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DIY pest control…with extra EVIL

DIY Pest Control, A Mom Apart

I can has baking soda?

What’s worse than the heat, humidity and smog during an Atlanta summer?

Disgusting, vile, festering cockroaches.

We’ve had a bit of a problem every summer since we moved in to our “fixer” home. For one, our neighborhood is older and very wooded. Second, the folks who lived there before us weren’t exactly the cleanest, to put it mildly. Lucie is also on this “throw all my food on the floor” kick, which can’t help the problem either.

Despite paying an arm and a leg for pest control services, the problem seemed to be getting worse. They recently started to appear in the most horrifying of places. On the ceiling in the bedroom in the middle of the night. In my bath towel. The kitchen cabinets. The worst of all had to be when one jumped out of the freaking toilet paper roll during a midnight bathroom break. I screamed and woke up my husband, who claims he nearly had a heart attack and wouldn’t speak to me the rest of the morning.

Tired of living in fear, I visited my local Lowe’s on a mission. An associate approached my as I stared at the endless assortment of pest poisons, traps and sprays. “Can I help you, “ma’am?”

“I want them dead. I want them all dead,” I respond.

“You don’t need any of these,” he says. “See, I was born and raised in Miami, and we never had a roach problem. Your solution is Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.”


“You see,” he continues, “Roaches can’t expell gas.”

He looks around to make sure no one is overhearing this, then lowers his voice. “That means they can’t fart.”


“So just leave a capful of the baking soda in places where you’re seeing the roaches, or points of entry. Cracks in the wall, under the kitchen sink, on top of the cabinets, behind the toilets. They will eat it and also take some back to their nest. Then they will basically explode.”

“Explode!” Now my face is lighting up. “Sounds niiiice and violent. Let’s do this thing!”

Total cost: about 97 cents. I started putting my plan to work that very night, filling small containers with the baking soda and placing them all around the house. What was especially cool about this approach was that I didn’t have to worry about my dog or kid getting into it or being exposed – it’s just baking soda! But I still had my doubts.

The next morning I found one crawling around on the faucet. But he looked pretty sick. I could see little disgusting tracks in the baking soda traps, which was disturbing in a way, but it told me they were at least interested.

After 2 days – NONE! I haven’t seen one in the house since.

Now that it has been a solid two weeks, I am totally calling my pest control service and cancelling. Who would have thought baking soda!?

I know it seems a little random for this type of blog, but I couldn’t resist sharing this miracle. Are you listening, Mrs. Here’s a Tip?