How to Stop a Heavy Roach Infestation

A dead cockroach ready to be cleaned up.
What You'll Need
Roach smoke bombs
Boric acid (powdered)

A roach infestation is no laughing matter and neither is the process you have to go through in order to get rid of them. Roaches can cause disease as well as cause damage to your home and belongings. There are many products on the market to kill and dispose of small numbers of roaches, but a heavy roach infestation is a much more troubling matter. This article will show you how to deal with a heavy roach infestation and how to prevent it from happening again.

Step 1 - Determine if You Have a Roach Infestation

For the most part, cockroaches are medium in size but in some parts of the world they can become very large. A cockroach can often be identified visually by their spiny legs and brown, oval bodies, and they have very long antennae. They come out at night and are spooked off by light. If you see one roach you most likely have many more. When you go to look for the roaches you should go at night or look in dark areas of your home like under cupboards and in crawl spaces. Use a flashlight to avoid scaring them. If you have trouble locating a roach then determine their existence by their droppings. They are small pellets or slimy brown spots.

Step 2 - Locate the Roach Entrance

This is much easier said than done as tracking roaches is difficult because they are very fast insects. Check around the exterior of the home and look for cracks in the foundation and holes around windows and pipes. Any crack or hole can be an entrance point for roaches and they can even come up from the drains. This is when preventative measures are needed after the initial attack on their horde.

Step 3 - The First Wave

Killing off a heavy roach infestation is done in two steps with the first wave being the initial poisoning of the insect. There are organic methods, but using chemical smoke bombs placed all around your home is very effective. Make sure that the house is clear of all people and animals and that all cabinets, doors, and other storage areas are open (with the exception of exit doors). Set off the bombs and follow the instructions for wait time before entering the home. Once you enter the house, use the vacuum to suck up any dead roaches.

Step 4 - Prevention and the Second Wave

Smoke bombs never get rid of all of the roaches, but it will greatly diminish the amount of roaches that you have to deal with. Now you have to concentrate on prevention as well as bait and kill. Mix together one part boric acid with one part cocoa and one part sugar. Place this in the back of cabinets, under the sink, and wherever roaches may go. It will take about six weeks in total to rid yourself of the problem. In the meantime, take preventative measures like sealing cracks, keeping a clean and dry kitchen, removing logs and other debris away from the house and ensuring that garbage is covered or sealed.