Cockroaches are tough nuts to crack and they are especially nasty to have inside your home because they leave behind trails of E. coli and salmonella. They are actively looking for two things: water and food sources, it takes just a little bit missed from the night’s cleanup to keep the critters fat and happy.
No money for an exterminator? No problem. Here’s an easy, budget friendly “DIY Pest Control” method (shared below) that can eliminate them effectively.
Yes it’s true, there are ways to get rid of roaches with no expensive traps or “motel” products to purchase!
The most important thing is not to ignore the issue. This can grow to nightmare proportions if not tended to quickly.
During the process, be consistent: All spills are wiped down, all surfaces washed (including pantry cabinets and shelves), floors swept clean and washed again, especially before bedtime since they like to come out at night.
Note: If you do see a few scampering about during the day, that’s a sign you have a heavy infestation (worst case scenario) or at the very least, dozens of the creepers loitering about. In reality though, one is too many.
Where to look? Common hiding spots & triggers:
- Behind the fridge and stove, underneath the sink, around the garbage can, spills in the pantry, kitchen baseboards, cracks and crevices around windows and doors.
- Wipe sinks and bathtubs dry so there’s no drinking source for them to get to. All creatures need water to live, they’re no exception.
- If you’re a family that brings food and beverages into areas other than the kitchen, put a stop to that for now until the infestation has cleared.
First up is an easy recipe for a deadly mix that is sure to tempt and bait these pests. Once the roaches start to nibble and eat it, they ingest the poison and you will soon start seeing results.
If you found a surefire method of your own–feel free to share it with everyone and add it in the Comments section below (I have a running list started at the bottom of the page).
Homemade Recipe For Killer Cockroach Bait
Confectioners or Brown Sugar
- Mix 50/50 flour and boric acid.
- Sprinkle in a bit of confectioners sugar (about 1/4 of the amount of flour used).
- Make a dough by adding in water, you don’t want it runny.
- Roll the dough into small marble sized balls.
How To Use The Bait:
- Place the balls in corners, dark cupboards, the space behind heavy appliances, along floor boards and around the garbage.
- Replace old, hardened ones with fresh as needed (or apply a light spray of liquid every day or so to keep the treats fresh and appealing).
- Keep the balls away from children and pets. If you have little ones running around, tuck the bait under pieces of furniture, large appliances, inside cupboards and any area where small fingers can’t reach.
Expected Destruction: Within a month the cockroaches should be gone. Make sure to keep cleaning diligently the whole time!
Help For A Heavy Infestation
- Double the effort by combining 50/50 boric acid and brown sugar then pour the mixture in a thick line around the entire room and entranceways. As each roach gets the stuff on its body, they carry it back to the nest which will help kill several at a time.
- Once there is no trace of the pest left (usually within the month), vacuum up the powder.
- Sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth is another good option. It’s a natural insecticide that works by scratching an insect’s body as it crawls through it. This powder then absorbs water from the host body and the insect then dies of dehydration.
- Lightly sprinkle in hot spots where you notice traffic activity though generously sprinkling around each room’s perimeter would be A++.
- This is the best way if you have pets running around since Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) isn’t poisonous to them.
Notes & Tips
- You can also use Borax as a substitute but the boric acid is more effective.
- Add some bacon grease to the mixture, makes them especially tempting and hard to resist.
- Some folks also recommend including one of the following: maple syrup; peanut butter; cocoa powder.
- From Jenny: I’ve used the granular boric acid and sweetened condensed milk for years to make the little balls and it definitely works. Throw some outside close to the house – the roaches just stop and die.
- Did You Know: The most common species of cockroaches in the United States and Canada are the American, the German, the Brown-Banded and the Oriental. The German is the worst because it reproduces quickly.
One question many folks have is “how did they find their way in?” They can enter the home through any number of entry points, even just scampering inside on their own from the outdoors. You may have bought something infested from a garage sale, or a used book store, or even a package from the grocery store that had one hiding inside. That’s all it takes to get things off and running.