If you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches in the house, then this article might help you. Although it is always better to call the professionals to handle the situation, you can still take some measures on your own for the time being.

Identify Infestation Areas

First things first, identify where those pesky little creatures are hiding. If you know where their hiding spots are, then you have already done 50% of the work. Then again, an experienced fellow would be fit for this job much better. When you are doing this on your own, just use a bright flash light and check corners of your house. The best hiding spots for cockroaches are under the kitchen sink, behind the toilet, under the table, behind sofas, behind refrigerators and under your bed. These are their favorite hiding spots and infestation areas.

Identify Cockroach Hiding Areas
Identify Cockroach Hiding Areas

Check these areas and mark them with glue strips. Glue strips will stop their movement, it will be easy for you to catch or kill cockroaches with glue strips. Use them specifically in high traffic areas.

Use Caulk to Seal off Gaps

Caulks are best when it comes to stopping cockroach’s infestation. Caulks can close of gaps or seal cracks and small holes. These are the cockroach’s favorite areas for hiding and breeding. So make good use of caulk to ruin their infestation.

Silicone Caulk Gun
Silicone Caulk Gun

Use Cockroach Gel Bait

Cockroach gel bait is an effective trap and killer for cockroaches. It causes no mess. It is like a sticky gel that is going to stick to a surface. Cockroaches will be attracted to the scent of the gel and will try to consume it. Sometimes they will even share this gel with other cockroaches. The gel contains poisonous chemicals which are deadly for cockroaches. Within one night of consuming this gel every cockroach will be left dead. This is a very effective tool for getting rid of cockroaches.

Cockroach Gel Bait
Cockroach Gel bait

Effectiveness of Boric Acid

Boric acid also known as Hydrogen Borate is a chemical, can be found in products like detergent and toothpaste, is a very weak mono-basic acid. Research has found that this acid can be one of the most effective cockroach killers. If it is directly applied it can be displaced by air currents and lose its effectiveness. Also it is dangerous to children and pets if it comes in direct contact to them. Use boric acid infused detergents to clean cloths. This will keep cockroaches away from the cloths and storage. Don’t just spread around detergent and toothpaste in hopes of getting rid of cockroaches. Use the chemical products effectively to keep house and stuffs clean. This will not let roaches infest wherever they want. So check product labels before buying see if they have boric acid or not.

Boric Acid for killing Cockroaches
Boric Acid for killing cockroaches

The Pest Control

Lastly, when all have failed, the last option that will be left in hand is to call the pest control. The pest control team has professionals who are trained to find and kill cockroaches or any other pests. And they can guarantee that roaches or pests will not come back for a certain amount of time. This is probably the best option, no thinking involved.

Caulk on wall
Caulk on wall


We hope this article gave you some ideas on how to handle cockroach infestation in house or in office. Use these methods to get rid of any infestation. Stay clean and safe and call the pest control if necessary.