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Roaches are a huge problem in most houses and apartments. We also had that dilemma last year when our children got sick due to asthma. So we made it a point to regularly keep an eye out for those pests, and we still do after a year of being roach-free.

This is a really helpful post. Boric acid works really well for roaches and is free of chemicals, something the last poster would appreciate. Controlling what comes into your home I think really helps control roaches.

Baits didn't do too well for me. I moved into a house that was infested with roaches and the previous resident used baits EVERYWHERE. In fact, 2 years later, I still find bits a pieces of the baits she used (getting them off after so long was quite a hassle). Yet when I moved in, it seemed like it wasn't working at all because they were everywhere. Eventually I turned to dusting with boric acid powder and lots of cleaning. I removed all the baseboards in the kitchen and dusted the little space where the wall meets the floors. I also dusted under kitchen cabinets. I did take almost a year before I was completely free of roaches (at least I don't see any anymore).

Jim, Thanks for sharing about your experience with boric acid vs. baits. Baits are known to work well in many situations, but sometimes roaches just don't like and thus avoid certain baits. In your case, even though it took a long time, it sounds like you addressed the problem correctly and your efforts finally paid of!

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