What is the best method for killing roaches?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Roach motels, diatomaceous earth, figure out where they’re coming from and why. 

Post # 3
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602 posts
Busy bee

If moving isn’t an option, KILL THEM WITH FIRE. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Move ..far, far away haha.

I’m half kidding, of course, & wish I had some real suggestions for you.  Have you contacted any sort of pest control to help you fight this?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

tynakinnon:  I work at a pest control co. Seriously…hire a professional. Roaches and bed bugs are the toughest infestations to get rid of. It would be wise to save your money on the DIY and put it towards hiring a company to do it for you, because your chances of getting rid of them on your own are slim. Roaches multiply quick and trust me, they are the last thing you want infesting your home. It’s un-sanitary to have them in your house because they usually will infest kitchens where you have your plates, cutlery, cups, food ect..and they will lay eggs and shit everywhere. If you hire a professional make sure you get a warranty and they treat at least twice. Good luck!

Post # 6
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692 posts
Busy bee

Clean, remove clutter, boxes and paper (they love to eat and hide in boxes), seal crack in and outside of the house. They like to hide in spaces that are tight, like between the baseboard molding and the wall etc, so caulk any gaps. They Kay be getting in through gaps too so sealing them is important so they won’t just keep coming.

Google how to use boric acid to kill them. It’s not the same as Borax, btw.

Google how to make traps. It’ll help you see if you’re making progress in getting rid of them.

There’s lots of great info online. Do some googling. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

DaniDev143:  second this. Professionals who offer warranties are the best for roaches. If you have German roaches it could take multiple treatments and special insecticide. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 I live in Hawaii,so I deal with my share of cockroaches. Sigh. If you can’t afford professional pest control, here are some things that have worked for me: 

Diatomaceous Earth (I bought a HUGE bag at Home Depot for less than $10 – however, you need to be careful when applying it to not inhale it.)

Harris Roach Tablets – these were SO easy to use. I just placed them around and saw a serious decrease in the number of cockroaches within a week. 

Combat Roach Gel – in my old apartment, I somehow had a crazy infestation crop up. It was really disgusting and scary. We had management that didn’t maintain anything. Anyway, I used the Combat Roach Gel and it totally worked! I just hate applying it and it looks gross if you apply it anywhere that is visible. Works, though!

Prevention – this can be touch depending on where you live but being sure not to leave food/dishes/trash out, especially overnight. I’m sure the problem is not your housekeeping though. 

Good luck!!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

And whatever you do, don’t step on them! If you step on it and it’s a female, you can spread the eggs and they will still hatch!! 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had them in an apartment that I lived in many years ago. I purchased those Combat squares and they worked fabulously!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

tynakinnon:  moving. JK. Seriously, hire a professional. That’s pretty much the only 100% effective way to do it. 

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