I set out a couple of cups of “activated charcoal” to absorb odors in the basement. The cost of activated charcoal is a bit costly but golly it works great for absorbing nasty odors and aromas! Activated charcoal is offered as a filtration method for fish tanks and it is a great item for a prepper to have on hand for water filtration, odor removal and other applications us preppers might want on hand.
Welp, I have cockroaches and now I have to get rid of them. So far Mom and I have added a lot of DE to the main areas we have seen the bugs in the kitchen and we are adding some to the big bathroom. Roaches can live weeks without food so this will not be a quick process. It will take at least 2-3 months if not longer of being pro-active to eliminate the roaches. Nice thing about DE is the roaches will track it back to their nests and it will help kill off the bug colony. Also DE is much more pet and child friendly compared to Boric acid based bug killer.
My plan of attack is to go very heavy on DE and using bug spray when I see the roaches for a few weeks. Then I’ll shift to the gel baits and traps for a couple of weeks and then back to DE as the primary bug killer. I’m also working on removing all food and water sources for those little buggies. Dirty dishes or dog food bowls are a freaking buffet for roaches and a basic kitchen garbage can feed them easily.
I found a great tool for laying down DE, a rose duster for powders. For under $20.00 you can safely squirt DE powder into all those nooks and crannies around your house. I think this a good item to have in your prep arsenal for insect control.
I’m the last person to past judgement on anyone for cleanliness as I have obviously failed in my preps and keeping the house vermin free. That said I’m working on it and I have learned a lot about what not to do as a prepper. Everything I have store properly is safe. My problem is I got lazy on some storage and now I’m dealing with the consequences of those choises.
Yep I screwed up! Please don’t make the same mistakes I made.