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Hello! I am very excited to say that we will be getting a puppy in 2 months therefore meaning I will be asking lots of questions on here! My first question is this: So we have always had roaches in our house and have always put poison out for them since we've never had any pets that could get to it. But now we are getting a puppy and I am unsure what to do instead of poison to keep the roaches away but still be safe for the dog... We have always used Combat Roach Poison and it has always worked very well. We were thinking of only putting it in places the dog cant get to like on shelves and things but I would still be worried they would find a way to it... Any suggestions? Thanks!!
 

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That is a really good question for the vet on your first visit.

Seems like they are fairly safe, most work on receptors not found in mammals, but I wouldn't want to say anything specific since I'm not qualified.

Bringing a puppy home is so exciting!
 

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That is a really good question for the vet on your first visit.

Seems like they are fairly safe, most work on receptors not found in mammals, but I wouldn't want to say anything specific since I'm not qualified.

Bringing a puppy home is so exciting!

Thank you for the reply! I will be sure to talk to the vet about it! :)
 

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Dogs would lick anything, so I wouldn't leave the poison out. Although, a friend's dog ate all the poison for months without him knowing, he only found out later on and the dog is still alive and kicking, but still I wouldn't take that chance. Having said that, I find roaches disappearing after having my dog and that's confirmed with another friend who also seeing a decrease in roaches after having a dog. Probably because roaches don't like to socialize, and dogs would roam around the house non-stop.
 

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I have only used two things that aren't so poisonous to treat my houses for roaches (that flat worked!) that were not hard on pets. Years ago in Galveston, which had roaches pretty bad, I used little foil cups of powdered boric acid. Mind you, I only placed them behind and underneath heavy furniture like hutches, sofas, dressers and such where the dachshunds couldn't get. I also went out of my way to empty all kitchen cabinets, lower cupboards and (using a spoon) tipped a thin line of the stuff around the cabinet perimeter seams (side and back seams). Roaches tend to travel/walk along perimeters. When they walk through the stuff, doing what roaches do, lick their hairy legs/feet all the time, they eat it and die. They also carry it back into the wall nests for the rest of the little buggers to get it on their legs, too. Job done. I never had roaches again in 10 years before we moved. BTW, one of my dachsies actually reached one of my foil cups and ate a small amount of the boric acid before I caught her and she did NOT have any issues from it.



Second foolproof roach method was used at my current house we bought 4 years ago. Back yard was infested with fleas (not roaches) but in Texas, we have the occasional roach get inside the house. To kill the fleas mainly, I dusted out pool filter diatomacsous earth (use food-grade for this, available in garden centers). I dusted every square inch of the back yard, all surfaces (bare dirt areas, cement paths, flower beds, house perimeter, driveway). Use on a dry day as it loses strength if wet or it rains! It's ground up crustacean shells. It scratches/scores the insects exoskeletons and they basically dehydrate and die. Haven't had a flea bite on the dog (or us) in 4 years now! Side benefit, when a roach finds its way into the house, I find them "belly up" in various stages of slow death......and I don't have to lift a finger! I perversely enjoy this side benefit of DE because I cannot abide roaches. :)



Either method DOES work even if the infestation is bad!
 

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you could also look into getting food grade diatomacious earth, which works on many different types of insects. It's safe for pets.
 
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