I have, over the years, come to resign myself to the fact that I do not have the energy or moral fortitude to do the hard work that would be necessary to completely eliminate cockroaches from my home. My efforts to breed a superintelligent species of cockroach to whom I could communicate that they would do well to remove themselves from the apartment have proven unsuccessful.
Still and all, I harbor a belief that it is possible to keep them out of the appliances on the counter. I have had success with the coffee maker by keeping a paper towel drenched in Raid under the appliance. This prevents the cockroaches from surviving any attempt to enter the coffeemaker from below.
As far as the toaster is concerned, I have safety-related concerns with the thought of placing a paper towel under a heat source of this type. Would it be safe (and effective) to sprinkle boric acid powder on the counter beneath the toaster?
Thanks for any responses.