- Stacks of newspapers and magazines
- Paper bags from the grocery store
- Unused cardboard boxes
- Other forms of clutter, especially on the floor or bottom of cupboards, where cockroaches can set up camp.
- Don’t know where to start decluttering
By Starving Them:cockroaches love to eat. To get rid of them, get rid of what they like to eat.
- Don’t leave food sitting on your counters, including fruit bowls.
- Store dry goods in tightly-sealed containers.
- Varnish or paint wood shelves to seal them, then wipe them clean regularly.
- Rinse your cans, bottles and plastics before putting them in your recycling bins.
- Empty trash daily.
1/8 cup Crisco or bacon drippings
1/8 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup flour (they don’t care if it’s white or wheat)
1. Combine the first four ingredients, then add water until it forms a soft dough.
2. Roll into balls about the size of an olive.
3. Stashing two or three balls where roaches are likely to hang out — under sinks, behind appliances, in food cupboards, etc.
4. Lightly mist the balls with water daily to keep their “scent” fresh.
5. Replace with fresh balls as needed.
The Crisco or bacon grease and powdered sugar in these balls attracts the roaches and gives them something to eat. But Borax has very sharp edges, so it tears up their insides and kills them. The result? Dead roaches!