Late one night you wake up and head to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
You flip on the lights to discover that you weren’t the only one dreaming about that pizza you left out from dinner:
I’ve been there brother. And trust me, I’m way too economically efficient (cheap) to call the exterminator without trying a few household remedies first.
I researched and tested A LOT of methods out there to help get rid of roaches naturally and some of them worked, some of them didn’t.
By the way, bay leaves, cucumbers and cayenne pepper are great additions to your dinner.
They are not effective at getting rid of roaches.
To save you the time and hassle of trying all those different methods out there, I came up with a list of
the best ways to kill roaches using home remedies:
#5 The Best Part of Waking up…Is Roaches in Your Cup!
Using coffee to kill roaches
Roaches eat almost anything that has any kind of nutritional value. Basically anything that is alive or was alive is fair game.
Coffee grounds are no exception. That same coffee aroma that draws you out of your dark, quiet bedroom also lures the roach out the dark, quiet corners of your house.
Use it as bait.
What you need:
- Coffee grounds (wet grinds work better than dry)
- 2 or 3 large glass jars (Mason jars work well)
- Small paper cups
How to do it:
Fill the jars ½ way with water
Scoop some of the wet coffee grounds into the paper cups
Drop the coffee filled paper cup into the water filled jar
Viola! Your trap is set.
Place your completed jars in “high traffic” areas such as underneath sinks, on top of high shelves/cabinets, along baseboards, etc.
Roaches will be attracted to the coffee grounds inside of the jar, and after jumping in, will not be able to get out.
Be sure to check your traps daily and empty out the dead roaches that you collect (I usually flush them).
Replace the wet coffee grounds after emptying and reset your traps.
Rinse and Repeat until you are roach free!
#4 Baking Bad
Killing roaches with baking soda
As explained in the Roach Killer Guide, Borax is the natural chemical of choice to eliminate roaches.
However, some folks may be wary of its potency (especially if you have small children or pets in the house who may accidentally ingest the stuff).
What You Need:
- Baking Soda
- White Sugar
How to Do It:
Mix 3 parts sugar with 3 parts baking soda and sprinkle the mixture in those high traffic areas.
The roaches are attracted to the sweetness of the sugar and end up eating both the sugar and the baking soda.
Remember those elementary school science projects with the Volcanoes that erupted with baking soda and vinegar?
Picture that, but inside the roaches body (and not quite on that scale). The gas buildup within the roach ends up suffocating it and they die.
#3 Hair Spray-N-Pray
Kill roaches with hair spray
This method is a more direct approach to getting rid of roaches. If you see a roach, simply blast it with a spritz of “Big and Sexy” hairspray (does not necessarily need to be this brand).
The stickiness of the spray will fuse their wings to their bodies so that they cannot fly away, and (depending on strength) can even stick the roach in place. Allowing you to easily scoop up the roach and discard it.
Obviously, hair spray is flammable. Please do not spray the roach with hairspray and then light it on fire as I did as a kid, just to “see what happens”.
You will (almost) burn down your house.
We’re learning about the best ways to kill roaches here, not people!
#2 Three Pieces of Sticky Tape
Using obscure Christmas movie references and packing tape to catch roaches.
Whether you’ve seen Arthur Christmas or not, just know that his side kick Bryony knows how useful tape can be.
Extra strength duct tape or packaging tape can make for a quick sticky trap.
Just cut a few strips of the tape and lay them (sticky side up) along roach traffic routes.
You can level up this method by sprinkling some of the “Baking Bad” mixture from method #2 onto the tape itself to help entice your little friends to come take a stroll.
The roach runs onto the tape to eat the mixture and gets stuck until the morning when you can discard of the trap and the roaches it caught.
#1 3rd Rock From The Sun
Using diatomaceous earth to kill cockroaches
One of the best ways to kill roaches is by using diatomaceous earth.
Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic (to humans and pets at least) type of sharp, dry, abrasive soil that scratches the exoskeleton skin of the roach (and other bugs).
While you may not have this just chilling in your garage, it is easily accessible at most hardware stores and online.
To make an effective Diatomaceous earth trap, mix equal parts of the soil and either sugar, cocoa powder, or flour (or all 3) and sprinkle the mixture in those hard to reach places that roaches hang out (between the stove and counter, behind and under the fridge, on top of cabinets, etc.)
As the roaches run on top of and through this type of soil, their outer shell begins to break down and dry out. This causes the roach to eventually die of dehydration.
This method was the most effective of the 5 listed above, but I encourage you to use a combination of all of them. When using home remedies to get rid of roaches, it is best to use everything at your disposal before breaking down and calling the exterminator.