10 Best Home Remedies for Roaches In The House

5. Dish Wash Detergent

  • Take two to three tablespoons of dish wash detergent powder
  • Take some warm water in a spray bottle
  • Add the dish was detergent and mix well
  • Spray this mixture in the areas the roaches frequent
  • You may spray the mixture directly on the roaches as well

How does this work?

Dish wash detergent is powerful enough to kill the roaches. The reason is quite simple – roaches are known to breathe through their skin, and spraying dish wash detergent on them has a suffocating effect and during the struggle, the roaches turn turtle (upside down) and struggle for a while and then die. Dish wash detergent is one of the effective home remedies for roaches and is used extensively by many households the world over.

The remedy may not work if:

Dish wash detergent is powerful enough to kill roaches. Hence, this is a simple and foolproof method for getting rid of the roach menace in your home.

4. Baking Soda and Sugar

Procedure:

  • Take 100 gm of baking soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate)
  • Take 100 gm of sugar in a bowl
  • Mix baking soda and sugar thoroughly
  • Sprinkle the mixture in the areas roaches reside or frequent

How does this work?

Baking soda is powerful enough to kill the bacteria, provide they ingest it. The sugar is mixed with baking powder to attract the roaches which start feasting on the mixture. Once ingested the sodium bicarbonate reacts with the juices in the digestive juices and releases carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide has a toxic effect on the insides of the roaches and kills them almost instantly; making this mixture one of the most preferred home remedies for roaches in the house.

The remedy may not work if:

The roaches do not consume the mixture for any reason. However, in most cases, the sugar does the trick.

3. Borax Bait

Procedure:

  • Take 100 gm of borax, 100 gm of wheat flour, and 100 gm of sugar
  • Mix all three and add water and knead
  • Roll small balls of the dough and place in roach prone areas

How does this work?

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate is a boron compound. This mineral is a salt of boric acid, and is white in color, though it comprises colorless crystals. This harmless looking chemical can actually sound the death knell for the roaches that are a permanent menace for households. Once the roaches eat the bait, they are doomed, and what’s worse (for the roaches) is that they carry some of the bait back to their nests to feed the little ones, thus triggering a mass extermination of themselves. This roach bait is one of the handiest home remedies for roaches in the house as it is harmless to humans and is very effective on roaches.

The remedy may not work if:

The roaches do not consume the mixture for any reason. However, sugar is added as an ingredient in the bait as roaches love sugar and are sure to take the bait.

2. Petroleum Jelly Bait

Procedure:

  • Get a bottle of fresh petroleum jelly. Take a sheet of thick cardboard and 50 gramsof sugar
  • Spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly on the cardboard
  • Sprinkle some sugar on the jelly and wait

How does this work?

Petroleum jelly is very viscous and becomes a deadly quagmire for the unsuspecting roaches. All you have to do is to spread a liberal quantity of petroleum jelly on the cardboard sheet and sprinkle some sugar on it. The sugar acts as the bait and attracts the roaches.  Once the roaches step on to the petroleum jelly they are as good as dead. You may either wait for them to die slowly, or find your own means of disposing of the troublesome roaches and rid your homes of the menace.

The remedy may not work if:

The only way this method won’t work is if you place the trap in the wrong location. It is important that you set the trap in the areas the roaches haunt frequently.

1. Bay Leaves

Procedure:

  • Take a bunch of fresh Bay leaves. Crush them or chop them into fine pieces
  • Spread the pieces/powder near the nests and areas roaches frequent
  • Repeat process a couple of times in a week

How does this work?

Bay leaves, also known as laurel leaves have a strong, pungent smell that acts as a natural repellent for roaches and ants. Crushing the leaves and sprinkling the dust/powder strategically helps chase away the roaches from the areas like the kitchen top, wash sink, store room, bathroom, etc. where they are found commonly. However, they may not be eradicated totally, as the bay leaves act only as a repellent and not a destroying agent.

The remedy may not work if:

Bay leaves may be good for keeping the roaches away from the kitchen and other areas they frequent. However, there is no guarantee that the roaches will be eradicated.

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