How to rid your home of cockroaches. Photo by Nowshad Arefin

It is said that in the event of a nuclear bomb, cockroaches will survive. While that may be true, they are not the best insects to share your house with it. These tiny terrorists pick up germs and deposit them on uncovered food leading to food poisoning.  They like to feed on leftovers, hide in warm, dark places and can survive a week without their head. Pretty tough! But no worries as we bring you natural ways of getting rid of cockroaches in your home:

  1. Bay leaves:  To you, bay leaves smell great but to cockroaches, they are quite pungent which makes them great for repelling cockroaches. Place a bunch of bay leaves behind couches and appliances, near crevices and sinkholes or in cupboards to ward off cockroaches.
  2. Listerine: Your popular mouthwash can also serve as a cockroach repellent. Add water to a cup of Listerine and use it as a spray on nests or areas where you suspect they might be hiding.
  3. Garlic: Cockroaches cannot stand the smell of garlic mixed with pepper and onions.  A mixture of crushed garlic and onions, with dry pepper added to water, will force cockroaches out of your home. You can add liquid soap solution to this mixture and spray it in the kitchen, bathroom and dark areas where they can be.
  4. Baking soda: Add some sugar to baking soda to lure the cockroaches. Sprinkle the mixture in infested areas. Once they eat the mixture, they will die as baking soda builds up gas in them and kills them slowly.
  5. Lemon: The smell of lemon is an irritant to these pesky insects. Simply add lemon juice to water used for cleaning your floors, kitchen tops, and bathroom cabinets. You can also mix water and lemon essential oil and use it as a spray on infested areas.