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Q: Parakeets and an Exterminator?

April 7, 2009 | By Peggy B. | 4 answers | Expired: 1918 days ago

Peggy B.

How can I safely control insects in my home now that we have the parakeets? We live in a heavily wooded area and this time of year there are all kinds of critters that are beginning to come out and make their way into our home. We used to have the "bug guy" come a couple times a year in the spring and summer but that was before the birds. Does anyone know of a certain company or chemical that is especially good for homes with birds? I know many of you will be against an exterminator all together, but we're not just talking an occasional ant, spider, or ladybug. There are critters called "wood roaches" that live in the woods here and they find their way in...the bug guy says they aren't like a kitchen roach, but still I think even one of those guys is too many!! I keep the home clean but they just live right oustide the door in the trees, mulch, etc. Help!

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Flyingfluff
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Apr 09, 2009

I know there are more environmentally friendly ways to keep bugs out, such as using lavender or something like that. But I what I would do personally is to board your bird at a friend's or vets for a few days while you have the exterminator come and let your house air back out. If you'd like, I can go find the link that explains how to kill these bugs without putting your bird in harms way.

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RemarkablySpecial
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Apr 08, 2009

We get them too. Read the information on wood roaches and you'll see you really don't need to do anything about them. I've included the URL of the page I took the snip from.

[snip]Wood roaches do not thrive and reproduce in homes because they require the consistently moist environment of their natural habitats such as under wood piles or loose bark and in decaying logs. Indoors, their presence is strictly a temporary annoyance. They do not harm the house structure, furnishings or occupants.

The sprays and dusts used with success against household cockroach species are of very limited benefit against wood roaches. Exclusion techniques that prevent wood roach entry should be considered. Doors and windows should be tightfitting and cracks, gaps and other possible entry points should be sealed. If a breeding site can be moved or modified (e.g., relocating a wood pile farther from the house) it might help. Also, store firewood outdoors until you are ready to burn it. The males are attracted to lights at night and limiting porch light use in late May through June when males are flying might be of some benefit. Outdoor insecticide barrier treatments around windows and doors and along the foundation or firewood pile are a last resort that may reduce the number of wood roaches that get indoors. Direct application of insecticide to firewood does no good and is discouraged. Wood cockroaches inside need only be picked up discarded.[snip] www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/woodcoc.html

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RattieMom
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Apr 08, 2009

I know what you mean about those nasty wood roaches, seems they are every where at cirtain times of the year. I use to raise Parakeets and would never let the exterminator come after he told me he wouldn't spray around the birds because it could affect their eggs.
I would call your vet and see if they have any suggestions also,if there is a bird breeder you could call in your area,I would call and see what they have to say.
Another thing you may want to check out are bird forums on the web, type in Parakeet forums or Parakeet chat, someone may have some good advice they are willing to share :)
Good Luck!

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Kavykeeper
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Apr 08, 2009

Can you board them at your vet or a friend's house for a few days? Birds are very sensitive so I wouldn't risk having them in the house until you know that a safe amount of time has gone by after spraying.

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