How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches Without An Exterminator

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

14 Responses

  1. skye says:

    Thank you – I grew up in roach country, and I was interested to learn an alternative way to deal with roaches. This definitely goes into my notes!

  2. Greg M. says:

    We learned this same lesson recently. Roaches are tough critters to get rid of. The DE and the boric acid do work, just takes a little time and patience.

  3. Bubba says:

    When the Air Force sent me to South Carolina in the early 70s my wife use to brag to our family back in the Pacific NW about roach “drag races” when she flipped on the kitchen light at night…just part of ou cultural shock

  4. Jack says:

    Roaches in the Philippines can grow very large, almost big enough to transport you. OK, exaggerating on that. We do not like to use any chemical sprays, especially inside the home. We have noticed that “our” roaches are not as resistant to safer pyrethrum-based sprays as the roaches back in the US. My guess is many locals cannot afford the high priced sprays in the market so the insects have not developed a lot of resistance to pesticides due to overuse. Our solution is to trap the pests. Any bucket, pail or straight-sided container will work. The very best setup would be a wide mouth glass laboratory flask that has sides that taper in toward the neck. Add few inches of water and liquid detergent if you have some handy. Almost any bait will work, the stinkier the better but you do not need much. Any spoiled food that you know “your” roaches will be attracted to. While not a necessity, providing a ramp up to the mouth of your trap will catch more critters. They enter to access the food source, fall into the water below and like”Charlie on the MTA, Kingston Trio song” they never return. The dead roaches may be composted or buried directly in a garden to build the soil. This method is 100%non-toxic. One issue with this article, BORAX and BORIC ACID are NOT the same chemically Boric acid is hydrogen borate, Borax is sodium borate, both compounds derived from the element boron.

  5. Anonamo Also says:

    Borax and Sugar mixed half and half…. dry or with a few drops of water/to make a paste will work as a bait station for fire ants( they take it to the queen and it kills the mound) and for Roaches… I have placed Borax behind the baseboards and in the walls. as we had to replace part of wallboard.

  6. Mamabear says:

    Thank you these are things I hadn’t seen before.
    Lived in a building years ago – roaches everywhere. I caulked holes (under the sink), even where there were gaps like the space under the baseboards and put out Dry Bay Leaves. They do not like this and moved out – didn’t have to terminate them. I would cat sit someone 2 doors down where the roaches were out in the daylight, in the cat food dishes, everywhere. Infested-she wasn’t interested in the natural way. Go to my unit – nothing. The other thing is Eucalyptus, but I never needed this. Bay leaves worked like a charm.

  7. billy says:

    We call them dem-o-crats in Mississippi. They are all over the country. If you turn the light of day on they scatter like rats. Maybe they are all related.

  8. JJ says:

    DE is the best, safest, neatest way. I had ants entering at the doorways -all three–from under the house every spring.
    I sprinkled the DE, left it overnight, vacuumed in the morning and never saw an ant again.

    Sadly, when I sprinkled where the garage door meets the concrete floor (for the worms crawling in when it rained really hard)-there was no more crickets either..I liked the cricket songs.

  9. Daddio7 says:

    If you want to go the pesticide route here is what worked for me against Florida roaches. For American roaches the stuff Home Depot sells by the gallon works. Just spray around the doors and along the walls in the kitchen and bathrooms. Also spray anywhere you see roaches run into. Do this every night until the entire gallon is used up. After that you should be good for about a year. I live in an old mobile home and it is not that tight. Every morning there is a large roach or two toes up somewhere.

    Now, if you have the small German roaches (they are more slender than American roaches and none get very large) you have to use something else. What worked for me is InVict gold cockroach gel and Gentrol IGR. You can get these in a kit or separately from Amazon or a diy pest control web site. You put BB sized dots of gel around where roaches are seen or hide and then put the growth control inside cabinets and drawers. In a few days mine were gone.

    None of these have any odor. My wife is extremely sensitive to chemicals and has no reaction. The gel is peanut butter based so do not put it where dogs can lick it up. It wont hurt them but it will not kill any roaches that way.

  10. mom of three says:

    I hate roaches, I remember them at my Brother’s and sister in-law trailer, they we’re awful. They were living in Georgia, my brother, was in the Army. I hate to say it but I’ll take the Northwest Rain, any day of the week and slugs, and snails over the nasty Roaches. Interesting information on them I never knew.

  11. JAS says:

    Roaches were here before man and will be here when we are all gone. I sware you kill one and ten come to the funeral.

  12. Judge Holden says:

    Boric acid acid is profoundly toxic to cats, they lick it off they little paws and it slowly destroys their kidneys, takes ’em 3-4 years to die.

  13. PAUL GRAY says:

    Boric acid is also THE FIX for carpenter ants, boring bees and termites.