21 Home Remedies & Cockroach Repellents To Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches, as pests, can survive serious hardship and adversity. The can even survive a nuclear explosion.

Finding cockroaches in your kitchen, apartment or in your toilet can be quite unnerving.

You should also realize that cockroaches hardly move around solo. So, chances are quite high that you have a cockroach infestation if you can see a couple of them around.

Before you rush out to call a pest extermination professional, there are some cockroach home remedies that you may want to use instead.

First, let’s outline some of the causes of roach infestation as well as the signs of a roach-infested home.

Major Causes Of Roach Infestation

  • Little or no regular pest control measures.
  • Storing food without properly covering them attracts roaches.
  • Poor Domestic hygiene.
  • Poorly maintained drainage.

Signs To Detect A Roach Infestation

  • Roach feces, resembling grounded black pepper or coffee, would be visible.
  • Shell casings of hatched eggs may be seen all over the place.
  • Dead cockroaches may be seen intermittently.
  • Spotting cockroaches especially in well-lit rooms is a sign of infestation
  • Cockroaches may be head moving around at night or in dark cabinets or storage units.

Below are 21 natural treatments and home remedies to get rid of cockroaches without calling an exterminator;

1. Boric Acid or Borax Trap

Boric acid/borax is the most effective home remedy for roaches. Mix boric acid with sugar or cornstarch and spread it all around your home.

Boric acid is non-toxic to humans but dries out the exoskeleton of roaches killing them in an easy way. The sugar or cornstarch acts as bait and attracts the roaches.

2. Bay Leaves

Commonly used to flavor food, bay leaves can actually keep roaches away. It repels roaches as well as other insects without causing any harm. Just place a few bay leaves wherever you find these creatures roaming around.

3. Peppermint Oil

Spraying a solution of peppermint oil and vinegar keep roaches away. Take one part of vinegar and two parts of water. Mix well and add a few drop of peppermint oil. You may also put some drops of the oil on a cloth and wipe the surfaces where roaches are seen most.

4. Neem Oil

Neem oil is another roach repellent and can be used to get rid of these pesky pests. Neem contains azadirachtin which kills many insects including roaches. Spray a solution made of equal parts of neem oil and water to get rid of them.

5. Coffee Trap

Roaches like the smell of coffee and we can use it as a bait. Just take an empty jar and put some coffee grounds in it. Now fill half of the jar with water. As the roach gets attracted to it and tries to reach it, it will fall in the water and won’t be able to come out.

6. Soap Solution

A soapy solution can be used to kill roaches in an effective way. When sprayed directly on their body, the solution tends to clog their pores which make breathing difficult for them and they eventually die.

7. Petroleum Jelly Trap

The thick and sticky petroleum jelly can help you get rid of roaches around your home. All you need to do is cover a board with petroleum jelly and place some bait in the middle of it. As soon as they come to eat it they get trapped in the stickiness.

8. Mothballs

Spreading mothball in places where roach infestation is seen can help in repelling them really fast. Use them in drawers, in all corners and washrooms. Make sure to keep them away from small children as they can be toxic if ingested.

9. Lemon Juice

The smell of lemon repels roaches and can be used to keep them away. Spray a solution of lemon juice and water on countertops, floors, and corners to repel roaches.

10. Sprinkle Wine

Getting a cheap bottle of wine and sprinkling them would help in attracting the roaches. They will ingest it and will be killed by the alcohol content in the wine. You may also add some cheap wine in a spray bottle and spray in the corners, kitchen tops, and bathrooms.

11. Cucumber Slices

Next time when you eat cucumber, save some for the roaches. Place some slices of cucumber in places where you spot roaches the most and they are going to get repelled by the cucumber. Being non-toxic, it is a great way to get rid of roaches and other insects from home.

12. Bleach

Roaches thriving in drains and pipes can become a nuisance. The best way to deal with this nuisance is to mix some bleach with water and slowly allow it to run down your sink and through the drain. It will kill all the roaches and keep your drains clean.

13. Garlic, Onion And Pepper Remedy

Roaches can not stand the strong smell of garlic, onion, and pepper and are easily repelled. Just mash some garlic and onion and mix it with powdered pepper. Add this to one liter of water and use it to mop your floor. Sprinkling this solution also helps in repelling them from your house.

14. Clean With Listerine

Listerine is not just a mouthwash but can also be used to eliminate roaches effectively. Mix Listerine with water and spray it directly over the pests or in places where they are frequently seen. The antiseptic liquid will make them find a way to escape from your place.

15. Prepare Pyrethrum Spray

If you have the Pyrethrum flowers in your area, you may use it to effectively kill the roaches in a natural way. Put Pyrethrum flowers in boiling water and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Cool it and fill the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on the pest to kill and get rid of them permanently.

16. Deep Cleaning

Leftover food that is usually not visible to us may attract a lot of roaches. In such situations, it is best to keep the house clean. But if you are seeing a lot of roaches, it might be time for an even deeper cleaning. Use a broom to clean away all the leftover food and mop the floor regularly to make your home unsuitable for roaches to thrive.

17. Plaster of Paris

Plaster of Paris, when mixed with cornstarch, will help in killing the roaches and reduce infestation. They further prevent them from entering your home. Mix plaster of Paris with cornstarch and sprinkle this mixture around your house. Let it stay there for a few days and you will soon find the roaches getting killed.

18. Beer-Soaked Bread Trap

Roaches are attracted to the smell of beer and like to feast on it. To make a beer trap, place a bread soaked in beer in a glass jar. Apply some petroleum jelly to the inner rim of the jar. The roach will fell in the jar to eat the bread and will not be able to escape.

19. Baking Soda Bait

Sprinkle dry baking soda in affected places. When the roaches ingest it, carbon dioxide is released in their intestines and causes damage. Sprinkle it after every few day to completely eliminate the pest.

20. Use Ice Cream

It is difficult to throw away ice cream, but a little of it can be helpful in trapping the roaches. Just place a bowl with ice cream in it in the affected areas and let the roach get attracted to it. As soon as it gets in the bowl to eat it, the stickiness does not allow it to escape and a lot of them gets killed in one single trap.

21. Cedar Oil Remedy

Roaches get suffocated in presence of cedar oil. They are instantly killed as their body’s fat gets emulsified with the cedarwood oil.

For this reason, it is one of the best home remedies to permanently get rid of roaches. Dip cotton balls in cedar oil and keep them in places where you mostly notice the pests. The natural insecticide is sure to remove all of them from your house.


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