America is without a doubt a nation of DIYers. And it is fun to do things on your own. Hanging a bug zapper on your patio to kill off a few stray mosquitoes is all nice and good, but what about DIY when it comes to more serious pests or those that are more difficult to kill off? Should you or shouldn’t you and do DIY insect remedies actually work.

Well, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. But today I want to take a closer look at DIY cockroach treatments and their efficacy. So here is everything you have always wanted to know about cockroach treatments and how effective they truly are:

Are DIY Cockroach Home Remedies Really Working?

Are DIY Home Remedies for Cockroaches Really Working?

Here is what you need to know about the application and effectiveness of DIY remedies for cockroach control.
Chandler, Arizona

What cockroach species am I dealing with?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was only one kind of cockroach, yeah sadly that’s not the case. In fact, there are over 3000 known species of cockroaches crawling over the planet right now, luckily only a few of them are considered to be pests and you are most likely dealing with one of two; the German cockroach (Blattella germanica), which is the most common one, or the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana).

Why are cockroaches in my (clean) home?

Well, they are kind of like people. Like like to live inside where they are sheltered from the elements, have it warm and access to food. This of course leads to the problem of them taking a hold of your home, reproducing to large numbers and are extremely hard to get rid of. Having a clean home is nice, but it is no guarantee for not having cockroaches stopping by. Cockroaches are not only ugly, but they also carry potential diseases they can pass on to humans which makes them the Number 1 enemy of most Chandler homeowners.

What can I do about it?

Ideally, of course, you contact and work with your Chandler cockroach exterminator, but sometimes, you just don’t want to wait until the pest crew shows up (even though Varsity has a great response time) and you may want to try some home remedies on your cockroaches in the interim. So let’s take a look at some of the options available to you and how well they work.

Cockroach Bait

Cockroach bait products can be split in three groups: bait stations, bait gels, and bait in granular form. Bait stations and gels are suitable for indoor and outdoors use, while granules are typically used outside only.

Now what exactly are they?

Bait Station

The bait station -which is commonly also called cockroach trap- is made up of three components. The attracting agent, the killing agent and the device that holds the two. Meaning in order to be effected, the bait station has to actually entice cockroaches to approach and then kill them on contact with a toxic substance.

Cockroach bait stations have shown to be highly effective in Chandler and have helped many homeowners to get rid of those nasty pests. It is essential, however, to use them properly. What this means is that the trap won’t do you any good (or the roach any harm) if you put it in the wrong spot. These bait traps are best places near the trashcan, in the pantry or under the sink. They are not going to harm food stored close by, but should be kept away from kids and pets. This is not because they are going to poison children and pets ( in fact, the poison is not strong enough), but oftentimes, the bait stations break and children or pets put the broken plastic pieces in their mouths and may choke on it.

Despite its effectiveness, the popularity of bait stations is declining in Chandler and many homeowners are turning to gel baits instead.

Gel Baits

Placing cockroach bait stations in your Chandler home
Why have become roach bait gels more popular? Because they are the more versatile and economical option for your DIY roach control project. Here is why:

  • young roaches which may not yet feed on solids, can easily feed on the gel
  • the gel is moist and cockroaches love moisture
  • no choking hazard to kids and pets
  • different dispensing options such as syringe, aerosol or bait guns which allow for precise placement of the bait

Because bait guns are too pricey for the regular homeowner, the disposable syringe is the most commonly used way of applying bait gels. And it is very economical too. A syringe generally is enough to bait your entire Chandler home for a moderate cockroach infestation.

Granule Baits

This is the least popular form of home cockroach bait, but are very popular with the professional cockroach eliminators. Granules are suitable for crawl spaces, outdoor use, attics and basements.

Expert tip: Don’t use roach repellent spray in conjunction with bait traps. While it seem to make perfect sense, it will repel the cockroaches and actually prevent them from being attracted to the bait trap.

Boric Acid/Borax

Boric acid is probably the best known DIY cockroach remedy and has been around for decades. It can be highly efficient in getting rid of cockroaches, if you do it right.

When using boric acid or borax (which are not the same thing, but similar and yield the same results), you should only lightly dust the area where the cockroaches are suspected to be. Sadly, they are not stupid and if you can see the powder, so can your cockroaches. The powder destroys their exoskeleton and when they clean themselves of afterwards, it will also poison them from the inside out. Don’t get it wet, it will make it less effective and keep it away from your kids, pets, and food, because it can be toxic for humans and pets, as well. However, you can use it together with bait traps without problem.

Home Remedies That Won’t Work

Being green and environmentally conscious is a great thing and here at Varsity, we do everything to keep you, your family, your pets and your environment healthy and happy and while we are all for some green approaches to pest control, some simply won’t work. And while you can go ahead and try the following, we have not found them to effective for cockroach control or elimination:

  • bay leaves
  • cucumber peels
  • citrus floor cleaner
  • soapy water

For the best and most effective cockroach remedy contact your Chandler pest control expert. Varsity Termite and Pest Control has been fighting cockroaches successfully for years. And we will keep them from coming back, too. To learn more about our comprehensive pest control services or to schedule a free home inspection, contact us today.

Published By:

Varsity Termite and Pest Control

6056 E Baseline Rd #122
Mesa, AZ 85206

Office: 602-757-8252

Gary Dobert

Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

More Posts

Pest Control Categories

Let us Call you


    • Guy that came out for my termite problem was very knowledgeable, explained everything thoroughly and did a great job. Would definitely recommend them to others for termite control in the Mesa area.

      -Terry J. in Mesa, AZ
    • 5 star workmanship and customer service. I haven’t had termites in years since first calling Varsity for my termite inspection and treatment. Their termite prevention package has made my life worry free!

      -Elizabeth L. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Tony called me within 5 minutes of my hitting the submit button for a scorpion quote. I never heard from the other two competitors. The job was done the next day and he even directed me to the $100 discount coupon. The scorpions are gone and my kids are safe again. I will be calling Varsity again and telling my friends about them.

      -Britney R. in Chandler, AZ
    • Great experience.

      -Monica S. in Mesa, AZ
    • I wanted a family owned business and got one, I was very pleased everyone was so pleasant and friendly. I plan on signing up for more service.

      -Theresa C. in Mesa, AZ
    • Tony was great and worked with my hectic schedule. So far I haven’t seen any creepy crawlers!

      -Kayla D. in Queen Creek, AZ
    • Varsity responded quickly and took care of the problem. I now have them set up to come once a month at a reasonable price. There were lots of dead bugs, including scorpions, which showed me that their treatments are very effective.

      -Jodi M. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Arrived on time, high quality, quick, and efficient work done by them. Very customer friendly, professional, and very honest and informative. Price was great. I would recommend them to anyone.

      -Sarah R. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • Called back within minutes of my request , set up an inspection asap, price was fair, showed up right on time did the work even having to move some shelving I failed to have ready, also moved them back when done. Work was done as said and cleaned up everything when done, the individual doing the work was prompt, professional and very courteous. I highly recommend Varsity and as I am entering into flipping houses they will be the Pest Control people on my team.

      -ST. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • He is very straight forward, very honest, very business like. He really tries to make the customer happy.

      -Frank B.
    • I wanted to let you know that yesterday’s service with Robert and Jared was better than expected! They were obviously well-trained and knew their jobs very well. The work was quick, efficient and thorough with virtually no disruption to my day. Your inspection of my property and their treatment was top notch and I look forward to referring Varsity to all who are looking for professional and trustworthy service.

      -Judy R.
    50% off Pest Control Service
    100% off Termite Control