What Is The Easiest Way To Kill A Cockroach?

Cockroaches are so hard to kill. Scientists report roaches can even survive radiation from a nuclear attack.  I even read a cockroach can live an entire week without its head. Despite these facts, roaches are a major problem that needs to be dealt with.

If you do pest control yourself, you might be wondering “How do you get rid of roaches?”.

You can try roach sprays. But spraying does not work. There are hundreds of other products out there. They all make the same claims, they all say they are the best.

We’ve tested plenty of products and tried all sorts of different methods and techniques to get rid of roaches. Only a few things have consistently worked time after time.

Do you want to know the easiest way to kill a cockroach? We have found borate powders and roach baits to be the safest and most effective way to control and kill roaches. Use these two methods together for the best results. But how is it done? In a minute, I’ll tell you exactly what to do. But first, I want to explain a few things you need to do beforehand so that these methods will work for you too.

The Easiest Way To Kill Cockroaches

The methods I share will kill roaches that are already in your house. But the bigger concern you should have is how do you stop roaches from coming back.

Many of the roach killing methods you used in the past worked. However, you probably thought these methods were ineffective since the roaches came back. Again your methods worked, however, you did not kill the roaches inside your walls and stop other outdoor roaches from coming into your home.

Now, this might have been the case in the past.  You won’t make that mistake this time.

I’m going to teach you how to prepare your house so that when you treat roaches this time around you will kill them all. You will also make your home inaccessible to outside roaches.

How to Make Your Home Unappealing to Cockroaches

Cockroaches have taken over your home for a reason. You have given them easy access to a nice place to stay that has unlimited food and water supply. It may seem as if they can come and go whenever they want, and there is nothing that you can do to stop them.

However, you can stop the roaches. You can take back control of your home, using an effective method I learned from the Environmental Health Watch (EHW). Here’s what you need to do to keep the roaches from coming back after you have killed them off.

Starve Them Out

Get rid of the food sources that roaches feed off. No food, no more pests.  If they can’t find food they will pack up and leave. Better yet, if there is nothing to eat from the start, they won’t take up residence in the first place.

  • Keep all foods covered in sealed plastic or glass containers
  • Don’t leave food out overnight
  • Immediately clean up spills and crumbs left after meals
  • Don’t let your dishes pile up, wash them after every meal
  • Keep cabinets, countertops, and drawers free of food, grease, and clutter
  • Wipe clean cabinets, countertops, and drawers often
  • Keep your trash cans covered

Dry Them Out

Much like you and I, cockroaches need water and cannot live without something to drink.  You’ll want to get rid of all water sources, leaving them with nothing to drink.

  • Eliminate all standing water sources and fix leaky faucets and pipes
  • Drain water from sinks, bathtubs, and showers after use
  • Cover drains (use stoppers) keep them clear of water and food garbage
  • Keep all rooms in your house clean and dry to include bathroom, basement, and kitchen

Keep Them Out

If you can keep roaches from entering your home they will never become a problem. You must understand that they can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks. They can also gain access from any outside opening that leads into your home.

  • Sweep and mop floors and vacuum your carpets regularly
  • Cover outside vents and pipes leading into your home with a screening
  • Seal cracks and openings around doors and windows with caulking

Now that you have prepared your home for long term success it’s time to learn the easiest ways to kill cockroaches. When you kill the roaches this time they won’t be coming back.

Ingredients for homemade roach bait

How to Kill Cockroaches for Good

Now let’s talk about one of the best ways to get rid of roaches. We recommend you use borate powders and roach baits. These two methods, powders, and baits have proven to be the most effective at killing roaches and getting you the long term results you seek.

How Roach Baits Work

With roach baits, you can go one of two ways.

  1. Gel Baits
  2. Bait stations

Gel baits come in a small syringe-type device. You squeeze out little drops of gel where you have seen roaches. Locations that work well include the edge of counters and cabinets, on appliances, and near plumbing.

Bait stations should be placed along baseboards and in corners – both on countertops and on the floor. Place them in the path of where you have seen roaches coming and going.

The gel bait and bait station both contain scents that attract roaches. The roaches smell the baits, make contact and eat the bait that is poisonous. Once poisoned they return home to where they nest and die. Other roaches in your home eventually eat the dead roaches, are poisoned and die too.

The ends your roach situation.

How Borate Powders Work

When using borate powders use the smallest amounts possible – be deceptive use very light dusting. Don’t make it too obvious or the roaches will walk around and avoid your trap.

Place the powders out of reach of children and pets, but where roaches hide and eat. You’ll also want to place the powder where it won’t get wet.

Roaches will talk through borate powder and take it back to where the breed and nests.

You can super-charge this method by mixing the borate with powdered sugar. The roaches will then go on frenzy eating this stuff up like crazy

Another Effective Way to Get Rid Of House Roaches


Want to know another easy, cheap, and effective way to get rid of house roaches? Click play and watch the video above. This all-natural remedy really works for roaches and ants.

You’ll need boric acid, sugar, and egg yolks to prepare this all-natural roach killing bait.  To prepare the bait, mix the boric acid and sugar with the egg yolks. Mix until the bait looks and has the consistency of play dough.

Be sure to work with gloves when handling this bait. Also, keep this stuff out of the reach of your children and pets.

Just place this bait out for pests to enjoy and watch it work like magic at eliminating your roach problem.

What Kind Of Results Can You Expect?

The borate powder and roach bait treatments will kill and eradicate your German roach problem. If you decide to make the all-natural boric acid bait, it works too.

These methods work, whether you are a homeowner or renter. If you want to get rid of a roach infestation this is the way to go. Give these methods a try and see for yourself.

In all cases, you can get the same results you would get if you paid a professional to come into your house. Best of all for a homeowner like you, if you prepare the bait at home it is really inexpensive and you can save yourself hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself.

For the best results, make sure you prepare your house first like we described up above. You want to make your home less appealing to cockroaches. And again you do this by starving, drying and keeping the pets out. Just follow the tips we outline above and you will be okay.

With the information we have provided, you can get rid of roaches forever, and don’t have to ever worry about them coming back.

Related Questions

Do cockroaches die easily? Yes, cockroaches are easy to kill. The only problem is they keep coming back. To get rid of roaches forever, you need to remove their food & water source and prevent them from coming inside your home.

How do you get rid of cockroaches in apartments? You take the same approach you would take to get rid of roaches in a house. The same methods apply whether you live in a house or apartment. You need to keep your living space clean and tidy. Make your apartment less appealing by removing all food and water sources that roaches can feed on and drink. You must also close off all entryways outside roaches use to get inside. Do all these things and you will eliminate your apartment roach problem.

What is the best natural cockroach killer? Food grade Diatomaceous earth is the best and most effective natural cockroach killer. When taken in small amounts Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to humans but kills roaches. We recommend you mix Diatomaceous earth with finely powdered sugar and then sprinkle the solution where you have seen roaches traveling.

Why do roaches come out in the dark? Roaches are nocturnal insects, which means they are inactive during the day. So after sleeping and resting all day, they are ready to move about and hunt for food at night. If you see roaches in your home often during the day, this might indicate you have a more serious problem.

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Lynn Edwards

I founded DIY Pest Control Guide with the intention of sharing practical, user-friendly pest control strategies. If you need assistance, reach out to me at lynn@diypestcontrolguide.com - I'm here to help you reclaim your peace of mind.

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