Homemade roach spray can be made with liquid soap, water, and cypress or peppermint essential oil. Borax and baking soda may also be added to kill roaches in the nest.Continue Reading
Homemade roach spray typically contains 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent and 1 cup of water. Spray consisting only of dish detergent and water is effective only when sprayed directly on roaches. Borax or baking soda may be added to the spray to create a mixture that effectively kills roaches where they live, in the nest.
To make a spray containing borax, mix 1 part borax to 10 parts hot water, then add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Mix the borax and hot water thoroughly to ensure the borax has dissolved, and spray as needed in areas where roaches are present. Alternatively, use baking soda instead of borax. The proportions remain the same.
Essential oils may be added to borax, soap or baking soda sprays to help deter roaches in homes with adjoining units, such as apartments or condos, or the essential oil may be mixed with water and used alone. Add 15 to 20 drops of therapeutic-grade cypress or peppermint essential oil per cup of homemade spray to repel roaches.Learn more about Invasive Insects
To make a concentrated garlic spray, puree 1/2 cup of water with 2 bulbs of garlic, pour 1 gallon of boiling water over it, and steep the mixture overnight. Once strained into a spray bottle, apply the garlic mixture to infected plants daily. For heavier infestations, add a tablespoon of crushed hot pepper or hot pepper sauce to the garlic spray together with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to smother aphid eggs and larvae.Full Answer >
Homemade remedies for getting rid of ladybugs include making a camphor and menthol spray, filling a bowl with soapy water and sprinkling clove oil over infested areas. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of menthol and camphor, and spray where ladybugs are hiding. The odor will drive them away.Full Answer >
To make a simple homemade termite spray, mix soap flakes and water. A solution made from Borax and water may also be sprayed over a colony to kill subterranean termites, or sprayed or painted onto wood to prevent termite infestations.Full Answer >
Ants can be killed on contact by using a combination of soap and water in a spray bottle. A mixture of 4 ounces of soap to a gallon of water is sufficient.Full Answer >