Let’s face it. Everybody dreads seeing cockroaches inside of their home. These pests bring boatloads of germs from sewers and other unsanitary places and they are not something that you want to be dealing with unarmed. If you don’t feel like paying for roach control, here are some DIY home remedies to help get rid of and keep the roaches away.
Baking Soda and Sugar
Mixing baking soda and sugar can be an effective way to help get rid of roaches so long as you know where they have been hanging out. Mix equal parts baking soda and sugar, usually about ¼ to ½ cup each. All you have to do is sprinkle the mixture in areas where you have seen the roaches. The sugar will attract the roaches and the baking soda will mix with the roaches stomach acid, causing it to die over time.
Although bay leaves won’t kill cockroaches, they can certainly act as a natural repellent to them, as cockroaches hate the smell of bay leaves. Ideally, you would use a mortar and pestle to crush the leaves into a powder but if you don’t have a mortar and pestle on hand, the handle of a knife will do. Simply crush the leaves into a powder in the bowl. Sprinkle the powder in areas where you have seen roaches or where you think they might be hiding
No food or water
Cutting off access to the food and water supply that your home provides for the roaches can be tough to achieve but if done right, it can be an effective way to eliminate the infestation.
Store all of your food in the fridge, even fruit. Seal all of your dry goods in airtight containers. Get rid of all clutter around the kitchen, such as newspapers, plastic grocery bags, boxes, etc. After you’re finished with a meal, wash your dishes immediately, dispose of the food scraps outside and wipe down counters and the floor.
Roaches can go for a month without food but they need to have water at least daily. Every time you use the sink or bathroom, wipe it down to eliminate all water residue. You don’t want a drop of water left behind for the roaches.
Boric acid has been proven to be one of the best killers of roaches and a variety of other pests. Although it is very effective, boric acid is a poison and isn’t safe for consumption, so make sure to keep it away from children and pets. The idea is to have the roaches walk through the boric acid powder and if they do, it will kill them. Only a light dusting is required and the boric acid needs to stay dry to be effective.