Cockroaches are a common household annoyance, but they don’t have to be! With some simple and somewhat effective natural remedies.
You can take control of the situation without worrying about exposing your family or pets to hazardous substances.
Here are many of the solutions people have tried and not all of them will work. The natural remedies people try include:
- Baking soda and sugar
- Borax and sugar
- Boric Acid
- Diatomaceous earth
- Gel bait, growth regulators, and traps
Each can help kill a few or just repel cockroaches – no toxic chemicals required to try to see if they work for you!
1. Baking Soda and Sugar
Does this kill cockroaches? The answer is no it does not.
Does your home have an unwelcome guest? Cockroaches are pests that can be difficult to get rid of. Many people have tried a mixture of baking soda and sugar to eliminate cockroaches from their house and have realized it is not very effective!
If you don’t believe us and want to try it for yourself just ensure the concoction is well outreach for children & pets as it could cause harm if too much is consumed.
2. Borax and Sugar
Does borax kill cockroaches? No, it does not work well.
Getting rid of cockroaches can be a daunting task, so many people have tried this all-natural solution to take care of the problem. This combination combines natural mineral Borax with sweet sugar to attract pesky roaches!
They eat the borax in with the sugar but there is no guarantee with this one that it will kill the roach. You should test this out to see if it works for you.
Plus, it doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals or dangerous sprays – making it safe for your family as well as environment friendly.
3. Boric Acid
Does boric acid kill roaches? Yes, this can kill roaches.
If you’re looking for a natural way to get rid of cockroaches, boric acid is worth a try. This white powder derived from Boron forms a deadly mixture when combined with flour and sugar that can kill many pests.
Spread along baseboards, cabinets, or other spots where roaches have been seen — following these steps will give your home necessary relief in no time at all!
This can work much better than the last two natural ways, but it will not get rid of an infestation. The good thing it is natural and does work to control roaches.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
Does diatomaceous earth kill cockroaches? Yes, to a degree but will not get rid of infestations.
Diatomaceous earth is a great way to naturally combat pesky roaches – it’s made from the fossilized remains of microscopic aquatic creatures called diatoms.
When applied in areas like baseboards and cabinets, its powdery goodness absorbs oil and wax on the cockroach exoskeleton leaving them dehydrated until death!
It will kill some roaches but unlikely to kill them all.
5. Traps, IGR, and Baits
Do traps and baits work to get rid of cockroaches? Very effective and what we use.
The traps are considered natural so laying down a glue board will catch roaches. This will not get rid of all of them just like the natural methods listed above.
We recommend also using gel baits which cockroaches eat killing them. I know this is also not a natural roach killer but we also recommend IGR (Insect Growth Regulators) and this will disrupt how insects grow and making it so they cannot reproduce.
I use baits, IGR, and traps to get rid of roaches in our rental properties. I know this is not a natural way of doing it but it is the most effective. You are using little dabs of gel and the IGR Gentrol has little disks you lay where roaches are, and they just need to walk over it.
If you see one cockroach just know there are a bunch more lurking somewhere in your home. You need to jump on a treatment plan quickly.
Homeowners looking for a comprehensive pest control plan should keep their space clean, sealed up tight and use natural remedies in addition to other methods discussed above. Doing so will ensure pests like cockroaches won’t be crashing your home party any time soon!