How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches in the House with Natural Home Remedies
American cockroaches aren’t actually native to the US despite their name. They are on the larger-end among household cockroach species. Here are some ways to quickly get rid of the American cockroaches that make a presence in your house.
1. Create Roach Cookies
You don’t necessarily have to buy roach traps to eliminate the American cockroaches that infest your home. You may already have ingredients at home that can be just as effective. Boric acid is one such ingredient. Mix the powder with sugar, flour, and water until it has a dough-like texture.
Start placing these boric acid cookies around your home where the roaches are likely to wander. Boric acid can eliminate roaches by disturbing their nerves and digestive system. You can use the boric acid on its own by dusting a thin layer of powder on high-traffic roach zones.
2. Caulk Up the Cracks
Find as many entry points as you can to prevent the American cockroaches from entering your home from the outside. American cockroaches can get through the slimmest of cracks and crevices so it’s important that you pack the gap as tightly as possible. You should also pay attention to the windows and doors. If necessary, use weather-strips to seal the gaps around the door and windows. This will also help you save on energy costs over the long-term so it’s a win-win method.
3. Use Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
This natural powder has a similar effect to boric acid. It’s safe to use around children and pets as long as no one accidentally inhales a large amount of it. Doing so may lead to lung irritations. We suggesting sprinkling a thin layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth along high-traffic roach areas, such as the inner-spaces of the kitchen cabinets.
Please don’t mistaken food-grade diatomaceous earth with the pool-grade version, which is dangerous due to its high silica content. The powder should also be replaced once every few days to maintain its effectiveness.
4. Clean Up Your Home
The large majority of pest problems can be resolved by eliminating the cause that’s attracting the pests in the first place. With roaches, you can most likely keep them away by maintaining the cleanliness of your home.
Don’t just pay attention to the inside of your home. If you have a backyard or garden then make sure the outdoor space is kept in clean and organized shape as well. Make sure the trash is also taken out and disposed of on a regular basis.