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Yikes! Any suggestions for roaches?
« on: Oct 23, 2011, 04:36 am »
We have a wonderful set for our prodn of Robber Bridegroom and are using these huge hay bales all over the set as both dressing and places to sit.

Sadly, seems a slew of roach eggs ready to hatch came with them.

We have sprayed and done a dozen other things (boric acid is next; I will be injecting it as far down into the bale as I can get). But the hatching babies keep landing on the poor actors and then flying away - and I don't know what else to do. The theater can't be sealed and bombed during the run (per my house TD).

Ideas? Suggestions? Anything?

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Re: Yikes! Any suggestions for roaches?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 23, 2011, 05:12 am »
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Re: Yikes! Any suggestions for roaches?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2011, 12:55 pm »
I must say, that is horrifying. I have no advice for that, but I can share a story of sympathy...

Last year, it seems we developed a hole in the roof and as the weather changed several wasps made there way in and took residence in the Theatre. They were everywhere. On Stage. In the Prop Room. We were even finding them in the costumes from day to day. There is nothing like watching actors change there blocking to save audience members. I didnt think we would ever see the end of them.

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Re: Yikes! Any suggestions for roaches?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 24, 2011, 01:55 pm »
Is it feasible to get new hay?  Don't know how long your run is and what the budget is like but would think the first course of action is to eliminate the source of the problem, then proceed with treatments to get rid of the remaining population. 
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Re: Yikes! Any suggestions for roaches?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 24, 2011, 02:22 pm »
the house TD and I poked holes in all the bales and shot in boric acid poison mixes, then circled it all - but if they continue to hatch, we will have to eliminate the bales (a key element of our set, sadly) and subsititute either wooden boxes/crates or, per someone who does landscaping, bring in fake hay bales which have (hopefully) been treated.

In the meantime, after a week of notes and bug spraying attempts, we still haven't heard from our set designer abt feasible alternatives proposed by the house (and me)....

PSMKay, house is purchasing the product for after the bales leave, when they will be chasing the little buggers down.  Thanks for the lead