Safe, Easy & Effective Way to Get Rid of Roaches

Now that Spring is officially here, many of us are starting to get warm weather. We’re loving it here in Texas! However, with warm weather, roaches and other pests start to come out of the cracks and openings in our homes where they’ve been hiding in an attempt to stay warm during the winter. Roaches are not only really gross and give you that creepy crawly feeling when you see them, they can spread food-borne illnesses and their waste and body parts can cause allergies.

There’s a very simple and inexpensive way to get roaches out of your home.

Marilee taught me this trick ten years ago and I’ve had noticeable success with it in six different homes in four different cities. When we moved into our current home in Austin, TX, I saw at least two roaches a day. It was summertime and they were MASSIVE. I was so disgusted, but within a week or so of making my homemade “roach bait”, we almost never saw any again!


Mix equal parts of:

  • powdered sugar
  • yellow cornmeal – use fine cornmeal
  • Borax or boric acid*

*I have always used Borax with success, but if you have heavy infestation you might try the boric acid. You can purchase it at your local pharmacy.

Place mixture in caps around the house – under refrigerator, in cabinets, etc. (I use jar lids and the caps of empty supplement bottles.)

There’s no exact number of caps you should put out. Just use your best judgement and if it is a heavy infestation, go for a more concentrated effort. I usually put  five or six in my kitchen and two or three in my bathrooms.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have children and/or pets, place where they cannot access.

I have a toddler, so I put them on my countertops (hidden behind things so they’re not an eyesore), in the back of cabinets that have child locks, and behind the fridge. I put the majority of them in our kitchen and also some in our bathrooms.

This will rid the house of roaches in about two weeks and works up to a year. It is much more effective (and safer!!!) than having a pest control service treat your home with pesticides.

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  1. Hi Kelly,
    I don’t have roaches, but I do have spiders, earwigs, and those furry long-legged millipedes. I know it’s awful, but I have actually had mice and a snake in my house to come after these and the only thing that’s worked to keep all the insects, mammals, and reptiles out is a pest control service. Does this attract the bugs and poison them or does it repel them?

    Thank you!

  2. Can i put this outside or will it be potentially harmful to other animals out there? Here the waterbugs are outside but sometimes come in. Yuck! I’d like to kill them outside so they don’t wander in.

    1. No we don’t suggest putting them outside since you don’t want animals eating it + you don’t want it to get wet! You can put diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the house to hopefully prevent them getting inside 🙂

    1. Hi Nicole! Just fill the cap however small or large the cap is. They are efficacious about 6 months or when they are empty from the roaches eating it, then refill.

  3. Hi – do you have any recommendations on what to use for little springtails inside the house? I spray them with vinegar to kill them, but more return. I was thinking of using diatomaceous earth and leaving some on my window sills and around the outside of my house (I have 2 small children). Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!! Thank YOU!!


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