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Kill Cockroaches in Your Home


Dead cockroach by interior wall
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Nobody likes roaches in their homes, but harsh chemicals can be dangerous to use around young children and pets. Here's a homemade, safer roach killer.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Mix equal parts powdered sugar and borax in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in cracks along walls and under cupboards.
  3. Keep away from children and pets.
  4. Repeat as necessary for one to two weeks until all roaches have died.


  1. Borax is relatively safe and can be found near the laundry soap in your grocery store.
  2. Borax slowly kills roaches by interfering with their metabolism.

What You Need

  • Borax
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Mixing Bowl

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