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Wet summer drawing out more cockroaches

Joy Wang
September 18, 2017 06:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Are you seeing more cockroaches lately? The wet summer and mild winter mean more roaches are out and about.

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The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority sprays boric acid into the sewer system to kill cockroaches.

"It attracts the roaches," Joseph Sais with the water utility authority said. "They see it as a food source so they go and eat it. They ingest it, and it kills them within 18-24 hours after they ingest the boric acid."

Then there's the option to spray your home.

"One of the main things we always recommend to our customers is that you really pay attention to your door sweeps -- both from the garage and also the regular doors to make sure you got a good seal," said Michael Swanson with Preventive Pest Control."

Swanson said that's usually the first line of defense. If that doesn't work, they can put baits or power spray the outside of the home.

"Injecting material underneath the concrete slabs, all these areas where the cockroaches are spending time during the day," he said. "So that we can get them you know instead of putting out a barrier hoping they might come across it."

The water authority says the boric acid is not toxic to humans or animals. If you'd like them to go to a sewer system in your neighborhood, you can put in a request online.

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