Borax, baking soda, mouthwash and soapy water may be used to kill cockroaches. Cleaning the home thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter also helps remove cockroaches from the home.Continue Reading
Mix equal amounts of sugar and baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Use the paste to fill cracks and crevices, or spread the paste in areas where the insects live. Plain borax or baking soda may be lightly sprinkled in cabinets, under the refrigerator and along baseboards to kill roaches. Allow the baking soda or borax to remain in infested areas for up to six weeks to ensure cockroaches carry the powder back to the nest, where it continues to kill the insects for several weeks.
Soapy water kills cockroaches by restricting the insect's oxygen intake. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent into 1 cup of water, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray any visible insects in the home with the mixture. A mixture that contains 1 cup of mouthwash, 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent also kills roaches when the insects are sprayed directly.
A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter may be used to remove live roaches. Vacuum the home completely each day to reduce cockroach populations significantly. Take the vacuum outdoors, and empty it into a heavy garbage bag after cleaning to prevent a reinfestation.Learn more about Invasive Insects
Bugs commonly found in the home include several varieties of ants and termites, spiders, bed bugs, and cockroaches. The exact distribution of species of bug is dependent on the house's geographical location and local climate.Full Answer >
Individuals can prevent cockroaches from entering the home by sealing gaps around doors and windows, screening drain lines and sewer vents, keeping window screens in good repair and using essential oils around the home. Homeowners should also keep surroundings clean and store food in airtight containers.Full Answer >
Even if a home is kept clean and sanitary, it is possible to pick up cockroaches outside of the home, such as at a store or at work, since the insects can travel in bags, briefcases, packages or potted plants. Roaches can also get in through pipes or open doors. Once inside of a home, roaches are very good at hiding and getting into hard to reach spaces.Full Answer >
To kill roaches with baking soda, combine granulated or powdered sugar and baking soda in equal amounts, and spread a thin layer of the mixture in the affected areas of the home. Reapply the mixture as needed until the insects are eliminated.Full Answer >