Cockroaches — Can You Get Rid Of Them Forever?

If you have a roach problem, well, you can do a lot to help keep them away. For some time. 

First, make sure that you keep your home vegetation free. You can also try using some DIY solutions, such as baits, foggers or diatomaceous earth. 

Let’s dive deeper into some of the solutions you can try. 

Baking Soda

If you’ve been having problems with cockroaches, you might want to try using baking soda to get rid of them for good. 

The soda reacts with water to kill cockroaches by immobilizing them. Once they are paralyzed, they can be disposed of the same way you would get rid of dead animals.

Sprinkle the soda in a secluded corner or on your countertops. Once the insects have been exposed to it, the baking soda will kill them in 15 hours or less.

If you are dealing with a severe infestation, you may want to call a professional exterminator. If you’re worried about the danger of baking soda alone, you can use it in combination with a roach-killing spray to kill them. 

Regardless of the method, it’s important to know exactly where the cockroaches hide and how they get into them.

Diatomaceous Earth

Applying diatomaceous earth is an effective way to kill cockroaches. 

It can be used in a variety of areas, including cracks and surfaces near appliances. It is nontoxic and safe for children and pets to use. 

It is also effective in eradicating a wide variety of insects. However, it is not recommended to use diatomaceous earth in areas that are often wet.

Borax is another pest control product that is used to kill cockroaches and other pests. It kills roaches by upsetting their nervous systems and stomachs. 

However, diatomaceous earth kills roaches much faster than boric acid. Boric acid has been shown to be effective against cockroaches and is a less expensive option.

Kaffir Lime Oil

Kaffir lime oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves of the kaffir lime tree and is a powerful repellent for cockroaches. 

In a study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, it was found to be 100% effective against three different types of cockroaches. 

It was also shown to have 100 percent repellency against German and American roach species. To use it, dilute kaffir essential oil in two cups of water and apply it to roach-infested areas at night. You can also pour it around drains to deter them.

Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and food. Therefore, it is important to keep your home clean and dry. Avoid putting food in the trash can. Instead, store food in tightly closed containers. 

Toss old food that is infested with cockroaches. Also, make sure your kitchen counters are clean. Moreover, keep dry foods in sealed containers in the refrigerator or cabinets. You should also avoid dark damp areas in your house.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural insect repellents that can be used to eliminate cockroaches. 

These oils are best used externally and should not be ingested. They can be harmful to children and pets. It is therefore important to thoroughly clean the affected area before using essential oils to get rid of cockroaches forever.

Cockroaches are a resilient pest that can be difficult to eradicate. However, certain smells can repel them. Essential oils may not be suitable for use in the kitchen, so you should dilute them with carrier oils before applying them. For example, peppermint oil can be added to a spray bottle with water.

Chemical Baits

If you have a huge infestation and are desperate to get rid of cockroaches for good, chemical baits may be the answer. 

Unlike natural repellents, baits work by distributing an insecticide deep into the nest. They are effective in destroying adult cockroaches, but they do not work as effectively on females and nymphs, who do not forage for food.

Chemical baits for cockroaches are available in a variety of forms and are designed to kill adult roaches. They are available in gel, liquid, and solid tablet forms. They contain substances that attract roaches, as well as chemicals that kill them. It’s important to choose a bait that has a long-lasting taste so that the roaches will be drawn to it and eventually consume it.

Cleaning With Baking Soda

Cockroaches are attracted to damp and dark areas. 

It is therefore important to prevent cockroach infestation by repairing any leaky pipes and drains. Likewise, you must clean up any dirt or messes that you have on the floor. 

Cockroaches are a real nuisance, but there are a number of ways to eradicate the problem permanently.

Baking soda and sugar are natural ways to eliminate cockroaches. The smell of sugar makes cockroaches drool. However, baking soda will immobilize them, meaning they cannot survive. 

This method of getting rid of cockroaches is recommended by pest management expert Steve Tvedten. In addition to baking soda, you can also add powdered yeast or vitamin C to the solution.