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Top Tips for Getting Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are resilient insects, and getting rid of an infestation can be extremely challenging. In this blog post, the experts at Home Paramount Pest Control share some helpful tips on how to eliminate cockroaches in your home so you can keep your property free of these pesky, unsanitary critters.

5 Natural Remedies To Get Rid of Roaches

Using natural remedies to fight off roaches can effectively eliminate them while preventing pets and children from getting harmed by chemical solutions. These are just five natural methods for removing cockroaches from your home:

Borax & Boric Acid

Borax and boric acid are different variations of the element boron. When ingested, boric acid attacks a cockroach’s nervous system and eats away at the stomach lining, effectively killing them. It can take up to 72 hours for a cockroach to die after ingesting it. While this natural roach killer is great for exterminating adult cockroaches, it won’t impact eggs.

Baking Soda

Another great natural remedy for roaches is baking soda. When cockroaches ingest baking soda and drink water, the baking soda will expand inside them and inevitably kill them. If baking soda is used as a natural roach killer, add some sugar to the mixture to make it more attractive to cockroaches.


While citrus won’t kill cockroaches, it can effectively keep them from infiltrating your home, as they have a strong aversion to the scent. This is why it’s recommended for homeowners to clean their homes with a citrus solution as a strong preventative against cockroach infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is another great way to keep roaches at bay. By placing DE wherever roaches walk, live, or eat, you can damage their exoskeletons and kill adult cockroaches and nymphs. While DE is effective in combating adult roach populations, it does not affect eggs.

Essential Oils

Essential oils like cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, and catnip can all repel cockroaches; however, it’s important to note that these effects are generally short-lived. Additionally, using essential oils around the home can lead to allergic reactions in more sensitive household members.

Conventional Methods for Cockroach Removal

While natural remedies can be a great way to prevent children and pets from ingesting harmful chemicals, they may not provide long-lasting results. These are some more conventional methods that homeowners may be tempted to explore:

Glue Traps

If you suspect a larger cockroach infestation on your property, it may be beneficial to explore glue trap options. Perform a visual inspection with a flashlight in the areas where you suspect a roach infestation may be, such as behind the refrigerator or under the sink.

Based on your findings, determine which areas are most highly trafficked by cockroaches and lay your glue traps down in these points, monitoring them closely. While this method can help you trap more roaches, it’s important to note that some cockroaches may avoid them altogether, so it may not have the desired results.

Roach Bombs

Using bug bombs or foggers to eliminate cockroaches might seem like a good idea, but they can be incredibly dangerous. Improper use of these materials can end up harming your respiratory health. Also, using multiple foggers simultaneously can place your home at risk of an explosion or house fire if pilot lights or other gas-powered appliances aren’t properly extinguished.

Trust Home Paramount Pest Control With Your Cockroach Extermination Needs

Natural remedies and over-the-counter DIY pest control methods aren’t always impactful for cockroach removal. For long-term results you can trust to keep your home clean and clear of cockroaches, Home Paramount Pest Control has the solutions you need.

Using eco-friendly options to safely remove roaches from your home, our certified technicians go above and beyond to eradicate these critters once and for all.

Schedule pest control services for your property today.

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