Organic Pest Control for Cockroaches

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Diatomaceous earth
Bay leaves

Organic pest control is far more desirable than using chemicals all over your house. If you have a problem with cockroaches, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible, and organic pest control is the safe way to do it. You’ll discover it’s every bit as effective as using chemicals, and you won’t need to worry about the children and animals in your house.

Step 1 - Why Do You Have Roaches?

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years. Many experts believe they’ll remain on the planet long after humans have become extinct. In some climates cockroaches are simply a fact of life. Although a number of people believe a cockroach infestation must be the result of dirty, unsanitary living, that’s not the case. Cockroaches will just go where they can. The trick is getting rid of them.

Step 2 - Borax

Borax, which is often used for washing clothes, is one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal against cockroaches. It’s also completely harmless to humans and absolutely natural, making it the perfect organic pest control. If you’ve spotted cockroaches in your kitchen cupboards, for instance, or behind the stove, pour borax into small bowls and leave it there. When the cockroaches come into contact with it, it will kill them.

Step 3 - Baking Soda

Baking sugar and soda together will help rid your house of cockroaches. You’ll need to thoroughly mix the two and sprinkle around areas of your house where you’ve seen cockroaches. You can also put it in small bowls. The cockroaches are attracted to the sugar and eat it. For them, the problem is the baking soda, which they can’t digest properly, leaving them dehydrated. This ends up killing them in a short time.

Step 4 - Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth, which can be readily purchased at a hardware store, is as safe as the other remedies, another form or organic pest control. You’ll find it doesn’t just control cockroaches, but also other pests like fleas-it’s widely used for flea problems. It cause dehydration in cockroaches in much the same manner as baking soda, and it’s just as deadly.

To use, you should sprinkle anywhere in the house where you’ve seen cockroaches, especially around baseboards and in areas such as behind stoves and refrigerators.

Step 5 - Stop Them Returning

Having taken care of your cockroach problem, you want to be certain they don’t come back, leaving you to start all over again. For this type of organic pest control you need a deterrent, and two things work very well. Putting bay leaves (in the spices sections of supermarkets) in cupboards helps to keep cockroaches away. As they don’t like the smell, they’ll stay away.

Catnip has exactly the same effect. You can sprinkle it around to keep cockroaches at bay. Note that you shouldn’t use catnip for this if you own a cat or kitten, as the animals will simply devour it.