55 Answers

I have the worst cockroach problem. I have the big and the small ones. They are in the beds, in the clothes cupboards and drawers, in the fridge and freezer and I wake up to them running across me in the middle of the night! I have bombed the house numerous times, I have surface sprayed, laid baits, used electric power plug emitters and in the last two months I have had the professional exterminators (two different companies) come and spray the house.
Help please… They are driving me round the bend. I have no option to move so I have to deal with them and I don’t want to live with them. I have a baby who is five months old and I have started standing at the edge of the cot at night because I have found cockroaches crawling in her bassinet. Please don’t think we are dirty because we aren’t, I vacuum twice a day now and I have thrown out so much furniture ( even our lounge suite) to try and reduce the places they hide etc. I am at the point of crying every time I think about the cockroaches. I mean if an exterminator can’t get rid of them who can? Please help I am beside myself…

Posted anonymously, 25th March 2014

Want more real mum questions sent to you?

You'll need to check this email to complete your signup.
Ask your question
  • I make my own home-made traps and that tends to keep the numbers down.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this awful situation. Apart from keeping food in containers and the house tidy, all you can do is set traps/baits and keep persisting.

  • Oh no, that sounds awful !!
    I have good experiences with Diatomaceous Earth. Personally I prefer natural remedies first.
    But when that doesn’t help you could get your house treated by pest control.

  • They do come in when it is hot for water. Ensure no leaks.

  • I set traps for them and the traps catch lots of them. I get clean pasta or jam jars and rub a little vaseline along the top rim and down about 5 centimetres. Then I place half a teaspoon of ground coffee in each jar. I place the jars in dark cupboards, near skirting boards etc and the following morning the jars will have cockroaches in them that crawl in because of the coffee smell but cannot get out because of the vaseline at the top of the jar. I then place the jars in the laundry tub and half fill them with boiling water. The boiling water kills the cockroaches instantly and I then tip them out into the garden. I then clean the jars and repeat.

  • I’m thinking of getting one of those pest free electronic devices, but I don’t know if they really work.

  • I had a problem when l moved into a rental and l had to get a professional in,thank god!

  • Poor you; I know this sounds awful; but is there a nest somewhere? May be worth investigating?

  • yeah get a good treatment option. if you are renting, the landlords will usually go for the cheapest option just so that they can say that the place has been spayed. Get cockroach bombs and put them under the stove, fridge etc away from bub. Surface spray outside the house around doors and windows, don’t forget around the garage door. Eliminate junk and food scraps. Being vigilant is pretty much required. Don’t stress too much

  • hope you get it sorted for your bubby. it sucks having those pests

  • Good luck!

  • Oh no. I really feel for you and can’t imagine how frustrating this would be. I really hope you are able to gather some good advice. I am very sorry that I do not have any, other than to seek info of natural based remedies and give them a go if you can. GOOD LUCK!

  • I hope you found an answer for this I think we all have the same problem once in a while.

  • i hope you found a fix for this

  • block off any possible entry holes and get back onto those exterminators

Post you answer
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

What is your answer to that question?
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your answer and join MoM:

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating