If you’re looking for how to get rid of cockroaches then you’re in the right place. These insects have been around for 300 million years, so arming yourself with the right information can be the difference between success, or failure. Save yourself from wasted time, money, and effort. Read on to find out what works, and make this the last time.
Also, be sure check out the wealth of information and guides listed near the bottom.
There are currently over 3,000 known species of roaches in the world. However, only four cockroach species are commonly pests. They are:
- The German cockroach (Blattella germanica), the most common.
- The American cockroach ( Periplaneta americana)
- The brown banded cockroach
- The Oriental cockroach
I’ve listed just the 4 most common, but they aren’t the only ones. You may also be dealing with Palmetto Bugs (wood roaches). Even if you’re dealing with a completely different species, the information here can be applied to any species of cockroach. The treatments and solutions you find here will work for all of them.
Which species are you dealing with?
Knowing exactly which type of cockroach you’re dealing with will make your fight to against them so much easier. Different types have different preferences for foods and such. The more you about know what you’re dealing with, the better your chances are at getting rid of them for good.
The easiest way to tell determine the species you’re dealing with is to catch a few of them. I recommend sticky traps (also known as monitor glue traps) like this Catchmaster Glue Trap/Monitor. These are simple traps commonly made of cardboard and strong adhesives that will keep them in place.
Tip 1: To speed up the process of catching these pests for identification, add some small food crumbs in the middle of the trap. A little goes a long way, and it also forces the roach to step on the adhesive (because they won’t be able to reach the food crumb otherwise.
Tip 2: Choose the place of your traps wisely. Any random location won’t work very well. Place them near common hiding places like crevices, and baseboards.
Once you’ve caught a few, simply pick up the monitor and inspect the roaches. Use the information on this website to identify them based on their physical characteristics. There’s no easier way to determine exactly which type of cockroaches you’re dealing with.
Why They’re Bugging You
These pests like to live indoors among humans; where it provides warmth, shelter from the elements and has easy access to food & water. In other words, they’re just looking for a place to survive; and your house is giving them exactly what they want. They’re living the dream at your expense.
What’s attracting them
The basic necessities for survival mentioned above are what they are attracted and they’re all they will ever ask for in life. But all of them do not have to be present to attract them to your home in the first place. It takes just one of them to get their attention–especially the smell of food.
Once they make their way in and discover all their necessities readily available in one place, they’ll alert others and invade your home and quickly multiply to almost uncontrollable numbers (if not handled correctly). They’ll eat your food while spreading the germs they carry; threatening your well-being.
Repellents to Keep Them Away
The best way to keep roaches away is a clean home. You’ll have no roaches if you cut off their food sources and water sources completely; leaving them with absolutely no way to find food, or water in your home. Of course, realistically, that’s basically impossible. Don’t let that deter you though. You’re still able to make it less attractive for them and it is absolutely vital for successful cockroach control.
Reduce food source
Make it harder for them to eat by:
- Leave zero dirty dishes over night.
- Putting food away in sealed containers.
- Covering food.
- Reducing clutter.
- Sweeping & vacuuming on a daily basis.
- Keep all garbage in tightly closed containers.
- Take out the garbage often.
Reduce water sources
Reduce their access to water by:
- Fixing all leaky plumbing (including fixtures that drip).
- Drying all kitchen, bathroom, and other sinks in the house every single night before bedtime.
- Covering all drains (sinks and bathtub) at night.
- Wipe and dry any spills.
- Emptying and drying pet water bowls at night.
Keep it clean and tidy
Removing all sources of food and water for them is just as impossible as it is to keep your home perfectly clean at all times. However, that should stop you from doing your best. Clean as often as you can. Reduce clutter and keep things as neat as possible to remove potential hiding spots. Less hiding spots means they’ll feel a lot less safe running around. No living creature likes the feeling of not being safe.
Daily cleaning is a lot of work and it takes a lot of time. Sometimes you just can’t keep up with it. If that’s the case for you, you can cheat a little and clean every few days, but you must use a repellent to help keep them away.
You can try electronic pest repellents because every little bit helps. You can find a few different brands out there, but I recommend buying Riddex (especially since they currently have a buy 1 get 1 free promotion).
One in each room is fine. However, in areas of the house where roaches are known to concentrate in (like the kitchen and basement), I recommend at least two or more. This can get expensive since these aren’t exactly cheap, but the good thing is they are reusable and they work for a long time. To save money, buy it while Riddex is still having a buy 1 get 1 free offer. If you really don’t want to buy one for each room, you’ll want to at least have two in the kitchen.
What Works Best for Me
There are many many ways to get rid of them and you’ll find all the different methods with full details in the articles listed below. However, let me briefly tell you what has given me the best results so far because they actually work.
Professional grade concentrated pesticides
There’s no way I could make this list without mentioning concentrated insecticides used by professional exterminators for spraying applications. Why? Because they work. The pros use these to make a living (by providing results). If it’s good enough for the pros, then it’s good enough for everyone else. Well, and the fact that I’ve used it countless times with amazing results.
These concentrated pesticides are a contact killer. Any cockroach that makes direct contact with the poison can die in a matter of seconds. Some might take a up to a few minutes longer, but they’ll die nonetheless.
DemonWP is my personal all-time favorite brand, but I’ve found Cyper WP to be equally potent, but costs much less in the long run (you get over 20 treatments in a bucket vs just 1 treatment in a packet from DemonWP)
Whichever brand you choose, using it is the same. Mix the concentrate with water and spray it in appropriate locations using a dependable sprayer like this Smith 1 gallon sprayer.
Locations you definitely don’t want to skip include:
All natural boric acid and borax
Boric acid. is my favorite all-natural solution for roaches. In fact, it’s a favorite even among professional exterminators for pest control of insects and other unwanted bugs.
An alternative that might be easier to located for some, is borax powder. Borax can often be found in the laundry aisle; being sold as a laundry booster. Some people often confuse borax to be the same as boric acid, but that’s actually wrong. They are not the same thing. However, they both work amazingly well at killing roaches and they are both used in the same manner.
To effectively use either boric acid or borax, lightly dust the powder using a bulb duster. I recommend the B&G Dust-R because it does an amazing job. It allows you to spread a very thin layer of dust; which is required to get the best results.
Once the powder is lightly dusted and an unsuspecting cockroach walks through, it clings to their legs. From just the physical contact alone, the powder causes destruction to their protective exoskeleton. It gets even better though. When they clean themselves after contact is made, it’ll also poison them from the inside (because they end up ingesting).
You can even mix boric acid or borax with a little sugar and water to create a very potent homemade DIY bait.
What if we could get those roaches to kill each other? Well, we can, using cockroach bait. There’s a few different brands and even a few different varieties of roach baits out there including:
- Advion Cockroach Gel Bait. There are a few options for gel baits, but none has worked better than this one. If I had to choose ONLY one, I would choose nothing else but Advion Roach Gel.
- Bait stations. Unlike the gel that comes in a tube, bait stations come in mostly a plastic container that keeps the bait enclosed. These are a little better to use around pets, because they help reduce the chances of your beloved pet being able to get to the roach bait. Plus baiting with bait stations is incredibly easy and convenient to use.
The active ingredient for some of these baits is good old boric acid. It’s an extremely potent roach poison. So if it’s poison, why would a cockroach ever eat it? They’ll gladly eat the poisoned bait thanks to the irresistible attractant that’s mixed into it. In fact, it’s so good and irresistible, they’ll even bring some back for the others back at the nests (which is exactly what you’re hoping for).
The poison (active ingredient) will even stay in their feces. Other roaches (especially baby roaches) will eat the feces and get poisoned as well (bonus!). What does all this mean? It means you only need some of them to eat it and they’ll kill off the rest for you.
Non-toxic diatomaceous earth
An all-natural and non-toxic alternative is diatomaceous earth (DE). I’ve had good results with DE, but I personally preferred and have had better results with the solutions listed above. Of course, I can’t ignore those who would prefer a non-toxic solution, so I can’t leave out DE (because it works).
If you’d rather use this solution instead, buy food grade diatomaceous earth and apply it the same way you would with boric acid or borax powder. Remember to use a bulb duster.
Insect Growth Regulators (IGR)
Insect growth regulators work very well and they are vital to any serious attempt to get rid of a cockroach infestation. The only problem is you don’t work by themselves.
IGRs are artificial hormones. They do not kill roaches. They will only help stop juvenile roaches from being able to reach adulthood. They will also stop roach eggs from hatching.
You can find a few different brands out there, but I personally use and recommend Gentrol.
What Doesn’t Really Work
Other’s may disagree with this list, but from personal experience, I’ve found them to be much less effective compared to the solutions listed above.
Of course, there’s nothing to prevent you from trying them out. It doesn’t hurt to test them out a little bit because they may work better for you. But if you just want to cut to the chase and use what is guaranteed to work–and work effectively–then I really do recommend you stick to the list above instead.
Bay leaves is a popular remedy you’ll often read about if you search for natural solutions. Of course, they do nothing to kill roaches. The general belief is bay leaves will keep roaches away; because they’re not too fond of the smell.
Using bay leaves is simple. Just lay out the leaves (dried or fresh) in areas where you would like roaches to keep away.
Wet or dry, coffee grounds is another popular all-natural remedy for roaches. Again, it doesn’t do anything to eliminate them. It only “keeps them away”. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker like me and have plenty of coffee grounds on a daily basis, I guess it doesn’t hurt to give it a try–just make sure it’s not the only thing you are using.
If you’re really against a roach spray that will kill on contact, you can use a bottle of soapy water instead. Soapy water gets mixed results; some say it works and others argue it doesn’t do anything.
My personal experience is it will work, but very very slowly. In all honesty, I’d go for a can of roach spray instead. Soapy water just isn’t worth it. Otherwise, a slipper or a shoe will get the job done a lot faster.
Fabric softener is something that I can say does not work. You’re better off saving them for laundry.
This one is a complete myth. Cucumber does not do anything to roaches–except feed them. Don’t leave cucumber peels (or any other parts of a cucumber) lying around. You’ll only be providing them with the food they need to thrive.
Information You’ll Need to Get Rid of Roaches
Below is a complete list of all the information available on this website that you’ll be needing to take care of those unwanted pests. While reading through them, keep in mind that sometimes you might have to test different methods to see which one works the best for you. What works great for one may not work as well for you. This is equally true vice versa.
The methods I listed above are what has generally worked best for most people, so those are a good place to start. Start with them and monitor the results. Keep a written record of what was used, where it was used, and when it was used. Other information such as the amount of pesticide used (if any), as well as any other relevant observation should be kept as well. The more data you have, the easier for you to achieve the results you want–zero roaches in your home. You’ll also do well to learn more about what you’re dealing with. The U of M provides additional info that will be helpful.
- Where do Roaches Come from? Answers & What to do
- 3 Roach Traps Worth Buying: Forget the Rest, These are the Best Because
- 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Roaches
- 3 Mistakes People Make When Using Roach Baits
- 3 Different Types of Cockroach Baits
- They Won’t Hatch After This – How to Kill Cockroach Eggs
- What it Means, the Risks & What to Do About Baby Roaches in Kitchen
- 10 Killer Home Remedies For Roaches
- How to Make Your Own Natural Pyrethrum Roach Spray
- How to Kill Water Bugs: Getting Rid of Them for Good
- Touch of Death: The Best Roach Spray Ever!
- Natural Cockroach Killers: Are They Dangerous?
- How To Prevent Roaches From Invading Your Home
- How to Get Rid of Roaches in Your Car
- Gone in No Time – How to Get Rid of Roaches Fast
- Does Bleach Kill Roaches? The Truth
- How to Use Borax to Kill Roaches: What You Need to Know
- What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Roaches: Their Secret
- The Best Way To Kill Roaches In No Time
- How to Get Rid of Roaches Without an Exterminator & Save Money
- Some Things Just Don’t Work – What Kills Roaches
- Stop! You’re Inviting Them In – Roaches In House
- How to Kill German Roaches Fast
- Make Them Kill Each Other: The Best Roach Killer
- Homemade Cockroach Traps That Stops Them Dead
- 5 Types of Roaches That Threaten Your Family’s Health
- 3 Common Mistakes Made Using the Boric Acid Roaches Treatment
- 5 Sure Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
- Are They Lying? The Truths About What Attracts Cockroaches