Here are three poisons to kill pesty bugs in the home. They can be found in Mrs. Owens' Cook Book and Useful Household Hints ©1884
Equal parts of borax and white sugar will drive away roaches or Croton bugs.
Put salt under the edges of carpets when tacked down.
Mrs. R. W Louis, Chicago.
Six ounces corrosive sublimate, 6 ounces camphor gum, 1 pt. spirits turpentine; shake well, mix; let stand a day. Shake before using.
Below are three links to previous posts regarding poisons:
Poisons & Remedies
Poisoning by Lemon Meringue Pie