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How to Get Rid Of Roaches

Confused as to why this article says roaches instead of cockroaches? There are around 4,500 species of cockroaches, which are also known as roaches. The subgroups within these species are identified differently and have distinct characteristics. If you ask any person, a cockroach is a cockroach, no matter what the name. The only problem that arises when faced in a battle with a cockroach, holding a broom or a sandal, is when that winged creature flies at us and boy . . . do they fly right at our face. The struggle is real because no matter how brave you are, ain’t nothing more horrifying than when a creepy wing-y crawly flies at you.

About Roaches

Roaches are known as “water bugs”. You can spot a roach by its body size and wings. Roaches cannot fly and are smaller in size than a cockroach. Their most distinguished feature is their wings that fold flat on the back. Their wings do not have the power to carry their weight and therefore, you will mostly find them on the ground. Adult roaches vary in size from 0.7 inches to 3 inches.

Since, cockroaches and roaches belong to the same species; you can apply the following methods for killing both.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Roaches

  • Boric Acid

Though boric acid crystals are non-toxic to humans, precautions must still be taken to keep it away from children’s reach. Since roaches love damp and dark places, you need to look carefully to identify the cluster. Roaches communicate through leaving trails of dirt and exuding pheromones. They don’t live in colonies so, if you kill a single cluster, it will become easier to kill the rest.

Boric acid crystals have a sweet taste, which roaches are attracted to. Place these crystals in the areas where roaches usually visit. To cover all the areas, place some under the floorboards, near vegetable baskets, in cupboards and other closed spaces. Once they eat the crystals, depending on their size, the smaller ones will die on the spot, while the larger ones will die out in the open.

  • Onion and Sticky Tape Trap

Roaches love onion, which makes them a great food source when laying a trap. For this trick, you will need industry grade tape that has high quality sticking power. Cut the onion into small pieces and place it on the tip, sticky side up. Keep this trap where you usually see roaches and leave it overnight. The roaches will be attracted to the onion and when they will approach to eat it, they will get stuck on the tape.

  • Baking Soda

Create a mixture of baking soda, sugar and water. The next part is a bit tricky because you need to create a trap. Cut a bottle into half and insert the mouth of the bottle into the other half. This will create a funnel for the roaches, through which they can get inside but won’t be able to get out.

Smear the mixture in the bottle and place it in the areas frequently visited by the roaches. The sweet scent of sugar will attract the roaches into the bottle and they will have difficulty in getting out. When the roaches will inhale the gas from the mixture, their stomach lining will burst. This way, you can easily get rid of them altogether instead of searching for their carcass.

  • Fabric Softener Spray

Roaches have delicate bodies, which makes it quite easy for us to kill them. A great household remedy, which you can use anytime and anywhere for killing roaches, is fabric softener. Fabric softener is a thick liquid that when sprayed on roaches, makes it difficult for them to breathe. Hence, they die of suffocation.

Since fabric softener is extremely thick and cannot pass through a spray bottle, you can dilute it a little with water. Keep the spray bottle in reaching distance and spray it heavily on the roach, wherever you see it.

  • Petroleum Jelly

Roaches can live for thirty minutes when trapped in a suffocating environment. So, before setting a trap, you need to make sure that they cannot escape. Create a bottle trap as explained earlier and smear the inside with petroleum jelly. Place any kind of fruit in it to attract the roaches. When the roaches will enter the bottle, the petroleum jelly will make it difficult for them to go back out.

  • The Coffee Trap

The smell of coffee works wonders in attracting roaches. For this trap, you will need a jar and a big bowl. Fill the bowl with water and place the jar in it. Add coffee grinds in the jar and pour some water to create a strong smell. Roaches will try to reach the coffee in the jar but will fall in the bowl. Since, roaches can survive for forty minutes in water, cover the inside of the bowl with petroleum jelly, so that they slid right back in.

How to Prevent Roaches Infestation

Lemons’ anti-pathogenic properties make them a great roach repellant. You can use lemon juice in two different ways to keep the roaches away. In a bucket of water, add freshly squeezed lemon juice. Now add water but make sure that the smell of lemon is stronger. Wet a rag with this water and clean all surfaces of your house from counter tops to, wooden furniture and floorboards. The citrusy scent of lemon will keep the roaches away. You can also use it as a spray to attack the clusters of roaches. As a precaution, keep lemon peels in various places, so that the scent lingers.

As mentioned earlier, roaches love damp and dark places, so make sure that there are no puddles of water in your bathroom and kitchen. Clean your house with lemon water at least twice a week to get rid of the roaches permanently.

Use DIY Roach Control Products to Successfully Do Away With Roaches

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry high quality professional insecticides that are guaranteed to kill roaches and are what exterminators would if hired to conduct treatment on your home.  Using professional DIY pest control products can be intimidating but we can help via our expert how-to advice and step-by-step instructions.

Roaches are a crafty and clever bunch and as such, they should always be treated using multiple methods of control. A combination of baits, dusts and insecticide sprays work best in eliminating an entire invasion of roaches that are trespassing in your home.

Indoors we recommend using baits as the main method of control. After cleaning your home thoroughly and removing all potential food and water sources, apply a gel bait such as Apex Cockroach Gel Bait in little dots in areas where you've seen roaches, droppings or egg casings (usually the kitchen and bathroom).

For cracks and crevices we suggest using Novacide as a void, crack and crevice spray to the baseboards, under sinks, fridges and plumbing areas. Another option is FiPro Foaming Aerosol. An insect growth regulator (or IGR) such as Gentrol is another great addition that will target roach eggs, preventing them from hatching out a new generation of roaches.

Lastly, dusts (such a D-Fense Dust) are also a great product to involve in a cockroach killing program and has great killing power (also known as residual) long after it’s been applied. For preventative measures, spray an insecticide such as Reclaim IT around the exterior perimeter your home as a barrier treatment to keep roaches from coming into the home.

All of the products mentioned above can be ordered conveniently in one package if you purchase our Guaranteed Cockroach Control Kit.


Roaches are nearly an inevitable issue for any homeowner as roaches are always on the move for the next snack. Don’t let a roach problem get out of hand to unmanageable levels. With the help of these product recommendations and DIY tips, you can successfully eliminate the roach invasion in your home.


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