Last updated on December 23rd, 2021
Creepy crawling cockroaches are hated by all. Yet, they are expected home invaders, found in every nook and corner of the world. But have you ever wondered how do these disgusting pests enter your kitchen even after you have cleaned your space thoroughly?
Surprisingly, no matter how much you clean your home, the roaches breed under the sink, in drains, or even in the cabinet corners. Apart from being disgusting, cockroaches are a threat to the family’s health. They can lead to various diseases and also cause food poisoning.
Here are six easy and simple home remedies to keep these pesky beings far, far away.
1. Hot water and vinegar
Stop looking for cockroach repellent solutions in the supermarket and use the readily available ingredients at home. Boil one part water, pour it into a container and add vinegar to it. Dip a cleaning cloth in this solution and wipe your kitchen counters and shelves with it. The properties of vinegar will help repel the roaches keep them away from your cooking area.
To disinfect the drains, discard the leftover solution in the kitchen and bathroom at night. It will discourage the pests from climbing up the pipes and drains throughout the day.
2. Lemon, soda, and hot water
Here is another easy remedy with simple ingredients found in every home. A kitchen is a favorite place for cockroaches to breed, and this is where most of the anti-roach solutions are present.
Squeeze one lemon in a large bowl, add two tablespoons of baking soda. Mix it well and pour in one liter of hot water. Pour this solution in drains and wash your kitchen slabs once in a while with it to stop cockroaches from breeding in your kitchen.
3. Sugar and boric acid
This is an age-old remedy to get rid of cockroaches, and it lasts longer too. In a bowl, mix one part of boric acid and one part of sugar. Sprinkle this mix in the sweet spots you suspect cockroaches are breeding in. The sugar will attract not only roaches but other bugs too, and boric acid kills them instantly.
Yet another miraculous grandma’s remedy is using nature to combat nature. Neem is a robust pest repellent used by homemakers to keep the creepy crawlies away from their homes.
You can simply keep a handful of neem leaves in the kitchen to get rid of the roaches. Also, powdered neem leaves can be mixed with water and sprayed in every nook and corner of the house periodically as an effective pest-control measure.
The same can be done with neem oil by mixing it with water and spraying it in cockroach-infested areas. In just a couple of days, you will experience a decrease in unwanted visits from this frightful pest.
5. Essential Oils
We love essential oils, and they can be found in every home easily. To be rid of roaches, all you need to do is mix oils like peppermint or lavender with some water and spray them in the kitchen and bathroom areas. This will not only help you remove the unwanted pests, but also keep your home aromatic.
6. Spice up the game
Spices like bay leaves and cinnamon have potent properties that make the roaches run for their lives. So keep those pesky pests from breeding in your home by crushing some bay leaves or cinnamon and sprinkling them in and around their hiding spots.
While these home remedies are helpful in a daily run, you should always maintain hygiene in the kitchen and bathroom areas. For example, avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink for long, pick up the food crumbs from the floor and always keep your trash can lined and covered to stop cockroaches from breeding in your home.
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Enjoy decorating your beautiful, pest-free home, everyone!