How can I get rid of cockroaches without using harsh chemicals?

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  • Michele Mennella Michele Mennella on Oct 21, 2017
    Boric acid works...toxic though
  • Sarah Sarah on Oct 21, 2017
    We spray once a year with Demon WP. Not toxic after it dries. And doesn't kill the frogs or lizards (both good for keeping control of other insects). Spray around exterior of home and around doors and windows. Get ours out local farm supply and it's pretty cheap.
  • Tri11996783 Tri11996783 on Oct 21, 2017
    boric acid
  • Michael Affronte Michael Affronte on Oct 21, 2017
    boric acid powder along base boards
  • Big lulu Big lulu on Oct 21, 2017
    Sticky traps. Glue traps.
  • Sharon Depatie Sharon Depatie on Oct 21, 2017
    1st, be careful of toxic residual remedies - they can harm children & pets crawling on the floor. Cockroaches are found in dark, damp places like seldom used toilets or sink drains, under washers & dryers & around dry food. Be CRAZY CAREFUL to clean up crumbs from dry food boxes, toasters & pet dishes. Put all dry food in plastic or glass canisters. Always keep plugs in sink & shower drains when not using. Seal around all water pipes where they meet walls or floor. NEVER bring grocery boxes into your house. Cocroach killer is available at hardware & some farm supply stores. I’m Canadian & we bought a house in Florida for the winter mos. & were HORRIFIED to find roaches (dead & alive). After killing the live ones, I poured bleach down all drains, & scoured the kitchen & washroom cabinets. When we left in spring, we left no boxed dry food, plugged every drain, covered toilet bowls in Saran Wrap (unused sink & toilet pipes dry up & are ideal breeding places. This worked well for 7 yrs with an occasional dead one when returning in fall. In apts, they go from ground level to upper floors, so everyone has to treat at same time. Good luck.
  • Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher on Oct 21, 2017
    Yes Boric Acid. You can even buy it in a plastic bottle with a spout to "spray" it around the bases of cabinets, under rugs, around the perimeter of your basement (inside) the house. Using cleaning products that contain REAL lemon or cedar oils also discourages ants and moths and other common insect invaders. Roaches often come into the house on cardboard or paper carriers, not just by crawling, even in the mail! Of course keeping your house clean also plays a big roll, as well as keeping the trash out!
  • Stevan Stevan on Oct 21, 2017
    Roach Motel...they check in but they do not checkout...glue pads are the best...
  • Stevan Stevan on Oct 21, 2017
    Oddly enough, ants and roaches will not cross over a line made form the sweeter, Equal....it suffocates them.Answer this Hometalker's question!
  • Angela M Mead Angela M Mead on Oct 21, 2017
    Call professionals. Those critters are very prolific..........get rid of them properly.....call pest control.

  • Terry Griffin Terry Griffin on Oct 22, 2017
    diatemacious (sp) earth. Spread it around the exterior and in closets, behind hot water tanks, down in vents. Borax on carpets.
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