How to get rid of cockroaches without toxic chemicals

There are certain things you can do to stop cockroaches and protect your house against the disgusting bugs. Source: Getty

It’s safe to say, there is nothing worse than finding a cockroach in your kitchen pantry.

Whenever you spot one, you’re left wondering if it’s been near the food you’re about to eat or if there are others running rampant around your belongings. While harmful bug sprays and smelly repellents can keep the cockroaches at bay temporarily, they’ll usually find other ways of invading your home.

However, there are certain things you can do to stop cockroaches and protect your house against the disgusting bugs. While it can take a while to see results, it’s important to stick to the tips to ensure they don’t come back in future.

So if you’re looking to get rid of the pests or searching for ways to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home in the first place, then look no further.


Cockroaches love nothing more than breeding and hiding amongst clutter. So, while it might seem like an obvious solution, the cleaner your home is, the less likely you are to see cockroaches.

Like many bugs, cockroaches are attracted to food particles, mess and other residue. This is bad news if you’re the kind of person who likes to leave your dishes overnight or clean benches and worktops irregularly, as it may be a habit you need to change.

Even cleaning for an extra 10 minutes each day should see a difference.  Keeping worktops and areas clean will result in the cockroach feeling vulnerable and they’re less likely to stick around.

Keep areas cool

If you find that you see a lot of cockroaches in the hot months, it’s because they thrive in warmer weather. While it’s not always possible to have your air-con blasting at all times, be aware that the cooler you can keep a room, the less likely it’ll be that you spot a cockroach.

Cut off their water supply

Most people know that cockroaches like to feed on leftover food, but they usually don’t realise that they also need water to survive.

If you notice a lot of cockroaches around your sink, shower or taps, it could be because they’re using it as their main supply of water.

Be sure to avoid leaving still water around and also be cautious that they could congregate around pot plants that you regularly water.

Make your own repellent

If those nasty bug sprays leave a bad smell in your house and impact your breathing, there are actually a number of other easy ways to repel cockroaches.

Surprisingly, mouthwash such as Listerine works a treat. Mix it with water and spray near effected areas.

Another sure-fire way of killing them is to mix sugar with baking soda. They’ll initially be attracted to the sugary goodness but won’t be able to process the baking soda they ingest.

Fix cracks and holes

While it can sometimes feel as though you’re facing off against a giant monster, cockroaches are actually pretty small. This means that they like to hide inside cracks and holes, allowing them easy access to and from your house.

Sealing up these small cracks will mean that cockroaches won’t be bothering you for much longer.

If in doubt or if you have a large number of cockroaches that you simply can’t get rid of, it may be worth contacting an exterminator. They may be able to give you extra tips or offer another way of getting rid of your cockroach problem.

Have you had a problem with cockroaches? How do you keep them away?

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