Rebel8, if I sang "la cucaracha" every body would leave home. Thank you all, folks, you're awesome! All advice seemed genuine and sincere, and I assure you I appreciate all of it. I have ordered online the diatomaceous earth, and boric acid. Here is a recipe I've found: ROACH AWAY 1/2 bottle to 16oz. boric acid powder 2 cups flour small can of Carnation or Pet Milk Make small balls twice the size of marbles,flatten and set out. Change every 4 months. Thanks, again. I love you all.
Can anyone give me any advice on how to get rid of cockroaches?
Regardless of what you do to get rid of them:
1) If you live in an apartment house roaches will reinvest moving over from nearby apartments
2) If you live in your house, you must keep things extremely clean, do not give them something to eat, a place that will run to
3) Treat areas you don't see, use a product they will take back to the nest and kill the others and the eggs
4) Recognize your limitations, and pay for an expert in exterminating pests
If you have pets, don't leave out their pet bowls with food and water in them. When you think about not leaving food out, sometimes you forget the pet food.
We use cockroach baits and find they are very effective, they are simple to use. This is a little information about them
What it does
Kills roaches and their cockroach eggs with just a single feed from the bait. The roaches are attracted to the bait station; they eat the bait and carry it back to the nest, where they die and contaminate others. The bait also kills the eggs that the cockroaches carry, breaking the breeding cycle.
Remember to replace the bait every three months; each bait comes with a date panel on the base and the packet, allowing you to circle the month you put it out. There’s already enough to remember in life!
With no fumes, smell or mess, the baits allow constant protection from cockroaches while your family remains unaffected.
Where to use
Recommended spots include the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and hot-water system. For best results, put the cockroach baits adjacent to walls and flush with corners when placing them on floors.
You probably have old literature in your house.
Cockroaches do not like new light.
Substitute the old literature (older than 2 months) with some that is newer. ; )
Top Things That Cockroaches Hate
Of course they hate any form of light they aren’t runnin away to hide only because they are afraid of you..
However, here is a list of things cockroaches hate that will still work in the dark.
An assortment of repellants you can use to deal with your roach problem organically.
• Bay Leaves
• Green Pandan Plant/Leaves
• Dried Mint Leaves
• Hot Chile Peppers
• Cayenne Pepper
• Organic Catnip
• Moth Balls made from Naphthalene
• Cypress Oil
• Citronella Oil
• Teatree Oil
• Lemongrass Oil
• Cigar Clippings
So as to things like Pepperment, Mint, Lemon, Cypress, Citronella, Teatree and Lemon Grass using a pure oil or extract added to a mixture of dishsoap and water (either in a spray bottle or using a bucket and sponge) to clean your countertops and cabinets.
Another good idea is to juice 4 lemons and rinds and add to a ½ gallon of soap water and clean your kitchen/bathroom floors. You’ll love the fresh smell! The cockroaches definately wont!
If you are looking for an alternative remedy, you should pay attention to boric acid. Today this is one of the most effective control agents. If used correctly, it ensures best results. As most people do not follow the simplest instructions, they fail in the process of elimination and state that boric acid leads to nothing else, but complete disappointment.
Boric acid should be applied to those areas, where cockroaches enter/leave your house or apartment. As a rule, these are electrical outlets and baseboards.
The spread powder sticks to the bodies of roaches and kills them as soon as they are trying to lick it off.
When combined with baits, boric acid is the most effective option.
As it has been mentioned, the key to success is correct application. You’d better apply the powder in a thin layer that is barely visible to the naked eye. Heavy accumulations are avoided by roaches as they don’t want to walk through a snow drift. Shake the container with a powder and puff a small quantity of it into the target area.
Fighting against roaches includes:
- Limitation of food sources. Pet and human food must be kept sealed in airtight containers. Never leave dirty dishes on counters or in sinks overnight. Make sure you sweep all crumbs off the counters and floors regularly, as well as take out all the trash at the end of the day.
- Limitation of water sources. Pay special attention to the areas of standing water, as they attract roaches as well. These may be puddles on kitchen or bathroom floors, water bowels for pets, etc. Empty them every evening. Some people even seal their faucets and drain pipes in old buildings that are prone to leaks. Even a slow drip underneath your washing machine or counter will soon create the environment that attracts roaches to settle in and build their families in there.
- Killing living creatures and their debris. In case you find living creatures there, you’d better use a vacuum cleaner to suck them all as well as their debris up. It is possible to find all their hiding places, if you enter a dark room at night and watch where they are running after you turn on the lights.
The roaches that sneak indoors will never make a permanent home there, unless there is plenty of food and water sources. In fact they can even survive without nutrients for a large period of time. This is the reason why it is of top importance to keep your place clean and tidy, so that it won’t attract cockroaches anymore.
Boric acid is dangerous to humans and animals when ingested (as are window cleaner, bowl cleaner, bleach, etc.).
When used for roaches, the usual method is to dust all corners and wall joints with a duster (a small vessel used specifically for acid dusting). This is generally safe as long as you avoid food preparation areas (which seems to defeat the purpose in the case of roaches), but can pose a problem to pets and/or small children, as they may ingest an unsafe amount.
I'd go for the organic safe option myself..
But if you insist:
Avoid consumer roach powders with boric acid in them; the boric acid powder is the active ingredient, so just get 100% boric acid powder (most dollar stores and home improvement centers have them, and it's generally cheaper).
If you DO have pets or small children, or the infestation is particularly plentiful, there is an alternative method to dusting... wall treatment. This is how it's done:
1). Mark off all studs in each room so that you know where they are (simple pencil mark will do).
2). Drill a small hole in the wall area between each stud, just big enough to insert the tip of the boric acid container (most brands come in a plastic bottle with an applicator tip) or the end of the duster.
NOTE: Avoid all air circulation ducts, pipes and wiring!
3). Deliver the boric acid powder into each hole (about 4 or 5 tablespoons worth seems to work just fine, but it depends on the roach population).
4). Spackle up the holes.
It seems like a lot, but is really a small price to pay when you have a roach infestation... and it will keep away roaches (and a few other pest bugs) for about 8-10 years.
Boric acid powder sticks to the roaches, poisoning them and their eggs, following them everywhere they go and infecting (so to speak) every other roach they come in contact with. It kills just about everything within the first 24-48 hours, but you will generally SEE more roaches during this period, so expect it and don't worry... they will die.
Now the nasty part...
There will be bodies. The more you have, the more bodies there will be, and clean up can be disturbing.
Any substance that can kill something continually for the next 10 years I'm not sure I'd want anywhere near where I keep food and eat.
I like the diatomaceous earth suggestion as it is also extremely effective against bed bugs--not saying you have those pests--but that this solution is effective against a number of invasive insects.
Can anyone give me any advice on how to get rid of cockroaches?
1. "I have my own religion"
2. "I am not interested"
3. "I am an apostate"
4. Post a sign that says, "No Jehovah's Witnesses".
Oh, you meant the insects....never mind.