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I have wanted to write this Instructable for a long time but could not bear the thought of a photo of a roach. I found a plastic one; problem solved. I think you get the idea from that sentence that I am just a little bit, somewhat, sort of, come to think of it, mildly, TERRIFIED of roaches. This is the story of how I got rid of the roaches in my home and they have stayed gone for 10 months now after just the initial treatment.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

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Boric acid powder*
Karo syrup - you may substitute honey or maple syrup or pancake syrup
Rice flour - you may substitute any flour you have on hand
1 Popsicle stick
1 Mixing bowl

Amounts as follows:
2 parts Boric acid
1 part rice flour
enough Karo syrup to make a peanut butter like consistency mixture

Important note: Boric acid powder is not something you want to inhale (get into your eyes or swallow) so mix this up outside. Wear a dust mask too until it is mixed up. It has no odor.

For a 2800 square foot home with 4 bathrooms, I mixed 2 cups of boric acid with 1 cup rice powder and about 3/4 cup of Karo syrup. I used a plastic bowl to mix in and stuck the bowl and left over bait up into the attic/crawl space when I was done baiting.

*(available in hardware stores in the US as "Roach Prufe" (this was the only way I was able to buy it, the canister is 98% boric acid and 2% blue coloring).

Step 2: What my kitchen used to look like

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For every roach you see there are probably 100 hiding in the walls. If you see a roach in the daytime it means you have such an infestation that they are crowding each other out of their hiding places. Did I say gross?

Step 3: What my kitchen looks like now

Picture of What my kitchen looks like now
No more roaches!
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FoxysMyGirl3 months ago

I had a problem with roaches last year following a roof leak. It grossed me out. It was the big kind that are supposed to live outdoors. They found a way into my attic and it was terrifying to me since I am a big chicken about roaches, nothing else only roaches. I saw this recipe and didn't want to make anything that would be a bait and attract more but then I thought about how they would take it to their nests that I wouldn't even know how to find in order to spray or treat them. I did it and it has been Miraculous!!! Thank you!! No roaches, not one in an entire year! It took less then 2 weeks and even in the two week period I was seeing fewer and fewer. I didn't have a lot in my house but I would see a couple per week and I knew there was a lot in the attic. Had I not used this recipe I am sure I would have seen more and more and been disgusted every time. I saw a bug on my porch last night so I am making the recipe again today. He may have just been from the flower beds but I don't care, it is not starting again here. Thank you very much for taking the time to post this amazing information!!

Ninzerbean (author)  FoxysMyGirl3 months ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I know it works, that's why I posted it so many years ago. I wish more people would simply do it. I mean just read the ible and follow the instructions.
can i use regular floor and regular syrup
Ninzerbean (author)  lisa.myles.1048 days ago

Yes, it says so in the 'ible, you just have to read the whole thing.

i have the stuff is it ok to use it
YasirK13 hours ago

thankyou so much for sharing this amazing stuff to get rid of roaches.this stuff really works for my home I read ur article 1 monhs ago and try it it works like a wonder there colony reduce by 90%

Ninzerbean (author)  YasirK13 hours ago
Thanks for keeping in touch, keep at it so you get to 100%.
YasirK13 hours ago

thankyou so much for sharing this amazing stuff to get rid of roaches.this stuff really works for my home I read ur article 1 monhs ago and try it it works like a wonder there colony reduce by 90%

First off, thank you so much for taking the time to write this! With six young kids, I have been looking for a solution that works and from all the comments, this seems like the best option. I looked on Amazon and it states that the Roach Prufe has been discontinued by the manufacturer. The only other option is 99% boric acid and 1% lure. Do you think the "lure" will have an adverse effect? Thanks again!!
Ninzerbean (author)  maryellenlopez3 hours ago
No, I think it will be fine. You are basically just adding more lure, and the other stuff makes it spreadable so it can be applied in places where kids and pets won't come across it. Keep us posted on your success

OMG thank you for this! I am going to the store right now to pick up these items. My apartments will do nothing but spray once in a while and when you keep your house pristine and they're still everywhere..I was dreaming of burning this place to the ground lol. Thank you!

Ninzerbean (author)  kristen.r.swartzyesterday
You are ever so welcome, good luck, read everything, especially take the time to read the comments, there is valuable help there as well.
Where can I found the roach prufe powder
I don't know - try looking online, I have seen it as ACE hardware and it was at the small hardware store where I used to live. Maybe you can order it online...Some people have even found it at the dollar store.
Tommy7872 days ago
Would this bait help with mice aswell since it has the buric acid? I really dont want my indoor dog around sticky traps or other stuff that he can come in contact with.
Ninzerbean (author)  Tommy787yesterday
No,'fraid not. Mice don't wear their skeletons on the outside like roaches do. Get a cat maybe?
Im not sure if this question was answered, I looked through some comments and my apologies if it was already answered, but how long do I keep the paste out for?
Ninzerbean (author)  wenderfulyesterday
Start to use it as soon as you make it, it will get hard in a few hours or so depending on the temperature and how thick you made it. If you can't finish your whole house at once put it in the fridge, covered, until the next day or so. Hope that is what you were looking for.
If you meant how long do you leave it stuck to all the things you have stuck it to, that answer is forever.

Hi Ninzerbean, I'm sorry to bother you again. I'm trying to fix this problem. I have been to 5 store none of them carry Boric Acid. Borax is also known to kill bugs, But will it work for this recipie?

Ninzerbean (author)  JordanEaves_0yesterday
No way will Borax work. It's not at all Boric Acid. You will have to order it maybe on line.
Where can I found the roach prufe powder
rduarte123 days ago
Hey ninzerbean,
I came across your post a few weeks ago and I've been going crazy with these "you know what's". I'm so glad I found this thank you for writing it. I bought my house (my first time living on my own) in 2005 we never had a problem with roaches, maybe an occasional giant spider but I have plenty of flip flops for those, about a year ago we got new neighbors. I knew the previous tenants were filthy but as long as it stayed away from my property I didn't care, but now since these neighbors moved in I've been seing more and more roaches. I've hired a pest control company (which I seen also servicing the neighbors house) and its been a year and I still have roaches. Today I went to my local home depot after going to osh and both places did not carry roach prufe, however I did find something called "hot shot roach powder" and its actually 99% boric acid, would I still be able to use your same recipe for this different brand? How often do I need to rebait? Will the roaches still be able to eat the bait once its dried?
JohnR124 days ago

so what do i do once its mixed? what do i put it on

Ninzerbean (author)  JohnR123 days ago
The 'ible has 8 steps. See step 7 for the answer to your question.
VIvanova875 days ago

Hello ! I live in a building that is fullllll with those devil creatures. I also have 2 month old baby. Is it save to have this around ?[he wont touch it but it wil be in the air] I am freaking out! I am able to see then during the day :( keep seeing very small ones [which i know is a bad thing] ..from the pets control came 98392 times and they have put some gel as well as some yellow pouder -no result ! ....how long usually takes for any result ?Thank you !!I am plannig to make the mixture today [well my husband will ] and place it around ..

Ninzerbean (author)  VIvanova875 days ago
Your question makes me think that you may have opened only one page of the 'ible and not have read the whole thing. There will not be anything in the air. The bait has no fumes or odor to make you or the baby sick. It is a paste that you place in out of the way places that neither people nor pets will come into contact with. Good luck, read all the comments, it helps, every one is helping eachother with advice. Be sure to check out where your 'nest' may be - if not outside as with the larger palmetto bugs, look for cardboard, game consoles, microwaves, dishwashers, bottoms of ovens. Think water and heat.

Thank you ! If i cant find the nest and still put the paste around is it going the make a difference ?

Ninzerbean (author)  VIvanova874 days ago

I had regular palmetto bug roaches and so the colony lived outside but this will work better if you can find them inside - where they may be living just in case you have German roaches. Yes, it will still work but you must be more diligent with the German ones. Reading the comments really helps.

Will Borax work? Having a hard time finding Boric Acid..

Mrsjo7 days ago
Ninzerbean, I have a question... My apartment complex that I've been in for 2 years now have roaches. I'm being blamed for it because the the exterminator seen my kitchen dirty one time, while I was in the middle of cleaning up. Now 1 person moved in next door to me, and before she did the person that lived there before showed me her laundry room that was flooded for weeks be cuz maintenance didn't fix it in a proper time. Someone on the other side of me moved out, doors wide open while things were being thrown out. Also there was a very bad leak in their living room for about 3 weeks. Now Ijust wanted ur opinion about where u think they more then likely came form? Oh, also they are telling me that the roaches would have been in my walls for a year and I wouldn't have known??
Mrsjo Mrsjo7 days ago
I forgot to mention, I've only seen one in my living room after they put sticky stuff in the kitchen. I've done a deep cleaning in my house and found no eggs, poo or anything! Apparently my neighbors have seen more than me in their houses, and they've been complaining for about 2 weeks.
Ninzerbean (author)  Mrsjo5 days ago

Mrsjo, I just don't know - I'm sorry you are being blamed, but from my experience here answering all sorts of questions I've come to learn that everyone everywhere wants to blame something or someone. Best thing to do is say to all that hey, we have a problem, let's take matters into our own hands and solve it rather than wait for someone who won't solve the problem because if they do they will be out of a job. Really, working together is what will solve this problem. Make friends, take charge, show them this 'ible. Be the leader!

I'm about to use your method in my apartment. You seem pretty confident so hey I believe you. I have a 6 month old and I'm worried that one day she'll find one and pick it up and eat it...So yeah definitely desperate for anything... Thank you and ill get back in to weeks to let you know how it turned out

Ninzerbean (author)  BerghandyLeigh5 days ago

Please do, share whatever, good or bad. We can all learn from each other.

how will this stuff affect my my pets?will my cat or dog be inclined to eat it because its sweet?we also have snakes,bearded dragons and a tarantula all of which are ,of coarse,in cages however is fumes an issue?

Ninzerbean (author)  PhilosopherK5 days ago

There are no fumes, no worries.

also,if by chance the animals are inclined to want to eat it because of its sweetness can you either omit or reduce the sweetner with out reducing the compounds affectability?

Ninzerbean (author)  PhilosopherK5 days ago

You are not going to be putting it in any places that your pets can access. I had the same unfounded fears because I have small always hungry wiener dogs.

THANK YOU!! I was gonna go crazy If I didn't get rid of them.
I mixed the exact ingredients exactly how you made it for your own house. As I'm putting out the bait a brave little roach approaches (no pun intended) the bait & turns away from it instantly. So I dropped more in front of him, he goes up to it for just a second and then moves on again. Is this normal?
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