Getting Rid Of Roaches

A guide to different ways to get rid of roaches in the home.

Of all of the household pests that people encounter from time to time, one of the least popular is the roach. Aside from crawling over dishes and food to spread waste and disease, roaches are just plain hard to kill. It's been joked that the only survivors of a nuclear war would be roaches, lawyers, and IRS agents... but in the end, the roaches would probably outlive even the other two.

There are ways to take care of a roach infestation, however. Below you'll find a list of various methods, complete with the advantages and drawbacks of each.

First we'll look at boric acid, which can be found in a variety of forms (including Borax powder). Boric acid can be very effective in taking care of roaches (as well as fleas, ants, and a variety of other household pests), and has the added benefit of the roaches taking it back to their nest where it can be shared with other roaches. The powder can be sprinkled on carpets or under appliances... wherever you're used to seeing the roaches. The drawback of using boric acid is that if you have pets or small children, the boric acid can be ingested by them and make them very sick.

Next, let's examine roach baits and traps. Both baits and traps work on the same principle... the roach is offered a free meal, but when it comes to collect it something bad happens. In the case of roach baits, the roach ingests a poison with the bait which it takes back to the nest. When it dies, the rest of the roaches eat it, and are poisoned as well. With traps, the roach goes for the bait and becomes stuck on a sticky surface or inside of a box of some sort. The drawback of roach baits are that you have to have poison in your house, where a pet or small child might find it; roach traps can become troublesome if a pet or child gets the sticky substance on their hands, paws, or other parts of the body.

Another option is using a pesticide or fogger to get rid of roaches. This entails some variation of covering everything with a poison, which can get into the nest and kill all of the roaches. Of course, this brings with it the problem of keeping family and pets away from the house while it's being used, and cleaning up any surfaces that were covered with the poison afterward. Even the poison residue can make people sick, so everything has to be covered beforehand and cleaned up afterward.

Of course, you may simply choose to hire an exterminator to come in and take care of your roach problem for you. They are professionally trained, and use pesticides and devices specifically designed to take care of roaches and other pests. The main drawbacks of professional extermination are the fact that you do have to pay for the service, and they often leave behind baits, traps, and some chemical residues from their work.

One last (and very common) solution to roach problems is also the cutest... get a cat. Cats are hunters by nature, and have evolved from wild cats who are used to hunting in the dark. Many cats who hear something scurrying around under cover of night automatically go into hunting mode, and many cat owners rarely if ever see roaches in their house. Of course, a single cat won't be able to take care of an infestation, and some owners may worry that letting their cat hunt roaches might make the cat sick. Just remember that cats can cause allergic reactions in some people, and do require food, water, and veterinary care (as well as a lot of love, when they feel like it), so don't get a cat simply to solve your roach problem.

No matter what method you choose, each has its own drawbacks and advantages. Make the choice that's right for you, and keep your mind open to other alternatives if needed.

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