10 Best Home Remedies for Roaches In The House

Did you know that roaches or cockroaches are supposed to have appeared on this planet long before humans?  However, that doesn’t give them the right to invade our homes, especially the kitchens. There may be several highly effective chemical repellents, but all of them are highly toxic, and they do not just kill the roaches, they cause severe respiratory and skin problems for us, at times leaving us with some permanent allergy.

Over 10,000 roach species in the world form a primary food source for millions of birds, insectivorous mammals (small ones), and disgusting though it may sound, humans living in some parts of the world love roasting roaches and crunching them down for breakfast. The good news though is that there are several excellent home remedies for roaches in the house. Let’s first take a look at what attracts these detestable pests into our homes.

What attracts roaches into our homes?

  • The primary attractant undoubtedly is – Food
  • Damp, dark, wet cracks and crevices are heaven for these disgusting pests
  • Empty cartons, shelves, books and other knick-knacks are great hiding places
  • Infrequently used basements, garages and other such areas are favorite hideouts
  • Bathrooms and toilets that are not maintained hygienically attract these creatures

10 Best Home Remedies for Roaches

There are several easy home remedies for keeping out these pests, here the ten best:

Home Remedies for Roaches In The House

10. Clean Up!

Procedure:

  • Don’t leave leftover food scraps lying around the house
  • Wipe the kitchen counters with damp cloth
  • Don’t leave unwashed dishes in the wash sink
  • Clean the stovetop after each spill
  • Wash and sanitize the bathroom floors

How does this work?

It is worth preventing a horde of roaches invading your home rather than looking for remedies to get rid of roaches. If the house you live in is kept clinically squeaky clean, there is not even a remote chance for roaches to enter. It is important to clean up spilled food and leftovers and dispose them of properly. Roaches get attracted by the smell of food and grease; hence a clean home naturally repels them. Make sure stovetops are cleaned each time food spills, and make sure that you don’t forget to clean up after a party as parties can leave a lot of mess around.

The remedy may not work if:

  • Guests bring in roaches inadvertently in their luggage
  • In such cases, use any of the other methods listed below

9. Pyrethrum Spray

Procedure:

  • Get a bunch of Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum) flowers
  • Dry the Pyrethrum in a cool dark place
  • Take a spray bottle and fill it with plain, clean water
  • Powder the dried Pyrethrum and pour it into the spray bottle
  • Spray the lethal (for roaches) mixture where roaches generally appear

How does this work?

Pyrethrum spray is a homemade pesticide that is quite harmless and easy to make at home. The strong smell of Pyrethrum is a deterrent for the most resilient roaches and repels them. Moreover, this is a natural and effective pesticide that gets rid of roaches easily. Make sure that you cover the food containers when going about spraying this natural pesticide in the kitchen. Not that it is harmful to humans; the all-pervading smell can cause a sense of nausea. Use the herbal spray within 2 to 3 days and make a fresh bottle when and if required.

The remedy may not work if:

  • The roach infestation is deep rooted and in large numbers
  • In such cases call in the experts to do a one-time job of eliminating the pests

8. Fill up cracks, crevices, holes

Procedure:

  • Get some quick-dry cement or sealer from the hardware store
  • Locate all the cracks and crevices in the house
  • Use a blower and blow-clean all the cracks, crevices and holes
  • Mix the cement or sealer and seal up all the crack and crevices
  • Conduct periodic inspections at least once in 6 months to detect fresh cracks

How does this work?

Cracks, crevices and holes are the favorite haunts of roaches. They not only reside there, but the female of the species lay their eggs there and allow them to hatch, resulting in an endless supply of roaches around the house. The best way to keep out roaches is by not giving them a chance to find a place to settle in inside your home. Once all the tiny cracks and crevices have been filled, they will have no place to hide. Dispose of empty cartons and boxes lying in the basement or attic, as they are perfect places for roaches to reside in.

The remedy may not work if:

You have unused appliances like microwave ovens, bread toasters, etc. as roaches find such places convenient to live in and multiply.

7. DIY Roach Bait

Procedure:

  • Take 300 gm of boric acid in a large bowl
  • Add 100 gm of sugar to the boric acid
  • Mix well and store in a box with lid
  • Sprinkle this mixture on the kitchen top, near the fridge and under the wash sink

How does this work?

Boric acid has a natural repelling tendency on roaches. The sugar is added to lure the roaches, though the boric acid kills them almost instantly. Use this mixture within one week, utmost. Prepare this bait fresh again if all the roaches were not destroyed in one shot. The killed roaches need to be put in an incinerator and burnt. If you don’t have access to an incinerator, choose a spot away from the house and burn the dead roaches.

The remedy may not work if:

If the boric acid you have is old stock that has lost potency. In that case, you’ll have to get fresh stock that is potent, check the expiry date before purchasing.

6. Garlic, Onion, Pepper, Soap

Procedure:

  • Take one liter of water in a small wide-mouthed container
  • Take 2 garlic cloves, peel and crush them and add to water
  • Take 50 gm of black pepper and powder it finely and add
  • Take 2 medium sized onions and chop them finely and add
  • Add a few drops of liquid detergent soap to the mixture and allow to marinate for 2 hours
  • Sprinkle this mixture in the places where roaches frequent

How does this work?

Garlic has a strong, pungent odor which acts as a natural repellent on roaches. Pepper powder also has a pungent smell and acts as an effective roach repellent. Onions also are pungent and acidic in nature, which roaches detect with their feelers and make sure that they keep away. Soap water has a suffocating effect on roaches, which are believed to breathe through their skin. Hence this potent homemade repellent is probably the safest and best of all home remedies for killing roaches.

The remedy may not work if:

There is no way this mixture cannot work. It is a very potent mix that will certainly repel roaches and rid the menace once for all.

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