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Need to get roaches out of your home? The best product to kill them is Combat Roach Killing Gel

Updated on June 26, 2013

Why Cockroaches are horrible guests

Cockroaches are seriously disgusting. Did you know that they are a leading carrier of salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. Inhalation of their body parts and feces have been linked to the increase in asthma cases during the last two cases. Oh, and they'll also crawl into your ears while you sleep. Doctors in inner-city areas have reported that about fifty percent of the foreign objects they have to remove from the ears of children, are indeed, cock roaches. Uhm...ew?

How to get cockroaches to leave your home

First off, prevention is a heck of a lot easier than extermination. Keep your house as clean as you can, being extra careful to keep food sealed, and crumbs off the floor. Do not eat in any rooms beside the kitchen, make sure all your cereal and chip bags are properly closed, sweep and mop your floors as often as you can. It's important to keep food out of reach because it is said that a roach can live for a week on a single drop of grease. Much like their human counterpart, unwanted guests will typically leave if you don't feed them -- Another helpful hint for the holiday season! Kidding, of course ;)

If you have not succeeded in preventing these critters from making themselves residents of your home, don't worry (too much...). You're just going to need to enlist some help from a few friends that you can pick up at local stores.

Some good products for ridding your home of cockroaches

Combat Roach killing gel -- Is a very popular product out there for killing roaches. It's brown and kind of looks like peanut butter, but I wouldn't imagine that it is something you're going to want to spread on your toast in the morning. It's not too expensive, I was able to find it on Amazon ranging from 3 - 8 dollars, so that's not a terrible price to pay to rid your home of roaches. You're going to want to squirt this stuff in as many cracks and crevices in your home that you can think of, especially concentrating in the kitchen around your major appliances such as the stove and refrigerator. Make sure you go along all the baseboards, as well. Almost everyone I've talked to about this product said they saw results instantly, some saw dead roaches as quick as ten minutes after applying the gel. The company recommends that you reuse this product every three months, and this may be a good idea, especially if you're living in an apartment complex with new neighbors constantly bringing in new colonies.

Boric Acid-- . This stuff comes in a powder form and is super cheap and sold in large quantities, so it's definitely the way to go if you're running low on cash. You can line the entire outside of your house with it to prevent bugs from crossing over into your house, and then go inside and sprinkle it around your appliances and other cracks and crevices that you think might be problem areas. As with the combat gel, make sure that you use more of the product where you commonly see the pests. I've also heard of people mixing sugar in with the powder, to make it more appealing to the roaches. Make sure that pets and children cannot access the boric acid, though, as it can cause them harm if ingested.

Bug bombs -- You've probably heard about these, already. They can be effective, but I personally don't recommend them, just because of all the extra preparation and hazards that come along with it, such as cleaning out ALL kitchen cabinets and moving the contents to another room, unplugging all your smoke alarms and oxygen sensors, finding a place for you and your pets to stay while fumigating, making sure you air out your house afterwards, etc. Also if you have gas stoves or anything else that requires a pilot light flame, do NOT use bug bombs. There have been many cases of houses actually exploding because of incidents such as this.

Whichever method you choose, make sure that you keep up the good work and remove the dead roaches as soon as possible.

If all else fails, call an exterminator, but it would be wise to try to use these methods first. You will save a lot of money and odds are that you will be able to clear out the pests just as well.


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      savanna 2 years ago

      This is helpful