Kitchen cockroaches are very disgusting guests, and once they get into your home, it won’t be easy to exterminate them. These insects, besides causing nausea, are carrying many diseases and can infest our food if we don’t take measure when we see the first cockroach. The most disturbing feature of kitchen cockroaches is that they can hide in almost every corner of our homes. In addition, they tend to be active only at night, when we are too tired to hunt them.
1. Bay leaves: A simple trick to drive away cockroaches is to put a few bay leaves in the areas where you suspect that they are living. Kitchen cockroaches can’t stand this plant, and usually get away as soon as they smell the scent of bay leaves.
2. Onion and boric acid: This trick is very popular because it is very effective and doesn’t require a lot of investment. You will need a medium-sized onion, chopped finely, half a cup of flour, a little water or beer, half a teaspoon of sugar, and 3-4 tablespoons of boric acid (powder form). Blend all these ingredients in a bowl and, with a spoon, apply the paste obtained on the places where you suspect the kitchen cockroaches are hiding. Make sure your pet doesn’t come in contact with this paste, because it can be harmful for them.
3. Baking soda and sugar solution: Mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of sugar, and sprinkle the powder through your entire home. The kitchen cockroaches are attracted to sugar, which is why they will eat the whole mixture, and the gas bubbles that will form inside their body, due to baking soda, will kill them.
4. Borax: This natural ingredient is often used to make laundry soap. Simply, just sprinkle borax through your entire home, paying special attention to places where you suspect that kitchen cockroaches are gathering. Borax can damage insect carcasses and, without their protection, kitchen cockroaches will dehydrate and die.