Make Diy Cockroach Repellant
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Eng, Nlangster, Lynn and 10 others
Who can make women and mighty men alike scream like a little girl? Cockroaches! Even the name gives us the creeps. These pesky insects seem to be the most resilient type of pest our homes have. The problem is most people use chemical sprays to get rid of roaches, which is effective, by the way. However, did you know that you can make a repellent (and roach killer) spray using home products? Have you been searching for a way to kill roaches frugally and naturally? Well you'll find that question answered below.
If you in an area where these dreaded pests are prevalent, or in an old house or even an apartment building where roaches never seem to go away, don't throw your hands up in defeat. While it's virtually impossible to rid a structure of them completely without utilizing heavy toxins, there are some steps you can use to diminish their population and send them scurrying for somewhere else to live, far from your home.
- 1 Roach Killer Balls
- 2 Simple Sugar and Borax Mix
- 3 Essential Oils and Others
- 4 Cockroach Trap
- 5 Ways to get rid of roaches "completely"
- 6 Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- 7 Questions and Answers
- 7.1 I have a rental home and was showing it and we found roaches in it. Which do it yourself method works the quickest and gives the best protection from roaches?
- 7.2 Hi! I was just browsing for a repellent that I want to be able to put in my garage?
- 7.3 My home has too much cockroaches, I need some one how can kill the cockroaches?
- 7.4 Get rid of German cockroaches?
- 7.5 Cockroach repellent DIY method with simple ingredients?
- 7.6 Hi, I'm in a highrise condo infested with roaches?
- 7.7 Do we need flour to make the bait?
- 7.8 My husband and I recently moved into a rental house. After about 2 months there, I have discovered that the place is totally infested with roaches. Last night I put boric acid all over the house in cracks and corners and under the fridge and bathroom places, etc. I have small children and am worried about their safety. I have tea tree oil, peppermint oil, cypress cedarwood oil, and eucalyptus oil, which should I use to help me get rid of the bugs faster. I want them gone today?
- 7.9 I have seen roaches in my house. Want a homemade remedy. Have cats?
- 7.10 What is the repellent of mosquitoes?
- 7.11 I need to get rid of roaches and the only thing I have is sugar non powder and baking soda and Clorox?
- 7.12 Just looking for some natural roach repellent methods for my son?
- 8 Comments
Roach Killer Balls
- 11/8 cup Crisco or bacon drippingsAdvertisement
- 21/8 cup powdered sugarAdvertisement
- 31 cup Borax (or boric acid powder)
- 41/2 cup flour (they don't care if it's white or wheat)
Mix the first four ingredients, and then simply add water until you form soft dough. Roll it into tiny balls (each about the size of an olive). Stash two or three balls where you see roaches or where they are likely to hang out �" under the sink, behind your appliances, in food cupboards, etc. Mist the balls lightly with water regularly, as this keeps their scent fresh. If the balls are gone and/or eaten off of, replace with fresh balls as often as needed.
How it works: Crisco and bacon grease with powdered sugar in these balls effectively attract the roaches and give them something to eat. The Borax element has very sharp edges that gradually tear up their insides and kill them. You will begin to see a decline in a few weeks!
Simple Sugar and Borax Mix
Simply combine equal amounts of borax and sugar together. Then, put it along the baseboards, under cabinets, in cracks, under your sink and anywhere else you might have noticed roaches. Reapply this as needed until all pests are gone.
How it works: Roaches will naturally consume the mixture because they are attracted to sugar. Once consumed, the borax damages both the roach's digestive system and outer skeleton, resulting in slow death. This works about the same as the boric acid found in most commercial products, but this costs much less.
Essential Oils and Others
You can make a cockroach repellent by using a combination of tea tree oil, mint, bay leaves, and cucumbers. Here's how:
Just add 25 drops of mint essential oil in a cup of clean water. Place the solution on a spray bottle. Spray it under your kitchen cabinets, cracks, hard to reach places and doors. Repeat this method once a week. You can place bay leaves in your pantry, kitchen cabinets and even closets. To use the oil, just rub tea tree essential oil on your shelves, baseboards and other infested areas. To use cucumbers, cut the ends off and place them the corners of your room and shelves until the cucumbers are shriveled.
Essential Oil Spray
- 18 drops of cypress essential oilAdvertisement
- 210 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 31/2 cup of salt water
Simply place in a spray bottle, shake well and spray away! It's that easy!
Did you know that roaches also love beer? So get those roaches drunk. Fill about a quarter of a bottle with beer and then add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Leave the bottle in the infested area. Repeat the steps and replace the bottle when full of cockroaches and flush the roaches down the toilet. Stale beer is a cockroach attractant that is similar to the pheromones they utilize to signal each other when there is food. Once they enter the bottle, they will not be able to escape. This trick with beer is also safer for pets and children.
Ways to get rid of roaches "completely"
Clean your home
Isn't it obvious? Pests such as mice, termites, ants, most mites, and yes, cockroaches tend to love the smell of a dirty house. Your second step after annihilating roaches is cleaning your home. Roaches primarily love the smell of paper, so let's start with that. Get rid of the following things:
- 1Stacks of cardboard boxes
- 2Stacks of newspapers and magazines
- 3Paper bags from the grocery store
To make the best use of your DIY roach repellents, Use a 50-50 solution of commercial white vinegar and tap water when you're cleaning under sinks (clean this area thoroughly), around your water heaters, especially old ones, and inside all your appliances. You should also vacuum behind the fridge and even behind washers and dryer. You can also mop the floor there, too. Clean inside your refrigerator regularly. (Yep, they can get in there.) Wipe away spills in your oven immediately. Keep your stove spotless. Never leave dishes in the sink. Wipe your counters after preparing meals, and remind someone to sweep the floor after meals. Mop your hard floors regularly. Always vacuum each room diligently once a week, and add one more high-powered vacuum for each person and pet in your house. Refrain from letting your laundry pile up and always keep drains free of grease.
Like all living creatures, roaches (obviously) love to eat. To get rid of them, get rid of what they like to eat.
- 1Never leave or forget food sitting on your counters; this includes fruit bowls and unwashed pans.
- 2Always store dry goods in tightly-sealed containers.
- 3Get rid of roaches by varnishing or painting wood shelves to seal them, and then wipe them clean daily.
- 4Rinse your bottles, cans and plastics before putting them in your trash bins.
- 5Always empty your trash daily.
Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- Homemade DIY roach killers are inexpensive, fume-free, chemical free and environmentally friendly.
- Warn everyone in the house, especially the children, if you're using DIY balls or sugar and borax mix. It can be fatal when taken in huge amounts.
- Once you see a single cockroach, chances are that cockroach already has plenty of company.
- If you've had cockroaches before or suspect you might have them in your place, it's best to take preventative measures before their numbers increase.
- Borax can lose some of its effectiveness when it gets wet.
- Keeping your home roach-free obviously requires constant diligence, so even if the roach balls work, you'll want to stay on top of proper clutter removal, food storage and cleaning.
Questions and Answers
I have a rental home and was showing it and we found roaches in it. Which do it yourself method works the quickest and gives the best protection from roaches?
What have you found to be the most effective method to use?
Sugar and borax is by far one of the most effective methods, however, this is not a good method to use when there is any chance that children or pets will be able to reach the poison. Both children and dogs will be attracted to sweets, and the roach killer can poison them. If you use this method, it's best done by placing it on sheets of wax paper in key areas where you know the roaches will come, and then after a few days or a week, cleaning it up and properly disposing of the roach poison so that only the roaches get sick.
Hi! I was just browsing for a repellent that I want to be able to put in my garage?
Hi! I was just browsing for a repellent that I want to be able to put in my garage.
These methods would be okay to put in the garage. If you have items in boxes or paper bags in your garage, try to switch to putting them in totes with lids.
My home has too much cockroaches, I need some one how can kill the cockroaches?
My home has too much cockroaches, I need some one how can kill the cockroaches
Follow the steps in this VisiHow article and make a natural repellent. You will also want to do a massive cleaning from top to bottom of your house. Remove any paper boxes or stacks of paper because the smell attracts the cockroaches.
Get rid of German cockroaches?
I just found a few tiny German cockroaches in my kitchen and a large one in my upstairs bathroom
- 1Completely isolate any source of water or food.Keep your room dry. Even a broken pipe or cat food leftovers can attract more cockroaches.
- 2Wash everything and wipe the dust all of the time.You can use a 1% solution of chlorine disinfectant on most dirty parts of your house, but do not do that if you have animals at home.
- 3While you are cleaning, find any holes and crevices and either tape them or fill them with steel wool, for example.
- 4Bait cockroaches with gel bait or boric acid powder mixed with milk.You can, for example, use Maxforce Gel. Place it in the areas with the highest chance of spotting cockroaches.
- 5Use chemical sprays and Insect Growth Regulators (IGR).Be sure that these will not affect your home pets or birds, and choose each spray and IGR with caution. Use them only according to recommendations on the labels of the chemical substances.Advertisement
Cockroach repellent DIY method with simple ingredients?
I want to know how to get rid of cockroaches with simple ingredients like corn flour or baking soda. It should be a complete repellent not even one cockroach should be left!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
Mix together and add to shallow containers or lids. You will need to put these all over your house in as many places as possible.
Hi, I'm in a highrise condo infested with roaches?
They even bite my husband if he falls asleep on the couch. I have a toddler but no pets. What repellent would work best without being too smelly (strong essential oils like cedar or peppermint).
Because you have a toddler, you should try the baking soda, flour and sugar method. There is also the all natural repellent spray posted above in this VisiHow article and you should make that as well to spray areas around your condo. Unfortunately because you are in a condo, the cockroaches could keep coming back. Using the all natural methods on a regular basis will keep your personal condo under control.
Do we need flour to make the bait?
We currently don't have flour and wanted to know if we could make the roach balls without it?
Corn starch would work in the place of flour but the balls will not be as firm possibly.
My husband and I recently moved into a rental house. After about 2 months there, I have discovered that the place is totally infested with roaches. Last night I put boric acid all over the house in cracks and corners and under the fridge and bathroom places, etc. I have small children and am worried about their safety. I have tea tree oil, peppermint oil, cypress cedarwood oil, and eucalyptus oil, which should I use to help me get rid of the bugs faster. I want them gone today?
I am going to try a beer trap today. How fast can I get rid of these creepy crawlers?
The beer trap is a good start. Make the repellent spray that is posted in this VisiHow article as well as the Roach Killer Balls. Because of the small children, try to stick to one eating spot and wipe the surface down each time. Leave no open food sources for them. I have small children so I know how they leave a trail of crumbs behind them as well as snacks stuffed in random places. Check the couch cushions regularly. The more vigilant you are, the better the roach trap and balls will work because the roaches will be seeking out food sources.
I have seen roaches in my house. Want a homemade remedy. Have cats?
I have not found so far. Can't afford to hire someone.
The methods posted in this VisiHow article are pet friendly. You can also try the flour, baking soda and sugar method if you are afraid of using borax around your cats.
What is the repellent of mosquitoes?
Because there is more mosquitoes in our house and every night they bite us
You can learn about all natural mosquito repellents  here. Also run fans. Not only will you stay comfortably cool, mosquitoes can't stay flying high in windy conditions.
I need to get rid of roaches and the only thing I have is sugar non powder and baking soda and Clorox?
How can I kill them! I have baking soda, Clorox, and sugar (not powdered) and alcohol (spell check). I have tried: Everything over the counter. I think it was caused by: I don't know
Equal parts baking soda, sugar and flour.
Just looking for some natural roach repellent methods for my son?
He is living abroad and moving into a multi-person complex and has seen a few dead carcasses in the apartment. Trying to find some natural ways to keep them away from his apartment and repel them in the future.. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Region and people sharing the building and do not care
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