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Home Remedies for Roaches

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on May 18, 2016
Home remedies for roaches

Nobody wants roaches to infest their homes. But, it's not always easy to get rid of them. Most of the time, people don't want to use harsh chemicals in their homes, especially around children and pets. Are you looking for some natural remedies to get rid of roaches? Look no further! Here are five that will do the trick.


1. Bay Leaves


The solution is right in your kitchen! Bay leaves are used as a fragrance when cooking, but they can also be used against roaches. Just crush up the leaves so their essential oils come out . Keep them in your shelf corners and tucked into cushions, and the roaches will immediately run away from those places. The better quality of the bay leaves, the faster they will stink the roaches away.


2. Sugar and Baking Soda


This one is really simple--just mix the baking soda and sugar powder equally and apply it to the areas where the roaches are the most. The sugar will attract the roaches with its smell, and when they eat it, the baking soda will kill them.


3. Listerine


Mix one portion Listerine with an equal portion of water and one or two drops of dish liquid. Fill up a spray bottle with the mixture and spray it directly on the roaches. They will immediately begin to look for an escape route and won't return.


4. Petroleum Jelly Trap


Get a clean jar and apply some petroleum jelly to its inner rim. Put a few fruit peelings in the jar. These could be peelings from apples, bananas, mangoes--anything that's really strong. Put the jar in an area where the roaches go to most frequently. The sweet smell of the fruit will attract them inside the jar and the sticky petroleum jelly will trap them inside. When you're ready, discard all the contents of the jar in some soapy water and flush it all down the toilet.


5. Garlic, Pepper and Onion


Put one liter of water in a mug and add one clove of garlic, one tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder, and one tablespoon of onion paste. Let the mixture sit for about an hour, and then add one tablespoon of liquid soap. Just apply this solution with a brush to the places where the roaches go the most to get rid of them. Or, apply it items you don't care about and place them around the house.

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About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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