Roaches are annoying and frustrating, and if you see a few of them in your kitchen, bathroom, or basement, chances are there are hundreds more hiding in the pipes, cabinets, and walls. If you’re struggling with roaches in your home, but don’t want to treat with over the counter pesticides or call a professional exterminator, there are several natural pest control methods you can attempt first. Consider attempting the following methods to control pests naturally:
Diatemaceous earth is available at most home and garden stores, and is quite inexpensive. This method of natural pest control roaches cuts up their exoskeletons and then dehydrates them from the inside out. To control roaches, sprinkle diatemaceous earth around the infested area. The roaches that are living there will crawl over the powder and tear up their exoskeletons, while also picking up the powder on their bodies and antenna and dragging it back to their nest. As they repeat this process, the roaches living in your home will slowly die out.
A Combination of Baking Soda and Sugar
Another method of natural pest control roaches is to treat your kitchen with a combination of baking soda and sugar. The roaches are attracted to the sugar and eat the powder. The baking soda then bubbles up in their digestive system, creating a gas that causes them to explode. In addition, the roaches bring the powder back to the nest on their bodies to share with other insects, who also eat it and die. You can sprinkle this mixture around your kitchen as a loose powder, or you can mix it up and leave it in plastic caps or pill bottles hidden in high and low spots in the kitchen.
Boric acid, or Borax, acts as a stomach poison for roaches but is not harmful to humans or pets. It is a common ingredient in many over the counter roach treatments. Roaches crawl over the powder, then lick it off of their bodies and antenna and are poisoned. Boric acid becomes less effective over time, and is also ineffective if it is exposed to water, so if you choose this method you’ll need to reapply the powder or gel frequently in your kitchen to be sure the bugs keep dying consistently.
Roaches do not like the oils the catnip plant contains and are repelled by them. If you have issues with roaches in your home, consider sprinkling the area with fresh or dried catnip. Obviously, this method will be less effective if you have pet cats, but otherwise it works quite well. If you find that the catnip keeps bugs out of your home successfully, it may be worth growing your own catnip in an indoor or outdoor herb garden to reduce the cost of treating your kitchen regularly.
If you try these methods for natural pest control roaches, and are still unsuccessful, you may need to contact a local exterminator. These skilled professionals can advise you about the options available to you.