How to Make Rat, Mouse and Cockroach Poison
The bane of civilization is the pests that live off our refuse. Mice, rats, cockroaches... shudder! Commercial poisons are expensive and dangerous to people as well as pests.
You can make poison that will take care of all three that is safer to handle, costs much less and makes up quickly.
Although the main ingredient in home made pest poison, borax, needs to be placed where your pets and children won't eat it, it's generally safe to handle. Borax is used as a laundry booster and a general household cleaner which is especially good for walls and floors. Treat it like you would any other cleaner it won't cause a problem in your household.
Besides borax, you'll need a pair of gloves if your skin is sensitive. Other than that, you can use the tools, utensils and containers you already have. Simply wash them when you're finished and continue using them as usual.
Since borax is poison when eaten, all you need to do is find a way to make it palatable to the pests you need to get rid of. That may not be as simple as it sounds, but there are basically only two methods. Choose which to use according to the pest you're fighting.
As a semi liquid poison:
Mix borax with chicken broth to attract rats, peanut butter especially for mice, bacon grease for cockroaches or anything you can come up with that you think your pest will be attracted to. Be aware that mice and rats in particular, have personal preferences so that some may lap up the peanut butter mixture and others may ignore it. Borax is cheap enough to experiment with until you get the right combination. Mix enough borax with whatever else you use until it's thick enough to roll into small balls, the consistency which should be somewhat like bread dough. Simply drop these balls along the pathways or places where you've found rat or mice droppings or alongside hiding places for cockroaches.
As a dry poison:
Rats, mice and even cockroaches may be attracted to a cornmeal/borax mixture, or try a sugar based dry mix, like pudding in a box or chocolate drink mix. Mix it about half and half and put it in lids or shallow containers wherever you find droppings or cockroaches.
Home made pest poison works just as well as the commercial kind, although it may take longer to be effective. Your patience will be well paid in saved money and in peace of mind, not to mention the convenience of not having to go hunting for poisons for each pest.