How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
They're among nature's most vile, disgusting critters, and they can be nearly
impossible to kick out of your house. Cockroaches live all over the world, but
their favorite residence is your house, where they can snack on your food,
damage wallpaper and books, and spread germs to your family. Follow these steps
to serve these pests an eviction notice and keep them from coming back.
1. Figure out if you have cockroaches. Cockroaches (see picture) are generally
medium-sized insects, although in some parts of the world they can get quite large.
They have spiny legs and long antennae. If you see even one roach, you've undoubtedly
got a lot more. The problem is they generally hide during the day, so you may need
to look for them at night with a flashlight. Even if you can't find any of the
insects, check cupboards and pantries for their droppings - tiny brown slime stains or pellets.
2. Try to figure out where they're coming from. If you see cockroaches, try to
follow them to figure out where they go. This is easier said than done, however, so
you might need to do a little sleuthing. Check all around the house for cracks and
holes through which roaches may enter. Roaches often enter through drains or vents,
so you can't seal up everything.
3. Kill the roaches. There are a variety of do-it-yourself options for killing
cockroaches. Some of the more well regarded of these are listed below. Try one at
a time, or try them all.
- Dust with Boric Acid, Flour and Cocoa (1 part Acid, 2 parts Flour and 1 part cocoa).
While still dangerous for kids and pets, this product is not as toxic as many insecticides,
and the roaches aren't repelled by it so they drag it home and feed it to their hatchlings.
Dust a fine coat in cupboards, under sinks, around toilets and any cracks, corners or
hollow spaces. Avoid breathing the powder; like any acid it can irritate the lungs.
- Use an insecticide spray. Get some insecticide that is labeled for use against
cockroaches, and spray wherever cockroaches may be hiding or entering the house,
including along walls, in cracks, and in vents. Keep pets out of the way when you
are spraying, and follow all safety instructions on the product's label.
- Use cockroach bait. Cockroach bait is either housed in a childproof case or applied
as a gel and contains a slow-working poison mixed in with an attractive (for cockroaches)
food. The roaches eat the poison and bring it back to the nest, where it eventually
kills all the roaches. Place the bait in an area where you know cockroaches will encounter it.