Getting rid of cockroaches in your home can cost a lot of money. However, a few home remedies can help prevent and control these pests before spending a lot of money on commercial products and treatments. Another plus to using home remedies is that they are non-toxic to humans and pets.
Garlic Onion Pepper Spray
Mix together one clove of finely chopped garlic, one small onion and one tbsp. of cayenne pepper in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Add to one quart of water and a tbsp. of dishwater soap in a spray bottle. Spray around your house especially around trouble spots, baseboards and doors. The smell keeps roaches away.
Take two cups of bleach, one cup of hot water and two cups of Pine-Sol and pour directly on troublesome areas where roaches are. This mix will instantly kill any roaches it is poured on. Make sure to wipe the mixture up after the roaches are dead and do not pour on carpet. This is a very strong-smelling home remedy for roaches.
Make sure to seal all gaps around windows, plumbing, doors and wall outlets as roaches will migrate through these holes and become a nuisance in your house. Use caulk to seal any holes or gaps you see.
Petroleum Jelly Jar Trap
Get a jar and apply petroleum jelly to the inside of the jar rim. Put apple or banana peels in the bottom of the jar. When roaches crawl in, they will not be able to crawl back out because of the jelly.
Fill a jar with half coffee grounds and half water. Roaches like the smell of coffee grounds and will fall into the water. After they fall in they will drown.
Make sure to keep your house clean to keep these pests away. Put a lid on your trash can and cover all food in the pantry. These pests like dark, cluttered spaces. Keeping everything clean will lessen your chances of being invaded by these critters.
Roaches do not like the smell of lemons, according to the Grandma’s Home Remedies Website. Add the juice of at least four lemons to one-half gallon of water. Use the water to mop and clean around the house. Use a sponge to clean counter-tops with the lemon water.