Written by April Reinhardt (last updated May 1, 2012)
There are a lot of insects in this world, and some people like certain species, while others don't. For instance, some people like ants—so much so, that they buy glassed ant farms so that they can watch them work within a colony. But I don't know one single person who likes roaches. You don't see roach farms for sale in the science section of a hobby store. In fact, given the number of pesticides and insecticides available in the home-and-garden department of your local hardware store targeted for roach eradication, versus those for ant eradication, I'd wager that more people buy roach killer than ant killer. What does that say about how people feel about roaches in their homes? I'd say that we hate them and just want them gone.
But there are ways for getting rid of cockroaches without chemicals. Here are some tips for doing just that:
You can kill roaches if you can get them to eat baking soda, since they will die from dehydration after ingestion. Mix cocoa powder, sugar, or peanut butter with baking soda and place the mixture anywhere you see roach activity.
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Best way to use the baking soda is to dust on all surfaces where cockroaches are seen like kitchen floor, bench tops, behind and underneath appliances, inside cupboards etc. Use a hair dryer to blow the baking soda around. It will settle as a thin dust which will stick to the feet of the cockroach. When the groom themselves they will eat the b.soda and die. Dont mix the b.soda as it will cause caking and become a nightmare when cleaning up. In and of itself it can remain as a powder for long periods of time and is not hard to clean up.
We used this method on two occasions with serious infestations. The problem was gone in a week.