There are roughly 4600 species of cockroach in the world, and of that, about 30 species that we find in our homes. These are old creatures, dating back 320 million years. They have learned to adapt and survive, and it is said that they would even survive a nuclear holocaust. They have been linked to disease, and even to allergic reactions in humans. So how do we keep them out of our homes?
Fortunately, there are several home remedies using everyday items that will help keep the roaches in your home at bay. But before we list the remedies, it’s important to know what attracts the roaches in the first place.
Moisture and food are the biggest factors when it comes to attracting roaches in your home. Leaky pipes or faucets, crumbs on the counter, food left on dirty dishes. All of these act as beacons for roaches when the lights go out. By keeping your counters clean from food debris, and fixing any leaky pipes or faucets, you take away the very thing that brings those roaches into your home. Once you are confident that you are doing everything you can on the surface, then it’s time to attack them with these remedies.
Used Coffee Grounds
You finally have a use for that used filter of ground coffee. Roaches are attracted to coffee (aren’t we all), so you can create a trap for them using grounds and a jar. Fill the jar with the grounds and some water. And even though roaches are notoriously bad swimmers, they can survive for up to 30 minutes submerged in water. Trapping them in the jar will eventually kill them. And if you catch one of the wily critters sneaking out, apply some petroleum jelly to the inside of the jar so they can’t climb out.
Baking Soda and Sugar
This is one of the most widely used remedies for its simplicity. Baking soda, once ingested, will mix with the stomach acid of the roach and cause death. The sugar is what attracts the roaches to your traps. This method is as easy as:
- Mix 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of Baking Soda in a bowl
- Sprinkle in areas where you’ve seen roaches
- Repeat as needed
You’ll need to leave the bait out and reapply as often as necessary. Simple, right?
Boric acid is a highly toxic powder that is found in most insecticides. It is often mixed with sugar to attract insects and rodents. And while it would take high doses to be lethal in humans, it is important to keep it away from children when applying it in your home. The method for roaches is similar to the baking soda remedy in that it just takes some basic knowledge of where the roaches are entering into your kitchen.
Once you identify the trouble areas, you just apply a light dusting of the boric acid. Be sure to keep it dry to avoid losing its effectiveness. Once the roaches come in contact with the powder, it gets on their antennae and legs which will lead them to ingest it when they groom.
You may have these in your spice rack already. And it’s not just for homemade pasta sauce anymore. Roaches are repelled by the smell of bay leaves, so take advantage by sprinkling this Asian spice around your home wherever you find a roach problem. Simply crush a handful of bay leaves into a fine powder. And while the leaves don’t kill the roaches, it will deter them from coming out. This is a safer alternative to the Boric acid if you have children and you’re worried about their little fingers touching the more harmful poison.
There is no best way to get rid of roaches. They are adaptable creatures that will find a way to get to the food and water they need. Start by keeping your home clean and dry. Rinse food debris from plates, fix leaky faucets and pipes, and caulk any openings in walls and cabinets. Once you know that your home is clean, then you can use these home remedies as your next line of defense against these seemingly unstoppable pests.