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I hate cockroaches. They are one of the nastiest household pest that cause serious
damage to wallpaper, books, clothing and furniture. And, once they are in the house
and start to breed quickly, roaches can be impossible toget rid.
Of course, you can hire a pest exterminator toget rid of cockroachesin the house
but the chemicals that these professionals use can be harmful to young kids and not
to mention, pets. Instead, use an organic and non-toxic pest control option to get
rid of cockroaches naturally.
Natural Roach Control Methods
1. Grab a handful of cloves and a handful of Epsom salts, mix them in a shallow dish
and place under a typical hiding spot (dark, warm and moist areas), such as a behind
dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, drier, and microwave oven. Don’t forget
the under kitchen or bathroom sink areas.
2. Add a few drops of clove oil in corners, holes in your wall and cupboards to get
rid of cockroaches naturally.
3. Cockroaches hate the smell of bay leaves and catnip. Crush up some bay leaves
or catnip in a bowl, and sprinkle them in the corners of your kitchen or anywhere
you've seen roaches moving. This method is sure to drive the cockroaches away.
4. Borax, or boric acid is very effective against cockroaches. Sprinkle borax around
the house where cockroaches have been spotted. Be aware that borax is toxic to humans
so do not place in areas where small children or pets play, sleep, or eat.
5. You can make homemade organic insecticide by mixing equal parts of baking soda
and powdered sugar, and leave the mixture in a shallow dish where roaches are known
to travel. Roaches will consume the mixture because it’s sweet. But the baking soda
will give them gas, upset their stomachs and eventually kill the cockroaches.
6. A simple and effective homemade cockroach trap is to place a jar next to a wall
that allow the roaches to get in, but not escape. You can use coffee grounds, or
chocolate as baits, and put them in the jar. If no roaches are trapped, you can move
the cockroach trap to a new location. This way, you can find out where the roaches
are coming from, and tackle the problem from there.
7. Use pandan leaves (Pandanus amaryllifolius, also known as screw pine leaves) to
repel cockroaches naturally. Pandan leaf gives off a strong scent that irritates
roaches’ respiratory or nervous system.
Place about 3-5 loosely knotted pandan leaves per area in a small bowl, near places
where roaches usually move around . You can also lighted crush them to release more
Most importantly, replace with new leaves weekly or when pandan scent diminishes.
Having said that, best way to keep roaches away from your home is to prevent cockroach
1. Keep your kitchen clean, and empty trash regularly. Clean up any crumbs or spills
quickly and pay special attention to area around your stove because grease can become
food for roaches. Roaches cannot survive without water so never leave water in the
sink, or in dirty dishes at night. And, remember to fix leaky faucets.
2. Don’t leave food (including your pet’s) sitting out too long; always store your
food in air-tight glass or containers. If you leave food in the open, it’s bound
to attract roaches.
3. Seal up cracks in your home. Cockroaches only need a small opening, as tiny as
1/5" to enter your home and get into cabinets. Use silicon caulk to seal every crack
along the baseboards in your home. Seal all of the cracks inside your cabinets. In
other words, eliminate their entry points.
4. Get rid of clutter – old newspapers, magazines, unused plastic bags, and all unwanted
stuff lying around the house. Why? Roaches feed on them.
By using DIY roach control methods, you not only get rid of cockroaches naturally
in the house, but also help to keep your family safe.