Getting Rid Of Roaches

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

By Poo from TX


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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

Assuming you are meaning German roaches found living in the cabinets and appliances. Go with a roach bait gel. Combat makes one that comes in a large syringe. Easy to place at the point where the roaches are hiding. Avoid using any sprays around where you placed the bait, you need them to eat the bait to start the process of them being gone. After a week you should start seeing good results and into the second week hopefully they have become more rare to see. Be patient, it does take time but it is very effective in the long run. Professionally I have gotten rid of heavy roach infestations with only the gel baits. Lar

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

I tried the roach bait gel and it didn't work for me. I had an exterminator come out and I found one who guaranteed his work for 90 days plus didn't require a contract. I had to have him come out 3 times because the ones in my home are even harder to get rid of then the German cockroaches. To get under the stove and fridge I put bait gel on plastic lids then slid them under the stove and oven w/ a broom so my cats could not get to these.


Maybe that would work. Put bait gel on the wall and floor behind the fridge too. That's a good time to vacuum the coils, under/around the fridge too.

A friend's mom made bait with mashed potatoes, egg, and boric acid. She said this worked.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

This roach bait gel by Combat that people are talking about is the best product I've ever found for getting rid of roaches. It's called Combat Platinum Roach Killing Gel. I'm in the process of ridding my house of them and even after just the first application I've seen a huge difference. I'm using it in combination with the roach traps which I put in places where my pets could get at it.

One word of warning tho with the gel. I had a huge problem with roaches being attracted to the dry dog food I keep down. Every time I turned around they'd be crawling around in the dogs' food. I tried putting a bit of gel under the rug that the dogs' bowls sit on. Mistake! The cat started digging through the rug to get at the gel! So I cleaned that up quick, then put the dab under the rug right where the dogs' water dish sits so the cat can't get at the spot. Haven't had the first bug there now in 2 weeks.

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

I have tried all kinds of things because I live in Hawaii and we have bugs, bugs, bugs. Recently I have started to catch the geckos/salamanders from out side and let them loose in the house.


I barely see a roach in the house and not that my kids do not try because they leave dirty dishes all over the kitchen.

The landlord came to inspect the apt recently and no roaches in sight what freaked him out was a line of ants coming into the house. He must have lived here long because anyone from Hawaii would probably say "give me the ants over the roaches!"

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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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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

I had a contract with a pest control company also. He would come out several times a month.He said that they were coming from the neighbors. Bull. I fired him and went in search of something that works!


I agree about the Combat roach gel. It has to be gel in the syringe! I buy it at WalMart, about $6. You don't want to use very much at all. o begin with, it is not necessary, plus the fact that when the gel dries it is a brown color. So make sure that where you put it is out of sight. Within 2 weeks I was totally free of all roaches. About every 5 years I'll see one; put the gel out and never see another one. Good luck, Kathy, Richland, MS

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