How To Kill Roaches
Killing roaches ain’t easy. Cleverly designed to survive the toughest conditions, your average cockroach can go months without food or water, survive with its head gone, eat toxic chemicals, and thrive in radioactive environments. Somehow, it seems, this isn’t going to be easy at all. Roach Extermination is not for the faint of heart.
However, there is some small glimmer of hope. You see, roaches do have several vulnerabilities that we can use to kill them. The first, and most obvious way to kill roaches to to trap them live, and simply “throw them away.” This can be accomplished by means of a live trap, which can be as simple as a container covered on the inside with petroleum jelly. The cockroaches will climb inside the container, and stick the the side. Later on, you can simple dispose of them. Kind of gross, but it works.
Another trap like option is the good old poisoned bait style trap. These “roach motels” combine bait with a kind of poison that will actually kill the roaches. The idea behind these is sound, and can work well for many. However, they aren’t always effective, because not all your roaches will find the bait/die from the poison. Still, its something to try before you call up your local roach exterminator and get him to just blast the darn things with noxious chemicals.
Boric acid is another option that is considered to be quite effective by many. Boric acid abrades the shell of the roach, making it dehydrate and die. This process can take a while, but it is always deadly. Place the boric acid powder in dark edges in corners, all over your house. The more of it there is, the greater chance of the roaches finding it. This isn’t the time to be conservative. If all goes well, a roach apocalypse will occur, and the roaches should start dieing all over your house (fun!). You may need a broom.
Another, popular option is roach spray. These can work, but it takes a heck of a lot of spraying to kill some roaches, and doing this isn’t as easy as it sound when you’re dealing with quick little creatures like cockroaches. Plus, are you really going to hunt down every single roach and kill it off, Rambo style? Didn’t think so. Still, having a can of roach spray around can help you feel a little more in control of the situation, but remember, its a false sense of security. They’ll come back, never doubt that.
So, I hope I haven’t discouraged you too much in your quest to rid your self of cockroaches. Hopefully, these techniques will work for you, but if you need, and can always call up your local exterminator, who’s info should be easy to find if you know where to look. However, if you’re feeling more “do it yourself,” then feel free to give these methods a try.