How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Without an Exterminator

dead cockroach on its back
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What You'll Need
Baking soda

If you have a cockroach problem in your home, you can call a pricey exterminator to bomb your house with harsh chemicals that are bad for you and the environment. Or, you can try to get rid of them yourself with a few materials and homemade methods like those found below.

Step 1 – Using Borax

Since 1948, Borax has been officially classified as an insecticide, but it poses little danger to humans and animals. You can easily find it at many stores. Not only is it cheap, but also it kills roaches effectively. There are two ways to use borax.

Applying the Powder

Start by applying the Borax as a powder around the house. You should put down a thin layer around appliances and up against the walls, especially where there are gaps and holes. Make sure it doesn’t clump. Brush the powder so it forms a light coating. If you want, you can use a paintbrush to make the process easier.

Making a Paste

Additionally, try making a paste using equal parts of borax, sugar, and water, and form this mixture into tiny balls. Roaches like the sugar and will eat the balls, and Borax dehydrates the roaches so that they will die.

The roaches will also track the powder into their nests and the other roaches, especially the babies, will also eat it and die. It should take about two weeks to exterminate all of the roaches. Continue to reapply the powder until there are no more signs of roaches in your house.

Step 2 – Using Baking Soda

Another natural weapon against roaches is likely already in your pantry — baking soda. Although baking soda is harmless to humans and animals, it poisons the cockroaches when they eat it. They will not die immediately, so you won’t see an instant reduction in numbers. The roaches track the paste back to their nest and they are slowly killed.

Making a Paste

Mix the baking soda into a paste with equal parts sugar and water, and rub it in cupboards, around appliances, and anywhere else you’ve seen cockroaches. You might need to apply the paste several times over the course of a few weeks to get rid of all the cockroaches.

Step 3 – Preventing Roaches From Returning

While you’re killing the pests inside, you also need to think about keeping out any future infestations. Check for any holes where roaches could come through. If you spot any gaps, seal them. You can generally use caulking to seal the holes.

In addition, thoroughly vacuum your space and clean out the vacuum or change the vacuum bag to get rid of any cockroach eggs that may have been left behind to prevent their return.