Cockroaches are never welcome guests, and they are some of the most difficult creatures to get rid of. Not only are they simply gross to look at, but they also track urine and feces wherever they walk.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
You might think that a whole can of RAID is your only option to eliminate these bugs, but there are actually many natural and safe alternatives that are equally as effective.
1. Sugar and Baking Soda
Combine equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar, then sprinkle it where the roaches are. The sugar will attract the cockroaches, and when they eat the mixture, the baking soda will react with their stomach acids to kill them.
2. Bay Leaves
Bay leaves are good for more than just cooking—they also keep roaches away. While there’s nothing in bay leaves that will kill cockroaches, if you crush up some bay leaves and leave it where roaches may be lurking, it will repel them due to the smell.
3. Onion, Pepper, and Garlic
Combine one clove of garlic, a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and some onion with a liter of water. Allow the mixture to sit and marinade for at least an hour, then add a tablespoon of liquid soap to your mixture. Spray the solution wherever roaches may be hiding, and it will repel them from that area.
Listerine is known to be a roach deterrent, and one that many of us already have lying around the house. Combine equal parts water and Listerine, along with two drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Spray this concoction directly on the roaches to eradicate them.
5. Make a Homemade Pesticide
You can make your own pesticide at home using just cornstarch and Plaster of Paris powder. Simply combine the two ingredients in equal parts and mix well; then, lay the mixture in any cracks, crevices, or dark places that the cockroaches may be traveling through or hiding in.
6. Make a Petroleum Jelly Trap
Place some pieces or peelings of fruit in a jar without the lid, then line the rim with ample petroleum jelly. The fruit will attract cockroaches, but the petroleum jelly will keep them trapped inside the jar. Once the jar trap has been successful, dump the contents in the toilet and use the jar again, or feel free to just throw the whole thing in the trash after you’ve put the lid back on.
7. Identify Roach Nests
This should probably be the first step one takes when eliminating cockroaches from an area. Cockroaches like to live in the dark, and will come out and wander when the lights are off. Simply switch on the lights, then follow their movements to track them to their resting place or nest. Now you will know where to concentrate much of your eradication efforts.
8. Clean Up Your Mess
The most important step in getting rid of cockroaches (and avoiding them in the first place) is to clean up your living area. Cockroaches love to live in dark, dirty places full of old food and garbage for them to live off of. If you truly want to get rid of your roach problem, do a deep clean throughout the house—cupboards, shelves, cracks, crevices, and drains all needs to be cleaned well and covered (if needed). Also be sure that you’re not leaving dirty dishes around the house, and keep garbage and compost away from entryways.
Cockroaches are one of the peskiest pests to have, but fortunately these natural approaches can help you get rid of the problem quickly. Keep your living space clean to help avoid the problem in the first place, and be sure to keep at least one of these remedies on hand for when a roach tries to makes its home inside of yours.