6 Natural Ways to Instantly Get Rid of Roaches at Home
Cockroaches are the bane of our existence. Unfortunately, roaches are very versatile pests so they are hard to get rid of. If you find yourself in a situation where roaches are making regular visits to your home then try these six tricks to get rid of them once and for all.
- Create a baking soda paste and apply it around areas where roaches have been sighted.
- Make a boric acid roach bait.
- Fill in cracks and holes using caulk or expanding foams.
- Set up a coffee trap.
- Place catnip around the house.
- Create a natural roach killer by mixing diatomaceous earth with cocoa powder.
How to Get Rid of Roaches
Now it’s time to take action. Here is a list of six things you can do to get rid of your cockroach problem as soon as possible. Keep in mind that most home remedies will never be as effective as professional treatments but it doesn’t hurt to try, especially if you are dealing with a small cockroach infestation at home.
Boric Acid Bait
This method is similar to the baking soda paste method. Mix two parts boric acid with one part flour. Boric acid does not repel roaches and acts as a stomach poison for these pests so it could be an effective method for dealing with small-to-medium roast infestations. Boric acid is low in toxicity but if you intend to use this method then we strongly recommend that you exercise some caution on using it around children and pets. There are some ready-made boric powder you can purchase online if you want to deal with the infestation as soon as possible.
Place Catnip around the house
Catnip is a natural repellent to roaches. It contains a chemical called nepetalactone which keeps the roaches away. Placing catnip near known entry points could deter roaches from invading your home. Click here to learn more about catnip products.
Diatomaceous Earth Powder
Diatomaceous earth can be used to handle many pests and roaches are no exceptions. Spread a thin layer of powder near high-traffic roach areas and give it a few days. When roaches walk over it, the powder will stick to their bodies and cut into their exoskeletons. Check out some food-grade diatomaceous earth products you can buy online.
Baking Soda Paste
Mix equal parts of sugar and baking soda. Place the resulting mixture in a small container then position the container near the source of the roach infestation. The reasoning behind this method is two parts. First, the sugar attracts the roaches to the powder mixture. Second, the roaches will ingest the baking soda and that will eventually cause their internal organs to burst due to the collection of gas. You are likely to have greater success with this method if you are dealing with a tiny roach problem.
Seal cracks and holes
Sometimes, an infestation could be beyond your control, especially if you are living in an apartment. The problem could be stemming from your neighbor’s home and, in such a scenario, you’ll have to hope that they are taking action to eradicate the problem. One thing, however, you may want to check on are the entry points. The smallest of holes and cracks on a wall could serve as an entry point for cockroaches. Scope your home and identify any potential spots. Once you have identified them, use expanded form or caulk to seal the cracks.
Set up a coffee trap
Roaches are attracted to coffee. Put some coffee ground into a large jar filled with some water. Place the jar in cockroach-infested areas and let it work its magic overnight. If everything goes to plan then you should have some dead or nearly-dead roaches struggling in the jar. Keep in mind that coffee doesn’t kill the roaches. What you are trying to do is to attract them into the jar using the coffee aroma then get them to eventually drown in the water.
When you are dealing with a roach infestation, there are two steps to the eradication process. The first and most important step is to go on the defensive and remove the things that are attracting the cockroaches in the first place. The second step is to go on the offensive and create traps/baits that’ll attract the roaches and lead them to their doom.
How to Prevent Roaches
There are three things in particular that attract cockroaches. They are shelter, food, and water. Obviously, this makes any home an attractive place for cockroaches to roam and survive. Before you set up any traps to eradicate the roaches, it is important to eliminate any sources you are able to identify that are attracting them.
It doesn’t help that roaches can pretty much consume any organic matter but if you can get rid of any food or debris that is out in the open then that could solve half the battle against the roaches. First, do a big home cleanup and get rid of all food leftovers. If you use open bins, especially in the kitchen, then consider swapping them out for bins with lids that are tightly sealed.
Once you have dealt with the food, it’s time to switch your attention to water. Look around your home for any standing water and get rid of them. Check your bathroom and kitchen for any potential leaks and have them fixed. Make sure you aren’t over-watering your indoor plants. Also, make sure the drainage is not blocked.
The third and final factor to examine is shelter. Look around your home and try and re-organize any items that might make a good nest for the roaches. Roaches like to hide in dark and damp areas so look inside your cupboard and remove any objects that you no longer need to use. This serves as a good opportunity to declutter your home.
There you have it. Hopefully, one of these methods will help you deal with the roach problem you have at home. If you have any other awesome tips to share with us then please send us a message so we can share it with the rest of the readers.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.