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Old 09-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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Roaches????

We bought this coach from out of Orlando which came from around PA. This unit had tons of cat hair and mess. The wife and I cleaned to no end in and under everything we could. We never noticed any kind of rodent activity since we got it in May. However this last weekend I saw some kind of a bug scurry along the j-sofa toward the wall in the dim lit area. The wife and I are now in "Panic Mode" as we think it is roaches. It was kind of dark in color and about 1-1/2" long from what I could see in the near dark area. The wife and I totally cleaned out everything, all the food, etc. I put down sticky traps all over the coach in different areas to see what it will pick up. So far after two nights and checking every morning.....Nothing in the traps. I made up a concoction of Borax and sugar mixture and placed it in different areas but nothing is touched. I have read this is supposed to work as they consume the sweet sugar they also take in Borax. We refuse to even consider using this unit until we find results. There has to be something in there. The searching on the net found the American roach to be of the largest and kind of fit the description of what I saw that night. Maybe it's not a roach.....I don't know what to do other than burn the unit to the ground.
We are freaked and sick of this.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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Sorry you're having issues with the uninvited guests. You might want to call a pest control company and have your rig tented and fumigated, similar to what you see done on houses. Fumigation would likely put an end to the bug problems once and for all.

Good luck! :-)
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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Set off a bug-bomb inside and then spray all of the lockers with a good roach spray...or just call a professional.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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"After two nights and checking every morning.....Nothing in the traps."
Perhaps they're gone, maybe, you scared them more then they scared you.

Just empty out the MH, close all windows and vents, open all cabinets door, set off a couple of flea bombs and be done with it.
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Raid makes the bombs that are small canisters the size of a small V-8 juice can, about 6oz., and two should be enough to get rid of them. They come in three packs. You set the canister in a plastic sleeve that holds a small amount of water. It gives you plenty of time to get out. From what you described they are commonly, that is down here, called Palmetto Bugs. They are roaches by any other name. Be glad you don't have the German variety, very small and prolific. Some of the Palmetto Bugs are big enough to be pets and are given names. Just bomb it yourself, following the directions on the package. It works. Have been using is since dirt on boats and RV's.
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A question is.......Is this common in the Florida area for roach invasions? Has anyone actually had them and had to deal with it? The one thing I did do that I didn't mention was I had sprayed a bit of roach spray by Wilson around some of the perimeter inside. When I talked to a professional exterminator they said they could not do anything until can confirm what rodent it is. So I placed glue traps all over. However the exterminator says the roach(if it is) can detect the spray and they can stay in the walls possibly for a long period of time until the spray disapates or disappears. I don't know what to think. Pretty smart buggers.
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Roaches have been around since the beginning of time and they will be the last to leave. the gas bomb you buy at home depot will slow them down, but trust me, they are everywhere; people that say they don't have roaches just don't see them.
buy the bombs, put a couple off in your motorhome and the little buggers will disapear.
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Those fogging canister do work. You have an advantage in the RV as the buggers can't migrate to the apartment next door and return another day.

Also, if they leave the warm environment they enjoy in Florida they will likely die.

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Also, if they leave the warm environment they enjoy in Florida they will likely die.
Agreed, a buddy of mine bought an older C out of Tampa late last fall after seeing mine.

Before he left FL he had a local place near the park he was in come do a really thorough cleaning of the unit, they told him they'd seen a few roaches while doing their work, but since they'd cleaned up all the spilled food, etc., they likely wouldn't stick around long.

Sure enough, a week after he got home the temps dipped to way below freezing at night and he left all the windows and roof vents wide open. He found 3 dead ones on the floor in the kitchen area and hasn't seen one since.
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So will the cold temps kill off any unhatched eggs also? If do any poisoning or smoke/bug bombing what happens with the dead carcasses in walls and confined spaces? Do the smoke bombs have any side effects on anything else? Does it make the interior smell after?
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I have to deal with those nasty things as a way of life in Florida. They will die off in the colder climate however here is a link of the best stuff I know of. It is not a bomb and it works on ants, spiders etc. I use this in my home, RV & rental properties: Demon WP .com - The Direct Source for Demon WP Cypermethrin pesticide. It is sold locally in some do-it-yourself pest control places in Fl. Personally I do not like bombs as they get on every surface unless you specifically cover them.
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[QUOTE=TRAILERKING;1306100]what happens with the dead carcasses in walls and confined spaces?

If you can't get them out don't worry, out of site out of mind. They simply become dessicated (dry out) and do not have an odor unlike a rodent. They are really nasty looking things but they're not THAT bad if you manage them. I would not worry so much...
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what happens with the dead carcasses in walls and confined spaces?

If you can't get them out don't worry, out of site out of mind. They simply become dessicated (dry out) and do not have an odor unlike a rodent. They are really nasty looking things but they're not THAT bad if you manage them. I would not worry so much...
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I am currently in Kissimmee full-timing. Our main problems have been ants, but did see a Palmetto bug once. We used boric acid with a small amount of sugar mixed in, put it in areas the cat can't get into but are typical hangouts for insects. Haven't seen anymore insects since.
I had previously used the mixture in Dallas in an old apartment building. The german variety of cockroaches would move from apartment to apartment as the management sprayed for them, but would always come back. After using the mixture the roaches disappeared from our unit.
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