Cockroaches are undoubtedly the most despised pests on the face of the Earth. Not only are they carriers of diseases, but are also indicative of an unhygienic environment. And, let’s not get into the fact that they can FLY too (the horror)! Households are easy targets for these pesky creatures and they mostly infest the kitchen or anywhere they think they can thrive. It’s no wonder people always search for home remedies for cockroaches.

They multiply at an alarming rate and it is important to control them while you can. While professional pest control is a great way, we have some natural Indian remedies as well as prevention tips that you can start with. These methods involve things that are usually available at home. Read on to find out how to get rid of cockroaches now.

1 Boric acid

Boric acid is believed to be one of the best home remedies for cockroaches. For best results, dust a little bit of this powder in corners and floors and let it sit while roaches come in contact with it and die. Boric acid is not effective when it is wet. A word of caution — this powder is poisonous and should be kept out of reach of children and pets at all times.

2 Baking soda

This method is a classic example of the fish and bait technique. A concoction of baking soda and sugar is an effective cockroach killer and controls the multiplication of these pests. Sugar acts as a bait to attract cockroaches and the baking soda will kill them. You just need to identify their hideouts and sprinkle this mixture in those corners.

3 Neem

Neem has been used as a desi natural remedy for a lot of things including pests over the years. Neem oil or powder contains potent components that can kill cockroaches. To use it in oil form, mix a small amount of neem oil with water in a spray bottle and spray it in places where you have spotted these pests. However, if you are using neem powder, all you need to do is sprinkle it in cockroach infested areas at night and repeat the process in the morning.

4 Peppermint oil

Essential oils have myriad uses such as aromatherapy, skincare etc. But did you know that you can use them as a cockroach killer, too? Peppermint oil is one of the most effective essential oils for keeping cockroaches at bay. Make a mixture of salt water and peppermint oil and spray it on the infested areas at home. You will notice a difference after continuous application.