13 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches Quickly and Naturally

Cockroaches are one of the most common pest’s problems and people look for natural ways to get rid of it. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, they breed quickly, have very high reproductive potential and they also develop high resistance to pesticides. The cockroaches are commonly found near the waste or on the kitchen counter or where usually the food is present. Sometimes it is found doing rounds in toilets and bathrooms. In this post, we would discuss

13 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches Quickly and Naturally

Signs to detect roach infestations

The primary reason for cockroaches infestation poor hygiene. It can also be due to irregular pest control measures, and uncovered food storage. Sometimes cockroaches can get into the home through drain pipes and crevices. The sad part is the roaches can easily sustain and survive with bare minimum requirements.
method to prevent cockroaches naturally

 Here are few signs to help detect roach infestation

• Shell casing of hatched eggs of roaches is usually spotted.
• The excreta of cockroach looks similar to ground coffee or black pepper.
• A serious infestation may cause a pungent, musty odor.
• Dead cockroaches may be visible from time to time.
• Roaches can be heard scurrying at night.
Spotting a roach at daytime is a sign of severe infestation.
• Prolonged stomach related problems; especially in children. It may be due to a roach-infested kitchen.
The only way to get rid of cockroaches is to clean, clean and keep the place clean. In order to keep the place clean, other effectual home remedial methods and techniques can also be followed to keep away cockroaches permanently.

1. Use bay leaves

Bay leaves is one of the effective remedies, also easily available from the grocery store. Keep these leaves near sinkholes, corners, and crevices where roach nests are likely to be found. This seems to be a permanent solution for roaches. You can leave a bundle in your cupboard to prevent books and clothes from roaches.

2. Use of ammonia solution

Ammonia solution to prevent cockroaches at home

Roaches are mainly found in drain pipes, sinkholes and crevices. A mixture of one cup of ammonia with a bucket of water, flush your sinks and toilets with this solution to clean the pipes. The strong pungent smell will ward off the roaches nesting in the pipes.

3. Use mothballs

 Leave mothballs in infestation prone area and cupboard, other areas where roaches are highly found. But mothballs are not good for humans, so it is better to keep them away from children.

4. Use mint oil

Mint oil is not fast as compared to other home remedies, but they are the natural and non-toxic way to keep roaches away from your home. Spray some mint oil on sinks and corners of your kitchen and bathrooms. This does not affect humans as it is a natural remedy.

5. Use of Listerine

Home remedies to get rid of cockroaches

 Listerine mouthwash can also be used as a disinfector as it has antiseptic properties. So to get rid of roaches dilute Listerine mouthwash with some water and spray around your entire kitchen and bathroom corners and other areas where roaches are likely to settle.

6. Use of Cedar

Cedar can be available in the form of balls, chips or blocks to ward off all kind of pests which also includes roaches. Cedar is considered as one of the best roach repellents, cedar is often used to line cupboards and closets to keep the pests away.

7. Use of petroleum jelly trap

Prevent Cockroaches using petroleum jelly

 Petroleum jelly is a trap to kill pests. Line the rim of a jar with petroleum jelly and leave it overnight with some food in it as a trap. The roaches will climb on it for food but will be trapped in, unable to escape because of the petroleum.

8. Use Bleach

 Mix bleaching powder with water and pour it down in sinks and toilets, this keeps your home clean and also cleans your drain pipes, sinks, and sewers. The bleach solution will down away the roaches and their nests. This is one of the common disinfectants used in the house.

9. Use lemon

 Mop your floors, kitchen tops, and bathroom cabinets with lemon juice diluted in water, as it contains natural anti-pathogenic properties, it keeps away all the germs and roaches as it cannot stand the citric smell.

10. Use borax

Sprinkle borax near corners, crevices, sinks, and pipes in kitchens and bathrooms and leave it overnight. Being nocturnal creatures the roaches scurrying about at night will come in contract with the borax that dries out their exoskeletons and acts as a slow poison. Those affected by it will take back to their nests effectively killing the other roaches too.

11.Use of coffee trap

The coffee trap is a great home remedy to get rid of roaches. Fill the bottom of the jar with ground coffee to lure in the roaches that are attracted to the smell of caffeine. Fill the jar with water so that roaches drown in it when they try to climb into the jar. The water clogs their pores and makes it impossible to breathe. 

12. Use cucumber

Cucumber to prevent accumulation of cockroaches



cucumber are natural and non-toxic. They act as an effective roach repellent. Leave some cucumber in and around the kitchen cabinets or sinks and crevices where roaches are highly found. You can use cucumber and bay leaves together, an organic way to get rid of the roaches and other pests.

13. Use soap solution

 Most of the roaches will die because of soap as soap clogs their pores making it impossible to breathe. Make a heavy soap solution in water and throw it directly at the pests.
These are some of the effective tips to get rid of cockroaches. Once you get rid of the roaches, some precautionary measures should be taken to prevent roach infestation again; it’s important to keep the place clean regularly, seal the drain pipes and sink outlets, store food in airtight containers, seal cracks in walls, cabinets, doors, and cupboards. Use non-toxic disinfectants to keep your house clean and always cover your trash cans with lids.

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9 thoughts on “13 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches Quickly and Naturally

  • April 13, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Wow this is very useful for keeping my house out of cockroaches.. Thank You for such a nice post.

  • April 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Great. Never new about lemon, cucumber and mint oil. Here I forward this to my mum.

  • April 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    this is such an awesome post. i hate these roaches and these are some natural ways of getting rid of them

  • April 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I dont have words to describe the feeling that a cockroach gives me. I am glad that now I knew natural and environmental friendly means to get rid off them

  • April 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I hate roaches! They are disgusting. I’m gonna be upset next tine I see a roach in the day tine. Who knew that means a severe infestation. I’ve got chills now.

  • April 14, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Hate cockroaches so read it thoroughly.. use of petroleum jelly trap to avoid is a new trick I learned.

  • April 16, 2018 at 10:08 am

    This is an awsome post! Luckely I’ve never had to deal with cockroaches myself, but I know what to do now!!
    xoxo Annaleid

  • May 8, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    This is a very useful article. I only knew a couple of the ones mentioned. I like the idea of using mint oil and cucumbers as they are all natural. Thanks for sharing.

  • May 29, 2018 at 11:49 am

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