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I have been reading about how much roaches enjoy dry oak leaf litter. I have a few questions about this:

(1) Will just rinsing in water remove any possible pesticide residue?

(2) Are there any on-line sources for pesticide-free dead oak leaves?

I know it sounds funny to want to buy dead oak leaves, but in my area I don't think oak trees are easy to find.

I do have some relatives in Missouri I could contact probably, but I want to make sure I'd be able to remove

any pesticides.

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I have a ton of Oak in my yard, that I know is not sprayed. I plan on collecting this fall. I will offer it to people who need it then. I could mail you leaves now, but they would be green, and you would have to dry them. But I would be happy to do that for you. Small fee plus s&h. Let me know if you would like me to do this.

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Thanks, Cindy! That would be awesome! I would gladly trade some of my dollars for your efforts :) I will wait until fall for the dead ones since I read those are best. If you ever need some authentic blowing sand from the desert southwest just let me know - hahaha!

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Thanks, Cindy! That would be awesome! I would gladly trade some of my dollars for your efforts :) I will wait until fall for the dead ones since I read those are best. If you ever need some authentic blowing sand from the desert southwest just let me know - hahaha!

Wow.. well, I don't know about the sand! lol...I am going to go out today and see if I can find some leaves left from last fall. That is what I used this summer, and I am sure there are more out there to be found. If I can get a bunch, I will let you know so you have some right away. I am surrounded by trees, and have many varietys. I have a magnolia tree that is good too. I can't wait till fall! :) Let me see what I can find, I will let ya know.

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I have oak leaves available year-round, freshest in November (dead/dry) but otherwise perfect for bugs. They come from a 'wild' area not close to anyones house, field, or runoff.

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Oh good! Matt has some too! I just walked around outside, and found a ton of leaves from last fall that I didn't even know about! :) I am going to rake them up now.

I live in the country so they are fine, like Matt said, no run off or neighbors that spray. I trust that they are pesticide free also.

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Hi Nancy. I live here in NM as well, I think we have talked on AB before. I usually take a drive up to Torreon or in that general area and collect oak leaves. My roaches also will eat cottonwood leaves and mulberry leaves. I generally wash them and then let them dry outside for a while. I then bake them. The oak leaves I get I dont have to worry about.

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I have a lot of success with both "oak leaf mold" bought from the local garden supply store (great for "capping" in ground plantings) and oak leaves that I have collected just around my area. I doubt pesticides are something to be concerned over if you let the leaves start to decay and decompose to the point at which roaches seem to prefer them anyway.

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I collected oak leaves from a local park that is probably sprayed for bugs at least once a year. I let the leaves age in my garage one winter before using them, and after that I started using them extensively. I have two bags stored up and one bag from 4 years ago that I've yet to run out of. No weird deaths in any of my colonies, etc.

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Hi Nancy. I haven't tried it personally but I think you can leave the oak leaves submerged in a pail or basin full of water for 1-2 days maybe and then dry them under the sun. Just an idea though.

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If you still want some leaves, I processed a bit of them today.. double baked! I don't have much, as 3 shopping bags only made a little under 2 pounds but if you would like some, let me know. They are very clean, I picked out all stems and sticks and hand crushed them. All my gang got new stash tonight! My house smells like a campfire... B)

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@ Alex- when I have been in the tropics and have seen a papaya or guava tree, there are always lots of insects in the dead leaves below and always some type of roach or more.

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Matt I know exactly what you mean..In south florida papaya is heavily sprayed with insecticides since everything eats it...A few years ago I went to costa rica and walked thru tortugero the tour guide told us that papaya and its cousins are considered the mc donalds of the forest.

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Cindy, thanks for the oak leaves!! My hissers are really happy and munching on them already :D I appreciate your effort and can't believe they got here so soon :) You're the best!

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