How to Catch and Kill a Cockroach

How to catch and kill a cockroach may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to moving to Mexico, but let me say that it will become one of the first “survival” skills you’ll want to have if you truly intend to live here.

I came from a large city where two spiders per year in my apartment warranted a fumigator. When I moved to Mexico I was insect-shocked within the first week. I didn’t sleep a sound night for the first four months because I couldn’t get over the freely-roaming insects, both day and night.

It was the nighttime critters that were the worst because when you’re sleeping, they’re crawling and who’s to say they won’t end up crawling on you? That was my thinking and was the reason I laid awake for the first four months.

It took me a few years (yes, years) to get used to the bugs. In particular, I had a difficult time with the cockroaches because, since we’re being honest, I’d never seen them before. Again, big city, two spiders a year…

So…Mexico was a HUGE shock for me, but I did manage to get over my cockroach conundrum. How? By learning to outsmart them. As much as I hate to admit it cockroaches are not only fast, they’re smart. So to beat them at their own game I learned what I could about them.

Turns out that they dislike light, will feed off anything (and I mean ANYthing) and will often leave the way they came in. Perfect…so here we go with how to catch and kill a cockroach.

If you see them in your house, don’t panic. They’re everywhere and truly are a staple in any tropical setting. But when you do see one — let’s say you’ve flipped on the lights — turn the lights off immediately. A cockroach will flee when light hits the room. That’s not what you want. You need him to stay put.


If he runs even after you’ve killed the lights, do your best to follow him. They tend to exit the way they entered. At the very least you will see where they’re coming in. You can tend to that in the morning.

If he stays, note that these horrible bugs fly. The first disturbance from you will set him in motion, making him difficult to catch and kill. The first thing to do is grab a broom and bug spray and wait for him to get into reach then spray and run. They tend to try and fly once being hit.

If he’s on the ceiling, this could be a problem for you because if he can’t fly, he’ll drop. Either way, this is where you can spray again, preferably once on his underside, broom him into a dustpan or squish him. But do it quickly because they are fast.

In the event your cockroach gets away, don’t fret. There’s a good chance he’ll return again the next night.

Love, Roaming Canadian