Getting Rid of Cockroaches in an Apartment

March 1, 2010

Cockroach on a wooden surfaceI have a problem. My family moved into these apartments 5 to 7 years ago and the first apartment we had was good, no bugs. Then we moved into a different apartment, but still in the same complex and when we moved there we had 3 or 4 years of peace until we started getting bed bugs. After we found out, we got rid of all of the bed bugs.


But 9 months or so after that we got infested with roaches and we have gotten things and exterminators to try get rid of them. Soon enough they left for 3 months, but 2 days ago I found one adult in my room. I thought it was no problem, but the next night I found 3 of them and don't know why they came back. I have only seen them in my room. I have the middle room. I really need some help. Thanks.

By Eboy from Westville, NJ


March 27, 20090 found this helpful
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With boric acid, if you mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with granulated sugar, it won't "clump up." Keep in mind that roaches are there for the food and moisture, so pull back the fridge and stove, sweep the areas well, and put out the sugar/boric acid mixture along the baseboards. Also, put it along the back of the cabinets under the sink. A good way to keep it contained is to use used, clean lids (i.e.


tops of plastic baby food containers, yogurt lids, etc.). The roaches walk through it, it sticks to their feet, and they take it back to their "nests" where the roaches clean each other (lick each others' bodies and feet), thus ingesting the mixture... and VOILA! Kills them! =)

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful
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I used Combat roach killing gel and it kills all of them even when the infestation is extreme. I called because I couldn't find it in my area, and Combat sent me several coupons and told me which stores carried it. 1-800-426-6228 is the combat helpline #. I hate to use poisons in my home but roaches are the limit.


The lady who told me about it was where the roaches came from, they go everywhere with you. Her house was the worse case of roaches ever and they haven't had any since putting down the Combat. Good luck. Suzann

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November 10, 2011

We have cockroaches in our apartment. Is there a way we can safely exterminate them, as we have two babies less than five months old in the house?

By Dean from Hamilton, Ontario


November 10, 20110 found this helpful

Dean, if you are not squeamish, look into getting a gecko. I had a friend who released one in her apartment, when she and her husband could not have it sprayed due to an allergy to the insecticide. She said they rarely saw it, it kept the place free of bugs, and they were thrilled with the compromise.


I am not sure what kind they specifically used, but they did their research and bought it at a pet store.

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November 18, 20111 found this helpful

OMG, I love the idea of releasing a gecko in the house to eat the bugs, but it'd be my luck I'd step on it in the dark while I was barefoot & break my neck trying to get back off it! LOL!

Here's a link I've posted before about a mixture you can use for roaches.

The 'roach pruf' in the photo is basically boric acid. You can buy boric acid in the insecticide dept. of most hardware stores, it's usually a roach bait powder,but look at the ingredients for boric acid. You can also use Boraxo, which is in the laundry soap section of the store, it has boric acid in it.


The good thing about boric acid is it isn't toxic to animals or humans - but it can make them sick if they eat it in large quantities. But you can put it in out of the way places your babies can't get into. That's what would be good with the above recipe, I'm thinking of using it for ants around my place.

You can also just mix the boric acid with a bit of sugar (the cockroaches are attracted to the sugar & eat it) & place tiny piles of it in the back corners of your kitchen/bathroom cabinets, behind appliances, pull your bottom drawers out & put it under there, etc.

Or, if you want to spend a little more, you can buy the roach bait things that have the bait (boric acid) inside the little containers. The roaches can get in to the bait, but babies & animals can't get into it unless they tear it up. I like the ones I've seen recently that look like little clear plastic half-circles & have water in them. Supposedly the water is what attracts them to the bait. We had a problem a couple of summers ago when we had drought-like conditions & the big cockroaches started coming in looking for water behind our freezer in the garage & the bathroom. I put several of those water baits out & in no time the cockroaches were gone!

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

I can't wait.

Thank you,

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January 18, 2010

Two months ago, I moved into my first ever me-only apartment, or so I thought. Ever since day one, I've almost been over run by roaches. I've tried almost everything.

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