Wednesday, November 07, 2012

How to Kill Cockroaches

I made some killer cookies yesterday.  No, seriously...They were actually deadly.  Made. With. Poison. I might not enjoy cooking but I'm not gonna lie, this particular batch was a pleasure to make.  I'm so sinister, I know.

I mentioned yesterday that we found a few baby roaches aboard our boat.  Granted, we've only seen a few but, as they say, where there is one there are many.  Scott and I immediately took to Cruisers Forum to research all things cockroach on boats.  Because everyone seems to have different experience with what works and what doesn't, Scott and I decided to wage a full blown offensive and try them all.

One of the more "fun" and "interesting" ideas we found was to make "roach cookies".  As most of you are well aware, I'm no galley guru but even I thought "Heck! I could make those!"  I decided to give it a go while Isla was napping because a) the main ingredient is boric acid and 2) I didn't want our first mommy/daughter cooking experience to involve poison.  Call me crazy.

They are super easy to make, require NO baking and all you need are three simple ingredients.  If not for the poison, these little treats would take Pinterest by storm.
  • 3 Tablespoons BORIC ACID
  • 2 Tablespoons POWDERED SUGAR
  • 1.5 Tablespoons SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK.                                              
    • (these measurements are estimates and not exact. Just make sure you put in plenty of the acid stuff) 
Here is how you whip up this killer little treat:
  1. Mix all the ingredients together until they reach the consistency of peanut butter
  2. Spoon them onto parchment paper and allow them to dry for 3-5 hours
  3. Place in strategic places around your boat/house but KEEP OUT OF REACH OF ANIMALS AND CHILDREN.
I should warn you:  the concoction looks deliciously like cupcake frosting (which I love) so please be sure to refrain from licking the spoon.  Also be sure to clean all surfaces thoroughly afterward to make sure any stray acid powder doesn't get in your food.

Will the roach cookies work?  It's going to be hard to say because we also laid about twenty different roach motels around the boat (2 different types), and fogged the boat with two foggers at once.  We're pretty certain one of these things, if not the combo of all three, will result in the death of these disgusting little critters.  We are also going to keep the poisons there for now, and fog again in a couple weeks to kill of any eggs that hatch in the next 20-30 days.

War has been waged on our boat.  There are not many things that I know for sure, but one thing I do know is that last night was not a good night to be a cockroach on our boat.

I also want to thank the many of you wrote us on Facebook and via email in response to yesterday's post.  You are awesome and the response was overwhelming (in a good way).  We really appreciate your insight and ideas and a few of you might have even saved us a couple grand.  Better than a kick in the face!

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Laura and Hans said...

I thought I'd die the night I found a huge cockroach on our boat. Then I really thought I'd die when I read that if you see one there are thousands(?) more hiding and you'll never get rid of them. However, after reading about why Borax works I decided to try it. Once Borax is ingested by a roach it can no longer absorb water and it literally dries up and dies. I also squirted dry Borax in the walls behind outlets and hoses using a condiment bottle with a pointy nozzle. All my food is now sealed in plastic baggies. I even have my bottle of olive oil sealed in a bag when I'm not using it. I'm knocking on wood here but we haven't seen a roach since then!!

Laura and Hans said...

Oops, I forgot to mention that Borax and boric acid are pretty much the same thing. I used 20 Mule Team Borax that you find in the detergent section at the grocery store

Peter Zink said...

Don't forget to spray your lines each week with roach killer to help keep them from getting on board in the first place! And minimize cardboard and labels with glue behind them of course.

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This same solution works great on ants too. I used to to rid our house of Brazilian ants or commonly referred to piss or sugar ants. In a couple of weeks it wiped them out and been ant free ever since.

Mike M. said...

Are you referring to the lines from the dock to the boat?

Mike M. said...

What a mess! I'm sure with all that poison and cookies, they don't stand a chance!

Tasha Hacker said...

I can totally sympathize! I'm at my wits end re: things breaking on the boat...it's like a rotten onion - you peel off one layer and then you find another rotten layer underneath! Good luck tackling those cockroaches! xx

Tasha

Mike Lintro said...

I am not going to lie, those do look pretty yummy. It is still amazing to me that there are actually things that you can feed cockroaches that will kill them. It just seems like the only way to get rid of them, is to trap them, and then squish them. I guess you could always call pest control if your "killer cookies" didn't work. http://www.westexpestmanagement.com/pest-identification.php?apest=4

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I've heard that some of these roaches are developing a distaste for sugar. They seem to be adapting from all of deaths that come from these kind of tricks. I guess you can cook other foods to entice them with poison. You have to constantly be on your toes with these guys. http://www.snowballpestcontrol.com/bed-bug-control

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