Some people think that the only people who have roaches in their homes are those who live in squalor and filth. Such is far from the case. Every home has the potential to have a cockroach problem, and while you're sitting here reading this article, you may have a few roaches in the walls of your home without realizing it.
Just as with human beings and animals, cockroaches only need three things for survival—food, water, and shelter. Conveniently, you supply all of their needs in your home. If you didn't, they'd go elsewhere to live. Logic dictates that you need to stop supplying their needs, with the major one being shelter. Homes are warm, and have many hiding places—shelter—for roaches. Cluttered homes have the largest potential for a roach problem since the more stuff you have, the more hiding places you're supplying for roaches. Even a clean home can contain roaches if it is cluttered. Roaches can live underneath canned food labels, feeding on the label's glue, inside of paper bags, inside stacks of newspapers, kitchen cupboards, utensil drawers, and even your children's toy box.
If you're concerned about pesticides in your home because you have pets and children, you can use a simple solution of sugar and baking soda to kill them. Neither substance is harmful to humans or pets, but the solution is lethal for roaches. The sweet smell of sugar entices the roach out of hiding to eat it, as well as the baking soda. Then, when the roach drinks water, the baking soda reacts, creating gas inside of the roach which causes its stomach to burst, killing the roach. Since other roaches feed on dead roaches, they also acquire the fatal substance and subsequently die. Follow these steps to use sugar and baking soda to kill roaches in your home:
Keep in mind that the process may take weeks before you realize the benefit. Since the sugar and baking soda are not pesticides, and merely bait, the products will not act as quickly as chemicals, but are much safer for your pets and family.
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Vampy 22 Oct 2016, 08:38
To Donna from IL: Borax is poisonous and it is in several ant poison recipes mixed with things like jelly or honey. I've also seen it in remedies for fleas. It might work but the reason to use the baking soda is it's supposed to cause a reaction in the cockroach's gut to make it explode and kill it which might work quicker. The sugar is what they like to eat so it's what will draw them to it. You could try it and let us know how it worked for you.
Donna from IL 21 Oct 2016, 14:17
A friend of mine told me about using baking soda and powdered sugar but said to add borax soap powder. Use all in equal parts and the roaches die quickly. Is that true?
Vamp 29 Sep 2016, 18:30
To ssrah: Baking powder will not work. It has to be baking soda because that's the active ingredient that kills them. Please do not use baking powder. Your way will just feed the cockroaches and make your problem worse!
ssrah 28 Sep 2016, 05:38
I don't have baking soda but I do have baking powder I will try this with making powder and sugar and water to see my sister bought me q frig from yard sale I been spraying raid and using bleach nothing yet killed some so I.m trying this .my brother comming over today to move the frig outside should I put some behind the frig and some inside
emma 13 Sep 2016, 09:31
This does not work at all infact it seems to be making the promblem even worse than it was before... Total BS
Ruby 11 Sep 2016, 17:47
I'm going to try this one and see If it works out.
Vamp 24 Jul 2016, 20:33
Pamela, the reason to add sugar is because that's what cockroaches eat. They won't eat plain baking soda. If you don't have sugar then just sprinkle baking soda on the floor where you've seen them and put out water because the baking soda and water make the chemical reaction to kill them. I do suggest you mix baking soda with sugar soon. Yes they will lick baking soda off their legs and when they drink water it should kill them but you want to encourage them to eat the baking soda so add sugar to kill them quicker.
Pamela 23 Jul 2016, 21:48
I'm going to try this...I see by other comments that just plain baking soda will work..I don't have sugar, but a sugar substitute...I'm using a cat dish with one side mixture the other water...I sure hope this works...thank you!
LL 04 Jul 2016, 19:43
This stuff works! I have cats, and doing chemicals was going to be last resort, but the last resort was going to be if the roach were going to charge ME rent in my OWN house. The first night, I concentrated on my kitchen,under the fridge, the stove, sink, etc.before the little yucks came out night. I didn't even go in my kitchen that night. The next day, I didn't see any dead yucks, yet after I freshened the baits that night, I did notice I wasn't seeing what I was use to seeing. I guess they were going off then die. OK--feeling all Wonder Woman, I up'd the bait, using Borax (40 mule Team--which was in my laundry cabinet) and the powdered sugar. With that combo, I guess that gets to them sooner, because I found dead bodies...I've never been so happy to see dead bugs. I read that roaches eat the dead ones, then die because of what was on/in the dead ones. Win-win.
davecydell 27 Jun 2016, 20:36
1 baking soda only, sprinkle it around kitchen and bathroom, maybe use a baster to do the job
2 mix baking soda and sugar, for bait, water if wish to count bodies. they gotta drink sometime.
The trick is they will ingest the baking soda and KABOOM.
Tom Smith 31 May 2016, 14:11
No dead roaches and no signs of roaches. I am not sure if the baking soda and sugar is working.
Tom 29 May 2016, 15:13
I am trying baking soda and sugar today.
Monique 23 May 2016, 00:01
So do you mix it with water or what ??!
Cody 08 Apr 2016, 03:53
Going to try what one person say on here and use food in some spots and sugar mix both baking soda and sugar plus borax will see how it works
Dorcas 27 Mar 2016, 16:54
I would like to know if baking soda and sugar mix with water close by will also kill ants in the same way as Roaches
Lyndon 30 Sep 2015, 13:12
how long does it take to kill cockroaches? could someone please answer this immediately, I'm going to use it in my research. ASAP guys!
NATHAN ROACHKILLER 28 Sep 2015, 20:50
I used this method and and advion cockroach gel. The gel is pure cockroach Holocaust. Also keep the infested area CLEAN. That means roach turds and corpses too. The buggers feed of their dead.... and living.
Mike 01 Sep 2015, 01:41
This doesn't work I have more cock roaches than before!!!
Sharath 25 Aug 2015, 16:09
I tried every possible option... decided to call the 'pest control' team. They were charging some real good money...
Then I found this info on the web.
Instead of sugar, I used some old milk biscuits my kids leftover. mixed with good quantity of baking soda, then sprinkled all thru my kitchen late in the night.....
Thanks everyone for confirmations and few recipe changes. :-)
Kayla 06 Aug 2015, 11:55
Just tried this today. Does anyone know how long until it actually kills a cockroach?
Cd 24 Jul 2015, 08:28
Well. I never had this issue. But moving into this place, I am walking around with flashlights at night killing everything that moves. I can't use pesticides.Medical seizures.I have been using alcohol in a spray bottle on laminated and tiles, and also to kill fleas. I heard these bugs taste sugar not to be sweet but bitter and to instead mix half peanut butter to half baking soda. All this to attract something that plays in garbage. Either way,last night I Used it. This morning, those little black grains, bug poo, typically washed away by my spray alcohol is not there..Grateful. Thank You!..This area has them because there are little to no mice..Farrel Cats eat the mice before the mice eat the bugs...Then the cats transport the bugs from bush to bush..Thanks Again!!
unknown 12 Jul 2015, 22:48
How long does it take for the baking soda and sugar to work I just put it in every room of my house but more in the kitchen..
Anonomous Fan 06 Jun 2015, 09:35
I must truly say, that the baking soda and sugar do work, but I also want to say if you do have an infestation, please and do try combat gel along with this method. All you have to do is,put the gel in all of the most hard to reach places where the all seem to be, they like dark places to hide, and at the same time you can keep your family safe.And alongside with that,do the baking soda and water in the dish, I put them in visible place, so far I see baby roaches, and it is fewer, and I have an infestation in the building that I now live in. I also recamend to keep very clean as one may know any and all bugs love filth, vacum daily, and this will truly help, auger and baking soda pear genius. Thanks.
supriya mehra 19 May 2015, 03:43
I am so much fed up before gel use to work but its been more then 5 years nothing work I want to get rid up thank you for your lovely tips and to all I wish it will work tonight I will try wish me good luck :-):-) it's like passing exam with flying colour Ty:-):-)
Sarah 07 Apr 2015, 05:22
Does anyone know how long does it take for the cockroach to die after ingesting baking soda?
And also, is it better to mix the baking soda and sugar with water prior to setting up the bait, or is it better to set the baking soda and water separately?
brenda roy 06 Jan 2015, 00:38
hoping some of these tips work ,thanks
hidayat hussain 30 Dec 2014, 05:24
how we can make our own attracting bait for killing the roaches.
brooks 17 Dec 2014, 22:17
Baking soda and sugar does work I didn't believe it until I saw a good friend of mind doing it and now I'm sharing the word.
Doyle 16 Dec 2014, 11:33
I have been using baking soda for 20 years to kill roaches and yes it works great My home is and has been roach free since I first started using baking soda 20 years ago but I always just use the baking soda without mixing anything with it.
Becka 12 Nov 2014, 19:15
I used granulated sugar and baking soda. Will this work just put it down we will see please help I hate them. Also embarrassing when I have company the holidays are coming. Becka
angaleana 10 Nov 2014, 08:25
I am going to try this because my husband and I moved into this house and it has alot of bugs so I hope this works.
no name 27 Sep 2014, 07:19
I have them everywhere when I move in my apt I had a lil bit then I let my sister and her man in then I got alot now I cant get rid of them in my bathroom and kitchen I hope the bakesoda and sugar work
meg 14 Sep 2014, 01:14
I will try it on roaches, baking soda worked on fleas I had them for 2 yrs, used baking soda and get ride of them in 3 wks
Tamberly Gurley 13 Sep 2014, 01:54
I am going to go get some baking soda tomorrow to kill the reaches in my home they are just moltapling
grammie 31 Jul 2014, 16:45
thank you all for the baking soda tip! It is working in my house. I never had roaches until now. My husband said its because we let people come live with us for a short time and they probably brought them in there items. He says they are like bed bugs they are hitch hikers. I hate to say anything to anyone that comes to visit to check there items such as purses, coats and regular clothes at the door! LOL!! I will just leave the baking soda out in all areas this way they will stay away or DIE!!!! One thing I hate is bugs!!! I have never understood why God created Cockroaches!! what the heck are they good for????
Taylor 09 Jul 2014, 15:20
we are getting rid off roaches behind are rechegearator so right now we are killing them i tld my mom ur trick just now
Yvonne 22 Jun 2014, 21:31
Well I have tried everything on the net , and I just found out , after searching every b&%^#y shop that baking soda IS bicarbonate soda and that's why I couldn't find it. durrrrrrrr.
Anyway I never read about using the 2 ingrediants dry I made a sugar with water mixture then added bicarbonate soda into a lotion thickness ??? and put into lids in cupboards we'll see if that works if not will have to go to this dry mix and leave the poor little buggers a nice drink of water to wash it down LOL STUFF saving their sorry , dirty arses ,I'm for KILLING every last one of them..
wanda 09 Jun 2014, 00:03
Would the baking soda work on keeping them out if I spread it outside on my patios ? I have a traumatic experience every time I have to sweep one up!
Tanya hicks 04 Jan 2014, 14:03
I have just tried the Roach stuff to kill them and I really hope it works ....I will write if it works
Karik 26 Oct 2013, 19:43
Good Grief This remedy works, but I laughed my arse off when I read about the poor living things. It never ceases to amaze me as I get older, there has to be someone saving something!!! Honest to goodness...Do people not have enough to do without saving the roaches and all of God's bug infestations. I eat meat, I control the weeds on my property, I kill roaches and I drive a 21 year old car. I won't live long enough to see anyone save the world and I really don't give a furry rat's behind either....rat's and rodents I don't like either.
jay 30 Sep 2013, 12:41
Sure it works! No reason why it wouldn't. Make sure the sugar you select is the powdered confectioner's type. I've mixed it about 1/3 sugar and the rest baking soda. Yes, water needs to be nearby.
Old enough to remember the little plastic submarines that came as cereal box premiums? They were made so that you'd fill them with baking soda via a little compartment with a snap lid. In the bathtub, the sub would emit bubbles that would cause the sub to 'propel itself'. Same idea, exactly the same principle. Worked in the 1950s and it works in a slightly different way today.
JazziLJJ 21 Sep 2013, 03:26
Using the backing soda and sugar mixture. Can any one tell me if using this mixture attract ants or any other types of insect/critter? Thanks.
FELI 85 20 Sep 2013, 00:53
I WILL BE TRYING THEE W WATER BOTTLE METHOD THIS EVENING WITH THE HOPES THAT IT DOES WHAT IT DID ONE NITE. THE NEXT MORINING THERE WHERE LIKE 100 PLUS INSIDE. SPECIAL INDERGRDENTS ARE 1 GALLON WATER BOTTLE FILLED 3/4 OF THE WAY WITH WATER,AND 2 TABLE SPOONS OF EACH OF THESE ITEMS, BARBQUE SAUSE ,HONEY, SUGAR , AND VEGTABLE OIL,SHAKE IT UP REAL GOOD AND LEAVE UNCOVERED AND LET THE PEST CONTROL WORK . THE ITEMS I'VE PICKED ARE JUST FORE SURE TO ATTRACT ,AND YES THEY WILL STAY IN THE BOTTLE,
Vamp 30 Jun 2013, 14:03
Can you please write that more clearly ? I didn't understand that at all.
heather 29 Jun 2013, 23:45
If you cut off the top of a soda bottle small one put about an inch of beer in it then replace the top upside down the roaches love beer and when they go in they will fall in and die. you will want to cut the bottle to just before it comes to full size so it doesn't fall in.
Nicky 05 Jun 2013, 10:29
Glad to hear this works.I Just mixed equal parts of baking soda and sugar then spread it around the kitchen. Lets see how it goes!
Teddy 28 Apr 2013, 13:56
Someone left a Squirt soda can on my lawn. I went and picked it up and found it was still filled with soda. When I poured it out, I found at least 10 large dead German roaches inside! What killed the roaches?
Rajen 22 Apr 2013, 02:45
Update on the previous post regarding use of baking soda thinly dusted USING A HAIR DRYER on all surfaces. Reason why this works is that the baking soda causes gas to form inside the critters. Since they cannot burp or pass wind they eventually die.
What happens is that they walk on the floor or surface thinly covered with dust of baking soda which sticks to their feet. When they return to their nest they groom themselves by eating the soda stuck to their feet. The soda then reacts with the acid in the stomach to form gas which eventually leads to death as they cannot expel the gas.
Great thing about this method is that it costs only a few dollars and they cannot develop a resistance to it.
If the infestation is very strong then you can dust the baking soda USING A HAIR DRYER on all the floors in the house even on the carpet. Leave for a week and then vacuum. By then the problem should be solved.
If anyone has success please leave feedback.
Rajen 22 Apr 2013, 01:58
The best way to get rid of them fast is to use baking soda, lightly dusted on all surfaces where they are seen like kitchen table tops, inside cupboards, the floor behind and under the fridges etc. Best to leave a layer of the dust about 6 inches from walls when cleaning up.
How to dust the baking soda? Best is to use a hair dryer to blow them around from say a table spoon.
Worked for me. Had armies of them. After week I started to miss them. No further infestation for at least 6 months.
Advantages: Its safe to both children and pets and does not cake up as baking powder or mixture of baking soda and sugar does.
If everyone does this we will be free from the menace in a short time.
dave 11 Apr 2013, 21:47
i just moved into my great aunts house cause he son who lives with her just got locked up. well it didnt take long for me to notice that there were other tenets living with us, and im not talkin about the 2 dogs. these nasty cockroaches where in everyroom and whats worse is they dont seem to care. my great aunt is like 80 and elderly so there is not much she can do.
what i founbd that works the best,i found on accident..i went to bed one night wit ha glas of kool aid in a high glass. well i let it sit for 2 days and when i picked it up to throw it out i saw 1 big 1 medium and like 8 little baby cockroachs. and it instantly clicks..so i tried it with pop and it worked just as well, so not i have glasses around the house 1/4 filled with a pop or koolaid type drink that i check everyother day and everytime i check it i find at least 7+ roaches in each glass.
i dont know when it works so well, i dont know if they fall in and cdant get out or idf they fall in and drown or if its something to do wit hthe pop or fruit punch. eitherway it works and it works well this week alone ive propably killed mnore then 50roaches with the technique. im going to continue this method in each room until there are no more..but i think i will be mixing in some baking soda just in case some get out of the cup
Suleiman 22 Feb 2013, 10:45
My pest control says this is false because they love to eat so it will not control the insects can u please tell me if this works on all pests
Denise Thomson 18 Oct 2012, 09:20
Roach bait works great with or without the water
Vamp 18 Oct 2012, 00:50
Adela, you are a nutcase and if you feel so bad for these disgusting creatures then you deserve to live with them. Cockroaches carry many nasty diseases and if you or a family member got deathly ill you wouldn't be so forgiving.
This tip works because I told a friend about it and it worked for him even after an exterminator had came by and he still saw roaches. It took about 2 weeks and they were gone.
Adela 17 Sep 2012, 09:55
Thanks for the info. I'm looking for a control that's not so cruel to the poor insect roaches as to have their stomachs explode...I read Gentrol works to neutralize their hormones so they won't reproduce. What do you think about it? Thank you.
P.S. To those who may laugh, well, they are still living beings who can suffer. They have the same necessities as we do and if anyone is angry about them...it's Nature who created them isn't it? :o)
Denise Thomson 20 Aug 2012, 19:29
Thanks great tip on sugar bait.i am doing it know
One roach down .oh will this bait work for other
Lynda 29 Apr 2012, 08:23
I was very concerned about using this mixture and having toddlers in my home. I am glad to know it is safe to use. What I did not know (was the use of water). That is the clincher.
Thank you so much and now to kill those dang things.
charlene-moana 09 Jan 2012, 12:21
The soda sugar bait is effective and safe.
Thank you for the tip most welcome in my home, I am ever so grateful for reading tips that help safeguard the health of family and friends who enter my home.
Thank you, the Grace Whanau