Cockroaches are not only disgusting little creatures, but they can also carry germs and disease around your house and apartment as they make their daily journeys. They crawl in the dark, slithering across your counter tops and cabinets spreading dirt and bacteria, and dropping their feces as they go. Ugh!!
You already know that cockroaches are nasty and must be eliminated, now all you need to know is the best way to kill the little buggers. There are so many products to choose from, from aerosol sprays like Raid, sticky traps that you said in the corners, and even electric wall socket plug-ins that claim to have the ability to eradicate your home of roaches in less than a month.
And then of course, you always have the option of calling in the professionals to do your dirty work for you. A professional exterminator can certainly handle the job expeditiously, but they are expensive, and the chemicals that they spray throughout the home are toxic and can be harmful to pets or small children if you have any in your home.
I have dogs that have roam of the house and they lick their paws and just about everything else, and I just don’t trust that the toxicity in those chemicals are not going to do them any harm, and I am simply not going to take that risk. On top of that, I’m just the kind of guy that prefers to to do things himself whenever possible.
If you live in an apartment complex, however, I will suggest that you do check into the possibility of having them pay for an exterminator to come to your apartment. Most apartment complexes offer complementary exterminator service, and if you explain to them that you have an infestation of cockroaches they will most likely honor your request.
The absolute best way to kill cockroaches yourself (without an exterminator)
My advice to you is to disregard all of the superfluous products on the market like the bait traps and aerosol spray cans. There is one product that I can tell you with confidence is the best way to get rid of your disgusting little uninvited guests.
That product is boric powder. Yes, a cheap five dollar bottle of boric acid is all you need to rid your home of cockroaches in a matter of a few weeks. Boric acid roach killing powder is an off-white colored, chalk like substance that is highly toxic to roaches. One bottle of the stuff can last you months or years depending on how big your house is.
Warning for pet owners: Boric roach powder causes kidney damage to dogs, cats, and other pets if ingested in substantial quantities. Although most pets are avoidant of the powder, if you have pets you should put boric powder only in areas where your dogs and cats can’t get to it, like inside cabinets and behind the couch.
All you have to do is spread the stuff around along the walls and in the back corners of your home. If you have a heavy cockroach infestation then put it down everywhere, along all the walls, corners, in the pantries and cabinets, behind the refrigerator and other big appliances, basically everywhere you can think of.
If you’ve only seen a few cockroaches then you can probably get away with only putting it underneath the cabinets and in the pantries and in places that are a little more discrete. After you have deposited the boric acid, just wait to see the dead roach bodies pile up around your house. It takes a while for the boric acid to be absorbed by the roaches and do its job, but within a few days to a week or two you should start seeing dead roaches to let you know that it is working quite properly.
One of the main things that I like about boric acid, other than the fact that it is so highly effective at stomping roaches, is that it is benign and non-toxic to pets and small children. That is a huge consideration for me since I have two dogs that mean the world to me that I don’t want to put at risk in any way.
I challenge you to test out my boric acid solution, and see if you don’t agree that it must be the absolute best way to kill cockroaches.