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: food and water and only a little bit missed from the night’s cleanup will keep the critters fat and happy.
The most important thing is not to ignore the problem. This can grow to nightmare proportions if not tended to quickly.
See to it all spills are wiped up, wash all surfaces, sweep and wash again, especially before bedtime since they like to come out at night. If you do see a few scampering about during the day, that’s a sign you have a lot of the creepers loitering about.
Look for common trouble spots: behind the fridge and stove, underneath the sink, around the garbage can, spills in the pantry. Wipe sinks and bathtubs dry so there’s no drinking source for them to get to. If you’re a family that brings food and beverages into rooms other than the kitchen, put a stop to that for now until the infestation has cleared.
First up is a recipe for a deadly mix that is sure to tempt and bait them. Once they start nibbling at it, they ingest the poison and you will soon start seeing results.
If you have 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 Killer 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, 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 cockroaches should be gone.
Heavy Infestation Help
- 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 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.
- 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 it in hot spots where you notice activity.
Keep the bait away from children and pets. If you have little ones running around, tuck the balls behind furniture, large appliances and inside cupboards.
- 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.
- Replace old, hardened ones with fresh as needed (or spritz the original ones with a light spray of liquid every day or so to keep the treats fresh and appealing).
One question many folks have is “how did they find their way in”…it could be any number of ways. 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.