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Getting Rid of Cockroaches

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Cockroaches are disgusting pests and can be very tough to get rid of. There are many ways to tackle this pest. This is a guide about getting rid of cockroaches.


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August 1, 2013

I lived in a Texas house with several roommates. And cockroaches, BAD! We had tried the "bombs." It was quite a bit of work covering certain places with plastic, taking ALL laundry to laundromat during, and washing all dishes after. They didn't work as hoped for, then I read about Roach Prufe. I also read of the best application technique.


Start at one point of the home, somewhere along the perimeter where the floor meets the wall. Lay out a line along the entire perimeter of every room in the home. I realize some people will see this and immediately think of how they do not want this white powder line showing along the entire perimeter of their home. They prefer to just throw some piles of powder under the sink and behind the water heater, and maybe a few other hidden places. We had tried this hit/miss sprinkling powder before we read of the "perimeter technique" but we had roaches BAD and hit/miss did not work before.

The perimeter instructions told of how it was safe for people and pets; and to imagine how, for any roach in the home to get from the floor to the wall, you make him [or her, lol] crawl past the powder. It was 98% boric acid and 2% inert stuff to help it adhere to the roach so he could go share it in his nest. The only piece of perimeter where we did not lay out a line was in the bathroom along tub/floor run. We laid our line down using a flat-surfaced cafeteria tray and a 6 inch flex tape knife [drywall tool]. We only made the line about 1/8 inch wide and we got it looking quite uniform to where it looked sort of like a trim molding.

Every sign of a roach was GONE in less than a month! There would be dead ones lying around here and there during the time, but they would usually just go into their nests to die. We left the line down for another month or so, and then we got the crevice attachment on the vacuum cleaner and sucked up all of the lines where they were openly visible. I never saw another roach in that house for the three more years I lived there. I would imagine that other boric acids would work, but Roach Prufe was what we used. The instructions we had read said that if followed exactly as stated. ALL ROACHES WILL BE GONE! They were correct.

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August 4, 20130 found this helpful
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Boric acid is a wonderfully effective roach killer. You can buy it straight behind the counter at the pharmacy.

It can harm people and pets though, if they eat it or have prolonged skin contact with it. That's part of why people put it in the backs of cabinets and out of the way places.

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May 9, 20051 found this helpful

I was told that cornstarch was an easy way to help get rid of roaches. Is that true? If so, does anyone have any directions for it? A friend of mine and her husband really need the help. My friend is allergic to all forms of bug sprays and bombs. Please help if you can. Thanks.


Dawn from Iowa

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have them, help me. They go in and out my vcr. Tell me how to make them go away. I have (3) kids.

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

Cockroach on a wooden surface

Getting rid of roaches in an apartment can be difficult. There are many options from natural products to commercial pesticides. This is a guide about getting rid of cockroaches in an apartment.


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June 1, 2014

Incidentaly, Hot Shot wasp spray kills roaches very effectively. If you see one scurrying along, just bust out the wasp spray. It has excellent range and aiming capabilities.


September 7, 20050 found this helpful

Get powdered boric acid (available over the counter in the pharmacy). Add approximately 1/4 cup boric acid to 3 cups of water. Boil in a saucepan until the boric acid is dissolved. When the solution has cooled, put in a spray bottle.


May 5, 20040 found this helpful

When I was growing up, we used Boric Acid powder around our baseboards in the kitchen, around the backsplash on the counters and in the drawers and cabinets to prevent roaches, ants, etc.


October 29, 20040 found this helpful

To kill cockroaches, take a glass jar and put some peanut butter in the bottom of the jar. Put a good smear of vegetable oil around the inside lip of the jar to make it very slippery.


July 8, 20040 found this helpful

Out of bug spray see a roach? Spray him with hair spray works faster and dead every time! By SAM


October 26, 20060 found this helpful

Garden Insects: Cockroaches

Adult cockroaches are medium-sized insects, with a broad, flat shape and long antennae. Often confused with beetles, the cockroach's wings are membranous and they lack the thick, hard forewing of beetles.



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November 13, 2015

I thought I had seen a roach, but it looked like it didn't have feelers on it. If I have roaches would I be seeing babies or eggs? I haven't seen any babies or eggs. A friend is staying with me and he was cooking and saw 3 bugs; he killed 2. This was in the day time.

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November 14, 20150 found this helpful
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Go to a do it your self pest control store. Ask for the flea liquid for spraying you house. Buy a pump sprayer and spray according to directions. This spray is very strong will kill roaches. Used this when my ex husband brought home the large roaches in boxes from grocery store. Usually only one spraying is needed. Remember that if you sprayer does not hold a seal next time you use it. Just change out the rubber seal. Do not buy another one.

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful

Is it better to spray before renovation or after? What is the best product to do the job myself?

By Sam

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January 10, 20120 found this helpful
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Having done several renos of infested properties, I feel like an old pro, lol!

I'd spray first, use something like liquid Sevin and be liberal. Make sure to follow the directions to the letter. If at all possible, spray two-three days ahead of the scheduled demolition day to avoid being swarmed by fleeing creepies, and be sure to spread a good band on the perimeter of your demo area so they can't flee the spray and then creep back in when the spray dries. Wet spray kills on contact, dry spray takes a few more hours. Your demolition crew will thank you for not having to cope with the horror of swarming roaches.

Very important: be sure that you and your crew wear properly fitted face masks and other protective gear as dead roaches spread disease every bit as much as live ones. Oh eeww!

Then after the reno is complete, spray again to keep the roaches hiding temporarily in the shrubs from re-infesting the nice new tasty reno materials you've just installed. Again, make sure to lay down a wide perimeter band, this time to keep the little rotters out.

Re the boric acid, I have used it as a indoor perimeter shield at baseboards and in cabinets. It works great and is inexpensive but takes time, and does need to be applied where children, pets, and foods are not exposed to it. One of the reasons I like the liquid Sevin is that once it dries it's not as dangerous to children and pets.

Anything you use to kill cockroaches is a poison-to you and the roaches, though, never forget that for a moment whilst handling it and planning where to apply it.

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April 6, 2013

I am looking for suggestions for getting rid of mice and cockroaches from my cupboards?

By Candace

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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

Roach bait:

1 lb. boric acid

1 large onion, grated

1 cup flour

2 T sugar

Enough milk to make a paste

Roll into balls and let dry. Place at the back of cabinets, under shelves, behind the stove or fridge. We use this here in the tropics with big jungle roaches and it works!

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June 19, 20051 found this helpful

Help! I'm petrified! I have never had a roach in my home, ever, in fact I sanitize counters, mop and vacuum floors constantly, yet this morning there was a huge (an inch or so) tan roach sitting on my sink. I absolutely freaked out. It's dead. Then I read up online and tried to identify it,seems to me it might be a German roach, so I immediately went to the store, bought boric acid and some Ortho spray and combat roach baits, sprinkled the boric along the foundation outside the house, along inside and outside of windows, doorways, basement windows and cracks and crevices in my kitchen.

Tonight I snuck into my kitchen (Because I cant sleep knowing this is in my house) with a flashlight, and there was a black small thinner bug had with some tan markings on it but didn't really look like a roach. It had antennae as well as what seemed to be a single antennae out the rear part of him. I found two more within 20 minutes and they were all crawling by the base of the dishwasher.

It is very clean there, however there has been a leak lately that I need to have fixed. Bottom line, is this possible to have roaches when you have an extremely clean home?

The only thing I can think of is maybe it came from a grocery bag or from the wooded area in my yard. I have no idea what to do beyond what I've done so please write back immediately and help me, I'm very upset.

I looked in all of the crevices and under the sink and although it was a bit wet by the back of the closet under the sink, there was nothing there, but I have a roach hotel under there just in case.

Thank you so much,
Stacey From New York

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October 6, 20120 found this helpful

All you have to do to prevent roaches is spray bug spray around every door and every window of your house. Its that easy. Do this every few months and there will be no bugs. There might be a couple every time someone moves in or out of the neighborhood, but no infestation. Wipe up all water, clean up all spills immediately, and vacuum regularly atop of spraying all doors and windows of your house.

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June 14, 2016

I have many artificial plants and would hate to have to throw them out. Does anyone know how to rid artificial plant bases (inside the pot) of roaches and eggs? I plan on moving and do not want to transport them to new place.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

you could nuke the base to kill the eggs, or simply throw them out and buy new bases at the craft store.

Additionally, simple Borax is deadly to roaches. I once rid myself of a horrific German cockroach infestation (at the level that they were coming out of radio speakers) by just cleaning all surfaces and DOWSING everything in the white powder

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January 18, 2010

I am trying to get rid of roaches. They won't go away. Any suggestions?

By Poo from TX

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

If all else fails, place Boric acid where the roaches feed. They will eat some and take it back to the rest of the colony. Roaches eat each other and they will begin eating the poison directly and via eating each other.

I used this method in a neighborhood called South Park in Seattle Wa. almost 13 years ago. It worked like a charm and it only took a few days.

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May 17, 2013

I just saw a roaches in the kitchen. Please help me get rid of them. I don't want them increase in number.

By Rehana from UAE

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May 20, 20130 found this helpful

Are you in or near Dubai? Most of the chemists there stock a product called boric acid-tell them you want it to get rid of the roaches and keep them out of your home. They'll know what you want and will probably also give you good advice on using the product successfully.

I don't know if a chemist outside of Dubai will stock boric acid but if you aren't near there you can try at your local chemist or pharmacy.

It works GREAT to kill roaches and to keep them from coming back. Follow the directions on the label if the chemist doesn't give you advice on the best way to use it for pest control.

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May 28, 2015

I have 4 rose of Sharon bushes in my front yard. They were planted 5 years ago, but the last few years I have been getting roaches from them or from somewhere and I don't know what to do. It has never happened to me before so I'm not sure why it would start now. Thanks for any and all help.

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May 29, 20150 found this helpful

Dinah is right. Roaches do not come from garden plants. Unless you used compost on the plants that wasn't completely finished composting and the roaches got attracted to that. But normally roaches are indoor animals attracted to food.

Get someone to help you move your appliances so you can clean under and behind them. Use roach baits and motels, and use a lot of them. Use shelf liners that can be frequently cleaned. Move your pots and pans and dishes and clean out those cabinets. Sweep floors every night and don't leave dishes sitting overnight. Put all pantry foods in zipper bags and other airtight containers.

Good luck.

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July 5, 2011

Has anyone used boric acid for killing roaches? Please let me know what you think about it. I have a young child and 3 dogs. I'm not sure about this as a safe pest control substance.

By DarcyJayne from TX

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

I took off the electrical outlet face plates and squirted boric acid into the openings around the outlet. It falls down onto the floor inside the walls where roaches hide. Replace the face plates and the kids/animals are safe.

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December 5, 20120 found this helpful

I saw a solution that uses baking soda, powdered sugar, and boric acid. I have cats and I want to make sure I don't kill my cats while killing the cockroaches.

By d

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December 7, 20120 found this helpful

I agree completely with the other posters-boric acid is a great way to kill roaches AND make your cats sick as they've ever been!

I lived in the American South for over thirty years (before moving to the UK to marry again) and the roach problem there is terrible! I always had cats, dogs, and children, so I had to find something effective that didn't hurt my fur and non-fur babies.

I had an exterminator for several years and when he retired he gave me the greatest tip-DIY!

He advised me to buy a sprayer tank (last time I checked, you could buy a high-quality sprayer for under $50USD) and a big bottle of a product called Liquid Sevin concentrate (for more economical use, per ounce it does cost less than the pre-mix; buy either concentrate or pre-mix in any garden centre including WalMart).

READ and FOLLOW the directions CAREFULLY, mix according to directions, and apply liberally using the 'stream' setting on the sprayer nozzele to exterior AND interior perimeter walls, along all baseboards include (maybe especially) inside cabinets and under the sinks, and after adjusting to the 'fan' setting on the nozzle, apply a good coating to carpet and upholstered areas-be sure to stick the sprayer wand down into the crevices of sofa and chairs for best results.

I used to put the dogs in their outside pen, and the cats into their 'Prisoner Transport Device' (lol, the cat carrier, hat tip to Cammie's Kittys blog:) on the front porch. Leave everyone safely contained until the sprayed areas are completely dry, and you'll see a huge improvement in your roach population problem within hours.

Repeat monthly ALL YEAR ROUND for best control. And remember, NEVER apply until the furbabies are safely contained.

Used properly in strict accordance to label directions, LS is the safest and most effective pest control there is. It is expensive, and worth every penny. Growing up in the Desert SouthWest on a cattle ranch we used the dust version in our cattle hoops-load the herd into the chute and run them through the hoops to keep them vermin free.

Great stuff, I highly recommend the liquid version for keeping your home pest free-it even keeps the fleas and ticks out, and is licensed for vegetable garden applications, too.

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June 20, 2015

Our home is terribly infested with cockroaches. We had tried many home remedies to get rid of them, but they were of no use. Our neighbour suggested to us the best exterminators NYC to kick them off completely. But I am in doubt whether to go for them.

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June 22, 20150 found this helpful

You should rid your home of roaches, yourself. Exterminators can be expensive and cannot guarantee you will not have a reinfestation. More return visits, more expense.

I wish all remedies were as simple as ridding a home of roaches. All it involves is purchasing boric acid and using it, properly. It can be purchased at most dollar stores and is very inexpensive.

When roaches walk through boric acid, they get it on their feet. Then they ingest it. Then they die. Other roaches eat the dead roaches. Then they die. The boric acid is not an instant kill. It may take hours or a couple of days. This is good because it allows time for the roach to get back to the nest and contaminate other roaches.

For the boric acid to be effective, it must be placed everwhere the roaches travel. The only exceptions would be where it could contaminate foodstuffs or come in contact with humans or pets. Behind stoves, refrigerators, water tanks, along baseboards, under sinks. You can even use it in kitchen cabinets, in corners and cracks, just making sure it never comes in contact with food or dishes.

I pour some of the powder into an old bowl. I dip a three or four inch paint brush into the powder and 'flick' the powder off the brush onto a surface.

This is a case of the cheapest is the best. You must put it everywhere you can and must be reapplied after cleaning, washing or vacuuming the surface. How long it takes to rid your home of roaches will depend on how heavily it is infested. Two weeks is average.

I have lived in my present home 35 years. Twice, I saw roaches. Twice, I got out the boric acid and went to work. In all those 35 years, I have never had a roach infestation.

Read more about boric acid here


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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

If I was to use a 50/50 solution of water and bleach, would the fumes get rid of cockroaches? I have sprayed them with the same solution and it kills them dead. Of course I don't spray the solution on carpet.

By Laww

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know if those little boogers would be resistant to that solution or not but you certainly aren't resistant :-( Bleach is horrible for your health, including the fumes your lungs breath in, and horrible for the environment in general. Try the boric acid or roach motels already mentioned and if they don't do the trick then it would be best to call an exterminator.

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April 29, 20130 found this helpful

We have water bugs, they are a real problem. We cannot move at the moment, so how do you control these monsters?

By Mary

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April 30, 20130 found this helpful

First try 20 mule team borax . Prinkle uner cabinets and any place you see them. Also Combat Gell works really great. Bugs feed on it, go back to the nests, they die and other bugs feed on them. I had a bad infestation here. Used and and in two days they were all gone.

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March 3, 20130 found this helpful

I found a roach in my home. My son has been receiving a lot of game/computer deliveries in cardboard boxes which sit around forever after being opened. Could these deliveries be the source of the cockroach?

By Bev

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March 5, 20130 found this helpful

Absolutely. Roaches love glue. I worked in a small billing office years ago. One day we went to get a box of new envelopes from the storage closet. The glue had been eaten off all the brand new envelopes. We don't know if it happened in our storage closet or if the roaches came in the box from the printer. We had the entire office sprayed and then layed roach traps everywhere.

Open the boxes outside, bring the equipment in and leave the boxes outside. Buy a box of roach traps and place them around where the boxes were in the house. They last 3+ months and really work. Also, a real tip....Never lick an envelope to seal it.

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