So, you are here reading an article on how to get rid of roaches, which most likely means you have seen a roach. And if you have seen a roach, it most likely means there are hundreds more lurking around behind walls, in cracks and crevices, between appliances. As disgusting as that is seeing and thinking about these roaches invading your backyard, there are ways to get rid of the little pests. Not only are there many ways to exterminate them, but there are also several ways you can do it cheaply, safely, and effectively, without having to bug bomb your house. You may have already tried keeping things clean, food put away, and areas clear of dampness, yet you still have encountered a problem. I have been there and seen it. Give these methods a try, and find the one that eradicates the problem for you.
Commonly used in detergents, Borax is a white mineral powder that when mixed with sugar, is a good way to attract and then kill unsuspecting roaches.
Purchase Borax, usually found in the laundry detergent aisle.
Mix one part Borax with an equal amount of sugar.
Sprinkle around edges of areas where roaches have been seen.
Keep out of reach of pets and kids.
If placed in a moist area, place mixture on a sheet of tinfoil, as this substance when wet will create a mess that you don’t want on your floors.
With most roach treatments, allow a few weeks to completely do the job. It is advised that you continue the treatment during this time, re-sprinkling the mixture.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is another powder substance that can be sprinkled around edges, ledges, on top of cabinets, behind appliances, and anywhere else.
What this substance does is dehydrates the cockroaches, meaning it will take a few days before the infected roach actually dies. And because the roach is losing its ability to hold water, you may see more bold roaches searching for water. This is a sign that they are dehydrating, so don’t be surprised when you see more than usual at first.
Complete removal of roaches could take a few weeks.
This method should NOT be used if you have cats. Reason being? You will have a psychotic couple of weeks with your pet. If you have a cat, use bay leaves in lieu of catnip, as bay leaves repel as well.
Roaches are repelled by catnip, and so putting catnip around the backyard assists in repelling the ugly critters.
An even better way is to use catnip tea
Place catnip in boiling water.
Allow catnip to sit in boiling water for several minutes.
Discontinue heating the water and allow water to cool.
Once catnip tea is cool enough, insert it into a spray bottle.
Now spray away, spraying affected areas and any other crack and crevice.
Use a Jar of Water
Get rid of roaches with a jar of water? Is it that simple? For some, yes, it is.
Get a glass jar and fill it no more than 1/2 way, preferably slightly lower.
Add a few coffee grinds into the water to attract the roaches.
Place jars next to walls.
What this does is attracts the cockroach to enter the jar, resulting in them slipping into the water. Their legs are not sticky enough to allow them to climb out of the jar, causing them to be trapped, hence why you would want to empty out the jar on occasion.