Getting Rid of Cockroaches without Chemicals

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Cockroaches might seem harmful and disgusting to our human nature, but they’re vital to keeping our ecosystem in balance. That said, they’re still one of the top conveyors of harmful micro-organisms.

The microbes carried by cockroaches are found in their saliva, and they can spread these tiny germs over anything with which they’ve come in contact.

As a common household pest, once they’ve found their way in, removing them can be a challenging exercise.

Knowing the common reasons why they take up residence will help us know how to keep them out.

The biggest attractant of cockroaches is food – either human or pet – and even cardboard is a source of nutrition.

But if you’ve found cockroaches on or around your food, they will indeed have spread their microbial disease, so throw the contaminated food away.

Signs of cockroach infestation

There are several signs to look out for that include:

  1. Oily, stuffy odour
  2. Cockroach droppings
  3. Smaller brown cockroaches, called nymphs, in the area

Cockroaches can survive for 3 months without eating. Other roaches may be found in books, boxes, or even in your closet, hiding away from pesticides.

Dirty homes offer the perfect shelter for cockroaches. Since they are also attracted to moisture, they can live on leaky pipes underneath a bathroom sink or a wet bath mat on your floor.

They also love warm places and are often seen under fridges, ovens, water heaters, washing machines, computers, DVD players, and many others.

So, one of the easiest ways to keep your home free from these kinds of pests is to keep things clean. If you can’t stand the use of store-bought chemical cleaners, then here is a list of 10 DIY cleaners you could try making.

Electronic Pest Devices

One of the more popular means for reducing pests and Cockroaches in the home these days is to use electromagnetic and ultrasonic devices.

The popularity in part stems from the fact that there are no chemicals involved and no need to leave any messy substances around the house.

Ultrasonic devices I usually only effective when the paths are in the direct line of the device. they don’t penetrate behind solid objects Mike wardrobe doors or walls. That’s a problem since it’s behind these places that most pest are likely to breed.

Electromagnetic devices have also proved ineffective by a number of companies who have tested them.

However there are some devices on the market that have been tested and shown to work really well. Pest Free Plugin technology is a device that sends out short a short pulse of electro-motive force (around 50Hz).

It’s a simple plugin device that can get to all corners of the room or house  and impact the metabolism of cockroaches and other similar household pests.


Pest Free technology seems to be more effective than previous devices and doesn’t harm your cat, dog or bird – or interfere with other electronic devices in the house. It’s a safe means of reducing the test in your home that requires no maintenance.

Soap and Detergent Solutions

Did you know that cockroaches cannot tolerate fragrance? Since they breathe through their skin, it makes it easier to get rid of them by spraying anything that’s fragrant. This will cause them to suffocate and die.

Baking soda is safe for humans to use but will have a terminal effect on roaches. The sugar is used as an attractant, and then the baking soda goes to work slowly, killing the cockroach.

Plant Solutions

Cucumbers are another easy and affordable source of cockroach torment. The stench emitted from the cucumber peels when placed in an aluminium can is intolerable.

Place fresh cucumber peels in the can and leave it in the infested area.

Try Bay Leaves. Readily available in many food stores and a common ingredient in many kitchens.

Essential oils like eucalyptus oil emanate from the leaves with a strong fragrance, helping drive away cockroaches. The smell doesn’t kill them, but the strong aroma of bay leaves will help remove them faster.

Put cut pieces of garlic, onion, and one teaspoon of pepper into boiling water. Decant this solution into a spray bottle and begin to spray any roach-infested areas. You may also use this water to mop floors or wipe down counter tops and cabinets.

Any cockroach will hate this powerful combination.

To help you prevent a cockroach infestation, keep your home, especially the kitchen, as tidy as possible.

Put all your food in an airtight container after every meal, and if you think you have some unwelcome little guests, unleash one of our solutions and be rid of the problem quickly.

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