3 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Cockroaches

This may be had to digest, but the fact remains that cockroaches are among the dangerous animals we have notwithstanding the fact that there is an outcry to look into cockroach milk as the next superfood. They belong to the group of the most dynamic and resistant species of living organisms. 

Roaches somehow, are spread over 4,000 species and are known to have been existing before the Jurassic era, about 280 million years ago. Such an ancient organism!

They can cover a speed of three miles per hour. You can then imagine the rate at which they could be spreading their buddy germs to humans.

Although there are a lot of cockroach foggers, powders, and gel baits available, in this article we’ll discuss how you can use simple home remedies to reduce cockroach infestation. This will come in handy if you belong to the group of people who will not want to use pesticides or any type of spray altogether. 

Cockroaches have no difficulty in holding their breath for up to 40 minutes. All these facts establish the hardcore nature of the roaches and eliminate the chance that you can easily wash them away by ordinarily flushing in a toilet since they can easily resurface from any other crack to beam at you.

As you journey along on this sweat-inducing task, just don’t forget to make sure you take the necessary precautions of storing food properly, that will be an open invitation to your uninvited guests. Also, make all the necessary efforts to close all the gateways of cockroaches to your home.

Getting peeving roaches killed by home remedies is a harmless phenomenon. You can easily get rid of low-level cockroaches’ infestation using home remedies without exposing yourself to any harmful pesticide.

Below are some tested remedies that are definitely gonna help you out in kicking out roaches with much ease.

1. Boric acid

It is the most common procedure that you will come across over again and over again. Yet it is the most effective and verified tip. 

Boric acid is an active ingredient that is used in the majority of the roach killers. Using boric acid alone is a very dangerous thing to do. 

It is used in combination with a tasty mouth-watering snack that cockroaches will love to ingest. Studies done in 2004 have found the blast increases in boric acid performance when it is used 1-2 percent along with 98% of sucrose.

For using boric acid remedy you can mix boric acid and sugar in a 3:1 ratio. 

  • Take three tablespoons of sugar and 
  • One tablespoon of boric acid. 

Mix them well and keep them on high traffic areas of roaches or at the entry points of roaches. Boric acid will lose its working when combined with water.

Some best places where you can sprinkle this magic powder are the cabinets, cracks, damp, and shady places where roaches love to nest.

The scent of the mixture attracts the roaches. When roaches consume the mixture directly or remove it from their body by licking, it will be converted into a poison that damages the digestive system of the creature, further, it also affects the exoskeleton and nervous system of the organism.

This instantly kills the cockroach. You will get complete results in 7 days. Thus, using boric acid should be your foremost priority. But remember to be a little careful while handling the boric acid.

Read More: Does Boric Acid Kill Roaches

2. Fabric softener

This is a very interesting solution to your problem. The aroma of fabric softener with water has a very drastic effect on roaches. 

You simply need to get a hold on:

A Fabric Softener


And a spray bottle

By combining a three-fourth cup of fabric softener with 1-2 cups of water, you will form a thick solution. Mix it well and spray it on cockroaches when you see them. 

You can spray on your furniture or into dark crevices where these roaches like to reside. As roaches can breathe through their skin, they easily get suffocated thus, leading to their death.

This is ultimately your best DIY. You can readily prepare it yourself with easily accessible ingredients. 

Pour it in a spray bottle that gives the feels of a cockroach killer spray. This remedy can be repeated after every fortnight for achieving desirable results. 

It can also be helpful in controlling larger number of roach infestations.

3. Coffee beans

Roaches, just like humans tend to have the same patterns of likeliness for things. Humans love to consume coffee and nasty roaches love it too!!

You can use coffee as a trap to attract roaches. Mix grounded coffee with some water in a jar and put these jars at the focal point for roaches. 

Roaches will come to consume this delicacy. In order to prevent the escape of roaches, you can layer container with petroleum jelly on all of its sides.

The acidity of coffee beans will lead to the death of cockroaches. Coffee beans will act as sirens for the roaches and the consumption will inturn be fatal for the roach. 

There are many useful remedies that have been found to be effective in getting rid of roaches. This warranted the inclusion of a fourth remedy that is super effective.

Essential oils

We have very strong evidence and a number of researches to support the fact that essential oils are effective to a remarkable extent in killing roaches.

Essential oils are safe plant-extracts, they make up wonderful insecticides without causing harm to humans. A study has found that the most effective oil is oregano oil. 

Other marvelous oils include eucalyptus oil, mint oil, yarrow oil, and rosemary oil. Studies have also paved the way for researches due to their high effectiveness e.g lavender, peppermint, tea tree, kaffir, and neem oils. 

These oils are known to have a repellent function.

They can be used in the following two ways:

You can pour directly onto cotton and surfaces most exposed to roaches are swabbed with this damp cotton. The other method is to mix a solution of 15 oil drops with about 10 ounces of water. 

Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray all the entry points and dark areas. This is an excellent home remedy for completely eradicating the roaches that will yield results in no time.

These are trusted home remedies that have been found to be effective. Cockroaches may be tough, but these remedies will surely help you in your struggle to get rid of their menace.

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This article was contributed by Muneer Shah.

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