Cockroaches are one of the nastiest insects to invade your home. They transmit disease and spread bad bacteria onto every surface of your home. Once they get in, it’s hard to get them out. Here are some Home Remedies for Roaches you can use to get rid of them using Natural Pest Control.
Home Remedies for Roaches
You can call the exterminator to come in with toxic chemicals to kill the roaches, but those chemicals aren’t good for you, your kids, or your pets. The better option is to use some form of natural home remedy to get rid of roaches permanently.
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In fact, the indications from a scientific study about catnip essential oil by Iowa State University concluded that the essential oils found in catnip is more effective at repelling roaches than the commonly used insect repellent containing DEET. According to Chris Peterson, an entomologist from Iowa State University, catnip has a definite repellent ability.
Catnip for Roaches
Catnip, a popular herb that seems very addictive for cats, is a perennial plant that has a minty smell. It’s excellent for repelling insects like mosquitoes and cockroaches. Catnip, also known as catmint, is a member of the mint family.
You have several options for trying catnip as a roach repellent:
- Use the leaves fresh or dried, placing them throughout your home.
- Soak catnip leaves in hot water to make a tea, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray into areas where you’ve spotted roaches.
- Add catnip essential oil to a homemade or store-bought, bug repellent spray that contains other essential oils, and spray affected areas.
- Create a spray to repel roaches by combining two parts water with one part white vinegar plus 5 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of catnip.
- Sew together small sachets of catnip leaves and place them around your home to repel roaches. Catnip doesn’t actually kill the roaches, but it will prevent them from coming back after you’ve gotten rid of them by other means.
Where Should You Spray Catnip for Roaches?
Ideal areas to spray with catnip and mint insect repellent include around and under appliances, cracks where roaches can enter your house, in corners and kitchen cabinets, behind electrical outlet covers and anywhere food and pet food is stored.
Other Common Herbs and Essential Oils to Repel Roaches
- Bay leaves contain a compound called eucalyptol that repels roaches and other insects. Put fresh bay leaves around your kitchen and behind appliances.
- Rosemary can be used fresh to repel roaches. Place 2 to 3 sprigs of rosemary around the house where roaches are likely to be.
- Cinnamon essential oil is toxic to adult roach females and the small and large nymphs.
- Cypress oil, peppermint oil, tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus oil are all good for repelling roaches when used in a spray.
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- The best defense against roaches is to keep everything clean, discard cardboard (roaches love cardboard!) and spray with catnip to keep roaches from entering your home in the first place.
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