Roach Ball Recipe For Getting Rid Of Cockroaches

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Here are a few tips for how to get rid of cockroaches, if you have a surefire method of your own–feel free to share it with everyone and add it below.

DIY Mix:

Legs UpWhite Flour
Boric Acid
Confectioners Sugar or Brown Sugar
Water

  • Mix 50/50 flour and boric acid. Sprinkle in some confectioners sugar (about 1/4 of the amount of flour used). Make a dough by adding in water, don’t make it runny.
  • Roll the dough into small marble sized balls and place them in corners, dark cupboards, behind heavy appliances, along floor boards and around the garbage.

Within a month the critters should be gone.

If the infestation is particularly bad:

  • Double the effort by making a mix of 50/50 boric acid and brown sugar then pour the mixture in a thick line around the entire room and entrance ways. The roaches will get the stuff on their bodies and carry it back to the nest. Once there is no trace of the pest left (usually within the month), vacuum up the powder.

Keep away from children and pets. If you have little ones running around, keep the balls behind furniture and heavy appliances and inside cupboards.

More tips:

  • You can also use Borax as a substitute for the boric acid, but the boric acid is more effective.
  • Add some bacon grease to the mixture, makes them a little more tempting and hard to resist.
  • Replace old, hardened balls with fresh ones as needed.

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Published: September 7, 2007

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26 Comments to “Roach Ball Recipe For Getting Rid Of Cockroaches”
  1. Shawn says:

    Just use bay leaves.

    • good one says:

      that method doesn’t work bud. tried it millions of times. never worked each time. doesn’t work with ants either. i used to watch ants crawl on the bay leaves. you think an animal is going to stray away from a leaf? no.

      • nono bug says:

        Bay leaves only temporarily. But this it works !! It says within in a month I say within a week you’ll notice the difference !

  2. Pam says:

    I tried the bay leaves. They didn’t work for me. I put uncrushed leaves in toille(sp?) circles and tied them off with ribbon and placed them around the kitchen and bathroom. The best thing I have found is Hot Shot “bombs”. You set them off and leave for a couple of hours, go out to your favorite bookstore or whatever and come home and open the windows and I leave for about an hour and them come home and vacuum. There is no residual smell and you will see a difference. Also there is no oily mess to clean up either. I have heard about the Roach Ball Recipe before but never tried it. Hope this helps. Love the website!!! Thanks, Pam

  3. crispy says:

    LoL* I just finished up the roach balls and their already attacking it!Really hope this works because I also tried bombing and bay leaves.Neither worked.The bay leaves did provide them food though.

  4. Nancy says:

    I hope they work too. Did they?
    i wonder if they could be put in a plastic bag outside, close to the house, and get em before they try to get in? Leaving a little place for them to enter the bag. Has anyone tried this? We are from the north and there is nothing scarrier and more discusting than seeing one of them crawling across the floor or anywhere in here! I have tried everytinhg….even taped aLL around my windows,(clear duct tape:), anywhere I think they could get in, as we never open windows down here in fl, keep air on all year.
    Nancy

  5. Jenni says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy boric acid? I’m in Georgia. Thanks!!

    • Almeda says:

      Most grocery stores in the over the counter drugs etc. Also I have found it at Walmart (I believe in with the bug killers). Might try a hardware in the lawn and garden department…hope this helps…I am in southeasten Tn

    • Terry says:

      Lowe’s and Home Depot, Ace Hardware all carry it

      • Joann says:

        I tried Walgreens and Walmarts to buy Boric Acid and they did not carry it anymore. Ace Hardward had plenty on hand.

    • shahid says:

      boric acid is freely avaiable in drug stores or in some indians grocery shop, this is normally used in carrom board where they sprinkles it on the bord so that the striker can hit the disk freely.

  6. Chris says:

    Home Depot carries Boric Acid. Comes in a powder and costs about $4.00.

  7. chance says:

    Yes, it really works! I was so excited to see a difference within a few days, I applied a light mist of plain boric acid around next to walls and corners all over the kitchen to speed up the process. Then they carry the powder to the nest. We had a serious infestation and within a week there were hardly any adults. There were lots and lots of babies for weeks, but now rarely any after a month. I tweaked my recipe to include boric acid, flour, sugar, minced onion, a little salt, shortening, and a little beer. I call them roach treats. I’ve actually seen them eating it!

  8. Lisa says:

    Yes I do not know what to do this is the first time i ever in my entire life have got cockroaches i have no idea how they even got into my apartment i live in an apartment and the site of seeing cockroaches grosses me out to the core i tried indoor Foggers from Ace Hardware store with no luck i even told my manager about my serious problem with the cockroaches and she has done jack to help me does anyone know the best way to kill cockroaches for good i heard about the roach cookie balls are those good and effective at killing cockroaches what does someone got to do to rid their house to get rid of cockroaches i am a student so i do not got much money but if i buy a product i want it to work and not fail to the job does anyone know what to do to help me out with my cockroach troubles??

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Lisa,

      You need to report your piggish slumlord to the nearest housing authority. Your landlords building sounds infested..and if they are in he walls and that of your neighbors, then you will never get rid of them. The roaches will lay eggs, and the eggs hatch…infestations continue. Professionaly companies can come out and ‘bomb/tent’ the building, but have to come back monthly.and more inbetween to kill the hatchlings….eventually this will end the cycle. Good luck..Roaches are resilient insects and all the over the counter sprays and tricks will never rid the problem if they are in the walls of your building. Good luck!!

  9. Leon DeBusk says:

    I will try the roach ball. Am a firm believer in boric acid. My tip: Clean up! Inside and out. Inside: throw stuff out, Put old wanted stuff in heavy contractors bags. Scrape and vacuum floor joists. Last but not least; take the stove outside; pressure wash and degrease it.

  10. Tome says:

    Yes, it really works…………Thanks.

  11. abe tejada says:

    Yes, no traces of this roaches can be seen after one month of treatment. I have tried many roach remedies, even paid one company to spray our flat but to no avail. Only boric acid got rid all of them.

  12. Wondering says:

    This shouldnt be near children Im guessing?

  13. shane says:

    yes these balls do work this recipe has been around along time I was a pest control worker and I hate to say this but roachs become immune to pesticides after a period of time, and most sprays and things on the market have been out so long that these nasty little bugs have overcome these poisons and well the only thing that they seem to not develope immunity to is boric acid. and I hope this information helps those who read this also if the infestation is bad enough roachs do bite while you sleep so if those that have infestation notice little sores or bumps on thier children this is a result. and another thing to do once you place the balls out do a extreme clean in your home because roachs can live off of anything also you want to take away any other food source so that they have no other choice but the roach balls. as I said I hope this info helps all with this problem and to add to the recipe use diced onions in the batch also it really attracts them as the onion starts composing in the balls and you wont smell this happening. also WEAR RUBBER GLOVES WHILE MAKING THIS AND DISCARD ANY SPOONS COOKING UTENSOLS USED THE BORIC ACID WILL ABSORBE INTO PLASTICS SO DO NOT REUSE THE BOWL, FORK, SPOON ECT AGAIN FOR HUMAN COSUMPTION!

  14. Mindy says:

    uurrggg I am so sick of these bugs!!! I have been sprinkling Borax around my counter tops and it keeps them off but I notice they just go around it now. I am gonna make me a batch of roach treats in the morning!!! thanks for the tip I will post my results!!!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    A friend of mine used the photo film containers. He cut the lid in half then just lay it on it’s side which allows the cockroaches to get at it easily.

    Hope this helps

  16. Logan says:

    I live in Manila, the roaches here CAN grow to 2+ inches in length & they can fly. This is my experience with 100% boric acid bought from Ace Hardware Shagri-la Plaza Mall for 250 pesos ($6 US).

    I have to admit, I was lazy and decided to first pour some around the busier area of where I’ve seen these roaches and it does deter them. I even tested one (3/4 inch) by scaring it into a pile of boric acid, I’d like to say that I saw the same one dead the next day but I can’t be sure. It was in the vicinity of the one scared though. Thing is, there were a lot of dead roaches after just one day of laying the BA around the place.

    Anyway, I decided (30 min ago) to make a version of the a recipe I’ve seen online somewhere: 50/50 (3/4 cup each) – boric acid & regular flour; 1/4 cup brown sugar, about 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup & water. I mixed the dry ingredients first to make sure they were evenly dispersed adding the syrup later then slowly adding water to get the desired consistency. Made one big ball adding flour if it got too sticky, and pulled enough from that to make smaller marble sized balls. I placed them in all the areas I’ve noticed the annoying things. Within minutes of placing I already noticed about 3 balls being eaten – unbelievable!!! I know the stuff will kill them because they’ve already died using pure BA so it’s only a matter of time.

    Some note: I used rubber gloves, plastic fork and an old plastic bowl – I threw all away except the plastic gloves. Any left over is in cellophane & 2 ziploc bags in the fridge (away from anything edible).

    Anyway, I hope this helps. I’ll update later if I can, feel free to ask any questions.

  17. Jerry Joseph says:

    This method actually works. Only task you should do everyday is to sprinkle some water over the dough balls. This will keep the dough moist and help the roaches to feed on it. After a month you will start seeing the results and there will not be any cockroaches for an year.


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