8 Natural Ways to Prevent Cockroaches At Home

by Dawn Chen
LIFESTYLE  |  November 07, 2017
  • Your cheat code to keeping cockroaches away.
    1 / 9 Your cheat code to keeping cockroaches away.

    There are few household pests as hated as the cockroach. It seems as though everyone is born with an innate fear (or disgust) of these icky, brown insects. Keep your home space cockroach-free with these tips. (Also Read: 5 Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Clean And Fresh )

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  • Bay leaves
    2 / 9 Bay leaves

    Bay leaves are often used as a herb in cooking and they’re been described as having a bitter taste when eaten raw. As it turns out, cockroaches aren’t huge fans of bay leaves so the smell keeps them away. You can grind or crush fresh bay leaves and leave them in areas where cockroaches enter your home from (e.g. by the door or near the chutes). Got any leftover bay leaves? Just chuck the spare leaves in the freezer and they’ll last for years.

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  • Lemons
    3 / 9 Lemons

    Lemons are often used as natural household cleaner or deodoriser, but they can also be used to chase cockroaches away. You may love the fresh, citrusy smell of lemons but cockroaches certainly don’t. Leave fresh lemon peels around your house or mist lemon juice near the areas where cockroaches frequently reside to keep them away.

    (Also Read: 8 Natural Ways to Stop Lizards From Entering Your Home)

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  • Mint
    4 / 9 Mint

    The sharp, crisp smell of mint is a good cockroach deterrent. For a concentrated hit, diffuse mint essential oils around your house. Both peppermint and spearmint works fine, so just choose the scent you prefer.

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  • Cucumbers
    5 / 9 Cucumbers

    You may think of these sandwich staples as being pretty mild, but cucumbers emit a smell that cockroaches hate. Cut up a few slices of cucumber and place them where cockroaches frequent to keep them away.

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  • Baking soda
    6 / 9 Baking soda

    Baking soda is pretty lethal to cockroaches when ingested. It reacts with their stomachs and is toxic to them. Mix one part of baking soda with one part sugar. The sugar acts as bait to lure the cockroach to nibble on your solution. Leave your baking soda and sugar mix on a spoon or small paper plate around your home for best effect.

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  • Clean your countertops
    7 / 9 Clean your countertops

    This is so important, especially after cooking! Cockroaches thrive on scraps, crumbs and grease. If you give them an opportunity to feed on your counter’s grease, they will. Wipe down your stovetops and cooking surfaces after every use to play it safe.

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  • Store food in airtight containers
    8 / 9 Store food in airtight containers

    Cockroaches are attracted to the smell of food and they love to feed on your leftovers. Make sure you don’t tempt them by keeping all food safely stowed away in airtight containers or in the fridge.

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  • Keep things dry
    9 / 9 Keep things dry

    Mosquitos aren’t the only ones attracted to water. Cockroaches can live up to a month without food, but only a few days to a week without water. Check under your sinks to make sure there are no water leaks. Be sure to wipe up spills and keep your kitchen area as dry as possible too.

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