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Cockroaches

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:09am
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Kes148

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Just been one of those years.

We have just come back after 18 months and have seen a few roaches in different places and sizes in the house. We have put bate traps down but my partner refuses to believe that we may have a problem. I keep putting the plugs in etc but have seen one in living room,  one in upstairs bathroom and possibly a couple of youngsters in downstairs loo. The property had been unoccupied for over 15 years until we took over in Feb 2019 and I wanted to have the place fumigated but was told I was being ridiculous. 

It is the case of the odd one in different locations. I am rather of the opinion that for each roach we see there are many that we don't.

Any suggestions appreciated. I would like to galvanise my partner into skme sort of action rather than another 6 months of wait and see.

Many thanks.

Peter24

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:12am

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:12am

No keyholder?  Just one of the reasons to appoint a keyholder so the property can be checked on a regular basis.  They are used to dealing with problems like this for you.

Roland

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:29am

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:29am

You say you put the plugs in the wash basins etc.

If your sinks & washbasins have an overflow slot the the cockroaches will come  in through there as well.

Tape the overflows up before you leave.

If left for many months the water in the toilet pan will evaporate & allow the cockroaches in that way.

I don't think you have a problem to be honest, cockroaches will always be around in countries like Spain.

I have a can of long lasting cockroach spray.

You spray it all around the the skirting in every room & along the bottom of all the doors & kitchen units before you leave the house.

It is supposed to last for many months, about 9 euro a large can if I remember.

Kes148

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:48am

Kes148

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:48am

Thank you that is really helpful. 

Roland

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:26pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:26pm

I also forgot to mention the importance of proper food storage.

All our dry goods such as rice / flour / pasta / biscuits etc are all stored in airtight containers.

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:28pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:28pm

Kes148 wrote on Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:09am:

Just been one of those years.

We have just come back after 18 months and have seen a few roaches in different places and sizes in the house. We have put bate traps down but my partner refuses to believe that we may have a problem. I keep putting the plugs in etc but have seen one in living room,  one in upstairs bathroom...

... and possibly a couple of youngsters in downstairs loo. The property had been unoccupied for over 15 years until we took over in Feb 2019 and I wanted to have the place fumigated but was told I was being ridiculous. 

It is the case of the odd one in different locations. I am rather of the opinion that for each roach we see there are many that we don't.

Any suggestions appreciated. I would like to galvanise my partner into skme sort of action rather than another 6 months of wait and see.

Many thanks.

As you only took possession of the property in 2019 and have not been able to get back out obviously you would not have key holders as such . A property that had not been habitate for 15 years will have problems but not necessarily excessive. It would be a good idea to have the property sprayed (it is not expensive ) for your peace of mind. It would also help but not irradiate future problems . It is a common thing to find the odd one here and there

SanPedro21

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:23pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:23pm

You can buy a floor cleaner from the    Mercadona that keeps cockroaches and other beasties away. Its called S95 and is a bright pink colour and only costs about €2.50. We use it all the time and its very effective. 

Roland

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:35pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:35pm

Thanks for that useful to know.

ann75

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:35am

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Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:35am

Roland wrote on Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:35pm:

Thanks for that useful to know.

We moved to San P. In 2019 and yes we do get the very odd cockroach. Always in the downstairs bathroom, never anywhere else.  It's to he expected I'm told

. I put vinegar in a dish - they dislike the smell apparently(so do I) but it definitely helps. The thing to remember is that they are more afraid of you than you are of them & while I hate to see them I don't think of them as being a problem. Spraying is an option but you must keep doing it.

YungAtHeart

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:43am

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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:43am

I know exactly how you feel. Yes, when you are in Spain you can expect an odd cockroach but not a daily influx. 

I bought an apartment a few years ago that had been unoccupied for a few years.There was daily new batches of cockroaches arriving despite all my cleaning,scrubbing and very strict food storage. My partners  attitude was dont worry they will settle down.

I say... go get proper company in to fumigate. And then you can relax and use the suggestions above to keep the odd one away!!

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