The Terrible way I killed a Roach
Nevermind why I was digging in the trash. I was. When a sly gatherer made his presence known. Probably a good guy, spiritually speaking. Just tried to be a good addition to the tribe. Collecting bits of carbohydrates and fats to bring the next generation in strong.
But he made the fatal fucking mistake of being noticed by me. Immediately I walked away to grab the harshest roach killer chemical available OTC.
KABOOM with the power of OXI CLEAN stain fighters. The only clue to the ingredients from the bottle says “Contains: inorganic acid, surfactant.” Not much to go on, but damn if it doesn’t kill a roach. Fast. From MotherJones:
Silberberger says [household cleaner ingredient labels are] incomplete: manufacturers are allowed to simply use the words “dyes,” “preservatives,” and “fragrances” instead of actually listing the ingredients in the additives. Scary, considering fragrances often contain phthalates, among other potentially toxic chemicals. Another problem: Companies are only required to list “intentional ingredients,” meaning substances created by combining two ingredients or added during the manufacturing process aren’t listed.
The trigger makes a vibrating quack and mists the guy once good in the face and again in his midsection. He’s soaked but I’m not done. I rain down about 6 more in rapid succession.
He could still make it. He’s strong. They’re proud around here. They wear jewelry. Until I put a plastic HEB bag over the paper one, sealed with packing tape. Am I wrong for this?
So after a little surfing, I found the MSDS for Kaboom. The active ingredient turns out to be glycolic acid (5-10%), but no mention of the surfactant. Used in skin care to remove the top layer of dead skin and reduce wrinkles, etc. Pretty harmless, by and large. But not good for the roaches respiratory systems.