CRANKY’s THEORY ON COCKROACH EXTERMINATION
Cockroaches are creepy, dirty, disgusting insects. Hardly an apartment in the NYC area does not have some infestation of these hardy creatures. They eat anything, food, soap and even glue in cardboard. Spraying and traps can keep their population down, but they are almost impossible to eradicate.
Cockroaches are primarily an urban problem. I have almost never seen them in suburbia. I think I know why.
Many years ago, my ex#2 moved into my New Jersey house from Brooklyn, N.Y. Her Brooklyn apartment had a mild roach problem. Mild in New York meant you might see eight or ten a day. For every roach you see there are probably two hundred you don't see. Within days of this move we started seeing roaches in my house. They clearly had been transported from Brooklyn inside the boxes of stuff we moved from her apartment.
“SHIT!” I thought. Now I am going to have a major problem of infestation. We saw roaches for maybe three days, and then there were none. How was it that you could never eradicate these things in the city, and yet in three or four days of their arrival to the New Jersey suburbs they had disappeared?
What we do have in the suburbs are crickets. My basement was somewhat damp and in the summer the chirp, chirp of crickets from downstairs was common. Crickets eat other insects. They stun them with their chirp and feast on them.
I believe the disappearance of the Brooklyn roaches was thanks to the crickets which lived in my basement.
If you want to eradicate roaches from urban areas, I recommend crickets. Drop a few of these buggers in your apartment and if they don’t eat the roaches, their presence and their chirping will scare the roaches off.
Of course now you are left with the crickets. Crickets die off in the cold, and they stay out of your food. They are comparatively clean and except for the chirping you hardly even know they exist. Once you are rid of the roaches, the crickets are easy to catch and or kill as their chirping gives away their location and they are not as evasive as roaches.
That is it, my completely unscientific suggestion for ridding your home of roaches.
Sure they are still bugs, but have you ever seen a cartoon character called Jiminy Cockroach?