How to Get Rid of Roaches in a Condo

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Roaches are one of the most challenging pests to eliminate.
Roaches are one of the most challenging pests to eliminate. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Cockroaches are notoriously indestructible. They are also notoriously gross. Having an infestation can make even the cleanest home feel filthy. Depending on the severity of your infestation, you may just need to make a few lifestyle adjustments to get rid of the pests. Identifying what the roaches are attracted to and where they are coming in are the first steps to getting roaches out of your condo.

Things You'll Need

  • Boric acid
  • Bay leaves
  • Powdered sugar

Keep trash and all food inaccessible to roaches. Cockroaches will try to find food and sources of water in your condo. Invest in plastic containers for your food (this will also protect your food) and get a trash can that will seal shut. Only keep dog or cat food out when your pet is eating it. Clean up any spilled water and do not let water sit in your sink. Vacuum, sweep and dust often to eliminate any crumbs.

Use boric acid. Boric acid is generally non-toxic to both pets and humans when used as an insecticide. Apply the acid where you see roaches. You can apply it on kitchen counters, behind the refrigerator, under your stove, in pantries and cabinets. Add a little powdered sugar to the boric acid to help attract the bugs to the poison. Boric acid will take a few days to work, so if you do not notice a reduction in roaches immediately, give it some time.

Try a natural repellent. Crumble bay leaves and sprinkle them where roaches are known to enter. The insects are known to avoid the fragrance.

Locate cracks in your walls, cupboards, and baseboards. Add caulk to any cracks. Condos are often directly connected to other units. The best way to keep them out is to eliminate their entry point. Put a draft stopper against doors to keep them from crawling under them.

Consult a professional if you have an infestation. An infestation is both gross and unhealthy. Living in a condo, you may have a contractual obligation to get rid of the pests.

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