Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Cockroaches
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Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Cockroaches

These natural home remedies to get rid of cockroaches are great for allergy sufferers or anyone who wants to use less chemicals around the home.  Try these traps or deterrents to rid your home of this common pest.

Cockroaches can make anyone squeamish.  After spraying chemical cockroach killer under the house, they decided to move inside then one ran over my face while I was in bed.  I nearly jumped out of my skin!

Chemicals are not always the best control method and it is always worthwhile trying natural home remedies first.  Not only are they better for your health but they are better on your back pocket too.

Natural Cockroach Traps

Cockroaches like to come out at night.  Place the traps in kitchens, laundries or anywhere you have seen cockroaches before you go to bed then check in the morning.

Cockroach Trap 1

Use unwashed empty margarine or butter plastic containers.  If you have already cleaned them grease the insides with a little margarine or butter.  Add either wine or beer to a depth of 1cm or ½ inch.

Leave overnight near where you have seen the cockroaches.  They will be attracted to the wine or beer, climb into the container then drown as they can’t climb up the greasy sides.

Cockroach Trap 2

Smear the insides of a tall wide mouth jar with fat drippings.  Bacon grease works well for this.  Place a piece of cake or bread into the bottom of the jar.  The cockroaches climb in then can’t get out.

Once captured, pour boiling water over the top of the cockroaches to kill them.

Cockroach Trap 3

Lay a piece of newspaper where you have seen the cockroaches.  Make a small pile of plaster of paris (paid link) on the newspaper.  Set beside it a flat dish of water and a sliced banana.

The cockroaches are attracted by the banana then they eat the plaster of paris and drink the water.  This will kill the cockroaches.

Natural Cockroach Deterrents

  1. Sprinkle Epsom salts in and around cupboards, drawers, sinks and benches. Put out more every few weeks for the best results.
  2. Place cucumber peelings into cupboards then replenish as they dry out.
  3. Place vanilla pods around areas where cockroaches have been seen.  Their odour acts as a deterrent.
  4. Sprinkle dusting sulphur near skirting boards and corners.  This is less natural (although it is a natural chemical) and may cause problems with allergy sufferers but it is a cost-effective method. It can be found on Amazon or in garden centres and is normally used for controlling powdery mildew on plants. (Paid link)


Of all these natural home remedies to get rid of cockroaches the traps are the best method as they kill the cockroaches rather than just deterring them.  If you have pets you may need to keep them away from the areas where you place the traps.

If you don’t feel like putting together your own trap try these natural glue lure traps from Amazon. (Paid link)

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Looking for more natural home remedies to get rid of pests? Try this natural aphid spray or these grasshopper traps.

Are you interested in saving money around the home? Try this Homesteading guide.

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