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:
- Use a small dish or a gallon milk jug lid.
- Mix equal parts of sugar and baking soda into the dish or lid. This is your bait.
- Set another dish or lid close by, containing water.
- When you see dead roaches around the bait, replenish the bait and water.
- Set these bait and water dishes behind appliances, inside of cupboards and pantries, in the garage, and anywhere you might suspect roaches to live and breed.
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.
Comments for this tip:
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
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