3 Ways How To Get Rid of Cockroaches Naturally In Your Home


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.

Tips For Avoiding Bed Bugs While You Travel

Even fine hotels can have bed bugs, so it’s important to thoroughly check any room you plan to stay in. Start by putting your bags in the bathtub. That way you know they’ll stay safe and pest free while you investigate.

Start with the bed you plan to sleep in. Pull back the covers and remove the mattress. If that sounds like overkill, remember that bed bugs are tiny and can hide in even the smallest cracks. Check every fold and crevice, looking for any bugs or fecal matter, which will show as clusters of small, black stains. You’ll sleep a lot more soundly, and enjoy your stay knowing you won’t be getting bit while you sleep.

Look around the edges of the carpet, under furniture, and in drawers.

If you see any bugs, or signs of an infestation, do not stay in the room. Demand another room, or choose a different hotel.

After you are reasonably sure there is no infestation, you should still plan to take precautions.  Even a few bugs can cause a problem. And you certainly don’t want them hitching a ride home with you.

Keep your luggage off the bed. Put suitcases on luggage racks, and pull the racks away from the wall.

When you’re ready to leave, pack very carefully, looking each item over for signs of bed bugs.  Normal washing and drying of clothes (or drycleaning) should kill any hiding pests.

If, despite your best efforts, you still managed to bring bed bugs home with you, don’t panic. Start with some DIY methods of extermination or if you think you cannot handle it properly, call a pest control specialist. It’s the easiest and most reliable way to get rid of an infestation and get back to enjoying your life.