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Old 04-10-2019, 09:15 PM   #16
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Bet you'd love a lizard eating a whole, live Black Widow spider . . . .
EEEWWWW!!

Yes, yes I would.
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EEEWWWW!!

Yes, yes I would.
EEEEEWWWW!

I know I did!

The spider wiggled in the lizard's belly. Hope it was immune to the venom . . . .
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Not so much Boric Acid, as it can have adverse effects on pets, etc. Just 20 Mule Team Borax, as in laundry detergent. I suppose it has just enough boric acid to keep them at bay.
Boric Acid is safe - UNLESS you are allowing your pets to ingest or inhale large quantities of it which they shouldn't be doing unless your sprinkling the house rather than inside/under cabinets and inside wall, as suggested.

Thanks for bringing up the caution.
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EEEEEWWWW!

I know I did!

The spider wiggled in the lizard's belly. Hope it was immune to the venom . . . .
That's so gross hahaha My bio dad had a 25' python that ate rabbits. Was fascinating to watch the jaw unhinge, the rabbit would continue twitching for a long time inside the snakes.... throat? You could legitimately watch the rabbit get digested over the next few days too.

Snakes, spiders, and insects are... ~holds hands out on either side of head~ Aliens!
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Although it is not a poison and will not kill the roaches, sprinkling Borax behind refrigerators, cabinet bases, etc. will deter them. It won't kill them, just make them move to your neighbor's house.
If you want to kill the roaches with something that is not a poison, try a product called "Roach-Proof". I think it's spelled "Roach Pruf", but it's been quite a while since I lived in TX so that might not be correct). It is similar to Borax in one manner...it is a very finely pulverized powder that you sprinkle on horizontal surfaces. When the roaches walk over the powder, they "inhale" some of the Roach-Pruf as they walk over it (roaches breathe through "stomas" on the bottom of their thorax so it's quite easy for them to inhale the powder as they are walking over it). The "sharp" nature of the crystals kill the roach by cutting up the lungs of the roach and it drowns in its own respiratory juices. It has no poison in it, so it's safe to be around in that respect...but I would watch young kids to make sure they don't ingest it in any manner.

I managed a 20 unit apartment complex in the area of Houston, TX and we had roaches galore. Roach-Pruf was the only thing that would control the roaches (the small "German" roaches, not the larger palmetto-bug size ones). It works best if it's replaced every week with fresh, as the moisture in the air causes it to develop clumps on the counter-top if it is too heavily sprinkled on the surfaces. I found that the easiest way to "dust" the counter-tops was to put the Roach Pruf into an old sock and then just tap the sock on the counter-top to enable a light coating of the Roach Pruf to escape the sock and coat the counter-top.

Cheers from Dugly... and best of luck to you in this endeavor!
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If you want to kill the roaches with something that is not a poison, try a product called "Roach-Proof". It is similar to Borax in one manner...it is a very finely pulverized powder that you sprinkle on horizontal surfaces. When the roaches walk over the powder, they "inhale" some of the Roach-Proof as they walk over it (roaches breathe through "stomas" on the bottom of their thorax so it's not hard for them to inhale the powder as they are walking over it). The "sharp" nature of the crystals kill the roach by cutting up the lungs of the roach. It has no poison in it, so it's safe to be around in that respect...but I would watch young kids to make sure they don't ingest it in any manner.

I managed a 20 unit apartment complex in the area of Houston, TX and we had roaches galore. Roach-Proof was the only thing that would control the roaches (the small "German" roaches, not the larger palmetto-bug size ones). It works best if it's replaced every week with fresh, as the moisture in the air causes it to develop clumps on the countertop if it is too heavily sprinkled on the surfaces.

Cheers from Dugly... and best of luck to you in this endeavor!
Yeah, I used to sell it in the infamous garden shop all those decades ago, and it did work.

Trouble was, it was a lot of work. It wasn't really enough to just spread it around; you needed to work it into cracks where the roaches hid, or put it under things, like the fridge. So if you had a lot of roaches, you had to stuff a lot of cracks with the powder. (That's the stuff I used for the vet lady's practice in my first post.)

Here it California, it lasts a month or so, longer if it's really dry.

But, the growth inhibitor is still the best. It's just so diabolical, and it works for six months. (And kills fleas! If that's not to love, what is?)
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EEEEEWWWW!

I know I did!

The spider wiggled in the lizard's belly. Hope it was immune to the venom . . . .
I think it was.

I think I had a dream about people doing that type of thing, where all of us are in this eatery be dared to eat live lobsters whole . . . .
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Food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Just like the borax, puff it in corners and hiding places. safe for people and pets, unless you breathe quantities of it. I bought a baby snot sucker. Suck some up from the bag, and puff it everywhere. I drop handfuls of it on fire ant colonies too.
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Food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Just like the borax, puff it in corners and hiding places. safe for people and pets, unless you breathe quantities of it. I bought a baby snot sucker. Suck some up from the bag, and puff it everywhere. I drop handfuls of it on fire ant colonies too.
Oh yes, that works too. Especially against fleas in the rug. Sprinkle it on, let it sit, vacuum, repeat and repeat DON'T CHANGE THE BAG unless you have to. Diatomacious earth is a grand weapon against evil. Or, just in the struggle to survive.
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