How to Get Rid of Roaches Overnight with Natural Home Remedies
Sighting a cockroach in your house is never a good sign as it typically means there are many more hidden roaches scurrying around in the dark. Fortunately, roaches can be dealt with using home remedies if they are identified at an early-enough stage. Here are our top suggestions as far as getting rid of roaches overnight using natural home remedies.
1. Make a Boric Acid Roach Bait
Our first suggestion is to make your own roach bait using boric acid, sugar, and a bit of water. Mix them together to create a cookie-like dough which you will then place around the house. Place the boric acid “cookies” near kitchen appliances and openings along the wall including power outlets. Boric acid can eliminate cockroaches by disrupting their digestive system. The roaches will find the bait hard to resist due to the scent of sugar.
As an alternative, you could also try mixing peanut butter and boric acid together. Dab some of the paste on small pieces of cardboard paper then place the paper near roach-infested spots. Harris sells roach tablets which use boric acid as an active ingredient if you prefer to purchase ready-made roach control products.
2. Keep Your House Clean
Whether you are dealing with American cockroaches or German roaches, prevention is the most important step when it comes to permanent pest control. Most of the roaches would never appear in your house in the first place if you don’t give them a reason to. There are several key things that will attract roaches to a house, including food and water. If you haven’t already been doing so, get in the habit of cleaning your house every day. Vacuum every spot along the floor and make sure the trash bags are thrown away on a regular basis.
3. Clear Out the Clutter
It’s not just food that roaches are attracted to. Cockroaches are the ultimate survival machine because they will feed on other organic matters. This is an opportunity for you to clear away all unwanted clutter in the house. This includes stacks of old newspaper, cardboard boxes, and clothes that you haven’t worn in years.
4. Create a Barrier with Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a fantastic natural home remedy for eliminating cockroaches. The effects aren’t immediate but you should at least see a gradual decline in cockroach population after you have sprinkled a fine layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth around the house. This could also be a good solution if you want to eliminate the bugs without having to touch them.
The food-grade version isn’t toxic and safe to use (even with pets at home) as long as no one accidentally breathes in a large amount of it. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-occurring powder which can kill roaches by absorbing the oils and fats from the insect’s exoskeleton. It also works well for pests that are often confused as roaches, such as palmetto bugs and waterbugs. It may help to attract some sugary bait to attract the roaches into the pile of powder.