6 Effective Home Remedies to Kill Roaches (Naturally) 2017
Roaches are perhaps the most despised pests on the planet. Not only do they carry diseases (in rare cases), but they’re associated with a dirty environment (often erroneously). There are home remedies for roaches that will act as a natural roach killer, allowing you to turn on your lights and not fear that a roach will skitter across the floor.
What acts as a natural remedy for roaches?
Let’s find out.
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6 Home Remedies to Kill Roaches
1. Baking Soda and Sugar
A simple yet effective mixture. Baking soda and sugar are able to effectively help kill roaches, and you’ll be able to notice a quick decline in the population as a result. You’ll need to know where the roaches are hiding out, so it’s important to make note of where you’ve seen these pests before planting the bait for them to eat.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Baking soda
- A bowl or cup
Baking soda is not toxic in the same way as boric acid, and it will begin to mix with the roach’s stomach acid, causing it to die over time.
You’ll need to mix equal parts baking soda with equal parts sugar (1/4 cup of each is a good start). Now, all you’ll need to do is sprinkle them in the areas that you’ve seen roaches. You’ll need to leave this bait out and repeat your sprinkling of the mixture often to ensure there is enough to kill the roaches
Sugar isn’t the deadly portion of the mixture, but it will work to attract the roaches.
2. Boric Acid
Boric acid can be purchased in stores or online, and this is one of the best killers of roaches, ants and a variety of other pests. This acid has been proven to be effective at killing roaches, and it’s one of the most widely used remedies for this purpose.
But boric acid isn’t safe for consumption, so you’ll need to keep it out of reach of children and pets.
This is a poison, and long-term exposure can cause you to become ill. Ingesting boric acid will result in poisoning as well. Roaches will die if they come in contact with this acid, but there are a few points you need to consider when sprinkling boric acid in your home:
- Only a light dusting is required (too much, and it will be ineffective)
- Boric acid is not effective when wet
The goal is to have the roaches walk through the boric acid powder, which is difficult if the roaches are in tight corners or under the cabinets. Once you’ve placed the acid, the roaches will get it on their antennae, legs and body. During grooming, the acid will be ingested, which will result in death for the roach.
3. Fabric Softener Spray
A home remedy to get rid of roaches that takes a little action on your part. Fabric softener can kill roaches, but it can’t just be placed on the floor in hopes that it will get the job done. Instead, you need to make a spray and actively spray the roaches you see out and about in your home.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Natural fabric softener
- Spray bottle
You’ll want to mix three parts fabric softener with two parts water. For example, you can combine 3/4 cup of fabric softener and 1/2 cup of water together in a spray bottle and mix it up. A simple shake of the spray bottle before usage is really all that is needed.
The solution will be rather thick, so keep this in mind when going to spray.
When you see roaches, squirt them with the solution. If you see a roach skitter behind a piece of furniture, you can often squirt them with greater ease than if you tried stepping on them, for example.
Roaches breathe through their skin, so when the thick spray gets on the roach, it will suffocate them. This is one of the home remedies for roaches that works best if there is a massive infestation where you’re sharing every inch of your home with these pests.
Dish soap can be used in lieu of fabric softener, but we found it to be less effective.
4. Bay Leaves
Maybe you have a soft spot for roaches. Perhaps you don’t want to kill them, but you just want to keep them out of your home. Bay leaves are a natural roach repellent – they simply hate the smell of them.
Another major benefit is that bay leaves aren’t poisonous to humans, so you won’t have to worry where you place them.
To get started, you’ll need the following:
- Mortar and pestle
- A handful of bay leaves
Now, you may not have a mortar and pestle available, so just use a bowl and something to crush the leaves effectively. The back of a butcher knife can crush dry leaves effectively. You can use your hands, too, but it will take longer.
Simply place the leaves in a bowl and crush them into a powder. This powder will be sprinkled in areas where you know roaches are present and possibly nesting.
If you can’t find bay leaves in the store, make sure to check the Asian, Ethnic or Indian aisle to see if they’re available. This is an Asian spice, and since the smell is overpowering to roaches, they’ll be repelled by it.
Cucumbers can also be placed around the home (slices or peels) as a repellent against roaches.
5. Lemon Peels or Lemon Juice
The fresh smell of lemons is often associated with a clean home, and lemon is often used in the world’s most popular household cleaners. There is no denying that lemon juice is a powerful agent that is able to cut through grease and stains, but what many people don’t know is that it can repel roaches, too.
The anti-pathogenic properties of lemon, and other citrus foods, will keep roaches away.
You can do a lot of different things with lemon to keep roaches out of your home.
- Add lemon juice (or buy 100% lemon juice) and spray in hard-to-reach areas of the home where you know roaches reside.
- Grind up lemon peels and place the grounds around the home where roaches are present.
But you can also go to the extremes – which is what we recommend. You’ll need:
- A bucket or large bowl
- Lemon juice (bottled or freshly squeezed)
- Rags or towels
Mix the water and juice together, ensuring that the lemon is not too diluted. This sounds a lot more complicated than it sounds, but it’s not. We recommend adding lemon juice into the bucket first, followed by adding in water slowly to ensure that the lemon smell is still strong.
Err on the side of more lemon juice than water for best results.
Now, clean everything from the countertops to the floor with the mixture. The goal is to clean all of the surfaces where roaches reside to repel them away.
And your home will have a clean, lemon-fresh smell, too.
6. Coffee Traps
Coffee is something that roaches like, too. And all of those used coffee grounds can actually be used for something – getting rid of roaches. You’ll want to use the coffee as a lure to trap the roaches and kill them.
- Coffee grounds
Fill a jar with coffee grounds and add water so that the roaches will die. But roaches can breathe in water for 40 minutes, and if fully submerged, they can live for 30 minutes, so if you find them crawling out of the jar, here is another trick.
Apply petroleum jelly to the inside of the jar so that the roaches can’t gain traction to climb out of the jar.
Strategically place the jars around the home where roaches frequent.
We recommend checking these jars every morning to dump out the dead roaches. Repeat the process for a few weeks until you start to notice that there are no roaches entering the jar. If the roaches did not lay eggs, you’ll be roach-free.
If you notice even one roach, it’s essential to take action right away. Roaches can lay up to 50 eggs at a time, depending on the type of roach in the home.
Proper sanitization and filling entry points will be essential to curb roaches from coming into the home in the future. Reducing pathways and entryways will be a must for a roach-free future. Reducing food and water sources should follow.
Pesticides and management solutions can also be followed if the roach problem is a recurring issue that only goes away and comes back every few months.
You need to be relentless when it comes to roaches. Natural home remedies for roaches are less deadly than their pesticide counterparts, and they often fail when the homeowner stops taking action. Even if you haven’t seen a roach in a month, the eggs they left behind may be ready to hatch at any time.
Insect growth regulators can be used in this case, or you’ll need to be prepared with the remedies listed above so that you can stop any future problems before they grow into a full-blown infestation.