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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Roaches are known to have been living on Earth for over 300 million years. Some biologists consider insects to be one of the most successful groups of animals to ever inhabit this planet, and cockroaches are one of the most adaptable and successful insect groups.

The five most common cockroaches that are found in the United States are German roaches, American roaches, Oriental roaches, Brown-banded roaches, and Smokey-brown roaches. The American Cockroach is probably the largest of them. American Cockroaches wants decaying organic matter, but being scavengers will eat anything. They are very attracted to sweets and starchy items like book bindings, and the back of wall paper. It is also known as a Palmetto or Water bug which is reddish-brown in color, about 1.5 inches in length, and has wings but will seldom actually fly. Getting rid of this pest requires patience, diligence, and both chemical and non-chemical methods.

The American cockroach is a native to tropical America and is the most common pest in the United States. They love staying in basements, cellars, and other moist, dark areas. How can we get rid of them?

See If You Have Cockroaches

Depending on where you live, cockroaches can get rather big.  Since cockroaches tend to hide throughout the day, the best time to spot them is at night.  To see if you have them in your house, take a flashlight and inspect each and every corner of your home.  Check your cupboards, pantries and even underneath the bed.  While looking for these pests, also be sure to look for their droppings.

Follow Them

If can spot the cockroaches, this is a great first step to prevention.  Since it’s only their instinct to start running, be sure to follow them if you can.  While it can be awfully hard to do so, it can give you a good idea on where they are hiding.  Check for cracks, vents and holes to see if this is where they are heading to.

How to Kill Roaches

Seal entry

We can prevent them by sealing entry points can help prevent cockroaches from entering the home. Key areas of risk are gaps under doors or around pipes to the exterior, or neighboring properties. Cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day in cracks and crevices in the walls, around skirting boards, under bathroom and kitchen sink cabinets, behind washers & dryers, under or behind other major appliances such as fridges and freezers or behind electrical sockets.

Sprays and Baits

Sprays can kill them but they won’t get rid of your cockroaches because they will sense the smells and probably will go back into the wall and cracks and crevices and stay away from these sprays until they are gone. Baits seem to work best. It is not necessary to spray indoors if you are using baits.  Baits are actually more effective on roaches, but if you need to spray for other pests, be sure to keep baits and sprays in separate areas so they do not interfere with one another.

The market is filled with sprays that can get rid of these roaches.  For those that are looking to avoid cockroach reinfestation in particular, it’s best to spray in areas where you think they are coming from.  Make it a habit to spray on a weekly basis so that they try to find other places to roam.  If you want to make your own spray, mix baking soda and sugar.  Place it in a dish and this becomes rather lethal.

Like the boric acid and sprays, cockroach baits are designed to trap these roaches.  Using a sticky gel, the roaches will be drawn to the aroma of the trap.  Once inside, the roaches will eat the poison, and will often bring it back to the nest as well.  Over time, it will eventually kill off the entire nest.

Bay Leaves

Do you know that roaches hate the taste of bay leaves? You can naturally and safely keep most roaches at bay by placing the leaves anywhere you’ve seen roaches moving. Using bay leaves is a great way to keep roaches out of the rooms and play area of children.   For those that are fans of home creations that can get rid of cockroachs, consider placing bay leaves around the home.  Roaches hate the smell of these spices and will naturally steer clear of the area.

Don’t Water them

Cockroaches can survive for months without eating, but they need a daily source of water to thrive. Never leave water in the sink, in dirty dishes, or other areas of the house. Check other sources of water as well, such as leaky plumbing, under-refrigerator dampness, and concrete sweating. Don’t water the roaches! Wipe all traces of water from the sink after you’ve done the dishes and wipe down the bath area after use, as well.

Water Jars

This home remedy is a rather simple one that can kill roaches effectively.  It’s also fairly cheap to do.  Place a jar next to the wall, allowing the roaches to get in.  Once in, they will not be able to escape, drowning in the process.

How to Prevent Them From Coming Back


Roaches love dirty homes.  If you can’t keep your home clean, it may be time to call in the professional maids.  Naturally drawn to crumbs and sugar on the floor, try your best to vacuum and even bleach your floors on a weekly basis.  On top of cleaning, make sure that your home stays free and clear of all clutter.

Cockroaches obviously settle toward areas which are littered with cockroach droppings. Use a detergent or disinfectant to thoroughly clean the area and deter a re-infestation. On concrete floors and walls, you can use a mixture of bleach and water to disinfect the area. Other services can be cleaned with everyday cleansers or antibacterial soaps and scrubs.


Cockroaches are naturally attracted to water.  Since they can survive months without food, all they will need is a few drops of water.  Look for any leaks in your home, and make sure that you fix these problems as soon as you can.  Look for damp spots, leaks under the sinks and even near the bathtub.


Drawn to things like water, roaches often like paper products as well.  The reason that they are drawn to papers is due to a pheromone that is emitted.  This paper allows them to leave a trail so that the rest of the nest can know where each other is at all times.


Even if your home is free and clear of any leaks, it’s best to make sure that your pipes are properly caulked.  This caulk is going to be able to form a tight seal so that no problems happen down the road.  On top of caulking, also make sure that your pipes are adequately insulated to ensure that no leaks form.

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