Wondering how to get rid of roaches? Let me tell you all the secrets to killing a bunch of them in just 7 days. Start doing damage right away and eradicate them quickly.
Results in 7 Easy Steps
These seven steps are here so you can skip all the reading and get straight to THE solution that works. This is exactly what I did when I was faced with a massive infestation.
- Use professional grade roach baits. I used Advion Syngenta Gel Bait. When it comes to using baits, the more baits you have spread throughout the house, the more effective it will be.
- Dust with boric acid powder. A very thin layer is key, so a bulb duster is highly recommended. Target high traffic areas, where they travel through most.
- Apply baits to the right spots. The best locations include: inside cabinets, behind appliances and wherever you see a lot of roach droppings. Also stick the gel on the bottom of major appliances, baseboards, trash bins, cracks, and crevices.
- Target their food supply. Poison one of their largest food source–the garbage bin. Using the bulb duster, spread boric acid inside the garbage each night. Leave it open and let them eat their fill.
- Apply boric acid powder along the baseboards. Dust powder inside the tiny gaps between the baseboards and the walls. Be thorough and don’t give them any chances to escape unharmed; dust any other tiny crack/crevice you see.
- Keep the house clean. You have to clean the house every night. Put all food away. Leave no dirty dishes in the sink. Sweep and vacuum the floors.
- Be persistent. It’s critical you don’t give roaches the slightest chance to recover. Keep repeating these steps until they’re completely gone.
This is the most effective method I’ve ever used to eradicate these pests. However, you have to be patient. This solution doesn’t provide instant, visible results like DemonWP, but it’s the most effective at eliminating the entire roach infestation (which is what you want).
Remember to wait up to 7 days to see dead roaches and noticeable results. Give it a couple of months for complete eradication. They’ll be gone forever if you don’t attract more back in from outside.
This is only a brief summary of what needs to be done. Don’t skip the wealth of information on this website. Knowing more about these pests is key to eliminating them forever.
Identify The Pests
There are over 3,000 known species of roaches in the world. Four cockroach species are well-known to be 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 the four most common pests, but they aren’t the only ones. You may also be dealing with Palmetto Bugs (wood roaches). Even if you’re dealing with an entirely different species, the information here applies to any species of cockroach. The treatments and solutions you find here work for all of them.
Which species are you dealing with?
Knowing which type of cockroach you’re dealing with will make your fight against them much faster. Different species have different preferences for foods and such. The more you about know what you’re dealing with, the better your chances are of getting rid of them for good.
The easiest way to 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 the Catchmaster Glue Trap/Monitor. These are simple traps commonly made of cardboard and strong adhesives that 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 here. The crumbs will lure the roach to the adhesive (because they won’t be able to reach the food crumb otherwise).
Tip 2: Choose where you place your traps wisely. Just any random location won’t work very well. Place them near familiar hiding places like crevices, and baseboards.
Once you’ve captured a few, 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 than to catch and inspect them.
Understand 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 necessities for survival mentioned above are what draws their attention–and that’s all they’ll ever ask for in life. But all the conditions do not have to be present to attract them into your home in the first place. It takes just one of them to get their attention–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.
Control their Numbers & Keep Them Away With Repellents
The best way to keep roaches away is a clean home. You’ll have none of these bugs if you cut off their food and water sources completely; leaving them with absolutely no way to find food or water in your home. Of course, realistically, that’s impossible. Don’t let that deter you though. You’re still able to make it less attractive for them and it is vital for successful cockroach control.
Reduce food source
Make it harder for them to eat by:
- Leave zero dirty dishes overnight.
- 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 mean 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 works. 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. Buying a lot of them can get expensive since these aren’t exactly cheap, but the good thing is they’re 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 don’t want to buy one for each room, you’ll want at least two in the kitchen.
Kill Off The Infestation With Methods That Work
There are many many ways to get rid of these invaders, and you’ll find all the different methods with full details in the articles listed towards the bottom. However, let me briefly tell you what has given me the best results.
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 fantastic results in a short amount of time. You can see them dead within seconds to just a few minutes instead of waiting for days.
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 up to a few minutes longer, but they’ll die nonetheless.
DemonWP is my all-time favorite brand, but there are many others as well. Whichever name 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 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 the choice even among professional exterminators for pest control of insects and other unwanted bugs.
An alternative that might be easier to locate is borax powder. Borax can often be found in the laundry aisle; being sold as a laundry booster. Some people confuse borax to be the same as boric acid, but that’s 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 efficiently use either boric acid or borax, lightly dust the powder using a bulb duster. 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 destroys 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 are 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 want nothing else but Advion Roach Gel (You can buy it from Amazon).
- Bait stations. Unlike the gel that comes in a tube, bait stations come in mostly a plastic container that keeps the bait enclosed (I recommend buying the Advion Bait Stations). 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 incredibly 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 overpowering, they’ll even bring some back for the others back at the nests (which is precisely 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 for getting rid of roaches is diatomaceous earth (DE). I’ve had good results with DE, but I prefer and have had better results with the other solutions listed above. Of course, I can’t ignore those who would prefer a non-toxic answer, so I can’t leave out DE (because it works).
If you’d prefer to 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 because it makes a difference.
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 cockroaches from being able to reach adulthood. They will also prevent their eggs from hatching.
You can find a few different brands out there, but I use and recommend buying Gentrol.
Avoid Giving Them A Chance to Survive by Ignoring What Doesn’t Work
Other’s may disagree with this list, but from personal experience, I’ve found them to be much less efficient 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 efficiently work–then I 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 these insects away; because they don’t like 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.
How to Eliminate Cockroaches Summary
The solutions I listed above are what has worked best for most people. Here’s a quick summary in case you missed something.
- Start with one/two of the working solutions.
- Monitor the results. Keep a written record of what was used, where it was used, and when it was used.
- Record any other relevant information such as the amount of pesticide used (if any), as well as any other relevant observations. The more data you have, the easier for you to achieve the results you want–zero roaches in your home.
- After a month, assess your pest problem. Has the population decreased? Has it stayed the same? Did it get worse?
- If their numbers haven’t decreased at all, choose a new method. If their population has gone down a little bit, keep at it for another month.
- Keep at it until they are no more.
You’ll also do much better if you take the time to learn more about what you’re dealing with. You can find a bunch of information here by following the links below. The U of M also provides additional info that will be helpful.
Below is the 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 person may not work as well for you. This is equally true vice versa.
All honesty, if you can just follow the instructions on this website and take a little bit of time to understand these pests, you can get rid of those roaches forever.
Information You’ll Need to Get Rid of Roaches
- It Doesn’t Work! This Advion Cockroach Gel Bait Review Exposes Why Some Say This
- Do Cockroaches Bite? Can They Kill You?
- 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
- Cockroach Eggs: 1 Becomes 50 If You Don’t Stop Them the Right Way
- Baby Roaches Are Dangerous: What You Need to Do NOW!
- 10 Killer Home Remedies For Roaches
- How to Make Your Own Natural Pyrethrum Roach Spray
- How to Get Rid of Water Bugs: Killing 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
- The Best Roach Killers: Make Them Kill Each Other
- 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