Cockroaches in the home are never welcome gets and sadly are like those relatives that come to stay and linger for months afterwards. The problem with many store bought products that kill roaches is that they are filled with harmful chemicals that can linger in your home and pose a threat to yourself, your children and your pets. So how do you get rid of cockroaches in your home? We’ve put together 3 ways for you to get rid of roaches without spraying any harmful chemicals around your home.
The Baking Soda and Sugar Method
To get rid of cockroaches naturally mix equal parts sugar and baking soda (about ½ cup each) and sprinkle the mixture around the home, especially in areas where the cockroaches are found most often. The mixture works by attracting the cockroaches to the sugar which they are drawn to like flies to honey. The baking soda once ingested works to disrupt their digestive tracts which ultimately kills the roaches in a completely toxic/chemical free way.
The Diatomaceous Earth Method
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an odorless and non-toxic power which is made up of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. DE is one of the best natural pest killers that is completely harmless to humans and pets. The shells of the diatoms work by irreparably damaging the cockroaches’ exoskeletons that then dehydrate the roaches and kills them within just a few hours of coming into contact with the DE. DE can be found in a powdered form; oftentimes you can find several pounds of the powder for just a few dollars. Sprinkle the powder around the home in areas that attract roaches such as kitchens; the DE not only kills cockroaches, but acts as a repellant as well, keeping your home cockroach free.
The Herb Method
If you are a gardener you probably know that some herbs planted in your garden nearby fruits and vegetables can help to keep pests away from your prizing winning carrots and the same applies to cockroaches in the home. Certain herb such as bay leaves and rosemary repel cockroaches simply because they do not like the smell of the herbs. Fresh herbs work best as they have the most potent smell and should be placed around the home in strategic places to ward away any cockroaches from the home.