Cockroaches are one of the most common household bugs and pests in the world.
They are attracted to our homes in search of food and water most of the time. Three of the most common types are the German, Oriental and American cockroaches.
Although they are pest in general they are also harmful to our health. They carry a list of diseases with them and, what is commonly misattributed to allergies, can actually be proscribed to the presence of these bugs in your home.
Cokroaches also damage important items, like books, clothes, money, electronics, and more. In fact, termites are a type of cockroach that have evolved to eat wood.
The other problem, is cockroaches reproduce incredibly fast, so it’s best to get their menacing presence under control before they become unmanageable.
There are plenty of commercial products that can effectively help to reduce a roach infestation, but these products generally pose serious health risks to you and your family, animals included.
However, there are certain natural remedies that, although may have to be repeated, can definitely rid of these pests for good. Below you can find some of these natural remedies;
1. Borax and Sugar
Borax dehydrates cockroaches exoskeleton and damages their digestive system which culminates in their death.
To make it as effective as possible borax should be used with sugar because sugar helps attract them to the trap.
Mix three parts of borax and one part of sugar.
Put this mixture along places where you usually see the roaches at night. (Wash your hands thoroughly after distributing this mixture. It is recommended to wear gloves.)
The next morning, you will see many dead roaches, which you need to discard.
Repeat for a few days.
In place of borax, you can also use boric acid or simple baking soda.
Note: This remedy is not recommended if you have kids or pets at home.
Neem oil is a great alternative to the traditional harmful approach of “insect control”. It contains volatile components that keep these pests away but is no where even remotely close to being as toxic to us.
Put 1 tablespoon of neem oil in a regular-sized spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray the solution in the affected areas at night. Repeat as needed.
Another option is to sprinkle neem powder around the affected areas before going to bed. Repeat as needed.
3. Kaffir Lime Essential Oil
Kaffir lime (makrut lime) leafs work as an effective and natural deterrent for cockroaches.
In a 2007 study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, researchers found that kaffir lime leaf essential oil showed the best ability to deter cockroaches over other oils.
In fact, it showed 100 percent success rate against American and German cockroachs.
Add 8 to 10 drops of kaffir essential oil to 2 cups of water.
Pour the solution in a spray bottle.
Spray the solution in areas where you notice roaches at night.
Pour the remaining solution around drains and sinks.
Repeat as needed for several days.
Other essential oils that have insect repellent properties are peppermint and tea tree oil.
The herb catnip also works as a natural repellent to cockroaches. The active ingredient nepetalactone is the key. A 2006 report by American Chemical Society found that catnip essential oil can act as an effective insect repellent for common household pests.
Put a small amount of fresh catnip leaves in small porous bags or sachets. Leave them in areas where you see cockroach activity. Change the leaves after a few days, and repeat as needed.
You can also simmer 1 tablespoon of catnip leaves in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Strain and allow it to cool. Spray the solution on kitchen cabinets, behind counters and anywhere you suspect the presence of roaches at night
5. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a nontoxic alternative to get rid of roaches.
When the roaches come in contact with diatomaceous earth, they die off because of the damage caused to their exoskeletons.
Lightly dust food grade diatomaceous earth on suspected areas.
Repeat once daily until all the roaches are gone.
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