Cockroaches are one of the most detested creatures on Earth. They are big, creepy, crawly, and they get into food. Cockroaches are also associated with a dirty house, although that’s not always the case. Sometimes you can have a cockroach problem with a perfectly clean house. If you’ve tried everything you can to get rid of the little buggers, it’s time to start looking for other methods. There are a lot of poisons on the market that are effective at getting rid of cockroaches, but there are also natural ways to get rid of them. If you don’t like poisons in your house, here are 3 effective and natural ways to get rid of cockroaches.
Baking Soda and Sugar
This method isn’t a quick fix, it can sometimes take awhile. You’ll need to have a general idea of where the cockroaches are originating from for this method to work. Use ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of sugar in the mixture. Baking soda isn’t poisonous so it’s safe to use around your home. The baking soda will mix with the cockroach’s stomach acid and will eventually kill it. The sugar in the mixture will attract the cockroaches and make them eat the baking soda as well.
Cockroaches hate the smell of bay leaves. They are completely repelled by them. If you don’t want to kill the cockroaches but just want to prevent them from coming into your house, this is a good option. Cockroaches will leave because the smell is so overpowering. Get bay leaves at your local grocery store and crush them up into a fine powder. You can use a knife or anything that will successfully crunch them. Sprinkle the crushed leaves wherever you think the cockroaches are getting in. You’ll be surprised at how effective this simple task can be.
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Lemons are a great way to help fix a cockroach problem. There’s an added benefit with using lemons because it will give your house a nice clean scent. If your cockroach problem is mild, you can squeeze lemon juice in places that cockroaches live. Or you can place lemon peels, or lemon shavings there. If your cockroach problem is more severe, you can use lemon juice and mix it with water for an all purpose cleaner. Use a lot of lemon juice and a little water so that the mixture smells fairly strong and wipe down all of your floors and countertops with the mixture. This will help the scent to be a little more potent to better repel the cockroaches.
No one wants cockroaches in their house. The problem is that a lot of people don’t want poison in their house either, Although there are lots of poisons that are effective, they can also be hazardous to your health. Using natural methods to get rid of cockroaches might be a healthier alternative. Of course, this depends on your family and the severity of the cockroach problem. If you want to use natural methods to get rid of cockroaches, these 4 ways are effective and will help. You don’t have to live with cockroaches forever, there is a solution!
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