Do you have cockroaches? That is a very serious problem and one which you must deal with immediately; cockroaches spread disease and breed astonishingly quickly. Thankfully erradicating cockroaches from your home is something which you can do yourself, just so long as the problem isn't too bad. In this article I will tell you how to kill cockroaches.
Things You Will NeedA torch.
Boric acid / cockroach killing powder.
Step 1The first thing that you need to do is find out where they are coming from, if possible. In order to do this you are going to have to spy on the cockroaches in the dark, as they are largely nocturnal. Often they enter a home via cracks or holes in a wall, but can also enter your home via drain pipes or through vents.
Step 2If you do find that the point of entry is a hole or crack then you will need to plug the hole using cement or a similar building product. Any means of effectively blocking the hole is going to help prevent the problem. In the meantime however you are going to need to kill the roaches that already exist within your home.
Step 3Mix the boric acid cockroach killer with flour and sugar, preferably one part sugar, one part boric acid, and one part flour. The sugar attracts the roaches, the boric acid kills the cockroachs when they eat it, and the flour simply sticks it all together. You need to place blobs of this mixture in cool dark places such as beneath kitchen appliances, at the back of cupboards and in drawers.
Step 4After a few days the cockroaches should all be gone, at which point you should sweep them up and dispose of the bodies. The cockroaches will often come back within a couple of weeks if it hasn't been possible to block their source of entry, if they do then repeat the process. It is sometimes necessary to repeat the process several times before you have killed off the entire family - the dead cockroaches have young relatives waiting to take their place after the first couple of wars!
Step 5If that fails then you are going to have to employ a pest control expert to remove them for you, whatever you do don't ignore the problem - the longer that an infestation is left the harder it is to remove; that means more damage to your wallet also.
Tips & WarningsRoach food (well, boric acid) is toxic so be careful when using if you have pets or small children! Placing it out of reach of dogs and cats, as well as kids, is important.