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Picture of No More Roaches

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.

Update: By the time I moved from this home the roaches stayed gone for 6 years, I baited one more time inbetween. It is important to hit the button that says to 'view all steps on one page' or you will think that this 'ible is only one step long - it is 8 steps long. Be sure to read all of the steps before asking questions. Other questions you might have will be answered in the comment section.

 
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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
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Boric acid powder*
Karo syrup - you may substitute honey, maple syrup, pancake syrup or make a simple syrup of sugar and water.
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 flour - any kind of flour is fine: white, whole wheat, rice, etc.
Enough Karo syrup, or what ever sweetener you choose, to make a peanut butter-ish 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 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 (any flour will do) 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. If you don't get finished baiting in one day put the bowl into the fridge, covered, and it will stay workable for another day or two.

*(Sometimes 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). Also, commenter ScottP6 says he was able to buy boric acid on Amazon for $7 for a pound. That is enough to share with neighbors and friends for years. Any boric acid that you find will be fine though, just make sure it is mostly boric acid.

Dseg151217 days ago

Ninzerbean,

First off let me start by saying thank you so so so much for sharing this! I finally have my sanity back after endless nights of sleep deprivation, and hugging a can of raid every night! (not literally, but yes always ready on my night stand). -- I apologize for the length of this--

My family and I moved into a home that my father owns and was previously rented out to filthy tenant. Of course, it was infested with huge flying American cockroaches. I cleaned every inch of the house literally on my hands and knees & repainted. I too am TERRIFIED of roaches, and can't count how many times I cried, squealed, jumped, and yelled for my husband every time I saw one. At times I would be brave enough to spray them myself, but they would charge towards me!! AHH, My husband finally got tired of all the crying and complaining & called a professional exterminator. He came and sprayed outside and the baseboards.

I would see some dead, but I would still see a lot alive, if not more than ever. I studied them one night sitting at the kitchen table around midnight and I noticed that one by one by one they came out from behind the kitchen cabinet where the sink goes. Long story shorter- there was a nest back there & a hole leading right outside. I took the entire cabinets to the dump & fixed the hole. ( I installed all new cabinets)

I WOULD STILL SEE ONE IN THE RESTROOM EVERY NIGHT!!!!!!!

SO, this is where you come in! I did EVERYTHING you listed in the steps. I have gone through 4 cans of foam, and atleast 8 of silicone caulking. This house had so many gaps, and crevices! I spent countless days just sealing every room! In addition to this, I also bought new weatherstripping.... I strategically placed the boric acid paste in every room, every outlet, every door way. I didn't skip a single one.

I HAVE NO MORE ROACHES!!!

After 2 or 3 days of putting the paste, I saw ONE live one... It's now been two weeks and I haven't seen one. Not even a dead one.

I'm just in denial.. Is this real? Are they really gone?!

What you posted here works! ....Don't take "shortcuts", & these steps do pay off.

THANK YOU!

Ninzerbean (author)  Dseg151217 days ago
Dear Dseg1512,
Thank you for taking the time to write. Comments like yours make me so happy.
deana110821 hours ago
ok I have a question. or actually a few.

background: we have had a few roaches come out in the daytime which I just read means that's an infestation. great. we live in an apartment in a private house. I was cleaning behind the TV and the fridge and I am still itching myself because I keep feeling like they are on me. there were hundreds. and my husband was gone, so I dealt with it on my own. I have that ortho spray and it has seemed to work a little. we also had an exterminator come, and he sprayed crap. whatever. I didn't pay.

question one: can I put boric acid in electronics? I honestly don't think I have the guts to take the back off of my fridge and see what is in there. and if I do and there's an infestation, I know you said vacuum bit can I also put the bait or just the acid in the electronics too? (I will be checking the xbox, cable box, WiFi router and whatever else tomorrow. they were infested in my kureig!)

two: is harmful is this to pets? I have a dog who is quite curious. also, she has a habit of eating the roaches if she sees them. if she sees one that is "infected“ with the boric acid and she eats one, will she get sick?

three: my landlord has hardwood floors that do not go all the way to the wall. will clear silicone be okay without damaging it?


four: you can put this bait in the electrical sockets? also, when I go to bed I want to start turning off the extension cords. will that stop generating heat overnight and when I am not home?

I seriously thank you for your reply. this article is the only one that has given me hope that it can end.
Ninzerbean (author)  deana11083 hours ago
Answer One: putting boric acid in your electronics won't do much good. Putting the bait in there won't do much good either - roaches in your electronics means they are German ones and you have to physically get rid of them before you bait. The shear numbers of them means that there will be enough to find food to feed on that your putting out bait won't be enough to kill and or discourage them.

Answer Two: If your dog eats a roach that has eaten some bait I don't think there will be a problem. The boric acid kills bugs and things with their skeletons on the outside of their bodies. But still, it's not something that should be ingested. I personally would not worry too much but I would try to discourage it.

Answer Three: Your floors need quarter round to finish them off so that the space is not there. When you apply it use a lot of caulk to seal it in a matching color to the quarter round. You can put the quarter round on with builder's cement/glue or a nail gun. I would ask first - I mean ask your landlord to finish the floors. That sounds like the installation of the wood floor was not finished. Do not use clear silicone - it will prevent the quarter round from fitting snug up against the walls.

Answer Four: Pulling the extension cords won't help. Once they have set up a 'home' they will stay no matter what you do about the heat. As to the electrical sockets - it is a way of getting into the walls where roaches roam freely. It is probably against codes and not safe unless you turn off the power and never use anything metal, use a popsicle stick.

You have a big job ahead of you, I wish this was more help but your HAVE to get rid of them first. I mean physically get rid of the majority so that you are starting fresh. Because you have German ones that live inside vs outside, it is harder. Read the comments, there is a wealth of stuff that can help. Good luck. It can be done but it takes a lot of constant vacuuming and being on top of stuff, cleaning, and no food out, and even put your dog's water bowl up at night. No cardboard etc. Seal holes in the walls, get the landlord to help.
I recently (6 months ago) moved in an apartment with old neighbors and people who live above me. Well recently killed a few without knowing what they were and asked my girlfriend if maybe she knew and she had no clue what i was talking about like i was a lunatic. I saw one in the bathroom and tried to kill it but they can fit through anything (tried using a brush i dont care i throw the thing away and buy a brand new one) i am in the process of moving so i brought some boxes home which i think might have been the route cause of this whole nastiness! I read the steps to moving whwn you notice you have roaches but its all mind boggling, i have never seen or had roaches in my house in my life! Im a total neat freak so i had no idea about them until i read what they were and im horrified and disgusted! I wanted to tell the apartment manager but itd only make a bigger deal out of this. As of this moment i am not sure what to do, i have TONS of clothes more so than a 21 year old guy should have and im afraid to even touch them now because roaches are the nastiest thing in the entire world and i swear to it! I mean ive had ants before during the summer but roaches!? Thats beyond ants, thats beyond anything gross! My question to you is, what exactly do you suggest i should do?
Also, it is 3:53 am and i am scared to walk anywhere or eat anything or even sleep for that matter! These things as what ive read can be anywhere its so gross! I certainly am not cool calm and collected about this one bit. My question still remains the same, but not just about the clothes. Lol. This "article" totally made me feel not so alone. Thank you and i hope you respond asap!

I think anything you're asking is probably covered in the article... The comment she added at the end even says something about clothes/sheets, etc... What else are you looking for, suggestion-wise?

Ninzerbean (author)  CristianoC27 days ago

Dear CristianoC2,

What exactly should you do? Well this "ible sort of kind of is all about telling you what to do, so I sort of am puzzled as to what to tell you to actually do besides to go back and read it and read a few hundred comments - those comments are so helpful. Then follow the instructions and you should be fine. Yes it is gross but you have to put it in perspective. There are worse problems in the world, right?

deago994 days ago
Thanks for the info, I made this today and baited my apartment. How long do it take before you know if it works or not?
Ninzerbean (author)  deago994 days ago
About a day. If you don't see results that soon you may not have baited your whole place, or you may have German's which live inside and therefore you have to find the nest and dispatch it first. Also follow ALL the steps - seal up gaps.
belma.rueda11 days ago
So I'm back I couldn't find my previous post to comment there so here's a new one back then I followed your method after like a lot of people sleepless nights with German roaches that infested my home and treatments and expensive fumigations that didn't work! Anyways after a whole week of deep deep cleaning and putting your magic potion everywhere after about two weeks I was almost roach free and after then no more roaches at all! Then a few months after I moved, I had no more roaches and I put the stuff around the kitchen and bathrooms of the new place, anyways everything was good until a week ago I bought my son a used tv and today I saw a German roach in the room where the tv is! I cried! I can't go through that again! I immediately made some more boric acid and put some on back of the tv and around the room and closets and other rooms and bathrooms adjacent to that room but I'm freaking out! I think the kitchen should be ok since I had put the boric acid mixture down 4 months ago when we moved but I still put some extra, do you think I have a new infestation within the week the tv has been here? And do you suggest I re-do the whole house or should that be ok?? The tv is mounted to the wall otherwise I would've thrown it out but then again the roach was already out so I'm not sure it would've done any good either! Thanks so much for your help! I really hope I don't have a big problem again it was horrible!
Ninzerbean (author)  belma.rueda6 days ago

Belma.rueda, so sorry I missed your comment 5 days ago, I was traveling and working on my ipad which is hard to do, anyway thank you for writing. Oh those nasty TV's! I am afraid there will be more than the one your saw. You need to get that TV vacuumed and vacuumed! There could be a real infestation inside and you don't want them to find any more hiding places. The German's are just terrible to get rid of. I don't think you need to re-do the whole house if you did it right the first time, that will last for years. I'm just worried about how many are in the TV and if they have spread. I think for your peace of mind you have to get that TV down and examine it to make ultra sure. Keep in touch. Good luck.

Hello I wanted to know will any brand of boric acid work or does it need to be that roach prufe I'm looking for online at the different hardware stores and they don't seem to carry it thanks
Ninzerbean (author)  helloitzme696 days ago

Any brand is fine, just try to get one that is in the 90% or higher boric acid. Sorry for the late reply.

JessW37 days ago
We have been battling this war for almost two months we've been sprayed twice and baited once by the "pros" I just made this mixture and put it everywhere like you said along with some serious deep cleaning. Haven't seen any upstairs or in our bathroom. Only the kitchen and now the living room. This situation is literally making me crazy I'm freaking out everyday I refuse to eat or cook at all in my house until this problem is completely gone. I am truly praying this stuff works! Eating out everyday and the lack of sleep and amount of stress is wearing me and my wallet down!
Ninzerbean (author)  JessW36 days ago
Hi JessW3, I know, I understand. It does seem to cloud everything. I promise though that this will work. Most importantly seal up any areas in the house where they can enter from the walls (where they live) or the outside. Get rid of cardboard boxes. Pull out all the appliances that are hooked to water and see if you need to seal the holes for the pipes that come into the inside from the outside to the appliance.

I have said this before but it doesn't hurt to repeat it - killing them does not last. This bait is something they will bring back to their colony, feed to their friends and watch them die. Then they will communicate to each other not to go back to your house. People don't believe me, they say they are not like bees. But in some ways they are in that they do communicate to each other. Of course if you have German's it is much more difficult to get rid of them because unlike the large american ones they live inside. Sometimes they come in in a play station, or a used microwave.

But you are going to be fine, this works. Keep in touch, read a few hundred of the comments. Share how it goes for you.
JessW3 made it!7 days ago
Fingers crossed wish me luck!!
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twhite078211 days ago
Gd afternoon Ninzerbean, I moved into my apt a few mnths ago and have in this last month strted seeing roaches running out here and thr. This is a very old building and cld tell from cleaning b4 my initial move in tht thr was a roach problem at sum point but thght that it had been taken care of since my apt had been vacant for over a yr and tht im really just now seeing them.I hav a 2bdrm apt with living rm dining rm and 1bthrm but i hav only seen them in my kitchen coming from the cabinets and sink area my bthrm near sink area and in my hall from crevices whr the wall and floor meet nvr in bdrms living rm or dining rm. I strted out just using Raid spray and i noticed them coming out more i guess running from the fumes...idk but i kno whr thr are a few thr are a thousand!!! Im afraid of the pests and its frustrating but i cnt live like this even with the few roaches i hav seen!! I am a clean person i sweep and mop daily i dnt leave food out and i keep kitchen clean and dry no dishes left behind dirty in sink but i still see them (although just a few) i hav spoken to neighbors who hav lived here for several yrs and they also hav the issue which i knew since i hav nvr had them so i cldnt hav brght them...my issue is im so afraid to bomb my apt for fear tht my problem will get worse and they will come running from everywhr or strt running throughout the rest of the house and take over!!! My other concern is tht if my neighbors are not taking steps to get rid of thr bugs tht i will always hav the roaches!! I came across ur solution for this and hav been reading comments and feedbck all morning and feel hopeful tht this can b remedied and i too can b roach free but can u tell me how effective the bait will b for my home even if my neighbors choose to just deal with the bugs and not do anything to get rid of them?!?! I hav the ingredients for the bait and plan to treat my entire apt and i most definitely need the product to seal the holes whr the pipes are (they are huge way too big for actual size of the pipes.) Thr is water damage under kitchen sink i can see so i think tht is whr the majority of them are living but bcuz i kno the whole building has had the bugs for yrs i just want to do wht i can to clear my home!!! If u cld answer my questions on how to handle my situation with my neighbors taking no action and how it wld effect my goal to get rid of them i wld greatly appreciate it!! Any ideas and/or suggestions are welcomed and if i didnt provide sum info u need please ask!!! I am so paranoid i get up at nite to spot them i cnt sleep and so worried they are going to totally invade and take over my apt...Im a single mother of 1 and cant afford to pick up and move so if i can solve this problem with ur bait it wld b a blessing!!! Thx and i hope u can help me!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  twhite078211 days ago
Dear Twhite0782,
I think that your problem CAN be solved. I am about to buy an apartment myself. Not that that matters but I too will for the first time be dealing w neighbors. So first of all sealing up your space so roaches can't come in is the number 1 most important thing to do. I do not know about bombs but can only imagine that they are a short term solution. I believe that sealing and baiting will be the only thing you need to do. If you see any live roaches after that there must be a spot that is still open.
I know you are sure you didn't bring them but is there anyway they could've come over with some video game box or appliance? I have been running this 'ible for so many years and I have read horror stories of appliance infestations that the owners had no idea about.
I also urge you to have your neighbors read this 'bile. The buggers live in the walls so if everyone can just block up openings with caulk and foam and spackle and seal the home the bait will do the rest and they won't come back for years and years. But even if your neighbors don't do anything, I think that surely you will soon have no more roaches.
ladyofcesar1 month ago
Hi we just moved out of a highly infested apartment. Where we live now there are no roaches of any kind. But......We brought em with us. I've killed about thirty this past week. Yeah that many. I've set traps and am cleaning every night. Not leaving n e signs of water. How effective is this and how long will it take to see results thank you !
Ninzerbean (author)  ladyofcesar1 month ago
I am going to suggest that you read some of the 800 comments to get an idea of how effective this is and how long it takes to see results. Perhaps there in the comments you will see similarities of some other people in your situation and can therefor gage how long it will take, what it will take (getting rid of the objects you brought with you that are being used as a home for the colony) so that your question can be answered. I wish I could help you more than that but without more information about your situation I can only suggest that if you did not see your questions answered in the 'ible itself then the comment section would be where to look.
Yes. The comments are very helpful. So we Apparently brought em in air conditioners tvs and space heaters. Its starting to get bAd my nine month old cant sleep in his crib n e longer because he has asthma n starts to have cough spells becAuse bAby roaches are all over it. Where do i put the mixture exactly ? This house has no roaches but we unfortunately brought them with us. Thanks for responding too.
Ninzerbean (author)  ladyofcesar1 month ago

See step 7 for where to put the mixture. Maybe you are only seeing the first 2 steps. You have to find those things that you brought the roaches in on and maybe get rid of them or take them apart and then use an air gun compressor type thing to really clean them out. I tried this myself with an air conditioner and I could not take it completely apart, after 2 weeks bagged up in the hot sun with a box of boric acid sprinkled all over it, it still had roaches and I had to throw it out. So I know first hand how hard it is to get them out of appliances. It may be impossible. Some have suggested freezing the appliances. I don't know. But act fast before they get into more places. Vacuum every day. It's really hard when they have built a colony inside your house. It can seem overwhelming but it will get better every day if you just keep vacuuming, and bait too, but you need to knock down the population when it is this bad, before the bait will work. Keep me posted though, I really care.

So i am buying the ingredients later today. We've been low on funds and havent been able to buy the stuff lol. I will keep u posted. Wish me luck !!
brathly198226 days ago

Hi,

I signed a lease for a vacant house and while renovating it (long story), I found out it's infested with German roaches. I hired an exterminator and he put out the magic peanutbutter, but the German roaches are harder to kill than the palmetto bugs.

I THINK I have an advantage because I'm not moved in yet, but it's been 3 weeks and these beasts are still there (although much less).

Before I hired the exterminator, my neighbor bombed the house, which killed about 40% of the population, I think. Then I hired the exterminator, and his bait also produced a large amount of dead roaches, but only at FIRST.

Then I bought a steam cleaner and I blasted the roaches out of the kitchen cabinets and from underneath base boards, and then I had the guy put out more peanutbutter (it's called Advion Syngenta Cockroach Gel Bait, and after I saw what he used I ordered it online.) Anyway, so I cleaned like a mad person, then my neighbor set off some bug bombs, then I cleaned again, then the exterminator put out the Advion Syngenta Cockroach Gel Bait. And you know it LOOKED like all the roaches were gone because I did not see any new ones that were dead lying aroung, but then when I started to paint the house, I saw a bunch of antennas sticking out of all the outlets! My roaches live in the wall, quite happily, actually. So i FREAKED OUT because they came out and feasted on the fresh paint. So I cleaned some more, and then made your paste with really delicious maple syrup that I actually did not want to share with those beasts and I took off ALL the light switch plates and outlet covers and I put the bait there. And I realized I had access to the inside of the walls through some of those light switch holes. And I threw Harris Roach Tables (made of Boric Acid) into the walls through the outlet and light switch holes. I am hoping that the roaches will eat the boric acid in the walls and die before they make it back into the house :(

I wanted to move in this months, but the roaches are still there :( It was a horrible, heavy infestation, and I decreased the population, but I just found out that the fridge is infested with roaches - how can I get them out of there? Like how do I get rid of the nest? You always said "get rid of the nest" but HOW?

Please, could you tell me how I can de-roach the fridge? I do not have the $$$ to replace the fridge. Thank you so much

Ninzerbean (author)  brathly198226 days ago
Awe, this is such a drag.

When I say get rid of the nest or infestation I mean physically - vacuum vacuum vacuum. I really am so sad to read this, I wish I could make better but I am stumped - how are they getting in? Are there any holes you can plug up? Can you rent a large shop vac for a week and vacuum inside the walls? Is there carpet? Can it be removed? Maybe they are eating the stuff under the carpet? I am brain storming here - but do not move in until you have this fixed - as in NO roaches. And for the time being unplug the fridge and anything else that stays warm. Let me know if any of these ideas help. Obviously they are really hungry if they are eating paint. Hmmmm, what could you put in the paint that might kill them? Boric acid! Some people have lured them out with bowls of pasta water, you know the water that has a bunch of starch from cooking pasta in it.

Hi!

Thank you for replying to quickly!

I heard that German roaches do not come in from outside, they are only brought inside. So the previous tenants brought them in, and I think the reason that I haven't been able to get rid of them is that there were still eggs in the wall that were not affected by bait and spray.

It takes up to 4 weeks for the eggs to hatch, so even if it looks like all roaches are dead, there may still be some unhatched egg sacks somewhere, that hold up to 40 tiny baby roaches.

I think I'm dealing with the 2nd generation since I've started fighting them.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to the walls :( the whole in the wall are just big enough to push a boric acid tablet through.

In addition to baiting, I also dusted every crack in the wall with Diatomaceous Earth. I'm just using all methods I can think of at the same time. I want to get rid of the roaches sooooooooo badly!

Ninzerbean (author)  brathly198225 days ago

Well be sure to stay in touch, everyone can learn from what you are learning. Let us know if the diatomaceous earth works. After you move in go and get a cat. They love chasing roaches but I just would not want to pet mine for a long time afterwards. I can still picture in my mind little Peanut with a roach in his mouth, a big palmeto bug, he's been dead for 15 years and it still grosses me out.

Oh my kitty has been on top of the hunting game! She first stalked the bathroom then kitchen and I told my boyfriend I bet anything she's hunting those suckers at night!
I wish my mittens (thats my cat lol) would hunt n kill them. She just would watch them go by.

hi,

you may use some insect growth regulator to break the reproduction cycle of the roaches. There are several products, such as "Gentrol Point Source IGR Insect Growth Regulator". combined with the boric acid you should get rid of your pest.

raerae37512 days ago
Okay so inam very excited to try this I am going to do it tomorrow yes this is posted late cause I cannot sleep and am paranoid so long story no way to make it short.
I just moved into my apartment three days ago and keep seeing a ton of roaches they were all coming from behind the cabinets in kitchen and bathroom so right away I started spraying and put down boric acid behind fridge and under dove and sink well they still kept coming out during day and night so then I decided to coulk the cabinets in kitchen behind fridge and under counter top and after I did that I bombed twice so I have seen way less you knows lately then before but now im seeing them coming from under the light in kitchen and from the top of cabinets so its getting to the where me and my mom are so paranoid that its effecting our sleep. So I decided to do some research and found really svafy stuff that they can eat your skin toe nails finger nails leave lesions crawl in your nose ears this is not helping situagion but I am going to take off all plugs and do that stuff behind there and get the foam stuff cause I honestly don't know where to go from here cause I have a two year old and this scares me terribly. Thank you for all your patience reading this long story and all these comments makes me feel tiny bit better that ppl go through se thing
Ninzerbean (author)  raerae37512 days ago

Yep, we are all in this together. Knowing that there are lots and lots of people with the same problems helps. And you will get rid of your roaches. Promise.

SarahE612 days ago
My friend calls this morning and asks if she can stay with me and my kids a while. I say it's okay, then help her move her things (in plastic garbage bags) into my 4 story home. I have 5 kids, so crumbs are a given. She tells me once her stuff is already in my house, that the apartment she was only in a week, had a few roaches. Then the land Lord sprayed and she hadn't seen them Again. But she brought things from there into my home and now I'm petrified. What can I do?
Ninzerbean (author)  SarahE612 days ago

Well this is one of those things that happens to me all the time - no good dead goes unpunished. The only bad thing I think that your friend may have brought over are electronics - play stations, microwaves, stuff that roaches love to live in 'cause they stay warm. So inspect those items very very well. There would be no harm to bait your home but at 4 stories this is going to take a few days to do. Just to be on the safe side of course. I think it is important to have your friend and you look very carefully at everything she brought with her. Keep in touch, let us know if you find anything.

vicmburu14 days ago

Hi,

I'm glad i came across this. Walmart, here i come and hope the "roach-reaper" will have a busy week. Hahaha. I'll post my results.

vicmburu14 days ago
markvin123416 days ago
maloyski18 days ago
Madddde it hope it works!
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Ninzerbean (author)  maloyski16 days ago

Hi Maloyski, It's been two days - how is it going? I didn't respond earlier because there was not really any question. So now I am just following up. You should have seen major results by now.

hmr82318 days ago
I am going to try this, since we moved here 6 months ago we see a huge dead bug every now and then and my boyfriend convinced me they were beetles from outside but this morning was the last straw I went to pick up a dead bug with toilet paper and it sprung to life and went under my sink! It was like 4 inches long I am traumatized, my question is will this harm me if I'm pregnant, I am 5 months
Ninzerbean (author)  hmr82318 days ago
No, just do everything I say to do, dust mask, etc. It's not something you want to breathe, pregnant or not. Get your near-sighted boyfriend to mix it up, outside, with a dust mask. But there is no harm in your applying it.
Thank you so much, I am so glad I came across this forum
Ninzerbean (author)  hmr82316 days ago

You are welcome, when you wrote that you were traumatized, I knew just what you meant. Keep in touch and happy pregnancy!

Burgunday16 days ago
I used agave syrup, is that ok?
Ninzerbean (author)  Burgunday16 days ago
I think that will be fine. But if not please let us know.
PhillyZ17 days ago
I just moved to a new apartment in a major city (hence the name). Never seen or dealt with a cockroach before even having lived in another apartment here. Last night I was watching TV and in the bluish glow I saw a large creature scuttling along the floor. I freaked. Popped up, light on, it froze. I made a move for a paper towel and it dove under my laptop bag. Once I was ready for the kill I pulled the bag up and the bug darted away. It didn't seem to run very well on hardwood so I caught up to it and ended it's foray into my apartment promptly. I've determined through research (and the....pungent odor to put it kindly) that it was an adult female oriental cockroach. I'm very upset about this as I just moved in and already I've had an unwelcome guest. Could it have been a lone scout or do you think the old adage of "for every one you see, there's 10 you don't" holds true here? Thank you for so diligently maintaining this comments section, I can tell I've come to the right place.
Ninzerbean (author)  PhillyZ17 days ago
If, and only if, I were brave enough to look up what an Oriental cockroach looked like I would be able to tell you if they live outside or inside and what they eat etc. But since you are braver by far than I am, you might do that very task. I am listening to an Audible book that takes place in the 1600's and I have started to sound like I am from that era as well.

OK, skipping ahead 400 years... PhillyZ, I don't know why my bait would not work. I don't know if you have a problem or not, I don't know if there are more where that one came from. I do know that personally I would not live in an apartment or house that I did not do this treatment to before I moved in. I think you have come to the right place, and maybe we can all learn from you - but no photos!

I can't say I am really sorry not to know more about Oriental roaches. Well, for your sake I am, but not for my own sake. I'm sure you understand - and now I have learned that they smell! Just when you think things can't get worse....

We have a two month old newborn baby. Is this safe to use in our apartment with her?

Ninzerbean (author)  iamashleyjanice17 days ago

Yes, as long as your baby can't use a screw driver and open up switch plate covers or get inside of cupboards and pull the bait off of the backs of drawers. See step 7 and think to yourself if your little baby can get to any of those places where you are going to place the bait. I sort of really doubt it. I don't mean to come off as snarky but it is an amusing idea. I love babies... enjoy yours! Babies are great, but they make for lousy teenagers...Speaking from experience.

maloyski19 days ago
Attemping this tomorrow... Hope I have the right boric acid.....got from dollar general says its for ant and roaches....I'm gonna fixes them suckers up real good I've been seeing them in bathroom first the to kitchen...boyfriend said he seen one in living room last night... It's a wrap I'm concocting anything that I can... Thank you very much for this recipe!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  maloyski18 days ago
Hi Maloyski,
You are welcome, and I am glad your cat is helping too. The hole in your bathroom that you say you can't access - you have to. It's vital that you plug it up with expanding foam or something durable.

Great article! I've also used Boric Acid for ants and it works quite well on both those and roaches. The Bonide brand is electro-static charged so you can simply blow the dust into the walls straight from the bottle and they carry it home stuck to them. My personal favorite method is more organic, but best to use in the south or during the spring and summer up north when it starts getting warm out.

Get a few dozen Tokay Geckos and set them loose to do what comes naturally. They love eating roaches, and can get into the small places cats and humans cannot reach. It's actually becoming quite popular, and it's a safer alternative when you're pregnant or have pets and small children that are attracted to sweets or just generally seem to find the one thing that they shouldn't.. Find a reptile breeder or distributor to buy them, because the mark up in pet stores is insane, especially for something you're going to let loose and not keep as a pet. Once they run out of bugs in your home, they'll move on to another location where there are bugs to eat. I saw them hanging out by my bug zapper a lot, or near the porch light after my roach problem was gone. They eat lots of pests, from termites and moths to mosquitoes and ants as well as roaches and palmetto bugs. They aren't aggressive, and even if you happen to have a curious pet or child who does confront and corner one, their bite is pretty much harmless. I'd be more wary of an iguana doing damage than a gecko any day.
I read a comment here that suggested getting cats, but they aren't going to be able to hunt enough to make a dent in a roach infestation. Cats are wonderful companions, and great at killing mice and sometimes rats, but don't get your hopes up on them killing all your roaches, it's a sweet idea, but not practical for a pest that can squeeze through a tiny crack in the wall.

Ninzerbean (author)  Jennacide17 days ago

Jennacide, Your name cracks me up. I have said in the comment section that I don't advocate sprays around the perimeter of homes because of the geckos. In FL they used to sell them just for this purpose. I think I will add your idea of getting a few of them to the 'ible. I will credit you of course. Thank you for writing.

ailyaily0819 days ago

Just wrote a post that got deleted: long story short -- I've made this twice in 8 months, but I just saw two LARGE roaches in the kitchen in the last two days. That's where I put the majority of the mixture. I am from the north and living down south temporarily, and I suppose the season has begun? I never had a problem back home in Boston, but I have awoken with roaches in my clothes as I slept while I was living in Santiago, Chile. My question is this: should I just keep making more? Will that help? I first used molasses, then syrup and now all we have left is honey. Will it make a difference? Thanks Ninzerbean for the help and patience you provide to everyone here. It's pretty amazing of you.

Ninzerbean (author)  ailyaily0818 days ago
A lot of people just use the bait where they see roaches but this is the wrong approach. You have to bait your whole house, every single place where you can get inside the walls, switch plates, outlets, inside pocket doors, everywhere. I think the only reason you are seeing roaches after having baited is that you did not bait the whole house. It's takes hours to do. And seal up any areas that roaches could be coming in such as around pipes under your sink or where the washer and dryer are installed. I don't think what you use, honey, or kayro syrup will make any difference. Molasses is probably just as good.
maloyski18 days ago
I've been seeing them on top my fridge last night I smashed three on top and chased a few down on the sides.....I'm so afraid of this getting worse ! Our neighbors below us moved out and now we have been seeing them at day time and night time.....I think I found where they are coming in through the bathroom but have no way to access and plug up....now I'm afraid they have moved to the kitchen invading fridge.....goodness sakes about to rip my hair out ! Doing light switches tomorrow!
maloyski18 days ago
I've been seeing them on top my fridge last night I smashed three on top and chased a few down on the sides.....I'm so afraid of this getting worse ! Our neighbors below us moved out and now we have been seeing them at day time and night time.....I think I found where they are coming in through the bathroom but have no way to access and plug up....now I'm afraid they have moved to the kitchen invading fridge.....goodness sakes about to rip my hair out ! Doing light switches tomorrow!
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ZakyiaA21 days ago
My roach story isn't as scary, but it's still gross. I live in a condo, on the bottom floor and more than once I've had a roach plop on me from the sky out of nowhere! I am not sure where they are coming from as I do not see a hole on my bedroom ceiling, but there is a ceiling fan could they be coming through that? Idk it freaks ms out but I definitly will try this to get rid of them
Ninzerbean (author)  ZakyiaA20 days ago
Yes, there could easily be a hole into the ceiling that has not been well sealed when the fan was installed. Try to get up there and seal it. Use caulk or spackling compound. There may only be a small slit where the cover meets the ceiling but roaches have no bones and they can come through the smallest openings.

summer is approaching, it means roaches is approaching too. Time to make bait again and again. As of now we dont have any more roaches. But it really took me months to kill them all last year.

sjane-11 month ago

OK great information here, including the comments. But I have a few questions still. Just moved into a rental house about month ago. Saw a few dead bugs when we were doing our initial clean, but didn't know they were roaches (Moved from the north to the south and never ever had a roach problem) So long story short, turns out its roaches. I believe they are the German roaches. Didn't see them too often until recently, like maybe 1 every other day in the past week, all in the kitchen. I have yet to see them in bunches always solo, and and I had pulled out the fridge when we first moved in and checked the pull out drawer from the oven and didn't see anything that I would think would be a nest. How should I check under the fridge and where else could the nest be? What is the most effective way of disposing of the nest if I find it? What if I never find it, what do I do then? Recently was up in the attic and saw none, not sure if that is a good sign, but then again I wasn't looking for them. From what I have read here I guess that means there are tons more than I see. Would you advise bringing in an exterminator first, and then applying your bait method? How should I go about baiting the attic? I am totally at a loss of what to do, since I never had this problem before. I have just purchased a new bed and a couch and have brought in some of my other appliances(e.g. Kuerig , Kitchen Aid mixer, toaster oven, etc) and am now crazy paranoid they will become infested. Recently just placed Raid bait traps and Egg Stoppers, in the kitchen where the problem is, but am going to be using your bait method.I have 2 small dogs(one is a doxie, too!) so I need to be careful. I clean with bleach and try to keep everything as dry as possible (though I still leave the dogs water down during the day). Thanks for the great instructable and sorry for all the questions. I am just getting super worried about my problem now.

Ninzerbean (author)  sjane-11 month ago
Slow down. Do not use bleach - it is very very toxic. Stop that crap right now. Use a vacuum to vac every day, move your fridge, vac in hand, get friends to help. Just slooowww down. This does not happen overnight, you need to get rid of the roaches you have, you need to go back and re-read the ible, read a few hundred comments, realize this is a war, but you will win this war. Repeat after me "I will not use bleach any more because it will hurt me and my lungs and my dogs." You are becoming very sleepy, you will wake up and start from scratch, get rid of cardboard, unplug things that stay warm, use expandable foam to seal 'leaks' into your house. Re-read the 'ible a third time. Get to work.

OK, no bleach. But how do I know where the nest is? I have been looking for one but can't find it. I hadn't seen any in days since I place the Raid bait, but last night saw one in the bathroom. Also how can I tell if they are in my appliances? I just bought a new couch and dont want them to infest it, is there any way to prevent that?

Ninzerbean (author)  sjane-123 days ago

Well maybe you don't have Germans, I don't know. I don't know anything about Raid bait or egg stoppers either. I only know about my method. If you have not tried it yet I don't know what to answer other than I have. If you don't have Germans there won't be a nest in your house. The only way I know of to prevent roaches is my way. I just can't tell you about the stuff you are using 'cause I am not familiar with it. If you don't see roaches in your applliances then there are not any there.

kpass00126 days ago
I feel like I have found a safe place to vent my horror story on this topic. Thank you for writing this and providing a space to solve this horrific problem. I apologize ahead of time for this lengthy post, but I have a lot to share...

My boyfriend and I bought an older home to fix up and live in 6 months ago. Living in central Florida near the coast, we get the huge palmetto bugs...We share the same hatred for them! Spiders are fine. Beetles or ants? no worries! But palmetto bugs, or anything resembling a roach, sends me running to another room screaming like a baby...and I will not return to that room until I have proof of the kill...and even then, it's iffy.

...back to my story...Trying to be proactive, right after we finished the renovation of our house, (floors, paint) I started the search for a pest guy before moving in. I hadn't seen many roaches at this point, just a few dead ones sporadically while cleaning. But figured I wanted a nice clean slate and needed a good bug guy in case it ever became a problem. So I began the interview process...yes, I actually grilled each company about their routine and what I should do if I ever saw a roach. I thought I had found a winner when Bill responded, "With me, you won't see them!"

Pssshh...we'll see about that...

So Bill comes for his first treatment the day before Thanksgiving. It takes him about 3 hours to administer his treatment on the exterior, the interior, including behind all electrical plates. We sign our contract and pay him for the year. Before leaving, I make sure that I understand his policy about coming back for more treatments if needed. He agrees he will come back anytime throughout the year, free of charge, and mentions that I may see a few dead ones over the next few days, but by the weekend I shouldn't see any.

Holy dead roaches! For the following 24 hours every time I turned a corner, there was a new one dead on its back. That day pretty much involved me freaking out each time I saw one and my boyfriend hustling to pick it up and flush them (because flushing is the only proper way to get rid of a roach, am I right?) I was impressed by the amount the treatment had killed, and simultaneously freaked out by the amount that were obviously living in places I had not seen. I'd say we saw about 10 dead roaches in a day's time. Regardless, I did not see another roach after that until....

Christmas Eve, I was getting ready for church in my bathroom. I was bending over to pull on panty house and felt something strange drop on my back.....yes, you guessed it...a palmetto bug had fallen/flown onto my back!!! The horror! I freaked and called Bill immediately...yes, on Christmas Eve...not my proudest moment. He came out a couple days after Christmas and he completed another treatment in our master bathroom/bedroom...the scene of the crime...as well as a few more spots throughout the house. His response to me seeing a roach was that perhaps one treatment didn't cut it. This next treatment seemed to put my mind at ease and I didn't see very many after that in January or February, with the exception of one or two when it rained outside (I despise the rain for this reason.)

Fast forward to now (April)...oh jeez, where to start? It's rainier, it's hotter, and I am seeing about one a day in our bedroom! Also, it's not just that I'm finding them, it's HOW I find them (or rather how they find me) that has made me an absolute obsessed, grossed out, and freaked out mess over these God forsaken creatures...

First I saw a dead one in my closet, few days later dead one on the floor of the bedroom where I step out of the shower, next day alive one at night in our master bathroom, next night one climbing on our ceiling fan (ew!!!) and the climax of this story occurred when I woke up one night earlier this month to one alive in my bed!!!!!! Wait, I don't think I placed enough emphasis...this disgusting bug was in my bed!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought for sure at first I was hallucinating because I'm just so darn afraid of the things and I was half asleep...but realized it was real as I watched my boyfriend chase it around the bed to kill it (bless him.) Definitely close to one of the worst nights of my life. I couldn't understand why I was coming into contact with them like this...were they after me? (I'm only halfway kidding)

Ever since I have been a paranoid mess. I refuse to sleep in my room, I have moved to the other bathroom. I have moved my clothes to the other closet. It's pretty insane. I think my boyfriend is hanging on by a thread, poor guy. Bill has come back twice since then and still can't tell me why I keep seeing them in that part of the house only. I realize now why you say the pest companies are useless. Bills a nice guy, but he's fired.

To make a VERY long story short...I am desperately seeking refuge from these stupid bugs. It seems our problem has been contained to our master bathroom/bedroom. I haven't seen ANY in the kitchen, or other parts of the house since the initial treatment. Can't really figure out why. We very rarely leave any laundry lying around, I sweep and vacuum our wood floors every other day...maybe me leaving our room has deserted my boyfriend and his messy habits are going unnoticed by me and inviting in more roaches? I'm not sure.

I truly hope the baiting works, although I am nervous that the problem will become worse before it gets better... which I'm not quite sure I can handle at this point. However I am going to go for it as I just bought my ingredients today and I can't keep going on living this way. I am trusting that the method is solid, based on your advice, and thinking since your problem was also with the palmetto bugs, we will have a similar success in our house. I plan to follow all of your steps and bait all day in all locations suggested. I read in comments that putting ortho or some other product around the exterior might also be a best practice? Also, we have yet to caulk our baseboards, which I am wondering if you think should be done before, during, or after the baiting process? Any further advice you could provide based on our situation would be greatly appreciated! I want them gone!! Thanks!
Ninzerbean (author)  kpass00126 days ago
Dear kpass001,
I just spent 30 minutes writing to you and when I went to add the photo of the product I was suggesting to seal up your windows and I lost the whole thing. Sorta disheartening.

OK, first of all big props to your boyfriend, he is a keeper.

Then to you, I am curious as to why Bill's method did not work, I am impressed with how much homework you did to interview the pest people and even though I have a low opinion of most of their methods there are some good ones out there. Did he give you an explanation?

Baseboards - if there is any way at all to seal up your house's inside from the outside, and the inside of your walls then you must put the bait there and then seal. Since your house is old and it is in Florida it may have settled and be out of square, windows may not close all the way - put your hand up to the edges and see if you can feel any breeze of warm or cool air on your wrist. Then use the stuff I suggest in the photo, it's called rubber weatherseal and it comes in all different sizes from 1/8" on up. Roaches have no bones, they can get in through unbelievably small cracks. Also get down on your knees and check all your doors to the outside and see if there is air coming in.

Also check the pipes under the sinks to see if there are any spaces cut out around the cupboard back wall that is allowing roaches to enter through the spaces. Expandable foam is great to seal these spaces up.

My washer and dryer were installed so poorly that roaches were coming inside through the sloppy hole made and not sealed behind the dryer vent.

If your boyfriend is really not scared and does not find this to be a big deal you may want to bait by yourself and not have him help, he might not do a great job if he does not really have a problem with the roaches. It takes hours and hours to do the whole house and not to skip any outlets (yes, it is not a good thing to to building code wise, probably not safe, turn off the breakers to be sure, use only something wooden to place the bait etc). Do you know that so much air comes in to our homes from the outlets that they even sell insulation for them? They are really cutouts right into the wall cavities, this is the reason you bait them.

Anywhere you can access the inner walls you must bait those areas and then if possible seal them up - in that order of course.

I am moving back to Ft Lauderdale in two weeks for the summer, I could stop by on my way down if you are not too far off of 95 and just take a peek to see if I see anything that is not obvious to you. Just PM me if you want me to look, it's the 10 of May, Sunday.

I don't know about the Ortho around your house, I didn't do that, I don't see the need to do it based on my own private Idaho philosophy of believing that roaches are like bees in that they communicate with each other. It will also kill geckos and geckos love roaches. They used to sell them in Ft Lauderdale just for that purpose, you let them go inside and they do their thing. Not lizards, you know geckos - with their little suction cup ends of their toes and they only come out at night? You don't want to hurt them, so I would not spray around the house.

So stay in touch, let us all know how the process went. I do not think in your case you will see a lot of dead roaches after doing this. Also one more thing, go back through the 'ible reading it all again, and enlarge all the photos, it's really better, you see a lot more details.

I would tell you to read some of the 800 comments but in your case which is so much more like mine and we were and are not dealing with the Germans I don't think you will find too much in the comments to help. But they are sort of pretty fun to read, you know you are not alone anyway.

Oh, one more thing, think of it this way - we (I think) are scared of roaches because they are unpredictable and we don't know where they will run, they are fast. But there are probably a few million people in the world who would trade their problems with yours; that helps to keep our fear of the buggers in perspective. I know how you feel, I scream so load that my throat is sore the whole day, I can't help it. But I try to keep the whole thing in perspective and think that I am bigger, that they are running from me, and that there are real problems in the world that can't be solved, this one can be solved and it just takes a bit of effort and claiming your house back one room at a time.
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jules08032 months ago
We are having to move from the apartment we have been living in for three years because it is INFESTED with german roaches. I know they are inside our electronics and one of our couches. My question is, can we take these items and use the bait to get rid of them? It sucks that our furniture has to be left behind because these nasty apartments are infested. I know for a fact it isn't just our apartment that has this problem. We have had the landlord gel the apartment and it didn't work. We have used baits, the ortho home defense from Home Depot and it is STILL infested. We move next weekend and we are worried we will somehow take them along to our new place. Any suggestions?
Hope I can help with this. I moved to Hawaii 2 months ago and have already seen more roaches here than I've even seen in all my life (zero). I spend all my days planning and preparing for my escape off this infested island when miliatry orders are up in 3yrs. So far this is my list:
(1) Get many, I mean A FRKN TON of airtight plastic storage bins (ZipLoc weathertight is a brand), it may end up costing, but its the way to go since roaches love to hide & lay eggs in the flaps & weaving of cardboard boxes.
(2) Tiny roaches will live & breed in the motors of appliances so toss them in plastic/garbage bags & store in freezer for a couple days before the move to freeze the life out of them!
(3) wash all your clothes, curtains & bed linens on the hottest setting (without damaging) and IMMEDIATELY move them from dryer into plastic bins so roaches wont have time to attach & hitch a ride.
(4) Those efficient little devils can feed off of the GLUE in your book bindings so throw all your office supplies, magazines, tampons, diapers, etc into the sealed bins with a roach bait station in every bin to feed & kill them & DONT open the bins for a few weeks, so that any placed eggs can hatch, feed & die also.
(5) Do a thorough cleaning of the new place before your stuff arrives, behind fridge & oven, etc then bring your stuff over & shake everything off outside! I know you'll worry what the neighbors think but at least they will see that you obviously are not comfortable living in filth & are taking measures to avoid another such situation. Wipe down & inspect everything before stocking shelves & cabinets & rewash all the linens again for good measure.
I wish you luck & cant wait to do this myslf in the roach-deterring snowy weather of NewEngland!
Ninzerbean (author)  NorEaster1 month ago

NorEaster, This is great advice for the german ones and I will refer folks to it. Thank you for taking the time to write. If we can get the whole world to do both of our methods we could seriously decimate the population, well maybe. Anyway I think I may copy and paste your comment into my 'ible - you don't mind right? Because in a month or so it will be a few page clicks away and I think it is sound advice that I don't want people to miss when reading the 'ible. Let me know, otherwise I can feature your comment which moves it to the top of the list of comments.

Sorry, haven't been on in a while. Yes, feel free to spread the word, warn the masses, these buggers have been on the planet long enough! lol

Ninzerbean (author)  jules08032 months ago

The bait will not work for your situation. You know where there are so you must get rid of them. But taking apart your electronics is going to be very very hard, and what if you leave an egg case behind? Your couch - wow, I don't know how you would be successful there. This is just terrible. I wish so much that I could help but this system is more about making your house or apartment free of roaches and more about the large non-German ones. You need not baits but a very strong vacuum. Baits are for luring roaches to the bait so they take it back to their colony and the other roaches then learn not to go to your house, but because you have them and know where there are and are not removing them physically, they will still be there. Somehow the situation must have gotten out of control and now... I think you should start over. But if you see even one single roach in your new place - which hopefully you will bait the day you move in, you will kill it right away.

It started about 8 months ago. One roach here... none for a few days. Another roach there gone for a few days. Then there was a nice break didn't see any for a few weeks. Time passes by we're starting to see them every day about 2-4 a day. I just woke up and saw two within a 2 foot radius of each other on their backs. So I sprayed them. We get a lot of packages delivered to our house. We generally see them in our laundry room, family room, kitchen and bathroom all of which are in the same portion of the house. Lately in the bathroom I've seen a few baby roaches tiny little things the size of tictacs. Can you list a few not so common sense style hiding places that I should bait in. Please and thank you. I've read some of the comments I saw behind frames, drawers and cupboards, microwaves, inside outlets and light switches. I'm making a list of everywhere that I've seen them myself.

See step seven for the best places to put the bait. Remember to put it all over, not just where you see roaches.
Hi. I made this recipe up last night and put the bait around my kitchen and bathroom. I strongly believe there is a colony under the refrigerator. Now, did I make these roaches hyper with the syrup, because as of this morning they are running rampant! How long does this take. Also we have the small roaches (Germans) I believe.
Ninzerbean (author)  stacy.white.901 month ago
I know I keep saying this but it does not seem to be understood so I will repeat it here for everyone's benefit - this will not work if your whole house is not baited and all of the preventative steps are taken. Roaches are inside the walls, they are not just inside of the walls of where you see them. The bait does tend to make the German ones very active as they go crazy looking to relocate - to an area of your house where there is no bait, so that what they bring back to eat will not kill their family and friends.

When I say that it takes about 4 hours to do an average sized home I think that if it took you less time then your home is very very tiny or you skipped some outlets, had no space that needed expandable foam, or no drawers to put the bait behind.

If you know you have a colony under the fridge you must dispose of that colony first.

Reading a few hundred of the comments will help as well as everyone's situation is not that unique and similarities will be noticed that you can learn from.
Karenmommy1 month ago

we lost our house and had no roaches. I had never seen one ever! Then we moved into a rental house and all of a sudden I saw them everywhere. We left that house and moved into another rental house. This 2nd rental had a worse infestation plus what we brought and we stayed there only 5 months. Now we bought a house again and I am over run. I wanted to call pest company but hubby won't let me. I am going to try this, this weekend as I can't take it/them anymore.

Ninzerbean (author)  Karenmommy1 month ago
Karenmommy, if you think you brought some with you, you must find that item that they came in on. Game players, air conditioners, microwave ovens, anything basically that gets plugged in and is a bit warm and dry. If you have German roaches they live inside and are harder but not impossible to get rid of. The bait will keep them away but not until you get rid of the ones living in the house, so you must vacuum almost daily, you must get rid of all cardboard and use plastic to keep pasta or cereal or whatever the cardboard was in, in. Read the zillions of comments because there is a lot of helpful hints that might apply to your situation in particular. Good luck, keep us posted on your progress and best all congrats on having your own house again!
Hello and thank you for your response. They are in our couches and behind our stove and refrig and behind dishwasher. I have 3 messy little boys as well. I had been using chemical sprays that I bought online but they didn't work. I clean daily and just dread going I to my kitchen. I also found one or 2 in my bathroom. I had no idea they liked toothpaste. Yuck!!! I am a mom on a mission and will remove all cardboard (still have boxes from our recent move) and bait my entire house while keeping our cat and my kids safe.
Ninzerbean (author)  Karenmommy1 month ago

Karenmommy, you are going to have to get rid of the roaches you have before the bait will have much effect - this is only because in your case they have set up colonies inside your house and that makes them harder to get rid of. You have to knock down the colony first. In my case when John said it was the worst infestation he had ever seen, well he had to get rid of the infestation first, then bait, that kept them away.

Toothbrushes must go in plastic bags, they love toothpaste. Really gross. I am afraid you might have to get rid of the couches, also the fridge and washer are going to have to pulled away from the wall and vacuumed to death. It's a war. Enlist some soldiers. Don't let your boys eat outside of the kitchen table. Read the comments.

ScottP61 month ago

Just an FYI...you can get bulk boric acid powder on Amazon for really cheap and avoid paying the high prices of products that tout roach/ant control. You can get a pound for less than $7 (look under industrial/scientific not pest control when you search)

Ninzerbean (author)  ScottP61 month ago
Thank you ScottP6, I will put that in the introduction. A pound will give you enough to give to your friends and neighbors too!

I also want to say how wonderful it is that you take the time to keep answering questions here. So many people write something up never to revisit it again. You set the standard for how "how-tos" like this should be done! You are doing a really great thing and helping lots of people!! Thank you (I believe you can never hear someone say thanks too many times)

Ninzerbean (author)  ScottP61 month ago

Thank you for the thank you, but I can't take credit, Instructables sends me an email when there is a comment on an 'ible. Except for awhile it stopped working, then there are settings that maybe an author does not have set up to receive emails re comments. I think most authors respond to comments, or I would like to think that.

Here is the link...

http://www.amazon.com/Powder-Boric-Anhydrous-Insects-Pests/dp/B003EDZXYI/ref=sr_1_4?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1429297100&sr=1-4&keywords=boric+acid

ScottP61 month ago

I've always used the powder...but the other evening I saw one crawling along the top of the wall...<shudder>...so I am going all in on your bait method. I might make a video of how I do it following the authors instructions with loads of links and gratitude to this site (if the author is ok with that). I'm going to use unbleached flour (cause thats what I have)...I'm hoping for a 2-fer with ants as well!

Ninzerbean (author)  ScottP61 month ago

Sure, make a video, be my guest. Some day I'm going to write a book with all the comments in it except I will block out the names. I won't watch your video because of how much I don't want to look at roaches. Sorry.

And yes, this works for ants as well, just put some on their path.

taral73 1 month ago
One question: Is boric acid harmful to my dog if he accidentally is exposed to it? He's a 13lb mini dachshund.
Ninzerbean (author)  taral73 1 month ago
I have 2 wiener dogs! I wouldn't want any dogs or animals to eat the bait but you are putting it in areas where there is no way for them to reach it unless they can open your bathroom cupboards and use tools to open switchplate covers. But the whole point of using this bait is to put it in places that roaches go, not where dogs or babies or cats or even people go. It sticks to horizontal places like the backs of kitchen drawers, places we don't even see much less go.
My concern is if I put it above door frames and it fell off he would find it and eat it because yes he eats ANYTHING! But, since you said it sticks well I won't worry about it too much. Also, I got a different boric acid than yours pictured, mine is actually 99%. Is that ok? And yay for weiner dogs, they rock!
We had none for 9 years now we have nasty neighbors and they are comming in. I am going to mix this up this weekend and apply it everywhere. I will not live like this. I just killed 4 of them in the kitchen that I just cleaned 2 hrs ago. I am putting my trust in you and doing what you say. I hope this works. Being a single mother I do not have the money to have someone come in and spray every couple months. I have ocd so my house is cleaned every day and night. Again I am putting my trust in your words.
Ninzerbean (author)  shannon.foraker1 month ago
Shannon, it's going to work. Even if your neighbors are nasty I urge you to go to them and not insinuate that they might be the cause but urge them to do the same treatment, offer to share by mixing up a batch and bringing them half (but ask them about it first because it will get hard and unworkable in a day if left outside). Even if you can't get your neighbors onboard it will still work.

But you could go over and ask if they have a flat head screwdriver for your switchplate screws and tell them why you need it, like it is just you with the problem and you are just telling them what you are doing to solve it.
Burgunday1 month ago
Omg thank you for this.
yatzi141 month ago
In need of that treatment asap!!!!!!! Tired of all these roaches crawling around everywhere! So emberrassing when guests come over...my question is, is it safe to use it when you have a 1yr old and a 3 year old? How long will it take for the treatment to harden? Thank you!
Ninzerbean (author)  yatzi141 month ago
Unless your kids can open electrical outlets or pull open drawers to get behind them or above doors I think they will be safe. Sometimes it never gets hard, depends on the humidity. Good luck to you.
Very helpful. Thanks!!! (:
KyrieY1 month ago

If I apply this solution, how long do you think it will take to start seeing results?

Personally, my cockroach problem has been kind of up an down. A year ago, there would occasionally be a cockroach at night every week or so in the garage/kitchen/living room/bathroom. Last winter, the problem kind of died down, and I didn't see any cockroaches for months. However, the problem is just now coming back. In the last 3 days, I've seen 2 cockroaches in the bathroom (1 in the early morning and 1 at night).

If it makes a difference, my house the gigantic cockroaches, not the little german ones.

Also, is there a need to apply the solution in the attic? I haven't been there for months -.-

Ninzerbean (author)  KyrieY1 month ago
Your roach problem does not seem too terrible so I would think that if you did a really good thorough job on baiting and did all of the steps and of course the attic, you would see results by the following day.

It does not matter if you have been to the attic or not, roaches live where you don't. Those are the places you need to bait. If there is stuff up in the attic for them to eat such as the glue on cardboard - they will be there. They actually don't care if you don't write or call, they have no shame in stalking you anyway.

Yes, get up there to that attic and bait away along with all the other places listed in step 7.

And good for you to take control of the situation before it gets worse. The warm weather and rain drives them inside and/or makes them more active. Go figure. Maybe they get bored like humans do.

Alright. Thanks for the advice!

One more thing. What is the purpose of the expandable foam insulation on the pipe? How necessary is it?

Ninzerbean (author)  KyrieY1 month ago

If you have gaps between your walls and the inside of things - most houses do - then use the foam to seal the gaps.

Once again thanks.

I've started the process of applying the bait, and I've run into a few more things now.

Yesterday, I started to put the bait in the places you mentioned, but I didn't finish because there were still places that weren't baited yet. As a result, I put the bait in the refrigerator over night, and I plan to finish the job today.

1. Will the bait still work if I apply it today? If it matters, it is still kind of sticky and seems like it can still be applied.

2. For my situation, is it necessary to put bait behind every single outlet cover and switch cover?

Ninzerbean (author)  KyrieY1 month ago

It's good that you put it in the fridge, it will be fine once it comes to room temp. It does get un useable after a few days 'cause it gets too hard. About doing your whole house and every outlet cover, you know what I am going to say don't you? There are only two ways to do things - the right way and the other way. So yes, you do have to do every one because you just don't know where they are living inside of your walls and where they can freely rome, so you have to do all of them to do the job right. The crew that did my house, it took 2 guys 4 hours, that is basically all they were doing was the outlets. Mind you that it is against all sorts of codes and be sure you are using a wooden popsicle stick and the power is turned off etc.

I've applied more bait around the house, and it seems like the situation is getting better, as I haven't seen any cockroaches in the bathroom for days. However, a little cockroach came out today at 9am in the living room today when the sun was already up. Should I be concerned?

Ninzerbean (author)  KyrieY1 month ago

I don't know, only you know if you put it everywhere you should in your house. You were debating the need to put it everywhere so I don't know if you really thought there was a need. Personally I just would not take chances. If you did a thorough job then I don't think you need to be concerned, but if not then yes, you should have some concerns. Did the roach seem healthy? Or near death? A 'little' one could mean a baby or a different breed. Vacuum daily for egg cases, get rid of cardboard, read the comments. It's a war you know, you don't want to let down your guard until they are all gone.

sburton1091 month ago
We moved from a rent house that had a horrendous german cockroache infestation. And now in our new house it seems as though we have brought them with us. We tried so hard to bag everything, spray furniture down, throw away electronics... Had to buy all new appliances. It was a nightmare. But I've seen a few scurrying around recently after about 1 month here. Will this solution work for german cockroaches by chance?? I'm almost 8 months pregnant, have a 4 yr old as well & want to get rid of these guys before new baby arrives..
Ninzerbean (author)  sburton1091 month ago

Suburton109, it just shows how incredibly tenacious you have to be not to bring them with you, which I am not saying you did, but you might have. So, yes this works with germans but it is harder, the comments are a great source of help here on germans. It takes more work because they live inside vs. the one's I dealt with - the giant palmetto bug roach. With the germans is seems that you must find the colony and find it fast, you are very smart to know about the electronics. Vacuum all the time, maybe a shop vac so you don't have to go through expensive vac bags. But wear ear protection, the noise level is not safe on those shop vacs and in no time you will damage your hearing. I use hearing protection whenever I vacuum now and it's a central vac, not very loud except then using the nozzle on stuff. Also it is so much more relaxing to not hear the noise, but I am digressing. OK, back to you, the fact that you are pregnant and all, well the boric acid is safe for you to use but have your husband or SO mix it up, I say to wear a mask when mixing but really you can't be too careful when preggers. So you can be the one applying it, not a problem, it's the powder I am worried about you breathing...

so bottom line, yes it will work for the germans but you must be aggressive in finding out where they are living and get rid of the colony along with baiting to prevent future infestations. Good luck, you will be fine. But keep in touch, tell me if you indeed find a colony that you may have brought with you - your story is especially a learnable story because you were so tenacious when moving.

I am about to leave my house in the woods and move back to Ft Lauderdale and I dread finding a rental and probably finding roaches too.

I live in dorms at a college campus and my room got infested and now my boyfriend's is. He just recently got moved into a new room and we both think we saw a roach already. Since it is a confined area& theres rooms in the same building, would it be safe to put in the rooms? Theres no attic or anything but Im just wondering where i could put this?
Ninzerbean (author)  angelruthashley1 month ago
It is absolutely safe, put it in high places, behind things, dark places, it is so non toxic that it is safe. Just mix up a small batch. You might want to get other dorm dwellers involved too and it is a fun way to meet people. OK, not fun, but it is a way to meet people, and if you guys have the problem everyone may also have the problem.
Supermom811 month ago
When the pest control company came out to your house when they were using this bait, did they do anything to find the colony and get rid of it? I definitely want to try this but it also gets me nervous to think that there is a colony living behind my fridge or oven that I would think we would need to get rid off first before putting out the bait? Is that necessary?
Ninzerbean (author)  Supermom811 month ago
In my situation when they said "This is the worst infestation we have ever seen" there were hundreds living in the bottom of the oven, in a pull-out drawer. Yes, they knocked down the population tremendously before they baited. This was a rental house and it was just gross.
frozenshade1 month ago

I made this and am wondering if I perhaps did something wrong. It hardened up. Is it supposed to stay soft like peanut butter? It was soft the first day or two, but we live in Florida so wondering if heat and/or lack of humidity lately had something to do with it.

Ninzerbean (author)  frozenshade1 month ago
There is nothing wrong with it being hard, it usually gets hard after a day depending on the humidity. If you didn't get it all used up and/or finish your whole house though you will have to mix up another batch because you can't spread it around once it gets hard. Is that what you meant with your question or are you asking if it is alright to become hard once you have put it where you want to? Either way I think I have answered you, but if not ask again in a different way I guess.

Yes you answered my question. I wasnt sure if it was supposed to stay soft or not is all. Thought I may have done something wrong. Thankyou very much for getting back to me.

I just moved into an apartment 4 days ago and I think it's infested with small flying roaches. I first saw them on the night of day 2 in the kitchen. At least 3 that night, I only killed 1. They're telling me it's just water bugs and roaches don't fly. I've only seen them in the kitchen and a couple in the living room. Today I put boric acid all over the kitchen, window seals, front doorway and even some in the living room. I didn't come across this until after.. Do you think what I did will help? What do I do?
Ninzerbean (author)  Ballroomblitzz2 months ago
Roaches fly. Do you think I would seriously tell you that sprinkling boric acid all over your house would work if I spent the time and effort to write this 'ible and to answers questions every single week? While I enjoy helping other people rid their homes of roaches I do not enjoy having to deal with bizarrely inane questions such as yours. I apologize for being offensive but you deserve the truth.
Well, thank you for verifying that they fly. Sorry for wasting your time with my inane question.
Ninzerbean (author)  Ballroomblitzz2 months ago

Dear Ballroomblitzz, I did not read all of your question and I was rude to you. Let me start over and say that sprinkling the boric acid powder will get on the feet of the roaches that run over it and it will kill them, it will kill them probably before they can return to the colony. As a consequence there is only a short term gain and the opportunity to dissuade the colony from hanging out at your house is lost. I don't think you need to wipe it up or anything but it hurts more in the long run than helps. I am upset at being told all of my faults by the real estate broker who had listed my house yesterday. I had a former husband who did that frequently so you'd think I would be used to it but it turns out it still really hurts and I was very angry and I took it out on you. Please accept my apology for being rude.

Yeah your first response kinda bummed me out, not what I expected but I understand, thank you for getting back to me and apologizing. Hope you're having a better day today! Take care.

also you should take care to find out what kind of roaches you are dealing with. if you are dealing with german cockroaches (tiny, creepy, crawling on the wall by the tens and 20's) you may have trouble killing them since they tend to reproduce VERY quickly and by their numbers end up overrunning most of their natural predators except for house centipedes who love eating roaches but who also look creepy as hell. they also are very hardy when it comes to poisons. of course boric acid isn't a poison and thus they cannot build any immunity or resistance to it but at the most it will stunt their numbers. next you have the oriental roaches which are larger slower and seldom seen since they prefer to live around water. they generally walk on floors and have trouble making it up walls or on counters. american cockroaches are the third and they (as well as oriental cockroaches) prefer to live outdoors but both make their way into homes when they can. german roaches cannot fly so you are in luck. i had german cockroaches at an apartment once and i tried everything from sprays to boric acid to exterminators to diatomaceous earth. nothing made a dent. i eventually moved out. i recently moved into this apartment and found oriental cockroaches. laid down some boric acid bait stations and poured boric acid in every dark nook and cranny and had my neighboring apartments do the same. no more roaches going on 9 months now.

Awesome, thanks!
Ninzerbean (author)  george.shaub1 month ago

I try to get everyone to get their neighbors onboard but I think people have a fear that only they have roaches. Silly. Thank you for your input.

henrydsuza2 months ago
Robin F3 months ago

Sounds like your potion is effective and has helped so many people...kudos! I came across your Instructable after I found roaches under my house living on the fiberglass insulation between the floor joists. We had a small flood in our kitchen, and in order to dry our wood floors I went under the house to see if the insulation was wet. It was, so I pulled it all down and found live roaches living happily on top of the insulation. I know the water must be the attraction for them, but if we only had the water problem for a couple of weeks, I wonder if the roaches were there before? We will replace the insulation that was wet, but I'm afraid that roaches may have gotten to the other insulation as well. ? Replacing all of the insulation will be costly and doesn't promise to solve the roach issue. My question...what would you do in this situation? Thanks!!!

Ninzerbean (author)  Robin F2 months ago

Sorry that my response is late - there is a glitch with Instructables and I am not being notified of comments coming in. Anyway I hope I am not too late - there is no need to replace your insulation, the water attracted the roaches. They may have been there before, but replacing the insulation will have no effect on their being there now or later. You simply need to bait.

Awesome. I appreciate you responding and will bait away down there. The wet insulation is in bad shape so I will replace what looks damaged and bait at the same time. Thanks again for your help!

Freakedout3 months ago

I read all steps multiple times before even attempting to try this. I am like you, cannot even open an encyclopedia with a bug photo in it. My husband and I bought our home several years ago and it is surrounded by trees and near a pond. I have never seen a roach before moving here. The yard is polluted with them, they are under every rock. Ewwwe! We saw 2 inside before we moved in and then never saw any more for a few years. It appears that they come in through the basement. I do not see them often but, it has been mor frequent in the last few years. I would rather die than call an exterminator. We live in a rural area where everyone would talk & think that you were just filthy pigs. Not true. After exhausting every idea, I came upon your intstructible. First of all, may God bless you for trying to help others! I followed your instructions to the letter at the beginning of October 2014. Never saw any after the 23rd of October. Then all of a sudden, they are coming back. First, I found a few dead ones. That was ok. Dead is good! Now, I have seen 2 live ones crawling in my living room on 2 different occasions. Do I need to repeat the process? It absolutely worked for 3 months. No exceptions. Why are they back now? Have you experienced this, or has anyone else? I trust your responses because you really do know what you are talking about. Please help me.

Ninzerbean (author)  Freakedout2 months ago

This can happen if there is a lot of rain and it drives the roaches inside to seek shelter, there is nothing you can do about it until they find the bait. Obviously they did not hear from the former roach residents of your house that your house is a bad place to be. As long as you baited your WHOLE house the bait should last for about 3 or 4 years before you would need to refresh it. Also maybe you brought something into the house that was infested? I did this myself with an item from a garage sale, ugh, gross, freaked out etc. I am sorry not to have gotten to your comment sooner - there seems to a be a glitch at Instructables and I am not getting notified of comments.

Also, if there are that many roaches around your house it might be a good idea to buy some products you can use outside to lessen the population - diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled around your yard. They hate that stuff. Wear a mask when you do the sprinkeling.

I really appreciate you responding. I agree, the rain totally complicates this issue. I am planning on treating outside as soon as the weather will cooperate. I will keep you updated. Again, thank you. You are helping a lot of people.

lupeluu 2 months ago
I was so excited to buy this product and get started on my road to clean happiness! !
But when I went to our local HARDWARE STORE they tell me ROACH PRUFE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED! !!
What? !?
Everywhere? Probably worked TOO good and was putting Exterminator businesses OUT OF BUSINESS, is my guess.
So now please tell me. Will another brand of BORAC ACID WORK? This bottle says 100 percent, no coloring nor scents. I cannot live like this. It's exhausting to be bleaching DAY and NIGHT, be on top of everyone who comes into my apartment AND it's so embarrassing! ! Somebody HELP ME!
Ninzerbean (author)  lupeluu 2 months ago

There is a glitch at Instructables and I am not being notified of comments, so I'm sorry this response is late. Any product that is mostly boric acid will work. 97% - 100%, your common sense will lead you. Bleach is not something I would use in any way that you could be inhaling the fumes. It is very toxic and has no use in the bug war.

katieh933 months ago
Hi there! So I just moved in with my dad in Vegas. I understand the heat but it's dry? I don't know. Anyways, there's the German cockroaches that came in with used furniture. A armoire and a used TV that was included. (Maybe that's why it was so cheap?) Not a lot bevause i rarely see them. Anyways, they leave us alone but still crawl on the tables, walls and in the cabinets in the kitchen. They don't bug me as much because I lived on a ranch near a pond where it was infested with the red and black ones that bite during the night. So as long as they stay away, I'm not too worried. And also the fact that we are moving next month because the landlady won't get rid of them. The couch and ottoman are being left because we know for a fact that's where they are. And everything that can be left, will be. So what my question is, even if we do happen to bring along 1 or 2 (or 3 or 4), think it would be effective to do this just as a kill them off at the beginning and hopefully prevent them from repopulating?
Ninzerbean (author)  katieh933 months ago
Absolutely. Yes, bait the next house you move to right away.
seans8 Ninzerbean2 months ago

I have a question? When you say bait what does that mean? Your instructions just say mix the bait in the bowl and then put the bowl away when you are done. What do I actually do with the bait? Spread it all over the floor? Wipe it on the walls? I am sorry it just doesn't explain how to actually use the bait. Thanks!

Ninzerbean (author)  seans82 months ago

I think you are only seeing step one. Step seven is quite detailed about where to place the bait.

lupeluu 2 months ago
I'm sooo desperate to get rid of these filthy roaches that when I couldn't find Roach Prufe i bought some other brand that says it's 100 0/0 BORIC ACID. PLEASE tell me if I follow all steps to this recipe I too can be rid if these nasty roaches FOREVER! !
I bought 2 bottles and am going to make enough for ALL 8 (2 bedroom) apartments. Other wise I think theyd never REALLY. Go away, right?
I'm on my way home now to try this and I gotta tell you, I'm excited! !
I just moved in with my 9 year old grandson and it's ridiculous how I have to bleach morning noon and. Night!!
Robin F3 months ago

BTW, we do not see signs of roaches inside our house. We use Ortho Home Defense from Lowes on the base of the exterior and interior walls every few months and have been lucky not to have a problem...or so I thought!

thumplover883 months ago
I have a long trail of roach infestations in my lifetime. :( I am currently living in townhouse apartments that have a German Roach infestation. Needless to say, it is uncontrollable. I treat the apartment, but it does nothing to the amount that are in this entire building. After 3 long years in this horrid place, I am happy to say that I am moving to a HOUSE. A real house!

Only.... I'm not so happy anymore. We had seen the house initially and checked for roaches. Cabinets, sinks, stove, bathroom, refrigerator, top of closets and doors all clear! No feces and no roaches, dead or alive. We happily paid our security deposit and signed the 1 year lease! We have decided to leave behind all furniture except our mattress and dog crates, which we would clean and inspect very well before the move. Well, all was for not, my dear friends! We received the key and went to shampoo the carpets/clean over the house before moving anything in.... And behold!!! Roaches. A couple dead here.... A few babies there. And the fridge.... Pulled it out to a nest behind/in it. And they're German roaches! I wouldn't have expected anything else of course!

"Enough is enough! I'm sick and tired of these monkey fightin bugs in my monkey fightin life!" - edit of Samuel L. Jackson 'Snakes on a Plane'

^ Without the edits.... That's how I felt at this point. We brought this issue to the landlord immediately and showed him the fridge and other areas. He said he had never seen that many... maybe one or two babies here and there. *facepalm* When there are babies.... There are parents/adults. Common knowledge to mankind in general about all living species. Anyways, he agreed to have an exterminator come and treat the house. So a plus!

Only, anymore, that is only a temporary solution. I have witnessed that personally. So after the exterminator came (today), she said based on what she saw behind the fridge... It was a heavy infestation (yay!).

The house has been empty for 2 months which I hope has tamed them down some, and I plan on using this method to treat the entire house before moving anything over. Thank you for this informative and helpful post and all the wonderful comments! It means the world to people like me who can't seem to shake these disgusting bugs from my life! Wish me luck! ;)

Happy Baiting everyone!
-Kate
Ninzerbean (author)  thumplover883 months ago
Happy Baiting Kate! I am glad you read the comments, though there are more than 700 there is a lot of knowledge there. Good luck, after all you have been through you really deserve to live roach-free forever. Keep us posted on your progress. Has the fridge been removed/replaced? From what I have learned on here used fridges can be the source of many problems.
I unplugged the fridge immediately when I found the nest (It was running since the power was on) and pulled it away from the wall. It has been treated and about 50 dead ones fell out of it when I went in after the exterminator had left. I flushed all dead roaches down the toilet that I found to ensure any egg sacs were not going to hatch. We plan on replacing the fridge as soon as our finances permit! I will definitely post any results I have within a week or two. :)
Ninzerbean (author)  thumplover883 months ago

Be careful if you replace it with a used one. You are very brave, 50 roaches would have had me running down the road.

So an update is in need! I baited the entire house upon moving in 2 weeks ago and have seen only 3 roaches since! My husband and I have been very clean and DRY with the kitchen/bathroom and have kept our pet food bowls clean and sealed in with their food when it is not meal time. The fridge (which we have not replaced yet) has been roach free completely (have been daily checking 4-6 times) the entire 2 weeks.

I'm so happy I live in a home now that I can walk on the floors with no hesitation! My previous apartment was so bad you couldn't go barefoot without stepping on the hundreds of babies that stormed the kitchen floors at night. :(

I will be reapplying bait as needed and plan to do a total re-baiting every 6 months or so. Again, thanks for all the wonderful help and comments from everyone :)
ivan_s3 months ago

Tanks !!! Exelent

Mnmnm3 months ago
Idk how it is everywhere but here if you're renting and there's a roach infestation the landlord has to get rid of it or you can get the lease terminated. So to those people who are renting and feel stuck because of the lease check the laws in your area you may be able to end it.
karamba713 months ago

Hi,

I have recently purchased a place abroad. I work from home and plan to spend half my time there. During my last brief visit (I went to arrange for some building work to be done), I found quite a few dead cockroaches, and I have a total phobia. When coming back home and doing research from a safe distance, I realised that the black spots I had seen on floors, inside kitchen drawers etc. is roach poo and that the thing which looked a bit like a mouse dropping is an egg case. When I wipe up the black spots, new ones appear so I am pretty sure there must be quite heavy activity going on although I have not seen many live ones (1 half dead, and 2 babies in December). I feel quite optimistic after reading your "'ible" and have ordered 2 kinds of gel in addition to everything I need for your recipe. I go back in 2 days time and look forward to trying to sort everything out, although I am also dreading it.

My main worry is that I am having the whole place fully rewired, which means a few weeks of loads of new holes being made in the walls and so on. There will probably be a lot of dust. I'll try to keep it as clean as possible, but do you think the building work will interfere with the baiting? I'll follow the caulk/foam tips for pipes, around windows etc. where no work is being done. Once it is all done, I'll do the electricity sockets as suggested.

It is really good of you to be so responsive and helping so many people, good on you!

Ninzerbean (author)  karamba713 months ago
Dear Karamba,
If I answer your question may I come visit? It sounds great in that it is sure to not have any roaches. Anyway the new wiring is a GREAT time to stick the bait in the holes in the walls. This is really super news. Roaches don't care about dust and dirt, they are looking for food. Just make sure your workers are neat freaks in that they don't stick food remains inside walls - a common practice - out of sight out of mind. Soda drinks are almost normal to find inside walls. But all in all this is the perfect time to bait. Get that stuff into every hole and opening that is made during the rewiring. Enjoy your roach-free second home!

If this works, and I am hopeful, you will be more than welcome ;-) I have some commercial gel baits which I will use in places as well.

I got here late last night, and I am pleased to say I have found no more dead roaches and no more faeces. I am happy, but also don't quite believe it. I am still going to blitz (although with a bit less urgency than I thought) and bait the flat, but I think and hope it was less bad than I thought and that it should all work out in the end.

Hello,

First I like to thank you for your information you provided. But there thing is I live in the UAE and I just moved into a new studio that have roaches every. Where. Mainly the kitchen, the toilet and pretty much anywhere. But here I don't think I'll find the exact same poison you're using to kill those unnecessary insects. Could you please tell me a substitute to use or maybe the anything with the same effect. I got the studio for a year and I know for a guy I shouldn't be afraid of those, but I have the biggest phobia. I almost got a heart attack once seeing a dead one upside down.
Ninzerbean (author)  George.A.Baskharon3 months ago
Is there a reason you can't order boric acid online in the UAE? There is no substitute that I know of that is as safe to use, but I guess any poison disguised in something delicious would have the same effect. But it would have to be really inert - have no smell or bad taste. Really, I just don't know.
Hello,

First I like to thank you for your information you provided. But there thing is I live in the UAE and I just moved into a new studio that have roaches every. Where. Mainly the kitchen, the toilet and pretty much anywhere. But here I don't think I'll find the exact same poison you're using to kill those unnecessary insects. Could you please tell me a substitute to use or maybe the anything with the same effect. I got the studio for a year and I know for a guy I shouldn't be afraid of those, but I have the biggest phobia. I almost got a heart attack once seeing a dead one upside down.
aryali3 months ago

Hi! Thank you for your well written instructable. i mixed flour, honey, boric acid powder as per your instructions two days ago. I baited my house as you suggested, especially around the kitchen area. I know it will take time to work but I have been seeing almost double/triple the amount of roaches in the past two nights after i placed the baits. I have been holding off on killing them on sight (one because they gross me out and two because I'm hoping they will eat the food and take it back to their lair.) I haven't seen them eat it (I put a few in cabinets in the corners so that I can check on the bait). Should I be worried that there the ratio isn't right? i mixed the flour/boric acid and added honey until it looked like peanut butter. I would greatly appreciate any advice! I've been poring over the comments but didn't find anyone saying that there was a big increase in roaches.

Ninzerbean (author)  aryali3 months ago

There have been comments about seeing more roaches after baiting, they do die down (puns are always intended) but it does mean that you have a nest somewhere inside that you must deal with first. Keep the vacuum out to use if you don't like killing the ones you are seeing. I know what you mean about grossing out. Normally seeing more is NOT the case but because it has been written about at least twice I think it is because you have not gotten rid of the infestation, so it will take longer. But that is only my guess. My infestation was beaten down by the professionals and then they used the bait to keep them away.

Your ratio is just fine btw. Just make sure you put it in ALL the places I suggest in step 7.

aryali Ninzerbean3 months ago

Thanks! I put them in all the places my dad and I could reach. They are german roaches and I saw that you suggested they might be harder to get rid of. I will let you know of any updates. Thanks for the reply. I checked behind the fridge, under the sink and in the cabinets but couldn't find the infestation. I'm not quite sure where else to look. If anyone has input please let me know. I

Ninzerbean (author)  onlygod3 months ago
Try getting some foggers and leave them on when you go out for the day. That should do the trick for the short term. I would not use my bait because it takes a long time to do it right and you are on vacation!
alee133 months ago
I just found this post and I definitely want to try it! The thing is, I'm pretty sure there is a colony inside at the least the electronic part of my oven (it runs on gas but has electric for the settings and such). Any advice on specifically where to bait for this? I can probably move the oven away from the wall but can't really take it apart and I'm nervous about putting any bait inside. Not sure how it would react with the gas. The house is a rental and the oven belongs to the landlord.
Ninzerbean (author)  alee133 months ago
You will need to get rid of the colony first. For many reasons this is the best solution. I would suggest a strong vacuum. Or better yet ask for a new oven from the landlord.
alee13 Ninzerbean3 months ago
I doubt that they would provide a new oven for that reason... They'd say I brought the pests in. I can try a vacuum, I'm just not sure how to get to the inside of the electric panel
SabrinaL24 months ago

We moved into a house a few weeks ago and we are a bit out in the "sticks" and have noticed 1-2 roaches here and there but my husband was sure that they were waterbugs. I do not clean my drawers and insides of cabinets every week but I keep the surfaces and everything else as clean as I can. I am up at night very often and the other night i noticed a roach climbing up my drink. EW, i was able to kill it and look at it and determined it was a male german roach.( 2 black stripes and wings, ironic- because I grew up in germany) Today i started cleaning out all cabinets, behind the stove and the fridge. I found a roachfamily ( about 10) hiding in a cabinet we do not use at all, there is no moisture there either. I presented your Idea to my husband and hope we will try it out before getting an expert. I will definitely report back!

Ninzerbean (author)  SabrinaL24 months ago

There must be a link between your growing up in Germany and the... just kidding. Anyway have your husband read the comments, maybe a few hundred or so, ask him if he wants to see roaches at the end of each month or not at all. Exterminators do not stay in business if you don't have roaches. They have to make sure that the roaches only stay out of sight for 30 days so that you know that your money is doing something. So you will keep getting monthly pest control.

eltyshaun4 months ago
I hate roaches. The sight of them makes me go crazy. I recently broke up with my girlfriend and we are both neat freaks. So I had to get my own place asap. I found this place thst seemed nice. Was I in for a big surprise. I woke up in the middle of the night to get myself sonething to drink and they were everywhere. I also noticed there were different kinds big,small and tiny. I nearly lost my mind. Went to the store and bought all types of Tupperware to store dishes,utensils you name it. Whatever else that couldn't fit like my cups, store them in my refrigerator. I complained to the apt manager and he sent the exterminator out there twice. Yeah they killed a few but it seemed like more can to take each one they killed place. I even went to try to attack them on my own. I used thst roach combat blurt stuff that people were praising online, did nothing, still more came. I even put boric acid all over my house. Killed a couple but stil more came. I even watched a few evade walking into the boric acid powdered. Now I have intelligent roaches. Its getting so bad now I'm finding them getting into my bedroom which has never happened before. I'm afraid to wake up with a festation on my bed or even worst crawling on my face. I looked at some of these comments and sulfur acids is definitely a no no cause I'm afraid it might affect my tenants. Please someone give me advice that they know will work. I have 9 months on my lease and I'm high tailing it out of there if I cant get a grip on this situation. I wont even buy new furniture afraid they will get in it and start a colony. Guests, forget about it. Its an embarrassing and I dont want anyone thinking im a dirty person or they are scared to eat in my house. SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  eltyshaun4 months ago
Why are you asking for help before you have tried this? I understand how upset you are, I was that upset as well, that is why I wrote this 'ible. But you are going to have to use it before it works. It's like how hard it is to win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket. Be sure to read all 8 steps, read a few hundred of the comments, you will be fine very soon. Really.
I will try it, I also read a woman on here who is a stay at home mom tried it and she still was having the issue. I was beginning to think we both might be dealing with the same issue. I've spread boric acid roach enoz all over my apt snd it has failed. I'll try your method and can you tell me approximately how long it will take so I may contact you with the results?
Ninzerbean (author)  eltyshaun4 months ago

To determine how long it takes to see results you have to put your situation in the best possible light - look thoroughly inside for inside populations, look to see how to plug up any holes you have or spaces that roaches can come through, make sure you have almost no cardboard and your kitchen area is perfectly clean etc. The less you do all of these things the longer using my bait will take to work and viceversa. For the people I know personally, whose houses I have been in, it takes one day to see results. It can take about 4 hours to bait an average sized home. Using expandable foam and a vac and other prep can take a whole day. At the point I used it on both of my houses since I wrote the 'ible I saw results the next day. But the evidence of a severe problem at this, my second home, took a few weeks to be finally done with ever seeing a roach, alive. It was not until I redid the kitchen last year and was pulling the insulation out from between the studs that I saw that this house was a roach house for sure. It was very gross, but they were all dead. It had been over a year since I had baited.

Eltyshaun, this can be confusing information because I tend to write too much and everyone's situation is different, but depending on how big your problem is and how much prep work you do before baiting will determine how fast your roaches leave. Ideally it will be the next day.

Spreading boric acid powder around is the opposite of what I am trying to get you to do here, that will not keep roaches away, you won't do much good at keeping them away if you just kill some. You have to make your house a known death trap to the roaches, teach them not to come back. I urge you to re-read this comment, and the 'ible, and few hundred or so comments to get a grasp on what your problem is like compared to others and how hard you have to work. But once it's done it's done, your roaches won't come back for years and years.

Ok I'm going to purchase some foam sealant today and start the process. I'll keep you informed on the results. Wish me luck!!!!!

Ninzerbean (author)  eltyshaun4 months ago

Hey eltyshaun, give me an update, how's it going?

Hey Ninzerbean, first off I want to say thank you for your helpful information and for staying in contact. I did what you ask and for the first couple of days I saw a few take the bait and after consuming it, they would crawl away. Then a couple days later I would still see a couple around and a few always in my kitchen sink. I also saw some dead ones on the floor and in the corners. I started killing the ones I saw alive hoping I was helping the situation. Then a day later it got really cold outside and then I saw a couple. Now I see one or two every now and then and a couple days after that I've only seen one so far. Now for the past couple of days after that, I walk in the kitchen and I don't see any around like I use to, but I'm sure maybe one will come out or even 2 so I figure its still working its magic. I was right so now one or two would come out a couple to a few days later at a time especially the baby ones. So I'm still keeping an eye out because I have started the treatment on December 30 and it is now the 15th of January. I'm hoping by the end of this month, I wont see any more roaches. A new realty company has taken over my apartment complex and they have hired terminex and they want us to remove any baits or powders associated with killing roaches so that the stuff they use wont cause the roaches to go into hiding in the walls. I really don't want to do that because I feel that if I leave the bait that you recommended, in time it just might work and get rid of all the roaches. What's your thoughts on everything I just posted?

Ninzerbean (author)  eltyshaun4 months ago

Hi eltyshaun, thank you for keeping in touch. I will get to your question in a moment but first I have to ask how you can see roaches eating the bait - it should be in places that you can not see - behind drawers, inside the walls, around pipes under your sink, etc. Most roaches are doing their roach thing out of sight, the bait should be out of sight too. It really should not be possible for you to see them eat the bait.

But do not remove it when the Terminex (in my experience the worst of them all) people come, but make sure it is out of sight. Remember that the exterminators make money by getting rid of roaches for a month, then they come back. If the roaches did not come back the exterminators would go out of business. That is why they don't want you to use this bait. If you don't have roaches (and soon you won't) the exterminators will be out of a job.

The roaches ARE hiding in your walls - the stuff they use will cause the roaches to hid or die but only for a month. That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Does it make sense to you? You could be a jerk and ask for proof of what they are saying, but just make sure your bait is hidden - as it should be anyway - and let them do their thing, as long as you don't have to pay for it. I wouldn't let them in if it were me, but it probably won't hurt. I am just not into chemicals around my house.

Well to answer your question how I saw the roaches eating the bait, I put some bait above the windows frames and door frames and particularly on the window frame I saw 2 of them eating it. I told you, I had a pretty bad infestation since they were coming out during the day. Now since I last wrote you 4 days ago, I haven't seen any, even when I get up late night, early morning, I don't see one, not even a baby one. I can't thank you enough and I did think that was odd what the guy told me cause when I told the terminex guy I had bait everywhere he said good and didn't even spray any area. he most know something. Anyways, thanks again! I'm still gonna keep in eye out though just in case. If anything changes, Ill be right back on here hitting you up.

Ninzerbean (author)  eltyshaun4 months ago

Oh eltyshaun this is great news, I feel like we have been through a lot together and I am so glad your hard work has paid off. Thank you for writing!

llilitu4 months ago
How can u tell what kind of roaches they are we moved into an apt complex that is infected
infested they moved us apts but the same problem everyone we hv talked to said they hv the same.problem b4 moveing our stuff in this apt we bombed 3times and nothing has resolved this issue
Ninzerbean (author)  llilitu4 months ago

Dear Llilitu, To find out what kind of roaches you have, you will have to research them, maybe online. That is way beyond the help I am willing to give because it would mean I would have to look at photos of roaches. Ugh. Could you delete your other two comments that are repeated below as they are just duplicates.

llilitu4 months ago
How can u tell what kind of roaches they are we moved into an apt complex that is infected
infested they moved us apts but the same problem everyone we hv talked to said they hv the same.problem b4 moveing our stuff in this apt we bombed 3times and nothing has resolved this issue
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llilitu4 months ago
How can u tell what kind of roaches they are we moved into an apt complex that is infected
infested they moved us apts but the same problem everyone we hv talked to said they hv the same.problem b4 moveing our stuff in this apt we bombed 3times and nothing has resolved this issue
t
Pixiewings84 months ago
Well i was in my kichen, cleaning and making sure food in shelves were sealed. Made the bait like you said except my house is only 1000 sq. Ft. The next morning saw one eat some of bait and run to hiding place. Now they just walk past thr bait. Going to do rest of house today. Does it lose its sme or something the longer it sits? Because they sure arent going for it.
Ninzerbean (author)  Pixiewings84 months ago

Pixiewings8 - you should not have the bait where you can see it. See step 7 for where to place it. They are walking past the bait on their way to a dark damp warm place, those are the places you want to place a bit of bait, but really you need to follow the instructions in step 7.

Hi. Thanks for the reply. I did put it where you said in step 7. In outlets, on pipes, behind drawers, behind stuff on shelves, under stove, etc. That was just extra places where I put it

You are so brave! Thanks so much for posting this, I'm going to have to gather my courage and get it done. Hopefully it works well on German roaches.

Ninzerbean (author)  TerminalxSound4 months ago

Germans are harder because they live inside - you will have to search out their inside-nests to get a handle on them because they breed so quickly that you have to knock them down before you will see dramatic results from my bait. Read lots and lots of comments - there is a of experience to learn from there. Good luck, be brave. Look at game players, microwave ovens, get rid of all of your cardboard. All the info is in the comments and the 'ible itself.

We have to move out of our home asap. Between work and having a child it was hard to find a place in the city so quickly. We have never had a roach problem but I have seen a friend who did and it was horrific. I have severe anxiety and I couldn't deal living how they had to with my child. We have luckily found an apartment that is available. The apartment is nice, other then not have central ac and heat. However, they said the previous tenant had bad roaches. They assured me that the apartment was bombed 3 times and cleaned and the fridge was taken out. They keep assuring me it's nothing to worry about and told me they would bomb again if need be but shouldn't have to. I don't have a lot of options but is this a mistake moving in? Sure re roaches are gone now but since this is an apartment will they be back shortly after signing our life away?? Please help!!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  Inneedofadvice1234 months ago
I think it is good that the management was upfront with you about the previous tenant. But roaches like inside the walls, in warm and wet places like behind the pipes going into the walls. Bombing and removing the fridge is not a 100% sure thing to be sure there are no more roaches you would have to look carefully for any feces, or egg cases. You would have to pull the oven away from the wall and look carefully inside of it. Does this place have carpet? I would look under that before you move in. If you have no choice then at the very least use my bait everywhere before you move in. I am just a bit suspicious - why did they bomb the apartment 3 times? 3? Why wasn't once enough. Maybe pay an exterminator a small fee to thoroughly inspect the apt?
oldyes4 months ago

This is great advice. I flip houses for a living. Most of the houses I buy are initially in bad condition and are usually with a roach problem. From my experience, I would say I've been pretty successful getting rid of roaches. I would like to add a few more tips to supplement.

- Boric Acid Method. Works great! The important thing is to make sure you put it throughout the WHOLE HOUSE. This includes attics, AC, water heater, and all those other places where applying becomes a challenge. Instead of open areas, apply around edges, behind stuff, nooks, and crannies. Should be somewhat labor intensive. Gotta do this for at least 2 weeks.

- Winterize. This is probably the most interesting trick I picked up. Roaches need water to live. They can live for weeks without food, but die much sooner without water. What I do is cut off the water supply at the main. Then, winterize the home. Winterizing is basically pouring an "anti-freeze"-type solution in your pipes so they don't freeze. Its safer than it sounds. Basically, roaches don't drink this water. No water equals no roaches. This will require you to live away from your homes for a while. Then de-winterize. Turn on all the faucets and let the pipes clear out for about an hour. Get a plumber to do this. I pay my plumber $50 for winterize/de-winterize services.

- Boric Acid Part 2. I usually do this last. Spread some boric acid in powder form around the perimeter of your home. Roaches don't usually eat the powder form but they'll stay clear of it. If they trespass, they they will get some on their bodies. This will be absorbed, or they'll lick it off. Either way, they'll die from it.

Hope this helps.

Ninzerbean (author)  oldyes4 months ago
Great info about winterizing for those that can do this. It's nice to know that you are selling roach-free homes.

I go into detail in step 7 about where to apply the bait but most people skip that step. Since it can take 4 hours to do an average home by yourself how do you do it for 2 weeks? After you bait the whole house what are you doing for the other 13 days of the 2 weeks you refer to?

Thank you for commenting.
DanDeLion404 months ago

Some of them are very difficult to eradicate because they will form multiple colonies all over the house in every little place they can get into. They ESPECIALLY like warm places with small entry points. This means inside appliances and other electrical equipment like cable tv boxes, audio equipment, computers, power adapters, chargers etc. The female will stay inside there laying egg sacs and the tiny young ones will come out and spread the infestation.

Ninzerbean (author)  DanDeLion404 months ago
Yes! I can't repeat this information enough.
hueritalopez4 months ago
You probably did but you weren't specific on how many days it took
hueritalopez4 months ago
How many days did it take to get rid of all the cockroaches
Ninzerbean (author)  hueritalopez4 months ago
Every situation is going to be different of course. For my situation I never saw a live one again after baiting. I am pretty sure I say that in the 'ible.
nomobugs4 months ago

@ninzerbean - hello! We just moved into our first house, which is very old and saw NOTHING at all upon moving in - no signs of roaches whatsoever. Before we left for vacation, I noticed an "adult-sized" roach on the kitchen counter, killed it, and had a mini meltdown. Upon getting back from vacation, I noticed a small roach (like the size of half a hole punch) on the stove and then saw another the next day, also on the stove. I was having such a freak out that I pulled all appliances away from the wall - to see no signs of roaches behind them, just dust and some old toys, which I cleaned up. I also checked the cabinets and wiped them out again. We immediately baited following the steps you have provided. We did this about 3 or 4 days ago but we continue to see about 2-3 smallish (again like half the size of a hole punch) bugs. Does this method also work for these "babies" that seem to be coming from the oven? We've only seen two that were even close to being adult-sized (or so I think) - which I understand there could be MANY more, eeek. Along with everyone else, I am having major anxiety issues with this. Should I just continue to be patient and let the bait work its magic, or is there something else I should be doing? The only location we have ever seen any bugs at all is in the kitchen.

Ninzerbean (author)  nomobugs4 months ago
Firstly you must bait the WHOLE house, this will take a few hours. It doesn't matter that you are only seeing them in the kitchen, they are there for food but they live all over inside the walls. Be sure to view each photo, read all 8 steps. I think you have the regular ones and the little ones are babies that are hatching from egg cases. Yes, I understand you are freaking out. You have to get a grip and put this fear into perspective - there are far worse things so think of one of the more very worse things and dwell on that while you pull apart your stove.

I was happy to read that you pulled everything away from the wall to investigate but believe me they are somewhere. Think about what they like to be able to find them - warmth, wet, dark. Think about anything that you leave plugged in, if it is plugged in it gets warm. Roaches have no bones, they can flatten themselves into and under the tiniest places.

And yes, to your question, this bait will kill the babies you are seeing. Read the comment section, take a break and go investigate for any openings to the walls behind your dryer or washer, under the sinks where the pipes come in from outside, behind your dishwasher. Plumbers and builders do not care at all if the holes they make to install pipes are sealed. Really, they just don't care. Amazing eh?

Seeing an adult before you left on vacation worries me, if it was in the daytime especially. Anyway, stay in touch, let me know how it goes, especially if you find any anywhere unusual or if you didn't bait the whole house and it you find any holes that you can seal with expanding foam. That will make a HUGE difference. Just keep in touch, we can all learn from your experiences.

I don't think we will throw the eco-system out of balance if we rid the world of roaches.
Jiad4 months ago
Sorry was just giving my idea like everyone else. any ways your idea still Rocks! You Rock! God bless! Thank you for taking the time to share.
Jiad4 months ago
Sevin Dust it dose MIRACLES!!! Solved my problems with in TWO DAYS!!! I had german roaches and many other roach species I had never seen before in my life RUNNING WILD!! In my new apartment I had major axiety. My god mom told me about Sevin Dust. Its a powder for out door use on gardens but my god mom has used it for years inside her home and it has never been an issue for her pets or kids and She did not mix it with anything she told me just pour the powder every were in corners and spread it out wearing gloves or a spoon but you can mix it if you want to be more discrete and dont want your guests seeing powder all over your place. I personally did not give a damn I perfer my guests to see powder then nasty roaches any day of the year! I poured the powder in the edges of each room in my apartment and spread it out with a spoon. I put it on counter top edges, inside cabinets, at the bottom of my windows and doors. I even went a step further and spread it on my patio and grass next to my apartment. The second day the roaches were gone!!! My god mom informed me it kills mice as well and its good to put the powder down every 4-8 months. I have researched the Boric Acid and its very popular as well but I did not find out about it till after using the Sevin Dust wich is now my new Best friend!!
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Ninzerbean (author)  Jiad4 months ago
Jasmne.Dai, Here is a link to the Material Safety Data Sheet on the poison you have put inside of your house - dangerous to you, pets, children, bees, plants, the water system, you name it and you have harmed it. I would suggest a respirator and lots of vacuuming to get rid of it. Or call in professionals, you are at risk. It is not a product to use inside, it is not a product to even touch with your hands, it is DANGEROUS and you should warn anyone who comes into your house until you can get rid of it. I'm sorry to tell you this but after you read the MSDS I think you will be as concerned for your health as I am.
Jiad Ninzerbean4 months ago
Thank you I do appreciate but again my GM and I have recently meet others that have used this for years as I stated before inside the home and has never had an issue and they are very healthy people and the animals and kids have never had a issue and mind you my GM Is now in her early 50's her 3 kids now in there twenties. She started the use 10 years ago. I meet her friend that actually got her hip to this and she has a hudge house and a big family along with pets and has never had a issue. She infomed me once she got it on her skin nothing happened. She simply washed it off. I think that warnings label over do it some time for the companies saftey they dont want to be sued lol but I feel if it were that bad the people who I know that have used it would have all been sick or some sort of issue by now. So to each its own if you dont feel its safe in your opinion its simple dont do it.
Ninzerbean (author)  Jiad4 months ago

Jasmin.Dai,

I appreciate that you don't think there is any harm in the insecticide that is for outdoor use that you are using inside because no one you know has gotten sick. I appreciate that you are, like myself, trying to help people - but this is not the place to advocate a known poison such as Sevin dust when what I am trying to do here is give a nontoxic way to rid people of their roaches, a way that won't harm our eco-system, bees, dogs, cats, pets, children, a bait that can be applied as a paste so that it can be applied in places that animals and kids can't get to by mistake and even if they did it is not toxic. Your method posted here in the comment section, is only going to confuse people into thinking that I advocate Sevin dust. I don't - and this is why: from the MSDS: "Repeated overexposure may cause more severe cholinesterase inhibition with more pronounced symptoms. May lead to rapid onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, involuntary shaking, excess salivation, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision, profuse sweating, temporary paralysis, respiratory depression, and convulsions. Do not take internally. Inhalation Harmful if inhaled. May produce symptoms similar to those from ingestion. Avoid breathing dust. Chronic or Delayed Long-Term, This product or its components may have target organ effects. This product or its components may have long term (chronic) health effects."

Call me overly cautious, but why take a chance with a chemical such as Sevin powder, that if you get on your skin you need to wash for 15 minutes and call a poison control center? The common sense that you are advocating tells me to read the directions. MSDS's have saved the lives and quality of life for many people who otherwise would still be using toxic solvents in an unsafe way in schools and workplaces without otherwise knowing the long term effects of doing so.

For the long term health of everyone who comes into your house, eats food that your prepare or wonders why there are no bees outside, I can only urge you to get that poison out of your house.

Jiad Ninzerbean4 months ago
I showed my GM and some friends your method and they liked it as well and found it to be A great ideai!!! Its just they are used to the Sevin Dust method.
Jiad Ninzerbean4 months ago
And also I forgot to add that MSDS sheet is no different than poisons I have read up on in the past that can be placed in the home to rid bugs, mice etc... Its common sense you dont go around putting things like this inside your mouth or sniffing it up your nose. Thats asking for trouble. Now another product I used in the past that is really good BUT caused my eyes to burn and turn red was Raid spray and When I use bleach it dose the same thing. I actually had to open windows. Its alot of things that can harm you. That every day people use on the regular and again its just common sense. Im not going to be sniffing in Raid or bleach up my nose eithor.
Hello. Thank you so much for posting this and checking up on it. I used this recipe about a week ago. I have it all over my house. Ever since I did it, it has been so much worse though. I see them everywhere. Before it was just in my kitchen. Now I am seeing them all over my house. It is literally causing me so much anxiety. I am pregnant with two toddlers which doesn't help. I have read the whole post multiple times, so I'm pretty sure I did it right. Is it normal for them to all come out after doing it? Is there anything else I can do? We will be buying a house next year and more then anything I don't want to bring them over. We will be leaving all the kitchen appliances. Thank you so much for your time.
Ninzerbean (author)  melissa.burnham35 months ago
Dear Melissa.burnham3,
This is not normal - the only thing I can think is that there may have been a huge colony living inside your house that you did not know about, you may be dealing with German roaches which live inside. I had the giant ones also called palmettos, they live outside but come inside to get food. But anyway I think the thing to do here is try another form of pest killer that is safe to be around for you and the kids, to get rid of them. I think that the reason you are seeing so many after baiting is because they are freaking out about having nothing to eat but that poison. They are swarming to find new food, they know there is a big problem now. I believe you did everything in the post correctly - the difference may be in that you had a infestation inside and or they were Germans. This will still work, but you are just going to have to be more diligent. Because you are pregnant the thing I would do personally is vacuum and spray with hairspray if you have to. But this is not normal, I don't know for sure but I think I have read about this happening two other times.
Keep me posted. I really wish there was more I could do. But your experience will help others, that is why I want you to stay in touch.
Oh no... They are the German ones. Maybe I need to bomb, but if its a colony inside walls I doubt it would get to them. I vacuum and clean non stop it feels like. I'm a stay at home mom with two toddlers. I see them everywhere all day long. I didn't use to see more then a couple and only in the kitchen. I just don't know what to do.
I have posted photos as well
Hi not sure if you have resolved your problem. try Sevin Dust it dose MIRACLES!!! Solved my problems with in TWO DAYS!!! I had german roaches and many other roach species I had never seen before in my life RUNNING WILD!! In my new apartment I had major axiety. My god mom told me about Sevin Dust. Its a powder for out door use on gardens but my god mom has used it for years inside her home and it has never been an issue for her pets or kids and She did not mix it with anything she told me just pour the powder every were in corners and spread it out with your hand wearing gloves or a spoon but you can mix it if you want to be more discrete and dont want your guests seeing powder all over your place. I personally did not give a damn I perfer my guests see powder then nasty roaches any day of the year! I poured the powder in edges of each room in my apartment and spread it out with a spoon. I put it on counter top edges, inside cabinets, at the bottom of my windows and doors. I even went a step further and spread it on my patio and grass next to my apartment. The second day the roaches were gone!!! I could not beleive it!!! My god mom informed me it kills mice too!! And that its good to put the powder down every 4 to 8 months or when you start seeing bugs again. Now I have done my research on the Boric Acid and its very popular alot of people are using it but insense that made your situation worse I think you should try the Sevin Dust like I did and I hope it works for you as well:)

I know a way you can get rid of all of them in one go, but it is somewhat dangerous (so disclaimer, use this advice at your own risk) if you don't know what you are doing, but it is worth it. I moved into a place with an ex girlfriend that was infested with them. A friend told me a trick. I went to a garden supply store and bought a bag of sulfur, I put the bag of sulfur in a pot that I wasn't going to use ever again, put a little water in the pot, sat it on the stove on low, and we left the place for a few hours. The sulfur burning will leak into any crack or crevice in the home and anything that breaths that remains inside will die which includes roaches. If you decide to do this, you will need to be extra careful. Once you do it you will need to let the home air out. Open the front and back doors and sit in your car until it airs out enough for you to enter the home. Then you can go inside, open windows, set your alarm, and maybe spend the night at a relatives. I know it seems like a lot, but trust me, it was worth it. In Russia they use this method and it not only kills all roaches but repels them for up to 10 years, they hate the smell. People used to use sulfur candles, but they have since been made illegal in some places.

Ninzerbean (author)  thebestthereis4 months ago

Dear thebestthereis,

It's comments like yours that make the comment section of Instructables as useful as the 'ibles themselves. Thank you so much for sharing your method which I have no doubt works. I doubt that people have the nerves of steel and fortitude that you have - I mean living with your ex-girlfriend must have been as crazy as the roach problem ;)

More and more often I am receiving comments about what must be German roaches (which live in colonies inside) and this is just great advice to point people towards - combined with my bait, the roaches should be gone in one day - and never come back. I can't actually advocate your method because I have never used the sulphur stuff and I would really worry if I were in an apartment building and it got into the neighbors' apartments and what might ensue, but I thank you very much for your time in sharing what worked for you, your brother and your ex-girlfriend. When are you going to get your own place? :)

I keep telling people that if they have a colony living inside they must eradicate that first, and it usually is the kitchen applicances and game players and audio equipment: warm and dry. Buying used kitchen appliances, ariconditioners or game players is just asking for trouble these days.

@ninzerbean, well it was a place me and my girlfriend at the time had gotten together on equal footing. I let her pick the location which turned out to be a colossal mistake because I was new to the city and didn't know the area too much. As for when I was living with my older brother, that was during my final year in high school a couple of yrs ago when I was 18. Yes I have since gotten my own place. :) But back to the matter at hand here, yes the sulfur method can be extremely dangerous as you've stated, and in an apartment building I probably wouldn't try it, only as a last resort. I initially heard of the sulfur method from my grandmother. Her friend in New York had roaches and the maintenance people weren't doing much about it so she took the measure to put half a pot of sulfur on the stove and go downtown for a couple of hours. It worked, got rid of all the roaches in the building, but the tenants had to go out of the building for hours. It creates sulfur dioxide if I am not mistaken, which inhaled directly for long periods is very deadly, which again is why I would only use this method in a house where no one else was at risk. But your method and my method are very similar. The key is to Bait, Trap, Kill. Lure the roaches and poison them. It takes longer than sulfur, but it is effective. Bombs arent

Also, if you do not want to use the sulfur method which is a definite way to get rid of them all, you can do what I did when I lived at my brother's house. He had a bad infestation that came from some very nasty neighbors. It was so bad the roaches got inside the microwave, you could see them behind the timer. What I did there because I hadn't known about the sulfur was to buy four cans of raid, paper plates, boric acid, two bottles of bleach, a couple of jars and I took an empty spray bottle and mixed the bleach with dish soap and put it in the bottle. I pulled all of the dishes from the cabinets, and put them in the sink, and I hosed the cabinets down with raid (I used different kinds of raid because roaches develop an immunity if you use the same exact product over and over again). Any roach I saw I sprayed directly on contact. I washed all dishes and put them in the dishwasher. I pulled the refrigerator and stove from up against the wall to find a nest back there. I raided them, killing everyone I saw, and then I sprayed the bleach and soap mix all over the walls. Roaches leave brown streaks on the walls, these are their feces, and they can smell each other and this is how they follow the trails. I made sure I bleached and scrubbed all of the brown feces trails off the walls, and out of the cabinets. Then I took peanut butter, and sugar, and mixed boric acid with it, and put it on paper plates, and slid them under the stove and under the refrigerator because roaches love dark places. I took the jars I got and put water in them and put them in corners that were out of sight or range of my brother's dog (roaches will go in the jars to get the water if you place it in a corner, and for some reason once they get in they cant get out and they drown), then (I wouldn't suggest this because it can be dangerous) I sprayed raid in the outlets (roaches hide their often because of the dark). Instead of this, I would suggest getting those plugins they have that you plug in the outlet that repels them......

After doing all of this the roach population was drastically cut. I counted them as I killed them, and the ones that came out of my brother's microwave alone were over 50 roaches. As I was raiding them they wouldn't come out, so I kept turning the microwave on at 10 minute intervals to get it so hot that the heat would run them out, then I would spray them directly with raid. After all of this, the roaches were gone. Make sure you raid regularly at intervals, keep your house clean, and also use Home Defense. Switch up your products before the roaches can develop immunity to them. THIS is key. Exterminators know this, but they continually use the exact same stuff.

Does anyone know if it gets way worse before getting better?! I am going crazy.
Jiad4 months ago
Why dose my comment keep disappearing?
Ninzerbean (author)  Jiad4 months ago
I don't.
Ninzerbean (author)  Ninzerbean4 months ago

know

Jiad4 months ago
Wow im going to try this. Thanks for sharing!!! I put down seven dust wich dose miracles but its so noticable. I will post an update later THANKS AGAIN!!
Jiad4 months ago
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gravityisweak5 months ago

Thanks for sharing this knowledge. By the sheer number of views this has, you know you're doing something right! I've personally never had roach problems (just a critter or two here and there) but coming across this allows me to store it in that special part of my memory where if its ever a problem I'll know right where to read. Yay for knowledge!

Ninzerbean (author)  gravityisweak5 months ago
Awe!
tiffany.yocum5 months ago
What kind of roaches does this kill i seen u put a comment on someones comment that said u might be dealing with german roaches. So does it work for german roaches
Ninzerbean (author)  tiffany.yocum5 months ago
It does but it takes more effort - you have to get rid of the colony inside your house - it can be in appliances or audio equipment. You have to be really diligent in getting rid of all cardboard and cleaning cleaning cleaning. It is just simply harder to get rid of Germans.
Cne345 months ago
Do think ortho Will work as a paste. I've used it as a powder. But I have a small dog now.
Ninzerbean (author)  Cne345 months ago
I don't know. You have to read the ingredients and see how high the percentage of boric acid is.
DavidB335 months ago

5 lbs Boric Acid + free shipping. Arrives by US mail. Powder boric acid is very fine, can be dusty to work with but is essential for use in dry pest control applications. $15.95. Do the math. I used a baby powder container to poof it and peanut butter, corn syurp, DME, and boric acid with a dash of cinnamon for my baits. Share with friends.

http://www.dudadiesel.com/choose_item.php?id=borp5...

KarenZ15 months ago

Hi, first of all just want to thank you for your continued attention on this forum - it's been 5 years and you're still here! Stumbled upon this article (actually, I sifted through countless links after re-wording questions in the Google search bar) and spent the last hour reading your instructions and comments. I live in Australia down in Sydney and moved into my unit about a year and a half ago - no pest problems up until about the last two months. One crawled on my dad while he was sleeping. I was so disgusted but couldn't wrap my thick head around the fact that there were probably 30 more for every one where we couldn't see. I wasn't surprised my dad encountered two in his room because of his eating habits - he leaves empty cans and food wrappings on his desk overnight and one time left a scraped-clean half a melon in his room. Like you, I am so repulsed by these critters I can't even stand seeing an image of them (which is why I've been so stressed about looking at article after article). As disgusting as it may sound, I've spotted the droppings of these American roaches in the drawer of my kitchen utensils (I have to wash everything I use again before I eat now), along the sill of my kitchen window (from in the inside) and alongside the kitchen wall next to the fridge. After my dad told me about his experience I rushed to purchase some roach baits which I've placed in the kitchen next to the fridge, between the fridge and the counter, next to the oven, and in corners of the kitchen overall. I've gotten my dad to help clean the counter tops and rid of any potential food, wipe down the stove top and microwave etc. It's been a little over a week and I can't tell if there has been any progress. My father spotted one on the stove top today that actually raced under and into the oven (we didn't even know they were connected) after he turned the lights on. Frankly speaking, my major anxiety is not helping me cope with this well, the problem's been on my mind ever since I placed the baits around. It's gotten to the point that I have to wait a moment after turning on the kitchen light in the evening before entering, if I absolutely must, and I shamefully admit it has reduced me to tears a few times when I think about it. My extreme fear heightens every time there's been a sighting. I know I can't call an exterminator for advice because my dad always thinks I'm over dramatic and obviously, exterminators = $$$. I would spend as much money on it as possible if it means getting rid of these critters, but I'm only 16! When I mentioned to him about making a stop at the local Bunnings store to purchase some boric acid powder just now, he was pretty annoyed and said the commercial roach baits were enough. Clearly I have no choice but to do this myself. Tomorrow I'll be getting all the ingredients you've listed above and start cracking down on this widely acclaimed remedy. I really, really, really hope it will work. I'm pretty sure I can't place the bait in the oven because of the poison and neither the kitchen drawers, so will smearing it behind the sink tap suffice? And the 4cm space between my fridge and the counter? And due to my problematic near-phobia state, can I only bait it in the kitchen? I really do not want to attract any to my room, living room or bathroom etc. I'm sorry for the really lengthy comment (probably the longest to date), and will be super grateful if you leave a reply. Thank you so much!

Ninzerbean (author)  KarenZ15 months ago
Oh Dear KarenZ1,
I wish I was there to help you, I totally understand the tears. Yesterday I found a tick on my dog Otter that was so big I almost started to cry, I was so grossed out that I called a neighbor who told me to bring the poor little OtterBean to her and she removed it. I was dancing all over her kitchen like a total spaz freaking out. I had to go home and strip the bed, wash everything and now I don't even want to pet him. How sad is that?

So, anyway, the stuff is not poisonous to you, you can safely put it in your silverware drawer, just pull the drawer out as far as possible or go up from the underneath of it and scrap some bait on the back.

But, and this is the big but, you have to get your dad on board, he has to read this 'ible, he won't be the first dad to do so. He has to help you bait the whole house or it won't work. The stuff you are using probably kills roaches, you don't want to kill them as much as you want them to bring some bait back to their home-base, and then some will die by eating it but the important part is that they then tell each other NOT to go back to your house - because the food there is killing them. They work as a colony, not that much different than bees. But I don't want to get into a whole thing about bees and the definition of colony again on here. This is not common belief about roaches - it's my belief. Think about the multi-billion dollar a year pest control product market. They do not want to solve the problem. That would put them out of business. So anyway, point being, you HAVE to involve your dad, I don't want you to be taking the switch plate covers off the walls and he has to not leave food stuff in his room.

You have to bait your whole house for this to work, the bait will not attract roaches to your room, they live inside of the walls, that is where you are putting the bait, and around water, damp, warm, dark, high up etc. places.

Keep in touch. Be strong, be brave. Find someone who is not afraid to help you if your dad won't. Tell him I told him he HAS to help you.

Read the 'ible again and again, click on all the photos, read the comments, don't put the bait inside the oven but instead in any cracks or small places underneath the oven. Vacuum every day. This will get really old, the vacuuming, but it does work, you will see results in only a few days.

Try getting that expanding foam to plug up any open areas underneath the sinks or where pipes come into the house - but don't get it in your hair or on your hands or clothes, and plan where you are going to use it 'cause you can't use it again once it's opened.
KarenZ1 KarenZ15 months ago

Also, apologies for not formatting my comment into paragraphs, I was so focused on pouring my thoughts I forgot there was a paragraphing function available.

coll28505 months ago

Once it is mixed, do we put bowls of it near all the sinks, toilets, wash tubs, and all water sources? Next to the kitchen sink or under it or both? How does this get rid of the roaches?

Ninzerbean (author)  coll28505 months ago

That is what the popsicle stick is for. In step #7 you can even see it in my fingers, applying the paste to the various places. How the paste works is explained elsewhere in the 'ible.

Thank you.. I see now I didn't know I was missing so much of your post.
Now that I see all 8 steps, its clear. Great post. Thanks so much.
charko5 months ago
I think my last post got lost. Thank you for saving me money.I'm picking up 99% boric acid in home depot today (Sunday). Will be buying a light weight vacuum cleaner.This week,in your opinion which is better bag or bagless?
Best for the coming year and thank you for the tips.
Ninzerbean (author)  charko5 months ago
I would think a bag would be stronger suction but I have no idea. I have a central vac. I'm sorry not to be able to help here. I am a believer that what ever one has the most power would be best. Maybe read reviews?
charko5 months ago
Thank you for saving me money. Did not get a chance to go to home depot today. Will go tomorrow for the boric acid. they have something called hot shot max attrax. with 99% boric acid.on line they have something called jt eaton also with 99% boric acid but thats on line only. Is boric acid boric acid or is the roach pruff the only one you recomend?
Ninzerbean (author)  charko5 months ago
Any product with a high percentage of boric acid will do. I have not heard from anyone that they were able to get it at Home Depot. Online may be different though. Roach Proof was all that I could find, it was 98% boric acid. It's just a brand name: any boric acid will be great. Be sure not to confuse it with borax, not the same and won't do any good, well not for roaches anyway.
charko5 months ago

Tried,Ortho,raid,bug barier,bug stop and raid kill on contact. stuff burns my lungs, and have to hang over an open window until i can breath again. Exterminator wants $$$ and im a senior. said it may work if not he wld come back for more bombs and have to stay away for at least 2 hrs each time. Will be going to dollar store for mixing bowls and pastic containers. Any ideas on how to keep them away from my coffee pot that is always full?

Ninzerbean (author)  charko5 months ago
See step 7. They like water, heat, dark. Bait where it is wet, dark and warm. Why do you need plastic mixing bowls? Any bowl to mix in is fine, wash it and use it for food. It's just a place to mix in.
charko5 months ago

Has anyone ever made up a bowl and stuck it in the bathroom vent space?

mlbishop605 months ago

I am 54 and have NEVER shared my house with roaches.... until now !!!

I bought all the stuff from Walmart for roaches and even used straight Boric Acid. I have sprayed TempoSC, Permethrin, and Demon... and I still have them, not near as bad, but they are still here.. I am going to try this tomorrow...

Ninzerbean (author)  mlbishop605 months ago
I'm convinced that just killing them is not good enough, you have to convince them to leave your place by using this bait which they bring back to the colony, some die and then the survivors tell the others.
Susitna5 months ago
I am severely allergic to insecticides and ended up here in roach HEAVEN! My long term plan is to move home ( Talkeetna Alaska), but until then I'll try your method. I will also bait bait and bomb the shipping container used for shipping our household. NO UNAUTHORIZED PETS for me! Thank you.
Ninzerbean (author)  Susitna5 months ago
Roach heaven - that's so funny. Appliances and stuff that gets plugged in is where they like to live.
bonloveslife5 months ago
I just killed the biggest roach I have ever seen ...COMING RIGHT AT ME! ACK!!! Do you have to use RICE flour? Will it be just as good to use a cheap pancake syrup? Please help! P.S. What can you do if you are terrified of them getting up on your bed and falling from the ceiling?
Thank you!
Bonita
Sorry, I just saw that you answered about the flour. I thought I did read the entire thing but, shoot, I don't mind reading it again! Thank you so very much for posting this! My mom just died 2 weeks ago and I can't handle anything else right now....especially roaches. This is a new apartment for us and it looks as though there us an attic space right out our door as if it may just run the length of the breeze way....I may ask the maintenance guy to put some up there..
Can I ask you a non-related question? A friend of mine said I "had" to start a blog because it would help so many people....could you tell me how you did this?
Ninzerbean (author)  bonloveslife5 months ago
Dear bonloveslife, I'm so sorry about your mom, I can understand how fragile you must be right now. Maybe it will help you put roaches in perspective, as they are not anywhere as terrible as losing your mom.
I don't know much about writing a blog, I wish I had done that years ago about moving north to find the south but anyway.... Do you think that this 'ible is a blog? It's not. It's an instructable, this is the best place on the internet - and you found it! Instructables! Wander around, become a pro-member, share, go on the forums, write an 'ible (short for instructable) about how to deal with your mom's passing or whatever you friend wants you to write about but if you really want to do a blog, which is really set up for that - check out Square Space. I love their clean format and themes all done for you. Good luck to you.
Jenni-05 months ago
Im thinking that when i moved to my new apartment that i took some with me but not sure how because i searched everything i think they were most likely in my sons toys i didnt have the heart to throw away all of his toys because i cant replace them right away. I threw away most i kept the ones i thought were okay. But they hitched a ride and now Im wondering should i just toss everything? I hardly kept anything just pots , pans, clothes that were washed at laundromat, toys, and my dyson vacuum that i really love and hate to throw out. But its possible they are in there. I keep it outside in a heavy duty bag. And I treated the new apartment when i moved in two weeks ago with combat no results from what i can see. And I just treated with your mixture two days ago and seen about 6 today and a few yesterday. Theres no exact spot i can pin point them except the baseboards. Sorry for the double post the comment section here is a little funky i couldnt tell if it actually post or not.
Jenni-05 months ago
I tried making your mixture i didnt have any regular flour on hand so I used pancake mix hopefully that doesnt ruin the whole thing but it does have flour in it. Anyway I placed it everywhere I could think of I have a small apartment so it didnt take long I did this two days ago. Ive been seeing more lately unfortunately I have no idea where they are coming from but there is a little gap underneath my baseboards and seen that a few hang out there there is bait there now. I havent seen any dead ones and ive put combat gel out 2 weeks ago. Im getting discouraged are they like immortal or something? I'll be back to update in a few more days hopefully Ive seen some improvement. Any advice on what I can be doing other than cleaning like a crazy woman because im doing that lol
RachelS75 months ago

FOGGERS/BOMBS DO NOT WORK. DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY. IT DOESN"T MATTER WHAT BRAND. And the roaches you think are dead, they are still alive. I was scared to pick them up so I waited a few days till I could find someone who wasn't scared. By that time, they legs were moving and they were upside down. I decided to spray before moving into my new place since it seemed like the renters before me weren't so clean. I would see them even around the house a week and so later even though it is supposed to keep them away for about 3 months.. I did find a spray I used around my house that actually worked better. I spray often just in case the water wares it away.

mizzdawn5 months ago
I seen a few roaches a week ago in my kitchen cabinet I bombed about a week ago I put one bomb in every room with door closed. When I came home after 6 hours I seen a few dead.. I cleaned them up vacuumed threw the vacuum bag away immidiatly a few days later I have been seeing them every where little one big ones dark ones light ones... I also noticed the fleas had got worse too?? I woke up today with one of them on me and that's it for me either I burn this place down or I fix it FAST..... I'm thinking about using this recipe and bombing again? Any suggestions. What's the best bomb/fogger? I want them gone asap!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  mizzdawn5 months ago
That is a good question about which fogger is the best. I really don't know as I have never had to use one. But since you have already done this, I think you need to be thinking about where they might be living - this is kind of gross, but you will have to start looking around inside, around and behind all of your appliances and game consoles and/or audio equipment.

Because it is getting cold outside they are probably moving inside and are more active than a month ago, that is why you are seeing so many right now. The same thing happens after a big rain. But until you find out where they are living in your place the fogging will not do much. You should read the comments: there is a ton of help there.

You will have to really get into the habit of vacuuming every day (until you don't see any roaches at all), getting rid of all cardboard, cleaning everything as if you were getting ready for your Italian mother-in-law to visit you and her first born son.

Once everything is perfect and seems under control, then bait. Or you can bait now of course too, but you still need to find out why they are at your place, what they are eating, where they are living. Normally I would not give advice like this but because you fogged each room and it really did no good there must be a reason. The bait in my recipe will keep you roach free for years but you need to still be proactive in the very beginning, meaning that you have to do some work yourself to get them under control.

Hope that gets you off to a good start, keep us posted on your progress.
mizzdawn mizzdawn5 months ago
***I seen a few roaches 2 weeks ago not one***
Ymv135 months ago
Is 63% boric acid fine ?
Ninzerbean (author)  Ymv135 months ago
I would not think so, there might be other stuff in there that may counteract what you are adding or maybe even kill before it can be taken back to the colony.

But then again maybe someone has simply made a version of my recipe and is marketing that. Why don't you try it and let us know if it works and what it's called.
VeraA15 months ago

I'm living in a townhouse and for the past 8 months my home is being taken over by roaches... I have tried everything bombs, Raid, and Ortho Home Defense and none of them seem to work, so tonight I'm mixing up this stuff on the page to see if this will help me.,..however I have one question where all can I put the mix and will it cause any damage to the walls? Please help

Thank you

Ninzerbean (author)  VeraA15 months ago
See step #7. It won't hurt your walls, or painted surfaces but you won't be putting it anywhere that would matter anyway. Reading the comments will help as well.
zymirmommy5 months ago
Hey I have a bad roach problem and I am going to actually try this. I hate them and I feel like they are taking over my house . One question tho .. this is an old apartment with spaces in the corners and along my apartment walls. I feel they travel through there as well . I want to cover it up . Do you think like plaster or roach gel would do the trick ?
Ninzerbean (author)  zymirmommy5 months ago
Caulk would do the trick to seal up those gaps.
Bteamer5 months ago
I have a problem with roaches here at my apartment and I have seen testimonies on here but I have no idea where to go by the roach prufe some one can you please help with any idea hardware stores or etc because almost everywhere I call they have no clue where I can find it
Ninzerbean (author)  Bteamer5 months ago
It seems easiest to buy online. Googling it turns up a lot of resources.
Jenni-05 months ago
Hello Im going to try out your mixture. I recently moved out of my apartment and into a new one because the management there wouldn't hire an exterminator. It was really infested there and I took precautions when packing but those little ******* are tough and resourceful. Anyway I took some along with me I seen about 20 almost all babies and Im disgusted.. I put out gel bait everywhere and puffed boric acid along baseboards and under sinks. Im really scared that the will start making themselves at home and ugh start multiplying so Im trying to take care of this problem quickly. Im going to try this out and let you know how it goes. Please say somes prayers guys! I cant live like that again.
ezzyscofield5 months ago

If I make this mixture and put it around the house, will it harm my cats? I don't know if they would try to eat it and I can always keep them in one room until the mixture gets hard.

Ninzerbean (author)  ezzyscofield5 months ago
See step #7, you are not really going to be putting it in any areas that cats can get to. Even so, I can not imagine a cat wanting to eat this. I have to ask this, being that I receive so many questions like yours - are you reading the whole 'ible, all 8 steps? Maybe I need to edit the 'ible so that people know to look at all the steps. If your cat can take the screws off of an outlet cover... well, I really don't know what to say, except that roaches are the least of your problems.

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 months ago

Hey BerghandyLeigh, how is it going? Good or bad I want to know.

Ninzerbean (author)  BerghandyLeigh7 months ago

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

80sbaby4ever6 months ago

hello, so I have roaches! I've used teremix, orkin, home traps, raid,hotspot gel...NOTHING HAS EVER WORKED. At one point I didn't see any got comfortable and started leaving dishes in the sink over night....bad idea they came back. Retreated with the diatomaceous earth didn't see many for a while. I felt like I was finally winning the war. Recently I went on vacation and they moved in full force...It was so gross. So i cleaned out that area threw away everything I thought I Got rid of the "source" stopped seeing them as much. 3 days ago we decided to bomb the house to "kill the rest" bad idea bc now I'm seeing them at night (not many....like 7-8 at night which I kill with raid or my shoe) All over thebed room door and bathroom door. Could it be that the bomb brought more of them out? Bc they were never out like that before. I feel like the bomb was a bad idea:-{

Anywhoo. I'm going the make your mixture in the morning bc me sharing my house with bugs of any sort isn't going to fly. My skin is crawling as we speak talking about those little suckas. Thanks for the advise...I'll be back with a success story.

SN can i use Hotspot boric acid or will I need to get a certain brand?

Ninzerbean (author)  80sbaby4ever6 months ago
I don't think bombing was a bad idea - I think you are seeing them at night because when you were seeing them in the daytime it was from overcrowding. I don't know if Hotspot Boric acid will work - what you want is just boric acid, look at the ingredients and see if the boric acid amount is really most of it. Stay in touch. This is going to work. I love leaving my dishes in the sink overnight.

I just purchased some Hotspot Boric Acid. I read the information on the bottle and it said 99% Boric acid. So I am assuming it will work.

Ninzerbean (author)  marvel.knight.35 months ago

Assume away. I will be assuming away vicariously with you. Really though, it sounds like just the right product.

I never saw them in the day time only at night. But I'm going to go to Home Depot today to get the boric acid. Thanks for the reply
stacirox6 months ago
I did half a cup of boric acid, 1/4 cup of flour and added a little powdered sugar and then the then the syrup. Do you think that the sugar would be okay? I found them in mine so i decided to add some haha
Are u still taking questions?
Ninzerbean (author)  myeasha.gregory6 months ago

Almost every day. What's your other one?

Do I just put the bowl in the kitchen and leave it there? Do I have to make a new mixture every day? I have 2 kids (5 years and 14 months) are they safe? I also live in an apt...this is grossing me the heck out. I have seen them in my kitchen, freezer, dishwasher, bathroom...

Ninzerbean (author)  shannon.m.loughnane6 months ago
There are 8 steps to the 'ible, see step 7. I think you are just on the first page.

WILL it work for german (small)in my apartment .I have used boric acid powder(not bait) in past but this does not work any more .They always come back.Is bait method more effective?

Ninzerbean (author)  asma.rizvi.7986 months ago
The bait is WAY more effective because the powder alone will kill the roach that runs across it but the bait is so that the roach will bring it back to its colony to feed the others and they will die and the ones that don't die will be really upset so they will look for another place to set up house.

And yes, it does work for Germans but it will be more effective if you can find out where they are living in your place. The big ones live outside but Germans live inside and so you have to find out where and dispatch them. They like warm appliances and game players. Electronics are heaven for them.
CaseyJaye6 months ago

HI, I have alot of roaches (we seem to have both kinds of roaches) all in my kitchen they seem to be coming from behind the cabinets as they are not set flat against the wall. There is about a half inch space between the wall and cabinets, so its really difficult to put anything between. Last night I prepared the boric acid dough balls. I used 1 part boric acid, 1 part flour and a lil bit of sugar. I placed the lil balls all over the kitchen and house as wel,l where i've seen evidence of roaches. The roaches was attracted to it like it was the best thing they've had in years. However this morning when i walked in the kitchen i seen so many roaches big and small. Way more than usual. Is that normal? Does the boric acid draw them out?

Ninzerbean (author)  CaseyJaye6 months ago
Well according to some people that has been the case, but it seems to just be evidence that is it working. I don't know the reason why, I would only be guessing. This didn't ever happen to me but it may have been because the exterminators (on my first house, the one I was renting) did a big knock-down before they baited. I don't remember that, I'm just guessing.

Keep us posted on how it goes. I suspect it will get better every day from here on out.
TaraT26 months ago

I made this but it became very hard after about 24 hours, is this right?

Ninzerbean (author)  TaraT26 months ago
Yes that is normal. It's good. That way it won't move. But if you didn't get the whole house baited and you have left-over which went hard then it's probably too hard to spread and you will have to make more. If that happens again store it in the fridge (covered) until you can use it all up.
CaseyJaye TaraT26 months ago

Mines have become hard as well, but the roaches are still on it lol. I guess they like crunchy too lol. On some of the balls they've eaten a hole into them. I'm not seeing as many as this morning. The true test will come tonight at 1am.

cwhitty136 months ago
Great thank you! We are doing it today, I have had Orkin pest control for over a year and they have just gotten worse so I'm hoping this helps!
Ninzerbean (author)  cwhitty136 months ago
Of course they got worse, why else would you be calling them back each month, it's sort of planned ineffectiveness. They would not be in business if they were effective.

But keep us posted so we know how you are doing.
VickiD16 months ago

Hello, I just moved into an apartment and it has roaches. They are mainly in the kitchen but I've seen a few in the bathroom and in the living room. When I initially saw them the day after I moved in, I bombed my unit. There were over 2 dozen dead roaches throughout my apartment. Babies and adults. I contacted the management and they said that they would exterminate but they had to wait a week because I had bombed and it would not be effective. During that weeks wait, I continued to kill roaches but I put them in a zip lock bag and took them to the rental office to show them that I mean business and I will not live like this. Naturally they were not happy I did that, but I'm not happy living with roaches. So a week has gone by and they exterminate (or so they said they did) I have no proof. I have been here for 2 weeks and today was the first time I have eaten here because of the roaches. I have no food in the cabinets, only in the freezer and a few items in the fridge. Today I decided to cook a frozen pizza, I opened the freezer and there was a baby roach dead between the cracks (insulation) in the freezer. I turned the oven on and put the pizza in the oven. When I went to check on the pizza there was a roach crawling along side the cabinet. I killed that one. Then when I went to get something from the dish washer there was on crawling inside the dish washer. I couldnt kill that one because he got away. No sooner than I turn back around towards the stove there was another roach crawling up the cabinet. I have never seen that many at one time. I thought I was home free because I only saw one here and there throughout this week, but to see 3 in less than 10 min. Do you think it was because I turned the oven on? I sent an unpleasant email to the rental office saying they need to exterminate again this week. I want to do your bait solution but do you think it will counter whatever the exterminators (if they are actually coming) will do? Also how often should I use the bait solution? I live in an apartment and I don't want them thinking they can travel back and forth to my unit.

Ninzerbean (author)  VickiD16 months ago
If the exterminator came and did not leave a receipt or a card I sort of really doubt anyone came. But more to the point, I LOVE that you are taking the roaches to the rental office - what a brilliant idea!

Obviously the roaches are living inside your oven, and fridge, that is why they started moving when you turned on the heat. They live there because there is warmth in the electronics.

My bait will in no way interfere with what the exterminators do, you can use both. My bait does not need to be done more than once every few years, to be safe you could put it out (it does take a long time to do) once a year. Whenever you buy used electronics know that roaches could be living in them. Read through the comments to see how many strange places that roaches live.

I would suggest meeting your neighbors and getting together on this issue with the landlord. The roaches are in your walls, so everyone must have them. Unless of course they are using my bait.
cwhitty136 months ago
I can't see all the comments and I'm sure someone has asked this before but how long does it take for this stuff to work? Is it like a week or month or year before they are gone?
It took me about 2.5 weeks for it to work. It actually seemed to get worse the second week and I was losing hope and just started spraying the ones I could see with raid and then one night.....GONE!! I couldn't find any for 4 more days and one night I saw one more roach which I quickly sprayed and I have not seen any now for a week. It works!!! I am so grateful I followed the instructions and I have my kitchen back now.
Ninzerbean (author)  maryellenlopez6 months ago
It does start to work the same day but how fast you will see results I guess depends on how proactive you are in finding a possible nest if you have Germans (that live INSIDE your home), or how bad your infestation is to begin with.

Thanks for telling us your experience. That really helps.
Ninzerbean (author)  cwhitty136 months ago
Right away. Like a day or two.
Thanks I will try this
cwhitty136 months ago
So I could use this if it says 99% boric acid 1% other
Ninzerbean (author)  cwhitty136 months ago
Yes
belma.rueda6 months ago
Thank you it may be safer to get rid of the microwave, I haven't needed it this past 2 weeks anyways, my husband will have to adjust, or I'll get a small one down the line if needed, I will update again in a few weeks as to how everything is going!
belma.rueda6 months ago

hi, let me start by saying I have a huge phobia of roaches, so as you can imagine, I have been having a very hard time since I noticed I had this unwelcomed visitors in my home. First it was only the big ones from outside, so i hired a professional exterminator, they came out once a month, the second month I notice a little one, the third time he came out I pointed it out to him and he said they were german roaches, after googling them I almost had a panic attack, seeing how fast the reproduce, and by then thinking i'd have thousands more, so he came out again and did something he called a "flushout" he used a little can to spray the cracks and cervices of cabinets and inside and many came running out, anyways, I thought that was the end of it. But no, now there's more than before, I see maybe one during the daytime, and a couple at night, mostly when i open the cabinets in the kitchen or in the bathroom, I don't walk into my kitchen at night at all, I'm literally afraid.

So yesterday, I made your magic potion exactly as stated, I found 100%boric acid, maple syrup, and flour, I had a limited amount of time, so I only placed it in the kitchen cabinets, drawers, under kitchen appliances, under sink, in the bathroom, and pantry, which is in the hallway, I saw one there, and behind the tv in the living room, i killed one there one time too, and above all doorframes, tomorrow, I will be going through the pantry, throwing away all boxes, storing everything in plastic containers, and baiting throughly again everywhere, but my question is, today, after halfway baiting yesterday, I saw a few very alive ones during the daytime, so does this bait, actually make them come out more before it starts killing them?

Update: so it has been 2 weeks since I used the mixture, applied it everywhere you mentioned in the steps above, and then some extra places, I deep cleaned the house, got rid of a few small appliances, a few others have been in sealed bags in the freezer for 2 weeks now, the microwave has been sitting outside also for 2 weeks, I threw away all cardboard boxes, all my kitchen and pantry items are sealed in plastic bins or ziplock bags including my cutlery and all kitchen utensils! Along with baiting I also dusted (very lightly) the boric acid all over the walls and baseboards, and ceiling, and inside the rest of the electronics, I.e. Tv's, dvd's came consoles etc, I just puffed the powder into the vents.
At first I started to get worried because after the baiting and dusting I started seeing more come out during the day and all hours, and more towards the hallway and one tried to sneak into my bedroom, but after much googling, apparently this is a good thing, since they only come out during the day when it's overcrowded, OR, when there is a stress in the environment, such as the boric acid, now I knew my problem wasn't overcrowding because I had a profesional come out before and he said it wasn't bad, because I noticed in time, so the other option was the stress caused by the boric acid which made perfect sense, specially since they just stood there, when they came out barely walking, or when I would cook they would come out because there was absolutely nothing else for then to eat, so this continued for about 10-12 days or so, the first few days I would see a few and then fewer, it's been 2 days and I haven't seen one! I'm still afraid to open the kitchen cabinets though because I feel like I'm gonna see one there but everything in there is dusted from top to bottom, (yes we've been eating on disposable) when I cook everything gets washed, dryed and put away, and cleaned! I still won't say that I completely got rid of them althought I hope I did, but I will continue to dust and clean! Specially since I told the kids we weren't having a Christmas tree if there were still roaches in the house!
Now I do have a couple of questions though, :)
I only saw a very few dead roaches in the mornings, does this mean that they could only be hiding and not gone like I hoped? Althought the ones that came out that I killed were half dead!
And my microwave has also been dusted inside and out, for 2 weeks as well as been sitting outside where it's kinda cold, would it be safe to be brought back in? I'll still probably give it another week out there if so anyways
And thanks so much I really do hope I have gotten rid of all of them, I will continue to dust just in case but I hope I'm free of roaches!! Oh and it kills the ants too, and the flies!
Ninzerbean (author)  belma.rueda6 months ago
I can only tell you of my experience with an air conditioner. I bagged it up after totally powdering it with boric acid and let it sit outside for two weeks. Totally still infested. I had to have it taken away and had to buy a new one. I don't think it is safe to take apart a microwave. Personally I don't even own one anymore, it's been a year and I don't miss it a bit. But it was only because I could not find room for one in my new kitchen and I think they are ugly. But that's just me.

As to your first question - I just don't know. I'm not a fan of using the dust because it only kills them. They can't take it back to the colony and get the message across that your place is a place to stay away from. They don't eat the powder by its self. It just kills them if they get any on themselves.

And don't believe anything a pest control guy tells you. They are trained to lie like rugs.
Ninzerbean (author)  belma.rueda6 months ago
No, seeing more was just because you are opening up everything and so you just noticed more. I'm sure there are plenty of things in your house to feed them without this bait. I don't mean you are not keeping a clean house but roaches can live on toenail clippings for some crazy amount of time. You need to be diligent about vacuuming and vacuuming and getting rid of cardboard and worst of all you have to actually look for where they are living - this is really hard to do if you are like me and I think you are. You have to pull out the stove, look inside the vents on your microwave, shake your game players (gently) and read all of the comnets to learn more than you ever wanted to know. You need to finish baiting the whole house asap. If you don't think you can knock them down enough I would have fog the place, then again vacuum vacuum etc. It's a war, really. But a war you will win. Get some help though to deal with the fear factor. Keep me posted and good luck, it's a huge effort but it does pay off.
Thank you for replying, I didn't see any when I was baiting, I mean the day after even today 2 days after baiting they're coming out in the daytime, which rarely happened before, they're just running across the floor, which I hope is a good thing meaning they're somehow dying right? Otherwise they wouldn't come out during the day right? I poured the boric acid straight onto the ones I saw so they'd take it back to the nest hopefully!
I forgot to mention on my original post that I had a wood cutting board, sitting behind the sink one day I saw one run under it, so I put it in the sink and turned the hot water on it and they started coming out of the sides of the board (thank goodness I didn't use it) I threw it away, so could that have been a nest?
One more question, sorry, how long after the baiting should I wait to see if if worked? I will be thoroughly baiting, cleaning and throwing out cardboard today, so after that how long should I wait or how would I know it really worked? Before calling a professional again!
Ninzerbean (author)  belma.rueda6 months ago

Hi Belma.rueda, I think you have German roaches. They are harder to get rid of, I was going to tell you again to read the comments but it seems hundreds of them of disappeared! I will contact HQ about getting them back because there is a wealth of info there. Or was. Anyway back to you, the bait works right away and you should see a difference the same day - BUT I think you still have colonies or nests in your house for you to see so many. I think you really might want to fog two times over a few weeks to kill any hatchlings which are not affected by the fog when they are in the egg cases. When I had my terrible infestation the guys did a big knock down with sprays or something, it was so long ago....I can't remember but they came back the next day to bait the house. See with the larger regular roaches that live outside it is easier. But living in your cutting board tells me that there are more that are crowding out others to live in such an openish place. Keep me up to date on how it goes though.

And I don't think (except for killing) that pouring boric acid right on the ones you see will do any good - you want the roaches to bring food back to the nest so they can all eat it and say this is terrible, let's move. It's not so much about killing them as having them relocate. You are sort of working with them. All the comments about the colony behavior are gone, this is now making me rather irratated.

We've used this recipe successfully on several rental Houses we used to manage. Instead of using a liquid such as syrup or honey, we used a few tablespoons of sugar. To get into really tiny cracks or behind cabinets, lightswitches, etc., we used a small plastic syringe (no needle). This works like a charm.

Ninzerbean (author)  audrey.lindsey.7126 months ago
Thank you ever so much for your input - but I don't understand - you are pulling the powder up into the syringe (and then squirting it out)? So no liquid at all? That is great for cracks and crevices and it is a good suggestion to use that AND the sticky bait so it can be stuck to more things on horizontal surfaces.

Everyone will be grateful for your idea.

Well I am about to use your bait for the first time and fingers crossed Im praying it works,but i have a question for you first. My husband and I live in a older model mobilehome with our two toddlers and two teenagers,I know not enough room and nobody wants to clean.I havent had roaches in 10 years and we live about 350 feet from my mother in law who has been dealing with her own german roach problem for some time now,well guess what 3 months ago i saw the first one here. Of course we bombed and bombed , yeah right like that worked, now ive just sprayed down my house with demon wp and a IGR ,noticed a decrease in population, but now they seem desperate for food and especially water. Our mistake was not baiting waywhen we sawthe first one .Now they are in every room the kitchen being the main ,but literally under the coffee table ,do I bait everywhere ive seen them?

Ninzerbean (author)  shelby.weber.106 months ago
Try to get the bait in all of the out of sight places you can access, be creative and see all of the photos in step #7. I suspect they may be living in some warm electonics - teenagers = game consoles? Maybe something like that, a DVD player?

So, first of all you have to absolutely clean clean clean so that the ONLY food they can find to eat is the bait you are putting everywhere. Then go work on your mother in law's place. Just to be nice.

To specifically to answer your question, I don't advise baiting where you have seen them but trying to find out where they are living and to deal with that, then bait, and vacuum everyday, get rid of any cardboard. AND make those kids help. Give them a nickel for every roach they kill and have a contest for the biggest one that is killed.

I do think that bombing does work, but I also think they are living somewhere inside. Keep in touch, let me know how it goes.

Well I am about to use your bait for the first time and fingers crossed Im praying it works,but i have a question for you first. My husband and I live in a older model mobilehome with our two toddlers and two teenagers,I know not enough room and nobody wants to clean.I havent had roaches in 10 years and we live about 350 feet from my mother in law who has been dealing with her own german roach problem for some time now,well guess what 3 months ago i saw the first one here. Of course we bombed and bombed , yeah right like that worked, now ive just sprayed down my house with demon wp and a IGR ,noticed a decrease in population, but now they seem desperate for food and especially water. Our mistake was not baiting waywhen we sawthe first one .Now they are in every room the kitchen being the main ,but literally under the coffee table ,do I bait everywhere ive seen them?

vbanaszak6 months ago

I live in an apt building and we have them bad. I usually don't see them to often in my apt. but recently I have been under attack at my desk at night. Gross! I'd be typing away on my computer and all of a sudden feel something crawling on my arm. I started noticing them in the desk drawers and cleaned them out. Still haven't found out where they are coming from. I have tried everything and even have my place sprayed monthly. Looks like i will be going to the hardware store to get the good stuff.

Ninzerbean (author)  vbanaszak6 months ago
I would not be surprise if they were not living in some electrical equipment near your desk. They love warm places.
vbanaszak6 months ago

I live in an apt building and we have them bad. I usually don't see them to often in my apt. but recently I have been under attack at my desk at night. Gross! I'd be typing away on my computer and all of a sudden feel something crawling on my arm. I started noticing them in the desk drawers and cleaned them out. Still haven't found out where they are coming from. I have tried everything and even have my place sprayed monthly. Looks like i will be going to the hardware store to get the good stuff.

nomore846 months ago

So I started seeing roaches outta nowhere in the apartment I have lived in for some time. I believe they are german cockroaches from the pics i googled (ewwwww kill me now). I followed your instructions word for word even putting the bait behind the light switch covers. I have only seen now dead or dying roaches. I hadn't seen one for days and just saw a dying one in the hallway to the entrance for our apartment(we have seen a lot there). Now I am wondering...are they coming from the apartment building and maybe are just not mainly in my place? If so, how can I ever expect to fix this problem? As I have said I haven't seen any more live ones (except the one dying on its back in the hallway), so I know what you told me to do is working! However, we are moving soon to a beautiful house and we are worried they will follow! any advice? thanks

Ninzerbean (author)  nomore846 months ago
I think that the only way they could follow you is if you brought along some infested electronics things. They love to hide in PS3 players and stuff like that, microwaves, toasters. You just need to be sure there are not any living or hiding in your stuff. Before you even unpack at your new place, spend the time and bait it. Don't make the mistake I did thinking that if I just sealed up the electronics so there was no air for a week that they would die. Nope.
Bootssie6 months ago

MOST of the roaches we have found have been isolated to the kitchen. I want to try this, but I am concerned that using syrup in the recipe might attract ant. Though that would be MUCH better than the roaches, I'd like to avoid both. Do you know if anyone else who has tried this has had the ants coming in? I couldn't possibly read through over 600 comments to find out.

Ninzerbean (author)  Bootssie6 months ago
This will get rid of ants too. I had some coming in in my old house and just followed their line and put the bait in crevices along the line and in a few days there were no more ants.
courtney.r.526 months ago
So my apartment was sprayed last for roaches in the kitchen and washrooms....there gone from there.....but now ive seen them in my room!!!!! Gross help me!!!!! I want them gone...ive done everything possible I vaccum and clean the dog dishes about twice a week. I dont kno what to do will. Thos remedy be safe around dogs? I just want them gone :'(
Ninzerbean (author)  courtney.r.526 months ago
Well just read the 'ible, all 8 steps, it is safe to use around pets because you won't be putting it where they can access it. The exterminators are not going to solve your problem because they would go out of business if they did. Right? This will work, just do your whole place.

Where do you think is the best place to bait the little monsters? Any good places that you would recommend?

Ninzerbean (author)  scott.welch.5036456 months ago
See step 7
dawn.otto.946 months ago

we have a bad. Infestation I read that if you see them during day time then it is crowded were they are at well we have a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom they are even in the stove it is really bad we will have to pay 3 hundred dollars to get it exterminated and it is my moms do day this week and don't wont to have to pay that much ( my step dad any way ) what can I do to help it is relly bad and it is worse I would spray roach spray and they slater out it is grouse and need help badly we live in coalgate by the manner in ok and the oner said that when they spray at the hospitals and manner then it is really bad here and at the houses we try as much as we can to keep the house clean but it hard when u have a 3 year old 4 year old 8 year old but it is not all my brothers they are friends of uncles help us plezzzz

Ninzerbean (author)  dawn.otto.946 months ago
I'm sorry that I cannot help you, it sounds pretty bad. All I can so is suggest that your parents read this 'ible and see that they can so something about the problem that really costs so little. I am sorry I can't do more.
Ssanders276 months ago
I am SO GLAD I found your post! We have been struggling with the disgusting roach problem for a few years and we have tried everything but this. And it is pretty sad that exterminators know what gets rid of them but won't do it so they can get their monthly payments from customers. We got sucked into that as well. We will be trying this for sure today! I am so ready to be rid of these gross bugs!
Ninzerbean (author)  Ssanders276 months ago
Yep, when something doesn't make sense, always follow the money. And the thing is is that people would pay for a service that really worked, but it is a service that really only needs to be done every few years.
JamesJ86 months ago

Hello, while making your recipe I added too much karo syrup and now it has a honey-like consistency. Did I dilute it too much for it to be effective anymore?

Ninzerbean (author)  JamesJ86 months ago
Just add more boric acid or flour to make it thicker. A honey like consistency is not going to be very easy to apply. It will slide off.
MsMakish6 months ago
Last post went awray somewhere. Let s try this again. No one told me not to purchase a used refridgerator. I have never had roaches before until my fridge went up and purchasing new was'nt an option. No I have roaches .. big ones, small ones, black ones, brown ones.. needeless to say all of them.are equally disgusting. I thank you so much for helping out this single mom with 2 girls...all of which are afraid of going into the kitchen at night. Question ? I use the cordless phn base to kill one roach and about 50 more fell out after me banging it around, do I need to get rid of my apliances that are plugged in providing a warm place for them to live ? (i.e. microwave, fridge, phone charger base. Wifi box. Etc. ) Thanks in advance .. I pray this works.
Ninzerbean (author)  MsMakish6 months ago
Oh what a drag MsMakish, that is so terrible. I'm afraid you might have to either get rid of them or disassemble them to get the roaches out. Yes, they love warm and they love being inside appliances and game players.
MsMakish6 months ago
way to the local Wally Mart to gather ingredients and get this done tonight ! I dont care how long it takes.. thanks sk much. Will let you know how it goes.
badazz_sd6 months ago
I just recently bought a home and it is infested with roaches.... I had the Orkin man come out to spray.... a month ago and he has been back once since then and sprayed again but they are still there. By me using your mixture will it react to the chemical they have sprayed and cause it not to work? What should I do I want them gone and the orkin man told me not to Fogg the house cause it will mix the chemical and then they will not work.....
juan.mic.56 months ago

How long are you suppose to leave the bait/paste in the areas before cleaning and removing it?

Ninzerbean (author)  juan.mic.56 months ago
There is no reason to ever clean or remove it, it's out of sight doing it's thing, no need to ever remove it.
Where can i buy the boric acid i was told to use borax i tried it kill a few but i didnt see any improvement i want to try ur receipt asap
Ninzerbean (author)  angelito.hermoso.926 months ago
Borax is not Boric Acid, it will not work. I just did a google search for Boric Acid and got tons of hits, Amazon, Wal-Mart, True Value, I don't think there are any shortages of where to find it. Good luck.
Allodynia6 months ago

Dear Ms. Ninzerbean: Your roaches are by far the biggest I have ever seen. If your recipe killed those critters, I know it will send my puny roaches to their eternal rest. II hope your recipe will also eliminate some annoying crickets and just today - a mouse. Just one. Maybe. If your recipe rids my house of these pests, you should be given the Nobel Prize. Thanks for such a thorough, well written and illustrated Recipe to Rid Roaches.

Ninzerbean (author)  Allodynia6 months ago
Dear Allodynia, It won't kill mice, and your puny roaches may be the German kind so read all the comments for help with these critters. Thank you for your nomination. If I could just rid the world of roaches I would be so happy. And chiggers too, they are the worst, but at least they don't come into houses.
suzysmith6 months ago

We had tenants in our new house for a year before we moved in. My husband 'forgot' to tell me they had roaches. I have never been so disgusted by anything in my whole life. I am afraid to go into the garage at night. So far they are oriental ones and only outside and in the garage. Thank you so much for your recipe I am going to use it ASAP. I'm embarrassed to say anything to the neighbors since we are new, but I suspect the neighborhood may have a problem also. If this doesn't work I'm getting a new house or a new husband.

Ninzerbean (author)  suzysmith6 months ago
Yup, I hear ya. But at least your husband is not afraid of them - obviously - so make him dispatch them until you get the WHOLE place baited, and have him help with that as well, it's a big job. Good luck, it will work.
I found a boric acid roach killer at my local wal mart could this work just as good? Im anxious to try this and get rid of them things
Ninzerbean (author)  vanessa.mejia.77 months ago
You will have to read the back to see how much of it is boric acid. The stuff I used was 99% boric acid. Use your best judgement.
Katmom7 months ago

We have such a large problem, I'm not sure where to begin. Don't know how it started...

We see them in every room, especially the kitchen. First it was just kitchen really bad. We live in a 30 year old mobile home that had been updated completely about 10 years ago except the kitchen. We thought it was the cabinets being original and they were eating the cabinets. We remodeled the kitchen this spring with all wood cabinets etc. the problem has not gone away. Since then we have redone the floor and walls of dining room and both bathrooms in that part of house. We have a 2 story addition on the house, but they had never been in that part until recently when the problem seems to have exploded. We have had an exterminator visit 1-2 times a month for over 3 years. We are clean people who keep kitchen cleaned, all food in sealed containers, trash taken out, surfaces sprayed and cleaned with disinfectant type cleaners etc.

They crawl around everywhere in broad daylight. There can be 10-20 crawling around kitchen when it is clean. They crawl over stovetop while I am cooking, I have seem them inside the microwave even after it has been running, they crawl out of the dishwasher every time I open the door(even after it has ran), anytime I open a drawer or cabinet 5-10 will come running out. We even used the Kilz paint on every surface of the gutted walls before putting in new cabinets. We got a new oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink as well. If we have been gone(even in day) or walk in the room at night there are literally hundreds on every surface. We gave up trying to kill them when we see them a long time ago.

They crawl all over the living room, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom walls and ceilings. Just this summer(after finishing kitchen) we remodeled the rest of the mobile home part. (This is the living room/dining room area, master bedroom, and the only 2 bathrooms in house) Because of the remodeling this summer we have painted every ceiling and wall in the mobile home part of the house and there is nothing hanging on the walls. (Note also that mobile home part is on a foundation with a crawl space and addition is on a concrete slab). I have seen them on my bed comforter, they crawl out of the bottom of the alarm clock when I pick it up to wipe off nightstand. They fall off the ceiling onto me in bed at night. I always turn on light and check toilet seat before using it. They crawl on the shower walls.(everything in bath is new - walls, ceilings, shower, tile, sub floor, flooring, vanity, mirror, etc.) we even have new sub floor and laminate flooring and walls in living room and dining room. Kitchen has ceramic tile that was put in about 10 years ago. Sitting on couch one can crawl across you, you will not sit anywhere for 10 minutes and not see one. I am not sleeping now because they have crawled on me at night. I am afraid that I will be in public and one will crawl out from under my sleeve or something.

I don't know what kind of roaches these are. I know I need to thoroughly clean kitchen cabinets and drawers. There is the black specks, dead ones etc. all over in them. But it is impossible to keep them clean with the scope of the problem. Even within a week of getting kitchen done they were dirty. I know they are in all the appliances, toaster, Keurig, microwave, etc. I even see them crawling across the digital clock display on the oven.

I want to try your idea. (Well, I really just want to burn the house down and everything in it. Or move, but the bugs would move with us. Or tent the whole house and fumigate it) I have read every page of steps and over 400 or more of the 600+ comments, but have some questions.

1. What steps should we take before we bait the house, due the scope of this?

2. Should we fumigate/fog/bug bomb the house, clean up the dead and their droppings, and then bait?

3. What is the difference in the above mentioned fogging/fumigating methods?

4. How do I get them out of small and large appliances, clocks, DVD players, game systems, etc?

5. What about our duct work for our central heat and air systems? Should we get them professionally cleaned?

6. What, if anything, should be done in the crawl space under the mobile home side?

Thank you for reading this and I hope you can respond.

Ninzerbean (author)  Katmom7 months ago
Dear Katmon, I don't have good news for you. I think the scope of your problem is too big for anyone but a professional. Then you are going to need a commercial type of shopvac to vacuum up before and after, many times. I have had no luck myself with trying to get them out of appliances. I had to throw out an A/C after hours and hours of meticulous work. You know that expression about sometime you eat the bear and sometimes it eats you, well in the case of appliances that you can't get into every single part, you lose.
I could go into all of your questions but I think you really need to call a small (not national) extermination company that will agree to come out every time you see a bug for one price, until you see no more bugs. Then bait.
My uncle, who refuses to do anything himself had this problem, he wouldn't use my bait, the problem got so bad they were fighting each other over food left on the counter, I refused to visit, then finally he found a small company that agreed to get rid of the roaches - and they did. But because he won't bait with my stuff, they will come back.
I think because you read so many of the comments you know what you have to do, fogging the place yourself will help alot, but your cleanup has to be thorough. The ductwork questions and crawl space questions are best answered by a professional. I wish I could be of more help but you will get this under control and then bait with my stuff. It is just one of those situations where every day it will get better, it can't really get worse right?
JordanEaves_07 months ago

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

Jordan I found Boric Acid At Co-Op today. It is on the Table with all the ingredients waiting for you to take action. Your pro-active I love it. -Your Dad. Ninzerbean Thank you for Answering Jordans question I've been buying Borax... lol, I guess we can get a lot of whites whiter... Single Father.

Ninzerbean (author)  JordanEaves_07 months ago
Hi Jordan's dad,
That is pretty funny. Borax is just washing soda so you may add it to the colors too, it's just like a detergent booster.

Well who would have known, thank you for the tip. I just can't wait to see the Results of this 'Ible. The people Next door have a Really Really bad infestation, they moved and new tenants came in last week, Geez, I've never seen so many of the things. Yes I'm a Guy but they Creep me out and scare me so bad my Daughter has to deal with this. I'm signed in as her I think, She's a bit sharper in some aspects...i.e. Computers. We really do appreciate the time you have taken to acknowledge us.

Ninzerbean (author)  JordanEaves_07 months ago

Sorry not to have gotten back to you sooner - no, Borax will not work. Someone found boric acid on Amazon. Have you tried online? Call some small hardware stores where you live. The big names don't seem to carry it because I think if they did they would not need to carry about 40 different cans of sprays and stuff that kill roaches but do nothing to keep them away.

Carlos4495x37 months ago
Please I need help...my father purchased a house about 6 years ago which is where we now live...point is every now and then we saw a roach and we always got rid of them with Raid, but about 3 months ago the abandoned house next door got demolished and all the critters for some reason felt they were welcome at my house. I'm talking ants, spiders, roaches, rats ect. Despite all the pests my house got flooded with mostly rats and roaches...the rats we took care of the most reliable way we knew...we adopted cats. Although the cats succeeded in driving out the rat population there is close to nothing they can do about the roaches. Now that winter is approaching these unwelcome guests are just everywhere in my house including the bedrooms(before they limited themselves to the kitchen only!!)and last night one crawled into my ear ewww. I managed to get it out of there and now I'm just scared to go to sleep fearing this will repeat itself. People have mentioned to us over and over how they miraculously rid their homes of roaches and what they used to get the job done but unfortunately all those recipes are dangerous in a household with pets. My question is how can I apply this method in a home with cats and dogs...my biggest concern is our newest cat who is still young and likes to smell and lick everything he sees. Please someone reply with some useful information on how I may rid a household with pets of roaches!!!
Ninzerbean (author)  Carlos4495x37 months ago
See step #7. I think you are not reading the whole 'ible.
I am PETRIFIED of roaches. Just thinking about them makes my skin crawl. I live in an old house built in the late 50's so we have a lot of cracks in the foundation of the house. For the past couple of days I have been seeing more of those critters then I care to see. I am going to try this and hope I have the same success as others.
Where can I found the roach prufe powder
Ninzerbean (author)  desperate housewives7 months ago
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.
I BEEN LOOKING FOR IT EVERYWHERE
Ninzerbean (author)  desperate housewives7 months ago

Oh you know what? I meant to address the fact that you are looking for roach prufe powder and I forgot until now - anyway the point is to use Boric Acid. It just happened that the only boric acid I could find back in '09 was the 99% in Roach Prufe. But it's all about the boric acid (never to be confused with borax) and not the brand name. Hope that is more helpful than what I wrote yesterday.

YES IT IS THANK YOU SO SO MUCH
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?
Ninzerbean (author)  Andreacatanese087 months ago

Andreacatanese08, I was out of town with no internet and some questions did not get answered, so here we go: No, of course this is not normal - BUT the point of using this bait is that you are placing it in places that roaches run around, inside your walls, under the sink, behind drawers and all the other places I detail in step 8. So maybe your little guy was on his way somewhere and was not hungry, maybe he was trying to get away from you, who knows, but putting it out in the open is not how to use it or even why to use it. First of all if you have so many that you are seeing them in the daytime you have to use some other more immediate method to knock them down, get them under some kind of control before using the bait - I say this because there must be reasons that they are out and about - such as that they can find food everywhere, or there is a colony living inside of your game player, the microwave, the dishwasher, under the stove etc. You need to vacuum vacuum vacuum, get rid of all cardboard... you know what - I have to run, just read the comments, read ALL the 8 steps of the 'ible and keep in touch with how it goes. Good luck, sorry again for my late response.

YasirK17 months 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)  YasirK17 months ago
Thanks for keeping in touch, keep at it so you get to 100%.
YasirK17 months 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)  maryellenlopez7 months 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.swartz7 months ago
You are ever so welcome, good luck, read everything, especially take the time to read the comments, there is valuable help there as well.
Tommy7877 months 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)  Tommy7877 months ago
No,'fraid not. Mice don't wear their skeletons on the outside like roaches do. Get a cat maybe?
wenderful7 months ago
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)  wenderful7 months ago
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.
JordanEaves_07 months ago

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_07 months ago
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
rduarte127 months 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?
JohnR127 months ago

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

Ninzerbean (author)  JohnR127 months ago
The 'ible has 8 steps. See step 7 for the answer to your question.
VIvanova877 months 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)  VIvanova877 months 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)  VIvanova877 months 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.

Mrsjo7 months 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 months 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)  Mrsjo7 months 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!

PhilosopherK7 months ago

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)  PhilosopherK7 months ago

There are no fumes, no worries.

PhilosopherK7 months ago

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)  PhilosopherK7 months 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.
What if you have dogs i seen two every weekend one in the day today
allmydoggies7 months ago
Hello! I created an account just to comment. I have been looking over this and many other recipes for the last week, choosing carefully. My roommate helped me bait the house today and some of the greedy ones began eating immediately. My question is, when will I notice a difference? Obviously it won't be in a day but we've got them so bad it disgusts me. At night in the kitchen, the swarm the floor. We've had pest service before but they've come back full force. I actually think they went to all the neighbors and built an army with their bugs too. I am too afraid to walk barefoot in my own home. Also, when I removed outlet covers, the only room that showed any evidence that they were behind it was in the kitchen. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply!
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I'd like your opinion on something.Although you keep pointing out how important it is to put the magical staff all around your house, I'd like to put it only in a cupboard in the kitchen.

Living in a 30 square mt apartment and those last 3 years I ve been sleeping with one eye open (if sleeping any). The problem appears in summer and then dies down in autumn-winter(and god I hope it will, this time too). Thing is that after fighting it every summer, covering every crack in this hole-home (and cracks it had, my pride and joy), putting a white liquid bait all over the apartment, then adding a brown liquid bait [that made the job, obviously, a russian one] and laying boric acid this summer I had only one big dead. And then nothing. Did I say that I have German ones, oh yes, those biiiiiiiig dictators never fail bringing me nightmares.

A few days ago I saw a baby tiny winy in the kitchen.Then I checked the cupboard over the extractor (that I have sealed and never use after I realised that there must be a nest inside it). There were poo. Cockroach poo (a little difficult to be some other kind but....you know, emphasis). I m just scared shitless to fully open this cupboard. The wood of the cupboard is not fully attached to the extractor's pipe, and this is how they travel now. I saw two other small others on the kitchen. And since I m too scared and tired to fully open it so I can put tape around it and clean it.......

Question: can I just put this magic staff only inside this area that has the problem? I ll slip it on a post-it.

obviously you don't really know since you don't have the same problem (and maybe because you're a bit more brave and you would flip this cupboard open and do your job) but an estimation will help me.

hope you'll see the message.

have a nice day

Ninzerbean (author)  ohasweethooooome7 months ago

Hi Ohasweethooooome - somehow your comment missed my inbox, I'm so sorry to not have replied sooner, usually I am within 12 hours or faster. Anyway first of all it's been 20 something days - how are you doing? I would have told you right away not to only bait where you see them, bait the whole entire house, it's vital. And you just have to be brave, think of people with REAL problems in Bosnia or somewhere who would trade your fear of opening the cupboard door with about a hundred other things. Or snag some person you meet to help you. Let me know how you are getting on, and I really apologize for missing your question.

Ldivasmom7 months ago
Hi I am wondering your thoughts I this working for me. I live in a row home and my neighbors are very nasty. Our problem started last year and we hired a professional extermination company and they come monthly. After a few months we saw improvement to not seeing any at all. Now the roaches are back full force like we don't have an exterminator come regularly. How could this happen if we have constantly been using them? Do you think this paste will work even though my neighbors is the problem? How much of this do you place out and where specifically? How soon to see results? Please help
Ninzerbean (author)  Ldivasmom7 months ago

For the last few weeks I am getting questions like yours that are answered in the 'ible's steps, yet I think people such as yourself are not reading the whole 'ible. Please read the whole thing, everything is very clear about where to bait, how much to use, why it works, etc. Exterminators do not, I repeat - DO NOT stay in business if they are successful, understand that and you will understand lots more in life in general. If you just want to do good in the world have a quality product, if you just want to make money have a crap product that works to solve the symptom and not the problem, and hope you don't believe in Karma.

Just follow the steps, you will soon be fine.

Hi,

I believe that roaches are in the ceiling above my kitchen (the house has 2 stories). On several occasions I have seen them on the ceiling, and it's always by the recessed lights. What can I do about this? In addition, I have seen very tiny black roaches come out of the drain in the bathroom a few times.I am on a crawl space if that makes a difference. I did have an exterminator come by and spray and informed him about my concerns about the roaches coming from the recessed lights, but he blew it off as that's being impossible. Sometimes, I'd find dead roaches around the house, I just don't know what else to do. I know what I see. I do live in a wooded area if that helps, and it's not the type of roaches that people find on their kitchen counter, but a roach is a roach to me. Before we have guest over, we always check to see if a dead roach is around, plus I was SUPER embarrassed when on two occasions while in the kitchen one was pointed out to me on the ceiling...good grief. I have several questions;

Is it safe for me to take down the recessed lights and put the paste in?

How can one treat for possible roaches in the ceiling/walls?

What can I do about the tiny black roaches that I have seen coming from the drain in the bathroom sink?

Would you suggest I go under the crawl space and put the paste near the vents leading into the house?

It is possible that roaches are in the walls, what are my options?

I do have an attic, but I'm afraid that if I go up there I may misstep and fall though as it's filled with insulation and therefore I am unable to see the beams. Do I have to put the paste in the attic. or putting on the exterior of the house somehow?

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Ninzerbean (author)  AlwaysGrateful7 months ago
You will be in for a large amount of money if you mis-step in your attic and come through the ceiling. Most of your questions are answered in the 'ible, make sure you are clicking to view all steps. The guy who blew you off is what is typical, and he knows NOTHING about where roaches live and hang out. Simply put, just following ALL of the steps in the 'ible and you will soon be fine. Little dabs anywhere you can get to inside your walls and ceiling will be fine, most of the time it is very difficult to remove ceiling light and get inside the ceiling, do your best, but if it is really hard just forget it, you don't need the added expense of an electrician. Once you bait and bait REALLY properly you won't have anymore embarrassments on the kitchen or guestrooms. Remember the expandable foam - use it in the appropriate places. Stay in touch.
JordanEaves_07 months ago

I have had a problem with roaches for awhile. I have been using a spray, but there too fast. There infesting my kitchen and bathroom! Its gross. I Found the product Boric Acid Roach Killer at Walmart. It has lure in it. Will that affect this recipe? Also, Can I put this in different bowls throughout my house? Thank you.

Ninzerbean (author)  JordanEaves_07 months ago
Bowls? No. You need to read the whole 'ible. Hit the button to view all the steps, obviously you are only seeing a bit of it. And no, that product will not be the same, I would not use it, the purpose of the 'ible is to get the roaches to bring the bait back to where they live so they can tell...oh nevermind, I am tired. Just read the whole 'ible. The comment section will help as well. Good luck.

Hello :D. I've heard about recepies like this with boric acid all over the web! The first time I started noticing roaches in/around my home, was when I found some dead ones a few years ago in the garage. I didn't think much of it and moved on. That was also the year the pest man stopped spraying around the house. Well 3 years after that, I saw a small, light brown one in the hallway, two light brown ones in the kitchen and one dark one, another large one in the bathroom (E_E), and countless in the garage. All of these were at night. I have an extreme fear of them, and seeing alot of them just made it worse. The pest control man sprayed, which kept them at bay for a week at the most. Towards the Fall/Winter months, I started seeing fewer and fewer of them (Except for halloween, when the Jack-O-Lantern was on the ground outside and there were a few small ones in there). The year was tapering down, and we weren't seeing any more until May of that next year, when there was one in the hallway on the other side of the house, (a place i've never seen them). It was a medium brown one, which we killed promptly. We called pest control again (this time a different, smaller company that was rated highly). They put out a cream that looked like butterscotch, and by the next week we saw 2 crawling around outside dying, and found 3 dead ones out there. I only saw one in the garage that year, which made for a relaxing Summer. Fast forward to this year, the Summer was awesome, but I saw 2 roaches outside. One was when I moved a pot (where it was damp and dark before). The other one was at night, when I went outside to get something. A big one crawled from the bench to the grass. Since they were outside, I thought: A. They might be Palmetto bugs/Water bugs, or B. That's their natural habitat. I went all Summer without seeing one inside until yesterday, when there was a small, light brown one in the bathroom. Do you think this bait will work for me? Thank you!

Ninzerbean (author)  KawaiiSugoiChanel7 months ago
I think that the butterscotch bait was probably the same thing. The person probably just did not use enough of it - well I mean he or she probably did not thoroughly bait your house. It takes hours. I think it is against most codes to put the bait inside the outlet covers the way it was done for me when I lived in the first house in my story. I don't think though that you can expect not to see them outside.

So do you have a lot of cardboard in your garage? Anything that roaches like to eat? Well get rid of it.

And, yes, I think that this will work for you. Next time you can leave out all the details of color etc. - remember I am very afraid of them as well.

Sorry :P I thought the color of them mattered, because there are different types :\

Ninzerbean (author)  KawaiiSugoiChanel7 months ago

Yes, I was sort of kidding, sort of serious, it's just TMI for me personally.

I know how you feel :( I hate those things so much.

FoxysMyGirl10 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)  FoxysMyGirl10 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.1047 months 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
JessicaM67 months ago

I KNOW THIS IS LONG BUT IT WILL HELP....I Am still in the process but this is my pIan. I wanted to comment on this as I am currently dealing with a German roach infestation thanks to my lovely mother and father in law. ( I am hoping after I rid myself of the problem I can help them as well ). I have spent more time in the last week researching German roaches than on anything else in my entire life. I have a 3 year old and 5 month old and cannot believe i have to deal with this. First of all I did use this recipe and it works great especially because you can use it in outlet covers, which is the German cockroach highway, it is how they travel. But I also used a mix of other things. I first started by getting rid of my toaster and microwave I saw babies climbing out of the vents on the side. I invested in a ton of 1 gallon ziploc bags ( the ones with the zippers) And big plastic crates. All of my cubbard food is in ziplock bags and all inside of a plastic crates with a lid, in all of my drawers everything is washed, dried and in plastic bags, I made my kitchen almost like nobody even lives there. I have completely quit using the dishwasher for now and have a strainer I wash and dry ( Drying is especially important as they love water) all dishes right away and put them in a big plastic crate, I have even been using paper plates because i have 2 kids and hate washing dishes but I take them out to the burn barrel right away and burn them, Germans love cardboard. Soooo after all that I not only used this recipe ( Which is great ) But I also bought Gentrol Point Source IGR, which is an insect growth regulator, It actually stops the babies from reaching sexual maturity therefore....NO more eggs. This is key!!! On top of baiting this is a must for Germans!!! Ok so as well as using this recipe and the IGR, I am going to put any extra clothes, books, blankets In Ziploc space saver bags. I put this bait everywhere, as well as chopped up banana on plates with boric acid sprinkled on top, from what I have read they love banana. When I tried just this recipe ( Which wasn't intended for german roaches) It helped a little but they breed so fast, So the IGR really is what is needed on top of thorough baiting.Also DO NOT ever spray them, all it will do is move them to other places in your home. I really hope this helps somebody because when i realized I had this problem on top of having a 3 year old and a 5 month old I sat down and cried, I felt so overwhelmed. I have just started this process but like i said i have researched this more than anything else in my life, and I really feel this is how it has to work.

Ninzerbean (author)  JessicaM67 months ago
Jessica - I really feel for you, this is a terrible situation but you really have a handle on it and I promise you that this will be a distant memory by the time your 5 month old is a six month old. Everything is better the next day, everything seems less horrible. You have learned so much and you are so generous to pass it on to all of us - so a big thank you!

I tell everyone with Germans to get rid of all the cardboard in the house, even pasta boxes, store it all in ziplocks.

I don't have a microwave any longer either, but not for the same reasons as yours but I don't miss it a bit. Soup tastes better heated on the stove and when I put things into the oven to heat up I am so busy doing other things that the time just flies and the crispy parts are so tasty.

Anyway please keep in touch, yours is the best info to date on the Germans.
Branderdini7 months ago

I just moved into my new house a month ago. I over cleaned everything pulled out stove, washer, dryer, and dish washer and cleaned behind around and in. I seen the Terminix truck at the house next door about 3 weeks ago.. I knew it was trouble. Now I am seeing roaches, ewww.. I am totally disgusted and freaking out over cleaning everything and I have three kids and totally freaking out about this new found problem. I cannot wait to try this recipe and get to work at ridding them from my house. But also totally freaked out about even opening the attic crawl space.

I wondered, would you place this paste outside of the home in the cracks?

Or would that just invite more unwanted bugs?

Since i am renting I am still going to have the landlord at his expense spray the house while I will bait everywhere.

Ninzerbean (author)  Branderdini7 months ago
I always used any left-over bait outside but really it is quite difficult to find places to actually put it where it won't wash away. I think you are doing the right thing. A good knock down doesn't hurt, just don't sign up for any monthly thing or you will be sure to have roaches every month.

I really know about the freaking out part, my heart goes out to you, been there. Sometimes it helps to play a game in your head and think how scared they are of you and how you are saving your children etc. I don't have anyone to help me so the occasional one I see I am on my own to dispatch it, my wiener dogs go nuts so I go nuts and I get out the central vac and make sure to hunt the lone sucker down. I pay people who come over for other things like the A/C or whatever to empty the canister. See what a wimp I am?

UGH Thanks to my neighbors I have a huge infestation of Roaches, that I see during the day......And after I stop dancing around and dry heaving, I am going to try to calm down. I live in an apartment building, and odly enough the roaches I have live in my dishes. I have not found them in my food cupboard but that doesn't mean they havent been there. My landlord is coming to spray tomorrow but if that doesn't work I am going to try your paste, although do you think it will work if the rest of the apartment building is infested too? I have only seen them in my kitchen does that mean that the rest of my apartment doesn't have any or do they just have free reign of the place? Ugh I hate hate hate cockroaches!!!!!! In the meantime I am throwing away all my food that isn't in a sealed container. :(

Ninzerbean (author)  denise.reddekopp7 months ago
Well spraying will kill the ones that are there but it does nothing to stop them from returning, it's how the pest control companies stay in business. Who else would we pay money to every month to do the same thing that does not work for longer than a month. Is your landlord licenced to be a pest control person? I would never let an unlicensed person use poison around my living area. Don't be crazy. No one but your mom has your best interests at heart.

Slow down, think about this, read the whole 'ible, read all the comments. Think before you let the landlord spray your place - if he is not licensed to do so. Hire a professional to knock down the infestation if it's really bad and then use my baiting system.

Have a meeting with the other people in the building to discuss this problem, show them the 'ible, maybe you can all work together at the same time so that all of your can be free of roaches.
Sorry I meant that the landlord hired an exterminator company to come in. So I would have to assume they are a professional company.
I am still going to use your system though. It sounds like the only permanent solution to the problem. :)

Thanks for your reply

can I use this in apartment in the presence of a crawling baby?

Ninzerbean (author)  asma.rizvi.7987 months ago
Does your crawling baby crawl inside of switch plate covers and behind toilets and inside of cupboard behind the drawers, on top of pocket doors, behind picture frames, under sinks and inside of crawl spaces? If not then it will be fine ; )

We recently moved from our old home in which we lived for 6 years without as much as one roach. now here a week and we have found 6 baby roaches (mostly at night) in the kitchen and half bath area. Went out to Menards and got the boric acid. Only type in this town is only 64% boric acid. Hope this works

Ninzerbean (author)  james.wiggin.127 months ago
I don't think that will do the trick. Perhaps you could order some online?

its me again. So far, cockroaches number already decreases so much. I see them less now and hard to find. Also, the hoi hoi traps that i used there are only few cockroaches there now and most of them are babies. I wish to eradicate the, completely very very soon. Hmmm... Its hard to get rid of them, it requires many patience specially when cleaning all the poop they had. Im glad numbers decrease great. Thank you so much for this.

Ninzerbean (author)  Jonettemardavid8 months ago
Thank you for staying in touch, yes it is difficult because they live in so many places you would never think to look - like electronics! PS3 players, X-boxes, air conditioning units. Keep fighting. At least you are winning!