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10 Non-Toxic Ways to Eliminate Roaches

Rosana has experience dealing with roaches and is here to share her tips and tricks.

10 ways to safely get rid of cockroaches

10 ways to safely get rid of cockroaches

Non-Toxic German Roach Control

Cockroaches: We've all had them and cringed at the sight of them. Those pesky little things are more than just a nuisance. They are bad for your health, and they carry disease and mayhem everywhere they go. You've tried sprays, but that only seems to work locally and temporarily.

Does this surprise you? Roaches have survived the ice age; why would you think a little spray will eliminate them? Not only are they ineffective in the long run, but the chemicals can also be dangerous to your pets and children. These sprays are also gross to handle, as you have to come face-to-face with the pest while you eradicate it. Eeeeew!

If you think about it, roaches need two things to survive: water and food. That explains why they love hanging out in your kitchens and bathrooms or maybe by your pets' food and water. It's easy to say "keep your house clean," but you will have to keep up with it if you don't want to be bothered by these nasty, unwanted guests.

If you have pets at home, you want to keep them safe from eating the poisons in some of these traps. Therefore, I have listed 10 of the best non-toxic ways to get rid of these buggers without putting your loved ones at risk.

Ten Non-Toxic Roach Repellents and Killers

Use common sense in the placement of some of these, and within days, you will see them disappear. Be patient because at first, they will put up a fight, but you will be surprised at how these simple and natural solutions work.

1. Rosemary

Place twigs in cabinets, drawers, and anywhere you've seen them. It may take a couple of days, and you may even see more at first, but that's because they're moving out.

2. Eucalyptus

Place plants (you can find them in craft stores) anywhere you see roaches. You can also dab some Vick's Vapor Rub inside cabinet corners. Don't put the Vick's where your pet can get at it. You can also just open the jar and let it sit somewhere. It's a potent scent, and they hate it. Oils also work too.

3. Basil Leaves

Crush and put them anywhere you've seen them.

4. Petroleum Jelly

Spread some outside the bottom part of your dog's bowl to prevent roaches or any other bugs from climbing into it.

5. Bleach

Put some bleach and some water in a spray bottle and spray inside of your cabinets and top of your countertops daily. Pour some bleach into the kitchen sink where your trash disposal is and cover the drain.

Roaches are tough... but you're tougher.

Roaches are tough... but you're tougher.

6. Keep Things Dry

Keep all areas dry from moisture. Dry off dishes before you put them away, and keep the sink dry as well.

7. Don't Leave Food Out

Keep food tightly sealed, like cereals, cookies, etc. Go through your drawers for crumbs. If you see cockroaches in your drawers, it's because they've found something to eat.

8. Cover Drains

Cover drains in the kitchen and bathroom before bed. This will prevent pests from crawling through them to find food, water, and other resources in your house.

9. Catnip

You don't need a cat, and it's cheap to buy. Sprinkle some in cabinets, but if you have a dog, you may not want to put it where they can get it. Behind the refrigerator is also a great place.

10. Baking Soda

Mix with some sugar and sprinkle in areas you've seen them. They're attracted to the sugar, eat the baking soda, and eventually die.

Roaches love cool, damp, and dark places to hide.

Roaches love cool, damp, and dark places to hide.

Common Places to Find Roaches

If you know where roaches tend to hang out, you'll have an easier time getting rid of them. Remember, they usually like places that are dark and damp.

Where to Find Roaches in Your Home

  • Inside cabinets
  • Behind the refrigerator
  • In the cracks between walls and floors (especially in the bathroom)
  • Showers
  • Under sinks
  • Behind toilets
  • Under furniture

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Fresh or dried basil leaves are best for eliminating roaches?

Answer: Dried basil leaves are more potent, therefore give off more of a scent.

Question: What do you recommend to eliminate roaches in basements?

Answer: The remedies in the article apply to every location, not just cupboards. Roaches are after two things; water and food. If you have either of those things in the basement, you may want to find what the source and treat it that way. Make sure there is no water, keep things dry and cool and no food laying around, like in dog bowls.