There are a ton of roach solutions, but why not try these home remedies for roaches first. They’ll save you a bunch of money. Plus the ingredients these remedies call for are usually available in your home already, or you can find them locally.
We love to use bay leaves in cooking for its taste and fragrance, but roaches hate them. They just can’t stand the smell. We can exploit this to drive them out, or keep them away. All you have to do is place the leaves around nests, high-traffic areas (as in it gets a lot of roaches coming through) and possible entry points. You can use fresh leaves, or dry leaves. Crushing dry leaves into a powder releases a much stronger smell.
If you’re going to use bay leaves, don’t make the mistake of buying it locally from your local spice aisle. You’ll going to waste a lot of money paying around $4/$5 for a few leaves (usually less than 1 oz). Buy it in bulk online to save yourself quite a bit of money. How much money do you save if you buy it in bulk online instead? Let’s say you pay $4 for 1 oz locally. To buy one pound locally, that would cost you $64. If you were to buy online in bulk, you can buy 1 pound of organic bay leaves for just a little under $20.
I personally prefer to keep my bay leaves for cooking. If you’re mind is set on something natural, try the Eco Defense Home Pest Spray, an all natural roach repellent spray. It’s safe to use around pets and kids; it will even kill roaches and other insect pests on contact.
Another cooking ingredient we can use is garlic. Just like bay leaves, cockroaches can’t stand the smell of garlic. You can lay out fresh cloves of garlic, or you can use garlic powder. You can find the powder for cheap at your local dollar store. Sprinkle the powder in the same locations as you would with bay leaves.
I love garlic in my food, but if I had to smell it all the time, it would probably drive me nuts. Plus if you opt for the powder, it’s going to get really messy. If you were going to use garlic, I would recommend you buy a few ultrasonic roach repellents instead.
Catnip is also a good natural cockroach repellent (according to some). Truth be told, I’ve never tried it myself, but I felt it should be included here for the sake of thoroughness. It’s believed the natural chemicals in catnip repel them. Again you can use fresh or dried. You can also soak the leaves in hot water to make a tea. Pour the tea into a spray bottle and spray it in appropriate locations to keep those roaches away.
I’m sure catnip would work in some scenarios, but I would recommend electronic repellent instead if you’re trying to avoid harsh chemicals.
Mint (fresh leaves and essential oil) is a popular option for keeping pests away. The leaves are used the same way as bay leaves. Essential oil can be mixed with water to make a spray. Use it the same way you would with the catnip tea spray.
If you have access to the flower then you can make your own all-natural pyrethrum home remedy for roaches. Unlike the other sprays I’ve talked about, this stuff doesn’t repel them. It’s actually the most lethal of home remedies for killing roaches listed here. It’s one of the few home remedies to get rid of roaches fast. I’ve already previously gone into details about making your own spray in my other post so check that out.
If you don’t have access to the flower to make your own spray, the Eco Defense Roach Spray is a good, natural alternative.
This diy spray is good for killing roaches on the spot as you see them. Now if you read my other post then you would know that this stuff degrades fast once it is exposed to sunlight or oxygen. So if you spray it, it would only last a couple hours before you would have to reapply it. If you’d like something that will last a little longer (like up to over a month) then try some man-made stuff like Demon Max.
Petroleum Jelly Trap
If you have spare petroleum jelly laying around the house (who doesn’t?) you can use it to deal with these pesky invaders. You can simply open a jar with bait in the center to lure the roaches in. Upon entering they’ll find that once they step into the jelly, it is going to be quite difficult to step out. So basically they get stuck in there and die. If you don’t feel like using the whole jar, just take a disposal plate or a piece of cardboard and spread a liberal amount on it. Then place baits in the center and place them in places where you see a lot of cockroaches.
This is great for a home remedy, but I find it a hassle and not very practical to use in large quantities (which is critical when dealing with roaches). Use the pre-baited glue traps by Catchmaster instead. Not only are they easier to use, the peanut butter scent they’re pre-baited let’s you skip the extra work of having to bait the traps.
While we’re on the topic of traps, let’s talk about using ice cream to make a trap. So let’s say you got a gallon of ice cream in the freezer that you kind of forgot about (like me) . It has probably been sitting there for months and chances are you don’t want to eat it anymore. You could just throw away, or you could use it as a cockroach trap. Let the bucket sit out near their nests, or where they frequent.
The sugar in the ice cream will attract them to come eat it. By this time, the ice cream should have melted into a slush of some sort. Just like with the petroleum jelly, once they step in, they can’t step out. Come back in like a week or so and find yourself a bunch of dead roaches.
Don’t have some ice cream you’d like to get rid of? Don’t limit your coverage by buying some ice cream just for this purpose. Buy a case of cheap glue traps instead.
Using soapy water to kill cockroaches is also a popular option. The idea is that the soap will surround the cockroach and prevent it from breathing. Basically it suffocates them to death. I’m sure you have some dish detergent laying around. All you have to do is mix a little detergent with warm water in a spray bottle. Give it a good shake and spray the roaches as you see them.
If you like to use borax to boost your laundry detergent, then you’ve already got one of the best home remedies to kill roaches. There’s a bunch of ways to use borax to kill roaches, but I’m going to talk about using it to make a roach bait. Mix borax, flour, and sugar in equal parts with a little water. You want to be able to form it into a dough. Form the dough into small pieces. Then just lay them out and wait for the roaches . You want them to come eat it and you want them to take some back to the nest. Because once they eat it, death is all that awaits them. If your local grocery store doesn’t carry borax, you can still get some from online.
Don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of mixing borax and other ingredients? Use Harris Roach Tablets. Just toss the tablets in appropriate places (out of reach of children and pets, of course) and wait to see their numbers drop.
If you don’t happen to have some borax, you can use baking soda instead. However, you don’t want to mix this with water. You want to keep it dry. You also won’t need flour. Basically you just mix one part baking soda with one part sugar. The sugar will attract the roaches and the baking soda will kill them once ingested. What happens is once ingested, the baking soda mixes with the stomach acids and it releases carbon dioxide has rapidly. The rapid release of carbon dioxide completely destroy their internal organs; resulting in death.
Use Harris Roach Tablets if you don’t want to deal with the mess of having fine powder getting all over the place.
These are just 10 of the many home remedies for cockroaches. One important thing to keep in mind is to keep trying different remedies and methods until you find one that works. Some roaches in some places may be resistant to a particular remedy. So if you find that one isn’t working, try another.
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