Pest Control: How to Kill Roaches

Published 7/21/08 (Modified 6/17/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I have a little secret to share. Well it's not really a secret so much as it's a phobia that I've held since I was a little kid. Here's the���� secret - I am deathly afraid of household insects, but in particular - cockroaches. There, I've said it - the cat's out of the bag - go ahead and laugh, but it's not funny (maybe just a little bit). Funny or not, it's something that makes my heart beat fast, makes my pupils dilate like saucers, and summons forth caveman like instincts to grab the nearest bunny slipper or rolled up U.S. News and World Report magazine for some self-preservation-inspired bug pounding.

The mere sight of the creepy crawly legs and wiggling antennas of the common household cockroach jetting out from dark corners and scampering across bathroom counters and kitchen floors utterly freaks me out. While I don't instantly jump onto chairs, call my mommy, or scream at the top of my lungs like a little girl, I do become visibly startled and immediately shift into fight mode whenever I encounter a lost spider or resident evil roach in my apartment. I'm sure you PETA fanatics out there may be turned off by my disdain and opposition to the plight of roaches and other household vermin, but I don't care. Roaches and insects have no place in my home and I'll do whatever it takes to eradicate the pests. I've had too many unfortunate experiences and bad memories of living with roaches during my student years.

Fortunately, I'm currently at a place and time in my life where my financial means now permit me to live in a nicer home far away from roach, rat, and vermin infestation that used to plague the ghetto row houses and low cost apartment rentals where I used to live as a college and graduate student. It's been a while since I've had to deal with the nuisance of roaches or had to arm myself with high caliber anti-roach weaponry to fight off the onslaught of the mighty cockroach horde. But sometimes, scenes on TV and real life will remind me of how things used to be. Right now there's a really fascinating but disgusting show on the Discovery Channel called the Verminators that I absolutely love to watch. The reality TV show follows a crack team of household pest exterminators as they go from problem home to another, wiping out severe rat, roach, ant, maggot, spider, and even pigeon infestations. The reason I love the show is the gleeful delight and absolute warlike approach the personalities on the show exhibit towards their determination to kill off all resident bugs that infest the homes of their desperate clients. The exterminator pros show no mercy and go full out with their armament of sprays, powders, and oxygen masks to combat the invaders. One time they even brought out an actual gun to take out a mega-rat that was hiding in someone's attic. The show, while visually horrendous, brings me back to my graduate school days when I faced a massive roach infestation of my own.

My Failed Battle Against The Impressive Roach Army That Resulted In Eventual Retreat and Surrender

Until recently, I've always had a roach problem wherever I lived. Even though I consider myself relatively clean when it comes keeping my home tidy, roaches always seemed to invade my home. Probably the biggest reason for that was the fact that much of my early life was spent as a financially frugal student. As I was primarily supported by my overseas-living parents during my early years, I made a conscientious decision to live in apartments and neighborhoods that were affordable, to help lessen the financial burden on my parents who had several tuitions and living expenses to pay for. But as a result of my cost saving measures, every place I've lived at was infested with vermin of all types - from rats to roaches. As indicated above, it wasn't until my recent later years in my late 20's that I've been able to move on up the financial ladder to higher class, vermin-free housing.

Probably the absolute worst out-of-control infestation experience occurred during my post law school years when I was still struggling to settle down with my fledgling law career and build a sustainable living. To keep expenses low and save money, I decided to move into a quiet garden apartment community in a suburb of Maryland. The commute was great, proximity to grocery stores was excellent, and the price seemed too good to be true - it was. Months into my lease, the nightmare began. While I maintained a clean apartment, washing my dishes after every meal and storing away all food products into air tight containers, I kept noticing the appearance of roaches. At first it was just one or two encounters a week. I squished the roaches with my shoe and flushed them down the toilet each time and hoped they would go away, but they never did. They simply started appearing in greater and greater numbers. It got to the point where everytime I turned on my bathroom light, I would see two or three small roaches hanging around the ceiling area or visibly trying to scurry into a wall corner. Each time I got chills and sweated profusely at the sight of the nightmarish invaders. Eventually, their presence spread from the bathroom and into the kitchen, and eventually into the living room. In time I started seeing them during the day as well, a warning sign that I had a serious problem. Roaches are biologically night animals. If you see one during the day, it likely indicates that you have a serious infestation as overcrowding under cabinets and refrigerators probably has forced them out into the open. For each single roach you see in the open, it probably represents hundreds more hiding behind your drywall or between your floorboards.

At the time I was busy with work so I had little time to deal with my apartment management and forcefully compel them to eliminate the pests. But in response to a few calls and complaints, my apartment complex hired an exterminator, but the roach baits they set forth were ineffective. Eventually I simply went full out and took matters into my own hands. I headed to Home Depot to arm myself with all that consumer bug fighting technology had to offer. I purchased every single roach bait, egg stopper, roach gels, boric acid powder, and roach spray brand I could find - everything from MaxForce to Raid. I probably purchased more roach motel traps and roach gel bait devices than I needed, but I was determined to eliminate their presence from my home forever. All in all, I probably had more than 60 individual roach bait traps for a small apartment that was only about 700 square feet in all. I lined all corners and walls with multiple roach baits, and inserted gel bait poisons into all cabinet cracks and wall corners. I also dusted hard to reach areas with a layer of boric acid, a white powder that is not grossly toxic to humans or most pets like cats, dogs, and birds, but is supposedly deadly towards insects as it eats away their hard shell skin thereby dehydrating them to death. However, while I started seeing piles of upside down roaches everywhere, indications that my baits were working, the onslaught kept coming. Everyday I would see dead roaches everywhere, but new live ones seemed to keep taking their places, gnawing on the dead roach carcasses for nourishment.

Even my poor pet parrot was not immune to the onslaught. Even though he was never physically harmed, his cage was also slowly invaded by the swarming roaches. To protect my pet parrot to the best of my ability, I made sure to keep his cage clean at all times and placed his cage on a plastic lawn furniture table in my living room. I lined the bottom of the plastic table with a thick coat of boric acid powder to ensure that the only way that roaches could invade the cage was by walking through the white powder of insect death. However, day in and day out, I would look at my parrot's bedding liner to find that the roaches had determinedly strolled through the boric acid powder and made their way into the bottom liner of his cage to seek out food products. When I pulled out the cage's poop tray to clean it one time, I freaked out when more than 15 roaches scurried out from the plate and began crawling the walls, heading to the ceiling to escape like some horror movie. The nightmarish sight sent deathly chills down my back, made me sweat in horror, and even caused me to bleat out a few uncontrollable expletives. Although upon inspection, the bird cage invading roaches were covered with boric acid powder from head to toe, the resilient suckers simply refused to die. While most online commentators generally cheer the beneficial roach killing abilities of boric acid powder, I must point out that the effects are often slow and unpredictable.

Although I was incredibly busy with my job at the time, I eventually found time to storm into my apartment complex manager's office to demand that they hire a competent exterminator to fix this emergency situation. Eventually the management relented and hired a more expensive crew to come in and flush the roaches out. The professionals came in with their roach pesticide sprays and laid down lines of defensive deadly roach pesticide trails designed to kill roaches on contact that trample onto them. Then they used a special roach flushing agent to spray into floorboard cracks and underneath appliances to flush out the roach colonies into the open so that they would walk onto the pesticide laden floors. It worked for a while - as there was a huge spike in dead roach bodies as the flushed out roach families were annihilated. But even with professional baits laid out to control the outbreak, the efforts were ultimately futile. The roaches continued to crawl around my dishes, hide in my television set, relax in my stove, and even find their way into my fridge of all places. The final straw was when friends came over to visit me and one of them sat down on my sofa only to stand up moments later with a squished roach on her butt.

Eventually, I shifted into lawyer mode and sent a very threatening legal letter to my landlord demanding that I be fully released from my apartment lease obligations, citing the management's violation and breach of our contract to keep the premises a safe and reasonably livable place. There was simply nothing else I could do. After talking with the exterminator, I learned that I was fighting a losing cause. Because my discount apartment complex was so old and populated by lower income families that had a habit of illegally stuffing multiple families into one apartment meant for only one, sanitation and cleanliness were major problems. Even though I kept my own apartment clean, massive roach infestations in the adjacent apartments were causing them to spill over into my unit. At the end, I was released from my lease and left my ghetto apartment in a hurry. Ultimately, I had to pay substantially more in monthly rent to live at a new, clean, and higher class apartment complex free of roaches and vermin. My rent soared from $800 a month at my old place to more than $1475 for the new place. While it's a lot more money, I don't regret a single thing about my decision to pay more in rent. Freedom from roach infestations is definitely worth the heavier financial price. Saving money is great, but having that extra few hundred in my account isn't worth the sheer torment of living with roaches invading your life completely and taking over your sanity.

Roach Infestations Are Bad For Your Health and Must Be Eliminated Quickly (Easier Said Than Done)

So other than the scare factor, why are cockroaches and the infestation that they bring to our homes so bad for you and I? First of all, it should be noted that not all insects are inherently bad. Some bugs like spiders and millipedes actually serve useful ecological purposes. Without their presence, our human existence would be inundated with out of control growth populations of pesky critters of all sorts. Most of these utilitarian insects help to control general insect population by building webs to trap, eat, and kill off other insects, helping to keep a lid on spiraling population growth. While I'm generally afraid of insects and roaches in particular, there are bugs that I have friendly, harmonious relationships with. When I see insects like lady bugs or even cicadas, I don't mind picking them up with my bare fingers to inspect them. I see them as friendly insects that help the environment, so I'm not automatically afraid of them. Roaches of all breeds on the other hand are a different story - they are simply vile. While cockroaches live all around the world and come in all shapes and sizes, the breeds I'm most adverse to are the classic American and German cockroach. These two breeds are the most common roach pests found in American homes.

Roaches are the ultimate scavengers and harbingers of disease, germs, and insect fecal wastes. They have no qualms about walking through through poo or other disgusting solids and liquids. Their bodies frequently carry around all sorts of germs and potential infection spreading agents. One huge problem that they cause for inhabitants of homes that they infect is the creation of roach dust that they build up and leave behind. Roach dust is made up of decayed roach body parts and droppings that become airborne, infecting our breathing and embedding itself onto our hairs, clothes, and furniture. Roach dust is a powerful asthmatic agent that has the potential to trigger significant asthma attacks in sensitive people.

Cockroaches will consume almost anything organic and even somethings otherwise inorganic. They'll chew threw paper, cloth, oils, bodily wastes, and any type of food or liquid product you leave behind. These little evil cannibals will even snack on the dead bodies of their fellow roach comrades they come across. Nothing is off limits when it comes to their diets. In their never ending pursuit for food, roaches often follow the footsteps of humans into homes and stay close to sources of water and food - which is why they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, and places where food is plentiful (like near your dog or cat's food bowl).

The one singular thing that makes them so terrible and deserving of a spot in the Bible as an Old Testament plague is the fact they breed insanely fast and are nearly impossible to get rid of. Female roaches can lay up to 40 eggs at a time, laying up to a 400 evil babies in a lifetime. Their lifespan is a year long and adult roaches can go for a month without food, and even up to an hour without oxygen. They can live off of virtually anything. Even the organic glue compound found on the back of stamps or the nourishment of your dead skin flakes can sustain them for weeks.

Cockroaches are also very difficult to kill. Not only do they run like Olympic track stars, their bodies are extremely well adapted to fend off damage. Because their breathing system is made up of tubes on their bodies called trachea, they can continue to live even after their heads or limbs are chopped off - talk about walking zombies. Also, have you tried to chase down a roach with your shoe before? It's nearly impossible. It's like playing whack a mole on steroids as they dart around so fast, it's scary. They are able to quickly scurry into wall corners and flatten their bodies to avoid your newspaper punishment. They are also primarily nocturnal, preferring to come out at night. When they do, they are very stealthy and experts at staying hidden, invading your cabinets, sinks, toothbrushes, and your food stocks right under your nose. At the mere presence of light, they often smartly run for cover, unlike their more stupid cousin bugs that often sit there, succumbing to flattening attacks by humans.

How Do I Get Rid Of A Mild Cockroach Infestation, and Kill Roaches Using Roach Bait and Roach Traps?

The following words of advice are only suitable for those of you who have mild roach outbreaks in your home. If you only see a lone roach wandering around your home once every year, you probably don't have an infestation as it probably piggybacked into your home via a plastic grocery bag or something like that. However, if you are seeing them every few days, particular during the daytime when they are supposed to be in hiding, you may have a serious problem. If professional treatment and baiting are powerless, your only recourse may be to move out of your home completely like I did and not look back (if that option is available to you). Some things in life are lost causes. In serious infestations, the roaches probably have spread throughout all apartment buildings or all parts of your house. They've probably inhabited your base walls and have set up massive colonies of roach eggs and roach nurseries that are nearly impossible to eliminate completely. Remember, a single female roach once impregnated can continue to lay eggs throughout her entire life, spawning hundreds of hatchlings from just a single individual.

If the roach outbreak is not so dire where moving out is demanded, hiring a professional exterminator might due the trick. Professional exterminators have legal access to much more powerful roach flushing agents and pesticides to kill those little critters. For those who have children and pets in the home and are leery about using toxic pesticides, professional exterminators also have access to potent roach baits and gels that are less toxic for humans and pets. They work by slowly poisoning roaches. Laced with attractive smells to entice a roach, the victim eats the bait and ingests the delayed action poison that will ultimately kill it. When it travels back into the wall boards, it brings some of the poisoned food with it to share with others. In time, roach baits can kill off entire roach populations if the problem has not completely spiraled out of control.

In my opinion, cockroach bombs and roach foggers should be avoided. Not only are they extremely toxic to humans and pets, but their limitations are very well documented and observed. The irritants do drive away roaches temporarily, but they are not effective in killing the populations completely. The roaches will simply run for cover and hide until the toxic plumes have faded. As soon as you move back into your home after the roach bomb has done its work, they will come back out to play. Also, don't waste your money on those pointless electronic pest control repellent scams that you see on TV all the time. Supposedly, simply by plugging the electronic pest control repellent device into your electrical outlet and activating it, the system emits an ultra high frequency wave that irritates and drives away pests like roaches and rodents. These devices are supposed to be safe for both humans and pets. However, they're pure junk and scams in my opinion. Both rats and roaches are extremely durable and hardy animals, conditioned to survive even nuclear devastations if it ever came down to it, so neither of them is likely going to be stopped by some pointless frequency wave. To get rid of them, you're going to have to resort to good old fashioned roach food deprivation and chemical warfare. Ditch the expensive electronic pest control repellent devices and don't waste your money.

For those of you with mild roach infestations, here are some home remedies and homemade solutions to help you kill them, exterminate their colonies, and keep your home free of pesky cockroaches. Much of your efforts will be spent targeting notorious problem areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

Household Solutions To Get Rid Of A Mild To Manageable Roach Problem:

1) Eliminate the Roaches' Source Of Food, Water, Shelter, and Entry - Unless you live in a shared apartment complex that allows roaches to travel freely from one unit until into another, keeping your home clean is the most effective way to get rid of roaches. Cockroaches invade our homes usually to seek out food and water. Wash your dishes immediately after every meal and wipe down kitchen counters frequently, as roaches like to snack on greases and food oils. Vacuum your carpet and wipe down your hardwood floors and tiles as often as you can to ensure no food or liquid particles remain to feed the roaches. Fix leaky faucets as well as they offer roaches a free tasty source of water to drink from. If you have pets like cats, dogs, or even birds, clean the pet living areas frequently and make sure their food bowls are washed and cleaned after use. Dog food sacks are frequently targets of roaches - always seal them in special airtight containers. Also, make sure there are no open canisters of food or liquids anywhere in your home. Roaches can sniff them out and they will find them. Practice throwing out your trash bags on a daily basis. Trash cans contain all sorts of attractive aromas for roaches. Eliminate this prevalent food source if you can.

Finding out how they are getting into your home is easier said than done. Oftentimes roaches found their way into your home via air vents, front doors, or even cracks outside of your home. Oftentimes, telltale signs like roach droppings - tiny brown pellets of slime, indicate the presence of roaches. Frequently, professional help is needed to help you pinpoint the entry way. Finding out where they are living in your home exactly is also difficult without expert help. But once you locate how they enter your home and where they congregate, a liberal application of roach pesticide spray along the access points will provide long lasting walkways of doom for these roaches.

2) Use Non Toxic Boric Acid Or Diatomaceous Earth - While I've personally had limited success with using boric acid or even diatomaceous earth powder to control roach populations, perhaps you'll have more success than I. Borate powders are generally non toxic to humans, pets, and children although you obviously shouldn't intentionally ingest them. Despite prolonged exposure, my parrot, my friend's cat, and myself managed to remain perfectly healthy in the presence of boric dusted rooms. However, these powders are supposedly toxic and deadly against insects. As insects like roaches come into contact with the powder, the powder sticks onto their outer shell, causing gradual roach death. The downside is that boric acid powder kills very slowly and sometimes it may take days before the acid takes effect. But the plus side is that the compound can remain effective for years if the powder remains dry. Boric acid powders also allow you to dust in areas where the roaches are likely to hide and where humans and pets are less likely to come in contact with - such as in the crevices behind your kitchen appliances and spaces underneath your refrigerator.

Boric acid can be purchased at local retail hardware stores and most drug stores. They usually come in a squeeze bottle with a narrow spout that allows easy dusting once cut. Retail boric acid powder is usually white although some brands color the product light blue so you can see the product better. The key is to dust in areas where roaches are likely to walk through. Roach behavior usually dictates that they prefer to walk along edges where their bodies are in constant contact with some type of wall. Thus, remember to dust the boric acid under your stove and refrigerator, along wall edges, around door frames and open spaces inside of cabinets, sinks, and shelves.

Another product that is used by some is a form of illegal insecticide commonly called "Chinese Chalk", because of their sale in many Chinatown locations. However the sale and purchase of Chinese Chalk is illegal due to the many child related poisonings attributed to the product's resemblance to common classroom chalk. Supposedly, one can use the chalk to draw lines of kill zones on the ground to poison any roach or ant that walks across it. It probably works the same way as boric acid, but with substantially greater toxicity and health danger to humans. I don't recommend using it - it's illegal anyway.

3) Use Roach Traps, Roach Bait, and Roach Gels - Roach baits in all forms contain a combination of poison chemical and attractive food lures to entice roaches to eat them. They are actually quite effective if used in large quantities in strategic indoor locations where it's dark and moist. Like boric acid powder, they both kill slowly. However, this slow killing power is actually the most effective form of mild roach infestation control because it allows the poison to be ingested and taken by the roach into the roach lair to kill the population at its source.

The baits can come in the form of a little plastic roach bait station (roach motel) or they can come in gel syringe form. The plastic roach baits are easier to set and tend to last longer in duration, but I think they are slightly less effective than roach gel baits. Gel baits are very effective but they tend to dry out quicker, not to mention the gels are messier and harder to clean up. The gels also need to be re-applied every few weeks for maximum effect. Roach gels should be lightly applied in corners, on plumping fixtures, on interior cabinet edge corners, and under appliances where it's usually dark. Remember not to combine roach bait and roach gels with instant killing pesticide sprays. The objective with baits is not to kill them instantly, but to allow one infected roach to spread the poison love to others. Popular retail roach bait brands include MaxForce, Combat, and Raid. I don't have any preferences or recommendations because they're all about the same in terms of effectiveness. Try buying all three and using them all simultaneously if you have the money to do so - their poison chemical compositions differ somewhat.

4) Use Roach Insecticide Sprays - These aerosol powered spray cans contain a lethal dose of bug killing liquids. By spraying the roach insecticide chemicals along hidden baseboard floors and on dark and hidden areas underneath and inside cabinets where roaches frequent, you provide tremendous roach killing power on contact. The insecticide sprays contain a chemical that instantly starts to kill the roaches on contact should one wander across a sprayed area. While it's great to know that it's lights out for any roach that crosses its path, the sprays do not provide much residual or long lasting roach control. Only roach baits can target the roach nests and hit the source of the spawning problem. However, back when I had a heavy roach problem, I always kept a few bottles around at the ready. Chasing a fast running roach is much easier with a roach spray. It beats having to swing wildly like a drunkard with a shoe or newspaper.

5) Use Water Jars (Vegas Roach Jars) - Another common household remedy to combat mild roach problems is the use of a so-called Las Vegas roach trap jar. It's called that because the practice was recently popularized by a Las Vegas news report of its effectiveness in catching roaches. While I've never tried it out, the concept sounds rather interesting.���� The Vegas���� cockroach trap consists of a glass jar filled with coffee grounds (as bait), and a little bit of water that is placed against a wall. It is important that the roach jar trap is placed against a wall because roaches prefer to travel along edges where their bodies can maintain constant contact with a wall. Some people like to place Scotch masking tape on the outside of the jar to give the roach more traction. However, once they fall into the jar, the slippery glass surface prevents them from being able to climb out. Supposedly, cockroaches are attracted to these water jars. This type of homemade anti-roach remedy if effective, is a wonderful alternative to using toxic insecticides and baits. But frankly, I'm not fully convinced the technique actually works.

I'm sure everyone has their own secrets and methods to killing roaches. Feel free to share your ideas.

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389 Responses to “Pest Control | How To Kill Roaches | Money Blue Book” 

  1. Tiffany says:

    By the way, its goin for about $2 right now for 2 pieces. I have two aunts that have used when it was legal and they swear by it. It got rid of the roaches fast (few hours - 1 day) and the roaches stayed out, never came back. I just put in an order along with my mom, my aunt and my friend. I have a 3 mo old daughter and for extra measure I am going to have a family member watch her while I chalk the place and we"re going to stay with the family member overnite and she will be watched while I go clean it up the next day so she won't be exposed at all and I would suggest anyone with animals also do this but if you cannot make such arrangements I know people that have used it with children and pets in the house and they are fine. Just make sure they don't come directly into contact with the stuff. The danger is not inhaling it in the air the danger is ingesting it. Children have mistaken this chalk for regular blackboard chalk and chewed on it but c'mon those cases are along with all the other accidental drinking of regular household products. Its not the product that is the problem, its the lack of proper supervision by some parents so as long as you don't let this get in the hands of children then it is not a problem. They don't want people using it because the stuff is so damn cheap and so damn effective that it eliminates the need for any other product. If everyone with roaches were given a piece of chinese chalk then there would no longer be a such thing as a house roach. Hope this helps people.

  2. WomanOfJoy says:

    I just wanted to wish all those who are fighting a roach problem same as myself GOOD LUCK!! My family and I never had a roach problem until one of the rental properties near us got bombed by the landlord. The place must have had a major infestation because millions of roaches ran not only to my home, but also to all of my neighbors (the clean ones and the dirty ones). My 20 year old foster daughter and I scrub our house constantly due to there being 10 children of varying ages in and out of hee all day. (The youngest being my 3 month old daughter.) Yet even though we have moved, I think our infestation has become OUTRAGEOUS!

    I have seen many suggestions on this page for battling a mild infestation, but what about MAJOR ones? I love our new house and do not wish to move again. I plan to try all the suggestions on this page, a few at a time, and continue on that way to see what happens. And a friend of our is an exterminator for terminex. I will be calling him. I was just wondering if you guys knew any suggestionsfor major infestations??

    And, Animal Lover, I agree that your heart is in the right place. The trouble is the diseases that roaches carry and transmit to our children and selves. I have heard there are natural remedies that repel them, causing them to leave your property. If you want to help the plight of roaches, why not find out what those natural remedies are and spread those to all the folks on this page. We just want them gone for the safety of all.

  3. JJamiah says:

    Please read the previous post they are not only for mild infestations they are for all infestations. Mild means you use the same products for short periods of time, Severe means your going to be consistant for months at a time until they are officially gone. Mine have been gone for 1 year and I still use products to prevent any re-introduction of them to my home.

  4. Tee says:

    Ok, I moved into this apt April 2009. I was 8 1/2 mos preg and almost ready to pop when I moved so I did not really have the energy to unpack right away so the apt was a little cluttered (not dirty, just cluttered). I have NEVER had any roaches in my previous 2 apts (except for one I saw in my first apt the day I moved in, in which boric acid took care of and I never saw another one for as long as I lived there). My new apt has these huge sliding windows and about 2 or 3 wks in I saw a pregnant German roach in between the screen and the window in the kitchen. I killed it and thought nothing of it, I figured it must have come from outside. I bought some potatoes and put them in the cabinet over the stove. They went bad and about a wk or so after the first encounter I went to get a drink out the kitchen late at night and I saw this H U G E!!!!! roach crawling towards where the potatoes were. I sprayed it and it made a loud thud when it dropped to the stove. Again, I thought nothing of it, I figured it was a neighbor's roach who smelled the potatoes an wandered into my apt. I immediately cleaned up the potatoes which had greenish bluish liquid leaking from the bag ( I know, GROSS!!!). I had my baby and being a single, first-time, breast-feeding mom I haven't really been focused on my house like I used tobe (I use to be ANAL when I had that luxury). I had a bag of wet clothes I forgot to hang up that mildewed, a bucket of dirty mop water in the kitchen and some of the potato "juice" was apparently left behind along with a sink full of dirty dishes so for a brief time the place was kinda smelly and nasty (I was running around to her's and my appts, filing for child support, applying for W.I.C. and applying for child care so I was B U S Y). I came home one night and went into the kitchen and saw a roach on the counter and killed it. This was the third sighting so now I started to get a little worried. The next night I went into the kitchen and saw 2 more roaches and one coming from the bathroom so now there's no denying I HAVE ROACHES!!!!!! I killed the 3 I saw and IMMEDIATELY cleaned EVERY SQUARE INCH of this apt (I pulled an all nighter). I cleaned this place liked I used to be able to "pre-child" days. I am deathly afraid of and DISGUSTED by roaches so I have not eaten anything out of my kitchen since that night and I don't even get out of my bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom for fear that I will encounter one. I don't know how this happened, I have had prior busy periods in my life in which the house gets messy, it happens to the best of us but the outcome has never been roaches until now. I'm wondering if they have been here since the day I moved in. Well since that night I see about one every other night. The place is impeccable and there is not a scrap or crumb for them to eat. All the food is closed up in one way or another and I spray bleach in the drains and toilet to keep them from drinking. Its seems to be working because like I said it went from 3 in one night to one every other night.

    Ok so this is my question: I went to get a garbage bag from the cabinet under my kitchen sink today and I saw a roach leg. I already knew they hung out down there because I've seen their droppings but something prompted me to REALLY inspect down there and so I did. I decided to put my head in and I looked to the top left crease and the back and to my HORROR I saw a sh**load of roach particles (poop, regurgitation etc). I wanted to cry, it looks like an infestation but I don't really see much of them, I mean I flick on the lights late at night and NOT ONE will scurry. My daily sightings have all been by the bathroom area since I cleaned the sh** out of this place. So I'm wondering...do you think that the roach dust was there before I moved here or do u think I have an infestation? All of your answers are appreciated, thank you.

  5. JJamiah says:

    Hello,

    The way you can tell if you have an infestation is getting yourself some sticky traps, lay them out in your kitchen or bathroom where roaches love to harbor, any place in there that your seeing them. Go get yourself some Diatomacious Earth, Bay Leaves - Edible seasoning, Combat platinum and Vinegar seems you have a mild case, remember doesn't take long to become a severe case. So read below for my suggestions for seeing very little.

    You can find out how to use all of the above in my previous post as I would just be repeating the same information. Just search up and see how and what I advise you to use the products. Your case is bad when you see them in the day, even one in the day for me is INFESTATION.

    I had Roach Tail Gate parties in my kitchen and it wasn't due to dirty dishes in the sink. It came from neighbors with 9 dogs!

  6. Tee says:

    I have 4 sticky traps out with sugar and flour on them, one near the stove, one near the refrigerator/sink area, one in the bathroom and one in the hall. I've had them out for over a week and there is not one single roach on any of them. Under the kitchen sink there is a lot of roach particles and one would think it is an infestation but i don't know if that stuff has always been there. Aside from the time the roach was in the window the 2nd or 3rd wk I lived here (late afternoon), I haven't seen any during the day. The sightings are always at night.

  7. JJamiah says:

    Putting Sugar and flour on a sticky trap will void the trap, meaning the roach will get off and you won't be able to tell. Trust, I saw one walk right off after I put DE powder on it. I was like dag. So I just leave the trap by itself no nothing just the trap.

    I'D clean the area and then watch it for a while see if anything returns. I think that would be the only way to find out. Good Luck!

  8. maria says:

    Hi i would definately use the bay leaves in cabinets and the sticky glue boards by theirselves they work so good, also i have tried the water jug with coffee grains works good, but i think the glue boards are the best. good luck

  9. Wolf says:

    One thing that roaches can not tolerate under any condition is hot water. Yes, hot water from the tap is enough to end their sorry life in seconds, meaning 4 or less depending on how hot your tap water is. I found a few in the kitchen sink on night and turned on the hot water. Surprise, they went belly up and down the drain. I found that they had come up from the drain pipe. Running hot or boiling water down the drain once or twice a day especially and the end of the day before you retire for the night will kill all of them that come in contact with the hot water. Same thing happened in the drain of the tub once and the hot water won the war again. Roaches may be able to stand a nuclear blast but when their butt winds up in hot water, it's all over but the dyeing. How ever cruel it may sound, boiling water has been used for thousands of years to rid any and all pests from your home. It's cheap, it's non toxic, it's VERY effective. The only draw back to it is, you have to have some standing by and be ready to drench them with it. I've even used extremely hot water is a pump spray bottle and seen instant death on contact.

    P.S. Boiling water also works on any and all ant beds including fire ants. Just remember to boil about 3 gal of water and pour it down into the center of the nest. It cooks everything in it's path, workers, the queen and especially makes hard boiled eggs that will never hatch. Using this on ant is a way to rid them and they won't and can't relocate a few feet away if you pour enough boiling water down the nest.

  10. Rita says:

    I live in an end unit townhouse. I have never had a problem in 7 years until recently. My neighbors who kept a filthy house moved and left their recycle bin full of trash (from the fridge) which I discovered a month after they vacated. Since then I have seen 5 or so roaches ranging in size from tiny to tonight's extra large specimen. I am completely grossed out. The neighbor's house has gone into foreclosure and I doubt the bank or neighborhood association will care about my plight.

    Going out tomorrow to get those Combat Gold Box baits and boric acid before this becomes a bigger problem. Have only seen them in the kitchen so far. YUCK. Any other suggestions out there are appreciated.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article. My family and I have lived in this rent house for just over three years, and have had a roach problem for one and a half of those years. We are moving for other reasons, but the roach problem is definitely one major issue we have. We are afraid, though, of them "following us" - so to speak - by travelling in boxes and bags that we will be packing. Any suggestions on how to keep them from entering these?

    We have used Borax, roach baits of various kinds, and other home remedies. They all work for a while, then stop. My best guess is that these little suckers are mutants and eventually adapt to all killing procedures . . .

  12. RVRoachHell says:

    Great article ! I have to say I FREAK OUT at the site of a roach. I mean the light brown common roach that I lived with when I got out of high school & lived with a friend in a low income apartment. I remember it like it was yesterday but it was over 22 yrs ago. I'd have to say we had a MAJOR infestation & everytime the manager would bomb an apartment they would move next door. Roaches give me massive hebby jebbies & anxiety to no end. My husband & I recently got an RV from a lady & it was pretty nasty. When we started cleaning it we noticed tons of roaches & knew we would have a problem getting rid of them. I need to rephrase that, I didn't go inside, my husband did. Brave sole he is ! I stood in the door holding the trashbag open. LOL ! All the while saying "Oh GOD thats NASTY". My skin crawled & I just knew I'd have nightmares about them, but it was the opposite, I didn't sleep AT ALL. Roaches are so nasty ! We sprayed a strong pesticide that supposedly is the BEST & some of the roaches are STILL alive. I'm taking about 6 bombs over there tomorrow to set off & if that doesn't work I say BURN THE PLACE coz you wont find me sleeping in it with those nasty beasts living there too. LOL How this 70 yr old lady slept in that place I dont know....If we cant kill them I guess we will have to get an exterminator to come try...

  13. Sonia says:

    Hi, I was scheduled to move into my new Chicago studio yesterday when I found dead cockroaches all over the place. Well I wont exaggerate. There were about 6 randomly throughout the studio and 24 dead roaches under the sink. Needless to say, I have pushed back my move in date until all of this is taken care of. The apartment has been vacant for a while and I am hoping that is why there were so many dead carcasses. I called the landlord horrified, and after reading some of these other stories, I am pleased that she scheduled for an exterminator to come to my unit tomorrow and have the common areas in the building taken care of next week.

    My question is, is a regular extermination enough? Or should I combat with these other products that people have suggested as well?

    Thanks

  14. Tierra says:

    I say don't move in Sonia. When an apt has been vacant for a while you should see NO roaches unless there is food left around. The fact that you saw roaches in an apt that has been vacant for a while suggests to me that the problem is a MAJOR one the will most likely not be erradicated by the same exterminator that the building has probably been using or with the methods suggested above. Unless you're gonna go with the Chinese Chalk I say don't do it because the problem is definitely imminent for you.

    Good luck

  15. JJamiah says:

    CHINESE CHALK IN AMERICA IS ILLEGAL, DAngerous for kids and no you don't have to neglect them for them to get hold of it, an ignorant comment, and so stereotypical.

    There are plenty Legal ways of getting rid of them. Stop buying the cheesy stuff from the Walmart Shelves like Raid/HOt Shot/Combat spray. The only thing I'd buy from there is Combat Platinum.

    These sprays TANT your other products and cause them not to work. ROACHES DON'T GET USE TO BORIC ACID OR DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. They get used to chemicals like we get used to Anti Biotics, they get used to BA or DE like we get used to a gun shot to the head. WE DON'T. Boric Acid doesn't work over night, and it takes persistence. Yes they avoid BA when piled up, should be lightly dusted. I used both together. Read the articles, they answer most questions. Take the time and read, I try to answer questions that haven't been asked or there is no solution already stated, otherwise it gets a bit repetitious. Also when you do have success SHARE, we all could learn something to share with someone else.

    1 plus years ROACH FREE!!!!!!! from my infestation!

  16. Tierra says:

    Don't believe this BULL*** about Chinese Chalk. It is the MOST effective pestcicde for roaches ever invented. The government banned it because it was so effective and they did not want it to become a monopoly. What is soooo out of the ordinary that if ingested by a child or anyone else it can have I'll effects????? It has been proven to cause seisures if ingested but it has NEVER killed anyone...if a child gets a hold of a common household product like BLEACH and ingests it they will DIE!!!! Not seisures but DEATH and this product is perfectly legal and used widely and kids get into it everday so CUT THE CRAP about Chinese Chalk, it has been used for YEARS outside the U.S. And people are still thriving. Learn to look past the outward appearances sometimes and don't be so "black and white" thinking.

  17. JJamiah says:

    WHat ever it is ILLEGAL and not WORTH any bodies childs risk. Bleach isn't illegal and kills germs and virus's so why doesn't the government band that, because they'd rather people have roaches. GET A LIFE! As black and WHITE as it may be it is ILLEGAL. Bleach, that sounds like BULL**********. IT is a risk, and It is illegal.

  18. JJamiah says:

    http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/health/illegalproducts/#concern

    http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/health/illegalproducts/#products

    http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/health/illegalproducts/#do

    I have posted some articles from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency for those that would like to have more information on this Illegal Product.

    Don't go by what I say or the Pushers on here, do the research yourself.

    I have no stakes in any product I suggest or this Illegal Product, I just want to help and don't want any mishaps that may happen on my mind. I didn't remark about the first Chinese Chalk comment but as a person who is a mother, I would never risk my kids. PLus I did it my way and I am roach free, Legally!!!!!

  19. Jimbo says:

    I've been trying to get rid of insects from my townhouse for the longest time. How do you get rid of bugs completely anyway...not sure it's really possible. All you can do is keep the house clean as best as possible or move into newer home developments. Newer is better in terms of staying away from bug infested homes. But those of you living in cockroach or any type of bug infested home, get the heck out and save yourselves!

    I've lived in some ghetto houses before and believe me, it's a losing battle. They will be around even when Armageddon has arrived. They are built to withstand nuclear wars and meteor strikes on Earth and will be around forever even when we are long gone...

  20. Crystal says:

    I'm so tired of roaches that I'm thinking of bombing my house.....literally...lol

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