I know how disturbing cockroaches can be

I know how disturbing cockroaches can be Here are four simple, eco-friendly remedies to keep those pesky critters away and maintain a happy, roach-free home!

According to Natasha Wright, a certified entomologist and technical director at Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, you don’t need harsh chemicals to fight cockroaches. Here are five natural methods to try:

1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is a popular pest control deterrent and can effectively cure a cockroach infestation. Create a peppermint oil spray by mixing 15 drops of peppermint oil with 10 ounces of water. Spray this solution around areas infested with roaches. It is safe to use around children and pets.

2. Dish Soap
Just like how dish soap can remove coffee stains or clean an area rug, it can also suffocate and kill cockroaches. Mix four tablespoons of dish detergent in a liter of water and spray it in areas where cockroach activity is noticed.

3. Coffee Grounds
Instead of discarding your leftover coffee grounds, use them to deter pests. Cockroaches are attracted to the aroma of coffee grounds, making it the perfect trap. Place the coffee grounds in small paper cups and put them in water-filled jars near walls or baseboards where you’ve seen roaches. The scent will lure them into the trap, and they won’t be able to escape.

4. Lemon Juice
Lemons have natural anti-pathogenic properties that repel roaches. Mix two to three tablespoons of lemon juice with a few gallons of water in a bucket. Use this solution to mop and wash areas where roaches are a problem.

Now that you know these natural remedies, the only question left to answer is, which one will you try first?

How can I prevent roaches from coming into my house?
To permanently get rid of cockroaches, you need to remove the factors that attract them in the first place. In addition to good housekeeping and kitchen cleaning, follow these tips:

  1. Regularly empty the garbage or keep it sealed.
  2. Don’t leave dishes in the sink and store food in sealed containers.
  3. Remove uneaten pet food.
  4. Vacuum the floors after meals.
  5. Fix any plumbing issues to cut off their water supply.
  6. Seal entry points and use appropriate pest control methods.

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