each, and standing about 4 inches tall. If you get the bonus pack, you'll get a 4th can. The product has a list of places it can be used.
My experience in the places of use is only with apartments. Therefore, that will be the place I'm going to cover. Also, the bugs on the list that I've known for it to kill are roaches, moths, mosquitoes, firebrats, gnats, spiders, silverfish and houseflies. I use something else for fleas called Real Kill Indoor Fogger, but that's a review for another day(perhaps).
It's stated on the box that one can treats up to 5,000 cu.ft(625 sq. ft.), of unobstructed space(25ft. x 25 ft. x 8ft). This could be around the same size as the dining area in the one bedroom apartments, but the apartment is a little bigger. I have used a can of fogger in the apartment with satisfying results. I have used up to two, in the two bedroom apartments, which are about two times the size of the single room apartments. The two bedroom apartments are roughly about 65 ft. x. 35ft. x 8ft. I place two cans at the beginning and end of the walkways, and the third in the middle. This has proven to be enough to fog up the apartments, but I would use the third depending on how bad the infestation is. Those with homes that are much larger or smaller, I recommend using your own judgment.
The cans are very easy to use, plus the directions are on the back. The directions list the places where to use the fogger and where not to. It states to close all windows, open all cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and closets. You must remove or cover all food, dishes, utensils and food processing equipment. You must also remove all pets and turn off fish aquariums. There's plenty more things, but I don't do most of them in my home. In the case of tenants, I tell them what they need to do before I come, and it's their job to do it.
Once the cans are triggered, that's it. The button locks in place, and it's time to leave your home. The fog is fast acting and the smell really is irritating, you will be coughing rather quickly. When setting off multiple foggers you have to be pretty fast, but it's good to have some help.
The directions mention that the home should be empty up to 4 hours. I definitely agree with this. I have entered the apartments up to 2 hours sooner and the smell would still be pretty strong. However, the strength of the smell is all depending on the size of the place, and how many foggers you used. The fogger does what it says and kills a good amount of the pest. The rest will be running around sick, this is when I use the Fragrance Free Raid to finish them off easily.
I have seen roaches still dying hours later, so the fogger takes care of them well. When entering the home, it's recommended to turn on all fans and air conditioners, as well as open up windows. If you return after the four hour limit, then it's easier to air out the rooms.
I have never noticed any type of residue left behind, but it is recommended to lay down newspaper underneath the cans anyway. I also never noticed the smell stuck to any clothes either.
One thing is for sure, the home will be clear of bugs for awhile. The only downside to the fogger would be all of the precautions you have to take before using it, plus it's a good thing to wash all dishes, utensils, and clean off the stove anyway.
When concerning roaches, this is the best fogger I used so far. But even though it does its job in getting rid of them. There's no guarantee that they're not coming back. This is when it's up to the individual to keep them out.
Now this is my personal list to keep roaches out of my home. I have given these tips to all of my tenants, and some use them with great to average results, while others don't and they're still complaining.
-Wash all your dishes before going to bed. Roaches love dirty dishes, and the night time is when they creep, and the day time is when they hide and multiply.
-Always toss the trash out at night, no matter how lazy you may feel. If you drink a beverage from a can or bottle, wash it out with hot water then throw it away. Especially beer, for some reason roaches are heavliy attracted to it.
-Never keep bundles of plastic bags stuffed underneath the sinks or cabinets. Roaches love to hide in that stuff, and when I've sprayed those areas. I would see hundreds or thousands every time. Stop being cheap, buy small garbage bags. Leave the large and extra large bags alone.
-Keep your apartment clean by mopping at least twice a week. But focus on the bathroom and kitchen. Clean all counter tops and sinks with some type of cleaner that contains bleach. If you have pets, then you might want to do these things more often.
-Use Combat about a week and a half after bombing, I'm guessing it does something.
-Bomb the home quarterly, I do this quite often and I'll see a roach once in a blue moon. But I honestly haven't seen one in months.
I know some folks are going to say, "I do these things, does he think I'm stupid?" No I don't, but you'll be surprised how many people don't do any of these things often or at all, and they wonder why they have as many roaches as the sewer system. These pest exterminating products are meant to kill most and drive the rest away. Not keep them out forever, but there's many folks I've met who don't know that. And they've threatened and even taken me to court. I get a kick out of it when I bring pictures of their junkyard of a home to the judge, and he replies, "The landlord is not obligated to clean your home for you." I mean roaches? Some of these folks homes look like they have apes and tigers running around.
Well, in anycase, I highly recommend this product along with the Fragrance Free Raid. This is how I control my roach problem. These are tips that work for me, and a few others that I know. I'm sharing them with whoever cares to read this. Whether you use them or not is up to you.
Active ingrediant: Cypermethrin - 1.716% Other Ingrediants - 98.284%
Always remember to keep out of children's reach, and be sure to read the precautionary statments concerning first aid and physical or chemical hazards.
Pros: -Kills or weakens pest very badly, easy to use
Cons: -Have to take too many precautions, quick acting
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