Last updated: January 4, 2018 – Now, there are a couple of methods that work well for killing off roaches but you should know that the roaches will always return over time unless you eliminate the root of the problem: the nest itself.
Getting to the nest or even finding it is, in most cases, impossible because roaches will often set it up in wall crevices, floor cracks and other areas that are extremely hard to reach.
Because of that, you’ll find that the ideal way to completely get rid of the roaches in your house is to use some type of poison that the roaches can carry back to their nest and infect the rest of the population.
More on that in a bit. With that said, here are some of the best ways to kill roaches, along with their effectiveness:
- Exterminators – Definitely works, but helluva expensive. Cost can easily go over $100 depending on how extensive the infestation is. Eradication of nest is certainly possible with the help of exterminators. If you decide to go this route, click here for pest control services in your area.
- Adhesive-based traps – These traps work like glue. Cockroaches will be attracted to them and get themselves stuck when they get in contact with the adhesive. Works for trapping the occasional roaches but doesn’t eliminate problem because the nest will be unaffected.
- Poisonous roach baits – Works best and at low cost because the entire nest can be eradicated if done properly. (see My Story below for more details on this)
- Citrus liquids – The idea is that roaches are supposed to hate acidic substances. Except making my house smell like a lemonade stand, it didn’t work. Roaches had continued to bombard the entire house with their droppings.
- Soap and water – Direct application i.e spraying roaches with it (it slows them down sure enough but what good does that do) and indirect application i.e leaving the mixture on the ground didn’t work. Tried with both bathing and dishwashing soap.
- Cucumber peels – Supposedly has the ability to ward off cockroaches. Don’t ask me how I heard about this. Word got around that I’m hunting down roaches and the most ridiculous suggestions just started pouring in. As suspected, this did nothing.
- Herbal leaves – Same as cucumber peels. Just another folksy remedy.
Roaches are the bane of our existence. Okay, perhaps that’s pushing it a little but I used to feel that way sometimes when I get sudden frights as a half dozen of them swarm out from the kitchen sink or the sinkholes as I turn on the tap. I have had a serious infestation for quite a while and things were especially bad in the kitchen area because they’re always on the hunt for water and food. I’d also wake up every morning and find their droppings all over the place (inside the drawers and cabinets where I keep my plates and utensils), which can apparently cause diseases if you accidentally consume them in any way at all.
Much to my dismay, I’ve tried out plenty of the so called “homemade” recipes that my neighbors and relatives have suggested only to find out that they simply didn’t work at all. Cucumber peels, herbal leaves, lemons, citrus liquids. NONE of them worked.
I have planned on calling up exterminators only as a last resort because I know they’d be expensive until I read about this particular product by Advion (details down below), which supposedly has raving reviews about its effectiveness. After spending hours just reading through most of the reviews about how it’s supposedly the best roach killer ever, I got really excited, ordered it online, paid a little extra for expedited shipping and I received it the very next day. This was how that eventful week progressed:
Day 1: After I got home from work at about 8 p.m., I was pleased to find that my product has arrived. I proceeded immediately to apply 10 spots of the gel in my kitchen. 5 generous spots of the bait on my kitchen counter and another 5 on the floor.
3 hours later, before I went off to bed, I stopped by the kitchen to check how things were going. There were 2 fully grown roaches about which scurried away quickly when I turned on the lights and the gel seemed untouched, so I thought it didn’t work.
I was furious and slightly disappointed because I had really hoped that this would be the cure to all of my roach problems after reading all the reviews. I went to sleep, vowing angrily to return the product the next day itself.
Day 2: Got up early at 7 a.m. for some breakfast before work. I walked into the kitchen and my jaw just dropped open. Strewn across the floor and counter were AT LEAST 10 dead roaches. Needless to say, I was extremely disgusted and the sight of them all just gave me goosebumps. Despite that, I was elated! This was a product that WORKED. And it only cost me $20, and considering how I have spent over $100 on expensive “professional” grade BS traps that I’ve bought in the past, this felt like the best investment I’ve ever made.
Most of the gel spots were completely gone with a couple of them left which were visibly smaller in size. I continued to apply 10 new spots of the gel and I spent the remainder of the first tube (the package comes with 4 tubes) in my bedroom, living room and bathroom. I didn’t sweep away the dead roaches because I’ve read that apparently the roaches will eat their own dead (eww) and they’ll get poisoned from doing so too, and once they do, they’ll head back to their nest and die there, only to be eaten by others. This would start a chain reaction sort of effect.
At about 7 p.m. once I got home, while walking towards the kitchen, I spotted 2 dead roaches in the living room and I knew things were going well for sure. This time, in the kitchen, there were over 20 roach corpses (in addition to the ones from the morning). The sight can be eerie or even plain terrifying so if you’re scared of roaches, get your husband or your boyfriend to do this for you. But if you’re a guy like me, well, get your girlfriend or wife to do it. All kidding aside, I was extremely happy that it worked.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches – Poisonous Roach Baits
Because of this personal experience of mine, I’m ABSOLUTELY convinced that the fastest and best roach killer would still be poisonous roach bait since it leaves no stain, requires little effort besides sweeping away their corpses after they’re dead and most importantly, it works extremely well.
SO, WHAT PRODUCT DID YOU USE?!
I know, I know. I was just getting there! This magical product is called Advion Syngenta Cockroach Gel Bait (see below), and you can get it off Amazon for about $20-30 (it was $20 when I bought mine).
The reviews of the product are pretty much stellar and you’ll see why once you give it a try.
Final Word Of Advice
If you have pets though, you might want to keep them out of the house or room while you apply it because they might lick off the gel.
It’s not harmful in small doses to human beings or animals since I’ve seen my dog licking the paste off the floor before and he turned out perfectly fine, but you should still prevent that as much as you can just to be safe.
If you’ve used this product and you find it effective (you will), please take a minute and give this page a like or share it with your friends via Tweeter or whatever else is going hot these days! I’d greatly appreciate it.
Good luck killing those roaches!
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