Getting rid of cockroaches naturally can be a slow process, but it is worth the wait because you will not be exposing your family or yourself to any harmful chemicals. The items needed to make the solution for killing the roaches are probably already in your cupboard and if not, you can easily run to the store and get them at a low cost. Non-toxic natural options for pest control is especially great for families with children, nosy pets or if you don’t want to hire an exterminator.
The first step to ridding your home of roaches
You definitely do not want to invite roaches into your home in the first place. One way to discourage their presence is with a good cleaning. Start by cleaning up everyday mess made by pets, children, or adults like spills on the kitchen counter or dirty dishes in the sink. Spilled food on stove tops are an all you can eat buffet for roaches, so be sure to clean stove tops as well. Sweeping the floor before bed is another way to discourage them from coming into your home.
Cockroaches are quiet and agile and will make all your hard work seem pointless if they still have a way to enter your home. Tiny roaches can crawl through the smallest holes and cracks so it will be worth all the effort to check the space between the wall and counter, baseboards, and in the pantry. Filling in holes and cracks will only need a simple tube of caulking.
The next step…
Some roaches are able to survive for months without food, but can only live for a few days without water. So, you’ll need to fix all water leaks because they are attracted to moist places. Ensure that there is absolutely no standing water where leaks were and fix all water damaged areas that could be housing roaches.
Easy to make baits for roaches
Prepare three parts boric acid along with one part powdered sugar. The sugar will lure them while the boric acid kills them. Boric acid is not harmful to humans or animals but it can cause irritation. This powdered mixture should be placed under and behind stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, and under the sink. This simple mixture is cost effective and very easy to distribute. The best part is that it is super easy to clean up after it is not needed anymore.
The powder is great for hidden places in your home. But what about the not so hidden parts? You can secure these places with bait balls. All you will need is an old margarine tub with four 1 inch holes at the rim, but, do not cut the lid. Now, mix one cup of borax, ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of bacon grease. Make the mixture moist enough to form into balls, put the balls on the lid then snap on the container with the lid on the floor. This can be placed anywhere in the home, but if you wish to use it outside, only punch one hole in the container to protect the balls from the elements. The roaches will take the balls out of the container to their nest, when the colony feeds they will all perish, and hopefully, this will remedy the problem.