That gut wrenching moment of walking into the kitchen at 2 a.m for a glass of water to discover a plethora of cockroaches scurrying for hiding spots with the flip of the light switch. Disgusting is not even close to how one feels. It could be that you’re not keeping up with the cleaning of your home or leaving food out too long, or there is too much moisture in the home, as these gross insects need water to survive. The worst case scenario is that it is due to the fact you live in an apartment, and the adjacent neighbors are slobs. Whatever the reason they NEEDED to go yesterday.
At this moment you think you can handle it with a trip to the bug aisle. However, there’s small children and animals living in the home that you fear will get sick from all the chemicals sprayed. We will share some of the 12 natural ways to rid your house of cockroaches.
Before we get into the natural ways to rid the home of roaches, let’s learn about the telltale signs that your home is infested with cockroaches.
1. Shell casings of the roaches hatched eggs
2. Finding pieces of feces that appear to look like grounded up coffee or pepper
3. Musty odor
4. Dead Roaches
5. While in bed you can hear them lurking
6. Watching T.V at night with the lights off and spotting them crawl on the screen
7. Cockroaches are nocturnal and do their best to remain hidden then look for food at night. However, if you spot roaches scurrying in the daytime you’ve got a severe infestation going on
8. Stomach aches to occur regularly due to roaches infesting the kitchen
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Not a site to look at in the middle of the night hunting for that last piece of pie (although, great if you’re attempting to cheat on your diet), so with out further ado… our list of 12 Natural Ways to Rid Your Home Of Cockroaches
#1 Hot Sauce Spray
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Ummm, a flood of hot sauce on a burrito sounds delicious right now, but to roaches – no way! Mix up some hot sauce (any kind) with water to the potency you prefer and spray at the cracks and tiny crevices you’ve been spotting them entering. Also, before bed at night spray a heaping amount down the sink drain as moist areas attract roaches the most.
Fun Fact: If you were to sever the head of a cockroach they could still survive for several days – eek!
#2 Essential Oils
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Essential oils like mint oil will suffocate cockroaches, and they can’t stand the smell so it will work like a wall barrier. Usually, a human’s favorite scent is a roaches stinky sock – but more deathly.
#3 Borax & Sugar Trap
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Combining a 3:1 ratio of Borax and sugar will be a natural deathtrap for those icky critters as the sugar will attract the roaches while the borax will poison them. This trap will kill a lot of other insect species, as well, so don’t be shocked to see other foreigners in the trap.
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Here is an organic method of ridding the home of roaches and that’s with cucumber peels and slices. A fresh, non-toxic approach that will repel the intruders. Line up some slices and peels in the garbage can, near sinks, counters, and cabinets.
Fun Fact: Along with their six legs, roaches also have 18 knees. That would be a lot of knee pads if Mr. & Mrs. Cockroach wanted their kids to play volleyball in school. 😉
#5 Boric Acid, Powdered Sugar & Condensed Milk
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A no-bake roach “cookie” will be sure to hit the spot when your creepy pals begin to binge on what will soon be their last meal. All you need to do it cut up some strips of cardboard set aside.
Mix two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, two tablespoons of powdered sugar (confectionary sugar), and three heaping tablespoons of secret ingredient boric acid. Make little “cookie” balls and stick them onto the cardboard strips and lay them near all of their traveling points of entry.
#6 Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)
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Insert diatomaceous earth into holes of walls, any cracks, and crevices you can find – the entry points of that nasty pest – and kick them at the knees (all 18 knees on each!) The fine powdery substance will feel like swords the legs of cockroaches and nearly all crawling insects. Just make sure to use the food grade and not the kind for swimming pools.
#7 Pepper, Garlic & Onion Spray
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Pepper, garlic, and onion make most people crave spaghetti, lasagna, Philly steak subs (whoaaaa, somebody missed lunch today), but to roaches it smells worst than ordering off of a roach coach (had to 😉 ). Grab yourself an empty spray bottle and add a half an onion, a clove of garlic, and one tablespoon of pepper and shake it up with water. Some people like to add liquid dish soap, as well.
Spray this concoction on all your countertops, cabinets, and frequent entry and exit points for the roaches every night before bedtime. They will leave your home and find somewhere else where it smells (dirty to us) yummier.
#8 Mop Floor with Lemon Juice
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Since lemon contains natural anti-pathogenic properties, you can keep those six-legged weirdos out by adding lemon to your mop water to keep the roaches away. They hate the smell of citric acid so rub some lemon on the cabinets, and kitchen tops, as well. Not only are you repelling the roaches, but making your house a lot cleaner which is a roach deterrent itself.
Fun Fact: A termite is a cockroach that got its name when it evolved into a wood eater. Not too many people know that termites are roaches. 😉
#9 Soap Spray
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Soap clogs up the cockroaches spores making it tough for them to breathe causing death instantly, so pour a soap and water solution into an empty spray bottle. Go to town on all the tiny cracks, crevices, and traveling passages these creepers travel on.
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Not only will you be disinfecting your kitchen sink and toilets, but it will also keep those jerks from crawling up the pipes to get into your home as the bleach will drown their breeding nest and the adult roaches.
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Just like spiders and a few other insects, roaches are repelled by cedar, as well. Place some cedar mulch, blocks, or balls around cupboards, cracks, and window sills (any location with high traffic of these bugs). Watch this stuff ward off the enemy.
#12 Petroleum Jelly
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Coat the rim of a jar with vaseline (petroleum jelly) and place some food or water inside and leave the jar sitting out by their hangouts and wait for the traps to work its magic. Hopefully, you’ll get the roaches that are pregnant.