Roaches are tough to get rid of once you let them settle into your home. I once found a cockroach in my microwave. I set it on high for 5 minutes–confident it would be fried by the time the timer went off. What did I find when it beeped and I opened that door? The pesky little critter was still alive. What is the best roach killer if they can survive 5 minutes on high in the microwave? The answer isn’t toxic chemicals, but something much less harmful. Read on to find out what it is.
I’ve tried lots of things to kill roaches, but none seem to be as effective as powder boric acid. Any generic boric acid will work just as well as those labeled specifically to kill roaches, like the Harris Boric Acid Roach Powder. The only difference is the bottles labeled for cockroaches have a convenient application bottle and nozzle, while the generic boric acid will require a duster applicator. Regardless of what you use, I still recommend the duster for the best application every time. When used correctly, it does wonders at eliminating roaches as well as other insects that like to invade your home. Be sure to check out my other article about boric acid roaches powder to discover the two biggest mistake you must avoid, or you risk ruining all your efforts.
You can buy boric acid fairly cheap from the internet, or local home improvement store. Again, the bottles labeled for roaches come with a nozzle that allows you to dust small amounts of boric acid in selected areas. I haven’t seen the duster for sale locally and the best place I have found for buying them is Amazon.
Use baits to kill them
When applied correctly it already works great, but you can improve it to make it the best. Instead of relying on the chance they’ll walk on the poison, you can make it guaranteed. How do you make sure they come to the poison? You bait them with something irresistible to them. Roaches can’t resist sweets and fats, so just surround a little food with the poison and they’ll be sure to walk right on it. Be careful not to apply too much, or they’ll avoid make their way to the bait. A thin layer of boric acid is ideal and the best way to get that is with a duster.
I find the disposable plates (plastic, paper, styrofoam, etc.) work great for baiting roaches. Just place the bait in the center and then apply a thin layer of boric acid around it. The only way to get to the food is to walk through the field of poison. Thanks to it being odorless, the pests won’t even know that this meal will be their last. This works even better when they drag some food back to their nests and feed their young with it. I’m sure you know what happens when they decide to share this time.
There are also amazing effective roach bait stations and gels that come pre-made with attractants. The work really well with boric acid. In fact, some of them use boric acid as the main active “secret” ingredient. The best that I’ve found, and recommend to everyone is Advion.
Alternative to dusting powder everywhere
For those of you who don’t like the idea of dusting powder everywhere, you can find boric acid in tablet form. I use the Roach Tablets made by Harris. These tablets are already mixed with a bait to attract roaches. I don’t think they quite as effective as dusting and baiting, but they still work better great. Plus they’re incredibly convenient and a lot less messy.
You just place the tablets in the appropriate locations and let the pests feast on it. Let them bring some back to their youngs and friends in hiding. They’ll all eat it and die from together.
Do-it-yourself boric acid tablets
For those of you who love to do-it-yourself (myself included), here’s a simple do-it-yourself guide to making your own “tablet” boric acid roach killer.
What you will need:
- Boric acid powder
What to do:
- Mix 1 part sugar, 1 part boric acid, 2 parts flour together in a disposable container.
- Add a little bit of water at a time and mix until you have a dough. Tip: Try adding in melted butter instead of water to get an irresistible mixture of both fat and sugar.
- Form the doughs into tiny balls with your hands.
- Place the ball in between your two palms and flatten it into a disc/tablet.
It’s important to note that no matter how effective a treatment is, you need to take preventative measures. Don’t attract any more of them if you’re still in the process of dealing with them. Keep things clean and clutter free. Keep food and water away from them as well by keeping them covered at all times. Also make sure to check out the other ways to get rid of roaches. Give boric acid a try and the only thing you’ll regret is not using it sooner. Find out for yourself why this is considered to be the leader method to exterminate these pests.