Things You'll Need
Carpet shampooer with upholstery attachment
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/8 cup sugar
1 cup boric acid powder
1/2 cup white flour
Yogurt containers with lids
Roach bait is effective but takes time. Replace the bait with fresh roach bait every few days for at least four to six weeks to make sure all roaches have been killed.
When buying second-hand furniture, inspect it closely to make sure it doesn't contain any unwelcome guests.
After spraying your couch with cockroach-killing insecticide, vacuum your couch every few days to remove dead roaches.
Cockroaches will inhabit most any area that offers them access to food and water. While the kitchen or pantry might be the most popular places for roaches, they're not the only places where you'll find them. An old couch or one that's laden with food crumbs and spills provides roaches with a place to both nest and eat. Finding roaches in your home is unpleasant, but discovering that they're living or hiding in your couch can be downright disturbing.
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Vacuum the couch the roach or roaches are inhabiting. Remove the couch's cushions so you can vacuum both them and the base of the couch where crumbs often fall. Turn the couch over on its back and vacuum underneath it as well.
Throw away the vacuum bag after vacuuming. Place the bag in a sealed container.
Shampoo your couch using the upholstery attachment on your carpet shampooer. Add carpet shampoo and 1/2 cup white vinegar to your shampooer. The shampooer will clean food spills and residue from your carpet while the smell of the vinegar repels and drives out roaches.
Lure remaining cockroaches out of your couch with a sweet roach bait. Mix together 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, 1/8 cup white sugar, 1 cup boric acid powder, 1/2 cup flour and enough water to make a soft dough-like mixture. Stir the ingredients well with a spoon.
Roll the roach bait into golf ball-sized balls. Place one ball into each of your empty, clean yogurt containers. Place the lids on the containers.
Punch a hole in the top of each yogurt container using scissors. Set the containers a few feet away from the couch to lure roaches out. The roaches will enter the bait station through the hole, eat some bait and carry some back to the nest where others will eat it and die.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.