Cockroaches are one of the oldest insects on the planet, dating back to more than 320 million years ago. They did not last this long on accident. They are hard to get rid of and can spread diseases to humans. Unfortunately, if you have cockroaches in your cabinets, you have them all over the house.
Once you see a cockroach in your cabinet, you have probably already got quite a few living in your home. However, there are several ways to get rid of them. Some of the choices include poisoned bait, insecticides, and there are even some herbal remedies.
How to Tell if You Have a Cockroach Problem
Kitchen cabinets are a popular spot for cockroaches because they are dark and hidden. They can also be a good spot to find food. The scary part is that once these bugs get into your cabinets, they have probably already been eating your food in boxes like cereal, crackers, and other food items they can get to, making them dangerous to eat.
As a test to see if you have a roach problem, walk into a dark room at night and turn on the light. You will likely see bugs running for cover. Besides seeing them in your cabinets, there are other signs of cockroach infestation in your home.
- Cockroach egg cases, also known as oothecae, the egg cases of an American cockroach look like long rectangular brown pouches. They are about a quarter of an inch long and can be hidden in the cabinets, furniture, walls, or just about anywhere. The female sticks them in place with her saliva so they can even stick on walls.
- Roach droppings look like black pepper or coffee grounds depending on the type of cockroach. You are likely to see them anywhere you have seen roaches or eggs such as pantries or cabinets.
DIY Roach Removal
If you plan on dealing with this problem yourself, do it fast before the infestation gets any worse. It does not take long for a female to lay a bunch of eggs. Each egg can have about 40 to 50 roaches ready to emerge and females can lay up to eight eggs per year.
Starving the Roaches
One of the first things you can do to get rid of the cockroaches in your home is to starve them. Take everything out of your cabinets and wipe them down to get rid of all the crumbs and other debris.
Get rid of boxed food. Put the boxed food in sealed glass or plastic containers. Get rid of clutter. Lose the old boxes and other items lying around in and around your cabinets. The more clutter you have, the more places they have to hide.
Take Away Their Water Supply
Fix any leaks that you may have around your house. Cockroaches need water to live. Take away their water and they will leave or die. But this also means that you need to dry your dishes completely before putting them away and wipe your sink dry every time you use it.
They can live for seven days without water so keep it up for at least a week to get rid of them completely. Actually, you should make this a new practice because other bugs need water to live as well. The dryer your kitchen, the less habitable it is to bugs.
Poisoned Bait to Try
The best way to get rid of the cockroaches is by leaving them some poison bait. They will eat the bait and then live long enough to tell their buddies about it. Then more of the bugs will eat the bait. Some of the baits are disposable and you get rid of them when they are empty. Others you can refill over and over again. The refillable bait you use can be pellets, paste, or gel composed of different substances like:
- Boric acids such as Borax, Boron, or Optibor
- Imidacloprid like Temprid, Dominion, and Merit
- Hydramethylnon including Combat, Maxforce, and Siege
There are many sprays on the market that you can use to get rid of cockroaches. Spray it in cracks and crevices where you have seen the bugs or just spray along all baseboards as well as cabinets and crevices. Sprays are good because you can get it into small places where you cannot put a poisoned bait trap.
But you have to be very careful with spray. Do not get it into food or water sources. If you have pets or young children, you do not want to spray around them. In fact, it is best that you wear a face mask and gloves while spraying too.
Powders Are Good Too
Powdered insecticide like Borax is great for sprinkling it in drains, wall spaces, and other crevices you cannot get the spray into. A puff of powder kills faster and coats spots that the spray cannot reach. It also does not leave a wet film everywhere.
The good thing about Borax and most other powders is that they are very toxic to bugs but not to humans and pets. Even if your pooch happens to lick up a bit of powder, they should be okay. However, you should not leave powders in the reach of kids and pets because it can be harmful in large doses.
Fogging Your Home
Foggers are perfect for major infestations. Just a few foggers placed around your home can kill anything including roaches, fleas, spiders, and flying bugs as well. The ingredients vary depending on the brand and type of fogger. But the most common foggers include pyrethrin, pyrethroid, or both.
To use foggers, first, you will need to pack up or remove all your pet items, toys, plants, and food before starting. You can pack them in totes or bags and put them in your car or someone else’s home while you fog your house.
Put on a face mask and gloves and get everyone out before turning them on. This includes pets like fish and birds as well as dogs and cats. Then when you get home, you need to go in and open all the windows, then wait outside while the fog dissipates.
The cleanup after a fogger treatment is a major drawback that takes so much time and energy. Because the residue left behind is dangerous to humans and pets, you will have to clean everything in the house. This includes furniture. And that is a lot of work.
Soap and water can kill an adult roach. Just spray them with a solution of a few drops of soap in a quart of water. You can also use bay leaves as a deterrent. Others say that sprinkling baking soda around will get rid of roaches. Another idea is to make a soda bottle trap.
Make a Roach Trap
Cut the top of a two-liter bottle off right where it starts curving. Turn that piece upside down in the bottle to act as a funnel. Fill the bottom of the bottle with soapy water but do not fill it too far.
The water level should be about an inch or two below the funnel. Make several and stick them in the cabinets. Roaches will climb in and will not be able to get back out. No poison or bait needed.