Don’t you hate it when an uninvited pest makes its way into your home? Of course, he decided to bring his gang along. If you are a pet owner, you’ll need to do some research since your weapon of choice can be toxic to your furry friend. Hence a pet safe roach killer is your only option.
Now, there are plenty of DIY home recipes claiming to be effective against roaches, ants, and other insects; however, do they really work?
For example, can you use the same recipe for Borax to kill ants – for roaches? Second, is Borax safe for pets in the first place?
Let’s find out…
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What Pest Control Is Safe For Pets?
A top and pet safe roach killer which is recommended by professionals is Diatomaceous Earth. Your pets can ingest this product without causing them any harm, as it is non-toxic.
Side Note: When pesticides are found in pets, Diatomaceous Earth is used as the ingredient to treat the animal.
Diatomaceous Earth is made up of diatoms, which are the remains of algae organisms that lived in fresh bodies of water. These fossilized skeletons contain silica.
Over time the diatoms settled at the bottom of oceans, lakes, and rivers, which are then mined and produce into a fine powder. Its consistency is similar to baby powder.
How Did I Learn About Diatomaceous Earth?
I was introduced to this product by a Pest Control Company.
True story, when moving, a relative of mine rented a PODS storage unit; however, the previous tenant had bed bugs! What?!
The nightmare battle with bed bugs went unsuccessfully treated for one year. It was only after the third pest control company treated the property, and some furniture was replaced that the problem was corrected.
The previous two companies used heat and pet safe products, but the infestation resurfaced both times within weeks.
When the third pest control company was hired they initially used professional-grade chemicals. Unfortunately, I am no longer in contact with this pest company, so I am unaware of the chemicals used. I do recall at the time one of the employees mentioned it was sold only to licensed pest control companies.
After finishing their initial application, they place Diatomaceous Earth around the perimeter of all rooms in the home and left the bag of product behind for my relative to reapply if needed.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: They removed the electrical receptacles to ensure any pest living within the walls would be killed.
Not only is this product a pet safe roach killer, but it also works on bed bugs, ants, and most household insects. The property was free of all signs of inspects from that point on. Not even ONE ant – NADA!
It is by far my top recommendation!
By the way, I tried calling PODS headquarters for the homeowner to file a complaint and claim. The short story is that even if you can document the issue with receipts and doctor visits to show the timeline, that isn’t enough to prove it.
In other words, how do you prove it wasn’t the place you just moved into, or bed bugs made their way into the home from a purchase.
Why were we sure that the POD was the culprit? The furniture was placed in the POD and held at a storage facility for three weeks during the sales of two properties. After paying for a $2,500 heat treatment to remove the bed bugs, everyone wondered why the number one recommended treatment failed.
So, a worker took apart a piece of furniture only to find the bugs were living in the joints of the wood furniture. An infestation of that nature takes time. Hence there is no other explanation than the timeline of the furniture sitting in an infested POD under humid conditions for three weeks.
What I will say is a few of their employees stated it as a common issue. My relative spent about $8,000 in the process and lived through a nightmare for one year.
My advice…PLEASE inspect the moving truck you are renting!!!!!
Where Can Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Be Purchase?
It can be purchased at most home improvement stores or can be purchased on Amazon for a similar price point.
One word of caution, please use only food-grade Diatomaceous Earth since that’s the one that is non-toxic to pets. Lastly, this product is also sold for use in pools; however, that product is chemically treated and should not be purchased.
To use sprinkle a coating on surfaces where cockroaches have been seen or maybe hiding indoors.
Is Roach Spray Safe For Pets?
The most popular and effective Raid roach spray is made up of plant-based essential oils, which include lemongrass. Therefore, if it is used as directed, it is safe to use around children and pets. It works on roaches, ants, flying and crawling insects.
Sprays are generally best used to treat insects you can visibly see. It’s best to used both sprays and roach traps to eradicate those roaches quickly.
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The sprays below are aimed to kill cockroaches in 30-60 seconds. The baiting stations should be placed in areas that are unreachable to pets.
Does Borax Kill Roaches?
Yes, if they eat it.
For Borax to work as a pet safe roach killer or inspect killer, the pest needs to ingest it. Borax is part sodium AKA salt, and once swallowed, it dehydrates the roach.
Cockroaches are known to dehydrate quickly. Therefore, the cockroach does not have to eat much of it to die.
Does Borax kill the roach instantly? No, after traveling over the Borax, the powder will coat the cockroach’s legs. Once it returns to its hiding place, it will begin to eat the borax dust off its body, at which point the dehydration will begin.
It is not uncommon for pest killers to work by dehydrating the insect, which is why many roaches and ants seek a source of water.
The instructions for Boric Acid would be the same as the Diatomaceous Earth, and both can be used as pet safe roach killers.
Three Common Types Of Roaches And Where To Place Your Non-Toxic Roach Killer
Cockroaches thrive in dark and warm hiding places, so bait your stations accordingly. Don’t assume that roaches only live in unkempt houses. Roaches are a sneaky pest that will find the tiniest openings and cracks to make their way into your home.
- American Cockroach is what is found in Florida and other humid and hot states. They are also called palmetto bugs and are HUGE. They are commonly found in the bathrooms, kitchens, or pool areas.
- Brown Banded Cockroach, as the name implies they have a brown band and are the smallest type of roach. They prefer dry and warm nooks and crannies. They like to hang out in panties, cabinets, and behind the refrigerator.
- Oriental Cockroach, also known as Water Bugs, prefers wet environments. They can invade your home through drains and sewers.
DIY Cockroach Bait
For those of you that want to test out a simple DIY Cockroach Killer, here’s one that only requires two ingredients. You’ll want to use a one to one ratio.
- ½ Cup of Sugar
- ½ Cup of Baking Soda
Mix the above together and place the mixture in small batches around your home. An easy way to do this is by placing the mixture in plastic or foam cups. To make the cups more accessible to roaches, use a utility knife to cut the cups to ½ inch tall. Then pour the mix into the cups.
My takeaways are the following. If you’re seeking an effective yet pet safe roach killer, go for a goal by purchasing (DE) Diatomaceous Earth.
Second, keep your home tidy as leftover food can attract cockroaches, ants, and another crawling inspects. Make it a regular habit to update baiting stations to prevent a future infestation.
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