Once you realize that you have a roach infestation in your home, your first instinct will probably be to find a way to get rid of all of them as fast and effectively as possible. However, cockroaches tend to be stubborn pests that may take you a while to completely be rid of them. This does not means that it is an impossible task. You only need to find a suitable method that will get rid of your problem in the shortest time possible. There are many ways on how to kill roaches by using chemicals and natural methods, both have their advantages and disadvantages the trick is to identify which works well for your problem.
How to Kill a Cockroach with Pesticides
This is one of the easiest and the fastest ways for how to kill roaches. There are many pesticides in the market that are easy to use that you can spray in your home and they will still be active for a couple of days. One of these pesticides is Demon WP which is one that requires you to dilute before using. It may take a couple of hours or days to start seeing the results but it is a very effective method for infestations that are not too serious. The disadvantage of using pesticides however is that most are toxic to children, pets and food hence you need to be careful when applying to avoid any mishaps.
Roach baits are some of the more effective methods of getting rid of a large infestation of cockroaches and to prevent more reproduction. Roach baits come in gel form and some of them remain active for up to two years which is enough time to completely id your home of roaches. Gel baits work by attracting and absorbing into the body of the cockroach once it comes into contact with it and killing it from the inside out. The great thing about this method is that once the roach is poisoned and it comes into contact with other roaches or eggs, it will infect them leading to their death. Roach baits are usually applied where roaches either live or areas that you would normally see them. It may take a couple of days to see any dead mature roaches so patience is important when using this method.
This is one of the most natural and safest ways of killing roaches. Boric acid is derived from boron which occurs naturally on the earth. It is usually in powder form that is highly poisonous to cockroaches and would normally kill them in a few days. One mistake (and little known secret to boric acid) that people make when using boric acid is by placing huge layers of powder at a particular spot. This is a wrong way of doing this since most cockroaches will avoid it. The best way to do it is to shake the powder in a bottle then puff out very tiny specs on the floor. Even the cockroaches will not see this and will walk on it then the poison will be absorbed into their exoskeleton and will kill them in to time. Another very little known fact about boric acid is, it also works on baby roaches and even roach eggs.
When thinking on how to kill roaches, you need to keep an open mind and allow yourself to try several options or even combine them for the best results. You also need to have a good idea of where they’re coming from, and what attracted them to your home; because knowing your enemy will help to win the war. It requires commitment which if you have; you will be roach free in a short while.