Dear Home-Ec 101,
What is the most effective, economical and safe way to get rid of roaches??
In the many houses I have lived in, I have only had trouble with roaches twice, luckily. In one house, the roaches moved in my apartment when my neighbor moved out, and when I got a new neighbor, they moved back in with her and I never saw any more. That wasn’t so bad.
One house I lived in had the worst roach problem and it took a long time to get the problem sorted out. I started out with the usual stuff- making sure my kitchen and bathrooms were spotlessly clean at all times, especially at night. I checked for leaks anywhere- if roaches don’t have a water source, they aren’t so interested in living at your house.
But these roaches were wily and didn’t fall for any of that. So I vacuumed the absolute crap out of my entire house. Behind furniture, along walls, etc. I made sure any paper clutter was gone, too.
Finally, my dad suggested I put down boric acid (can be bought at Lowe’s or Home Depot) along the walls and anyplace I had seen them hanging out. And that worked, within about a week I didn’t see any more roaches.
So make sure you do all your cleaning, apparently paper and book glue is yet another thing roaches feast on, so be sure you get the paper clutter out of the house, and then put down the boric acid. It should get rid of those roaches pretty quickly for you. Good luck!
*Wasps are the natural enemy of cockroaches. Home-Ec 101 does not suggest releasing wasps in your house to get rid of cockroaches