You know how people like to say that cockroaches are so tough that they could survive the radiation from a nuclear explosion? Well, guess what? They’re not tough enough to survive soap bubbles! You can kill a cockroach with plain water and bubbles.
I hate cockroaches. And I used to be scared of them. When I saw one crawling around, I could never bring myself to smash it with a shoe or even a rolled up newspaper. Ugh. The mess, the gore, the guts, the possible spill out of cockroach eggs from the dead cockroach, and the contamination of your shoe and house with roach guts. Plus the risk of one going into attack mode, flying at you, and landing on your hair or down your back. Did I mention I hate cockroaches? So my options were:
a) call someone to kill it for me <– downside: requires a person with the same sense of urgency and desire to kill a cockroach right at that moment or else the cockroach will have too much time to escape and hide
b) spray a ton of Raid on it <– downside: toxic smell, even if it’s the water-based Raid that smells better than regular Raid
c) light a candle or lighter and spray Raid at the flame to create a blowtorch and burn the cockroach to death <– downside: scorch marks on wall; also then-boyfriend (now Husband) might suspect you of being a pyromaniac
And then I discovered the best and cleanest cockroach killer– BUBBLES! Bubbles kill cockroaches almost instantly. It doesn’t matter what you make the bubbles from. You can use any kind of shampoo, liquid soap, detergent, dish washing liquid or soap as long as it makes bubbles. This is a good way to use up leftover shampoo or liquid soap that you don’t want to use on yourself.
Killing cockroaches with bubbles is easy, quick, and very satisfying. When you see a cockroach crawling, all you have to do is grab a container of water and squirt some shampoo or liquid soap into the water. Then you mix it up to make it bubbly and fling the bubbly water at the cockroach. Cockroaches breathe through openings on their bodies. The bubbles will coat the openings and suffocate the cockroach! Depending on your accuracy and the speed of the cockroach, you may not get enough bubbles on the cockroach on your first attempt. As long as you get some water on it though, this will be enough to slow it down so you can pour more bubbles on it until it dies. This is an effective method for killing cockroaches that are on walls, high places, and other spots that are beyond arm’s reach. It is easy to fling water at great distances with some accuracy and they fall off the walls as soon as you hit them with some soapy water. You can also use a spray bottle filled with water and shampoo or soap. This method uses less water, so it’s more economical and less messy. It’s best to use lots of soapy water though to ensure that the cockroach is really dead and not just knocked out.
Another plus of this method is that when you’re done, your surroundings are cleaner and smell fresh! Clean up is a simple matter of wiping up the soapy water and getting rid of the dead cockroach. I noticed that cockroaches often secrete something dark and disgusting as they die. This could be the cockroach eggs. From what I’ve read, it’s best to flush it down the toilet.
This is a great cockroach killing method to use when you suddenly come across a cockroach or even a bunch of cockroaches that you want to kill. Of course it’s best to make sure you don’t have cockroaches in the house in the first place by keeping things clean. I also plan to try the tip in this article on making cockroach bait balls out of an egg yolk and 30-50 grams of boric acid because I just killed two cockroaches in my bathroom last week.
This article is not really related to the farm! We haven’t stayed there long enough to even attract cockroaches. I thought of this article when I wanted to share a a “homesteading tip” on The Prarie Homestead. Then I realized that there was a LOT I wanted to write about killing cockroaches!
UPDATE: Boric acid powder works very well in eliminating cockroaches. Sprinkle it inside cabinets, on drains, and along walls in areas where you see a lot of cockroaches. Boric acid powder is the main ingredient in Borax, the laundry booster. It is safe to use around pets. It is NOT poisonous to dogs. It is a cheap and not so toxic way to get rid of cockroaches.
ANOTHER UPDATE: I tried soapy water in a spray bottle and it was AMAZING!! Same results throwing water at the cockroach, but with much less water!