I recently discovered a container of baking powder that had expired in my kitchen cabinet. Instead of throwing it out, I decided to do something useful with it by creating a cockroach-killing powder.
That's right, baking powder and baking soda are cockroach killers - natural, non-toxic alternatives to poisonous commercial cockroach-killing formulas advertised on television. This is especially useful in Taiwan, where cockroaches can become a really big nuisance.
- baking soda or baking powder
- any kind of granulated sugar
- empty container
- small, shallow containers or dishes (wide, plastic bottle caps work nicely)
1. Mix equal parts baking soda/baking powder with equal parts sugar.
2. Place the mixture into your container of choice.
3. Shake it up so the mixture is evenly distributed.
4. Pour some of the mixture into the shallow containers/dishes.
Place the shallow containers of your cockroach-killing powder in corners and areas where you think cockroaches often roam. The sugar in the mixture will attract the cockroach to eat it, and the ingested baking powder/baking soda will kill the cockroach by expanding inside its stomach, killing them from the inside out. The container must be shallow enough for cockroaches to easily reach the mixture inside. Although this mixture isn't toxic to animals or children, it's still probably best to keep it out of their reach since you don't want them touching or eating things cockroaches have come in contact with.
I can say from personal experience that this powder mixture truly works. After I began using this mixture, I have found dead cockroaches in random corners of the house. This is a much cheaper and better solution to a cockroach problem than using commercial cockroach killers, as not only are they toxic to the environment, they also help create new generations of stronger cockroaches immune to numerous industrial poisons.