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Homemade Roach Bait

There is a long-standing joke that cockroaches would survive a nuclear attack or cataclysmic event that destroyed all other life on the planet. For most people, however, roaches are not a laughing matter.

Although seemingly indestructible, roaches can be controlled with homemade treatments.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 oz. shortening
  • 2 oz. sugar
  • 8 oz. flour
  • 8 oz. powdered boric acid
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • Water

There is a long-standing joke that cockroaches would survive a nuclear attack or cataclysmic event that destroyed all other life on the planet.  For most people, however, roaches are not a laughing matter.

While keeping a clean house is important in avoiding infestation, sometimes the creatures will still take up residence, necessitating more drastic action.  Homemade roach baits may help in repelling and killing the invaders without adding harsh chemicals to your home.

  1. Mix the shortening and sugar together.
  2. Combine the flour, boric acid and onion.
  3. Add the shortening mixture to the flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir in water to make a dough.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls and place them in areas where roaches have appeared. If you have small children or pets, place the bait in an empty plastic soda bottle, capped, in which you have cut a slit just large enough for the roaches to enter.
  6. Tip

    For a quick mixture, you may use equal parts of boric acid and sugar dissolved in water. However, this is not as effective at killing the nest, which is the long-term solution.

    Warning

    Boric acid is toxic, so do not place or store the bait within the reach of children or animals. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the bait.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 oz. shortening
  • 2 oz. sugar
  • 8 oz. flour
  • 8 oz. powdered boric acid
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • Water

Tip

  • For a quick mixture, you may use equal parts of boric acid and sugar dissolved in water. However, this is not as effective at killing the nest, which is the long-term solution.

Warning

  • Boric acid is toxic, so do not place or store the bait within the reach of children or animals. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the bait.

About the Author

Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.

Photo Credits

  • jumping roach image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com
  • jumping roach image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com