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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 or maple syrup or pancake syrup
Rice flour - you may substitute any flour you have on hand
1 Popsicle stick
1 Mixing bowl

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

Important note: Boric acid powder is not something you want to inhale, get into your eyes or swallow so mix this up outside. Wear a dust mask 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.

*(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.

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ZakyiaA21 hours 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)  ZakyiaA19 minutes 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.

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

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-113 days 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-112 days 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-12 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.

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)  brathly19825 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!

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.

Ninzerbean (author)  brathly19824 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.

kpass0016 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)  kpass0015 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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jules08031 month 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)  NorEaster26 days 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)  jules08031 month 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.9014 days 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.
ladyofcesar19 days 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)  ladyofcesar18 days 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)  ladyofcesar16 days 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.

Karenmommy17 days 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)  Karenmommy17 days 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)  Karenmommy16 days 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.

ScottP617 days 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)  ScottP617 days 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)  ScottP616 days 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

ScottP617 days 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)  ScottP616 days 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 18 days ago
One question: Is boric acid harmful to my dog if he accidentally is exposed to it? He's a 13lb mini dachshund.
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