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Roaches and Septic Systems


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Posted by Shirley on 14:51:07 3/30/2016 from 192.231.86.248:

Hereís my story: Iím going to be moving into a house in the desert. The previous human tenants moved out 3 weeks ago, but the other tenants are still there Ė various sizes and kinds of cockroaches. The free-standing house is a fixer-upper. Iíve spent the past 3 weekends doing cleanout and small repairs. Before furniture and stuff goes in, it would be better if the roaches were eliminated.

Somebody told me that because the house has a septic system (-new to me) that the roaches are going to be alive and well, partying and breeding in the septic tank, and thereís nothing I can do about it, just deal with it.
Question #1: Is that true?

A neighbor over there said to sprinkle boric acid into cracks and cupboards, and around drains and baseboards, which Iíve done, and the numbers are decreasing, with dead ones on the floor, but now with live ones crawling on the ceilings.
Iíve been reading your message boards, that are so helpful, and I will get the Advion gel and try it.

About the septic system. Iíve read that Temephos and Rotenone are safe to put in the system, but it sounds like theyíre for killing other kinds of bugs. The instructions for the system said no pesticides, because it ruins the microorganisms that break down wastes.
Question #2: Is there a product I can put down the drains that will get rid of whateverís alive under the house?



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