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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 07-17-2018 10:46 PM 1934 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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07-17-2018 10:46 PM

I’ve got an ant and roach infestation in and around my cramped shop. I bought a couple of insect bombs, intending to set them off in the shop with hopes of a mass insect killing. I have ruled out spray cans and powders, since the shop is so cramped that putting spray and powder down would be hard to do, so I plan on the bombs.

Is there anything I should do to protect the cast iron table tops and tools in the shop? I’ve covered the tabletops already.

Comments and advice are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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#1 posted 07-17-2018 11:30 PM

I used diazanon around an RV I was staying in for a seriously annoying ant problem. It did the trick. I just scattered it around and under the RV. After a couple of days no more ants. As I recall is was a granulated sort of stuff. If that’s any help.

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#2 posted 07-17-2018 11:51 PM

Those things are made to set off in a house, they’re not going to hurt your shop.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 07-17-2018 11:57 PM


I used diazanon around an RV I was staying in for a seriously annoying ant problem. It did the trick. I just scattered it around and under the RV. After a couple of days no more ants. As I recall is was a granulated sort of stuff. If that s any help.

- BurlyBob

Ah, yes…... diazinon. That sh*t really worked. Used it on my own lawn to kill the grubs that the moles were attracted to. Yes, it did kill all sort of pests, but it did that all too well. Diazinon has been outlawed basically anywhere common sense individuals have come to discuss the impact of spraying chemicals all over the place.

There might be a ligitimate reason why the EPA and others have banned a chemical. You can fall back on that old bag of pesticide that your granddad used to kill the bad critters. You might just be poisoning your grandkids who are out using the swimg set.

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#4 posted 07-18-2018 12:06 AM

i hear DDT works really well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 07-18-2018 12:54 AM

I saw a roach in my home in Houston. I quickly moved to Colorado. Problem solved.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 07-18-2018 01:24 AM

Bri-dog for the win :) can I call you Bree?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 07-18-2018 02:25 AM

Whatever makes you happy Fridge!

If you make me one of those spanking sticks out of alder…

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 07-18-2018 02:32 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’m not going to use any product not available to consumers over the counter. I’ll probably pop off one of the bombs tomorrow.

Brian — We have the large tree roaches here. Most people are really brave around them until they realize the roaches can fly.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 07-18-2018 03:27 AM

As big as they get this side of Madagascar:)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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mel52

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#10 posted 07-18-2018 04:53 AM

I think they make baits for both insects that they take to the nests and share with others and will eventually kill out the colony. I have used them on sugar ants and they do work well.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 07-18-2018 12:29 PM

My shop space for some reason is loved by wasps and hornets so I have used bug bombs before and not noticed any ill effects to cast iron. Can get pretty humid here so I have to keep wax on anything cast iron anyway.

No experience with getting rid of roach problems but I have had the best luck with Taro ant poison for the tiny little black ants that seem to find there way back to the house each spring.

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 07-18-2018 06:08 PM

A local exterminator uses a non toxic spray around the perimeter of the garage which seem to work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 07-18-2018 06:19 PM

Diazinon 4e with a IGR in the shop will do the trick. Unless your expecting a flood?

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#14 posted 07-19-2018 01:52 AM

I had a similar problem in my shop but it was spiders and cobwebs. I set off two cans per the directions for the number of square feet. It worked well … for about 3 weeks. The kill wasn’t complete and they started coming back. I had to resort to using a pump up sprayer from Black Flag. I applied the material all the way around the shop walls on the floor and slightly up the walls. It did much better but I still see spiders from time to time.

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#15 posted 07-19-2018 02:04 AM

Do you live in a warm enough climate to support lizards? We must have at least a dozen here just on our suburban lot. If a cricket puts up a little noise, it’s gone within a day. I don’t know what is driving this population explosion; I’ve never seen this many lizards running around before. They’re doing a great job on controlling the bugs.

I’m in southern California.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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