Got a Roach Problem? Try These DIY Roach Repellents (and Skip the Store-Bought Sprays)
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Finding roaches in your home is never fun, and getting rid of them can be quite the chore. If you’ve got a bad infestation, you’ll likely have to call in a professional exterminator to wipe out the problem, but what if you’re just seeing the occasional bug in the kitchen? Skip the store-bought roach repellant options with ingredients you can’t define in favor of the DIY, single-ingredient solutions below.
1. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your apartment and cleared or sealed up any possible roach food sources like crumbs, trash, or easily accessible pet food, lightly dust it where you’ve seen roaches in your home to get rid of them. Roaches will also take the bait back to the nest to feed others, fighting your pesky pest problem at the source.
2. Spray Essential Oils
3. Strategically Place Catnip
Placing small satchels of catnip around the areas of your home where you’ve seen roaches should keep them at bay. Catnip won’t kill roaches, but it’s a great option for preventing them from coming back after you’ve finally gotten rid of them.
4. Mix Borax and Sugar
Studies have found a boric acid and sugar combination to be a very effective killer of roaches, but more readily available is Borax mixed with sugar, which also gets the job done. Simply mix three parts Borax to one part sugar for bait, and be sure to keep your pets out of the vicinity. Sprinkle your mixture in places you’ve seen roaches to keep them at bay.
Want to make things easier on yourself? Some store-bought options use the same ingredients. Check them out:
This diatomaceous earth comes in a handy puffer bottle, perfect for getting into cracks and crevices.
This bug control spray is safe for cats and dogs and uses rosemary oil, among other ingredients, to get the job done.
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann