Roaches are a persistent and disgusting pest that can invade even the cleanest of homes. And if you or someone else in your home is sensitive to harsh chemicals, it's hard not to feel like getting rid of roaches is an insurmountable task. However, there are several natural remedies you can use to fight the war on these creepy-crawlers. Use items easily available -- or that you might have around your house already -- to rid your home of roaches.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Bay leaves
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
Clean your house thoroughly before treating. Roaches thrive off forgotten dust and dirt, and any natural remedy you use will be ineffective if there is trapped dirt that the cockroaches can run to to escape your methods.
Create a mixture of equal parts sugar and baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture around baseboards and in corners where you frequently find roaches. The roaches consume this mixture and it will kill them within minutes of ingestion.
Put bay leaves in areas where you would like to deter cockroach activity. If there are places you can't use your homemade poison, a simple bay leaf or two strategically placed on the floor keeps the cockroaches at bay. This is due to the strong smell of the bay leaf, which cockroaches find undesirable.
Create an equal mixture of dish soap and water and put it in a spray bottle. If you see a stray cockroach crawling on the floor, spray it with the soap mixture to kill it instantly.
Tips and warnings
- As the cockroaches start dying, get in the habit of vacuuming all floor surfaces and thoroughly cleaning your counter tops at least twice a day to get rid of the creatures as fast as possible and prevent any eggs from hatching.
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