Are you looking for homemade roach killers to stop an infestation? Here are 13 natural remedies to get rid of roaches completely.

Home Remedies For Roaches

Do you know that there are over 4,500 types of roaches in the world? And that when they make themselves comfortable in any place they love to call home, it becomes challenging to get them out completely.


Because one female cockroach can produce over 30,000 cockroaches in a year, so it doesn’t take long to have an infestation of roaches once a cockroach is around.

They are known for their high breeding rate, which is why it is essential to take quick action once you spot roaches in your home or environment. They know how to take over a household within a limited space of time.

Cockroaches are very nasty pests, they are not only a nuisance around the household, but they are also carriers of bacteria which they can spread around and transmit germs and diseases to members of the family.

Homemade Remedies Against Cockroach Infestation

You don’t have to dial an emergency number, yet after you confirm that some roaches have turned your home into their dwelling place, your next line of action is to get rid of them.

There are several ways to eradicate roaches; you could either employ the service of a local pest control personnel or, you can help yourself. In helping yourself, you can either use some potent chemicals or resort to homemade remedies in exterminating them.

However, the use of a chemical isn’t just advisable; it is a risky venture. It is highly toxic; it can harm your pets and can contaminate your edibles. Plus, you need to vacate your home if you need to apply insecticides.

But here is a leeway out; with homemade remedies, you can wipe out the entire colony of cockroaches and permanently kiss them goodbye forever, especially as you maintain a healthy environment.

So give one of the homemade remedies a try today

13 Natural Roach Killers That Work

  1. Garlic and Cayenne Pepper

One fact about cayenne pepper is this- cayenne pepper is not only a repellent like other herbal repellants, but it also exterminates cockroaches and makes sure that they are permanently out of your domain.

When you have some cayenne pepper with garlic and add some onions, the cockroaches in their thousands or millions are in for it.

Here is how it works; mix garlic, cayenne pepper, and onions in a pot of boiling water for at least 10 minutes.

Then put out the heat and let the mixture cool. After this, add the liquid solution to a spray bottle and apply it to every infested area.

  1. Dish Soap, Peppermint Oil And Baking Soda

Dish soap, peppermint oil, and baking soap is a dangerous combination that can spell doom on the cockroaches’ kingdom living or nesting in your home.

Typically, only liquid dish soap and water is enough to get rid of cockroaches, but it can only work when you apply it directly to the cockroach. But this natural combination is deadlier than most insecticides that work as contact exterminator.

All you need to do is get an empty spray bottle. Fill it with some water, add your liquid dish soap, add your peppermint oil, and then the baking soda.

Close the spray bottle and shake the content properly to mix the ingredients well. After this, your solution is ready for action- spray it in areas where you think the cockroaches might be hiding.

But then, this combination will not only get rid of cockroaches, but it also works well in exterminating bedbugs, mites, fleas, spiders, etc.

  1. Coffee Grounds

Unlike other home remedies, roaches love coffee. So the idea is to kill them by using what they love the most as bait (I love this idea).

Cockroaches love eating organic food and coffee is their favorite- they love the aroma. So using coffee and water will effectively lure them out their hiding place.

To get at them, just get some jars and cups that you are willing to dispose of when you are done with the roaches. Add some water to the jars- make it half full. Then put some coffee into the little cups one after the other and put those small cups in the pot.

Place each of the jars by suspected areas of infestation- the kitchen, bathroom  and wherever you suspect they might have nested

It works this way; the cockroaches are attracted by the aroma of the coffee in the coffee, so then climb into the jar to get to the coffee, but they end up drowning in the water.

Check your trap and keep disposing of them by flushing them in the toilet. You can keep trapping them till they are all exterminated and you are free to take in a fresh breathe in your home.

  1. Sugar and Baking Soda

One of the most effective alternatives to pesticide or insecticide as you may call it is the baking soda. It is a natural exterminator, and you don’t need to vacate your premises to use the baking soda against the pests.

The best way the baking soda works is when you mix it with sugar (another way of using what they love as bait) in a bowl. Mix the combination properly and then pour them at suspected areas of infestation.

The sugar will attract them but the baking soda will exterminate then.

  1. Bay Leaves

Bay leaf plant is a natural insect repellant. It repels flying insects including cockroaches. Cockroaches can’t stand the smell of a bay leaf.

Bay leaves are herbs that are mostly used by Asians in cooking. Only a handful is enough to do the trick, depending on the level of infestation. Or better still buy the dried bay leaves.

Make sure the leaves are grounded in a powdery form. After this, you should sprinkle the powdered bay leaf around your house but concentrated on the area of infestation.

You will be surprised at the speed at which those little pests will vacate your premises at the faintest smell of a bay leaf.

  1. Catnip Herb

There are some herbs that repel cockroaches and send them out of your home for good.

Nepetalactone is the active ingredient of this effective cockroach repellent, and it is non-toxic to members of your household, including your pets, except cats. You shouldn’t use this herb if you have a cat around.

To use this herb, you can pour some catnip into the water and let it simmer. You can now stream the solution into a spray bottle and then spray it in every suspected area of infestation, including your kitchen cabinets and around your bathroom.

If you want a lasting remedy, just get some small sachets and start filling them with catnip. Fill as many sachets as you can and leave them around your house, especially around your kitchen and bathroom.

The ideal thing to do when you see a sign of cockroach activities in your environment is to get rid of them immediately. But then you have to know what signs to look out for, right?

Even if you don’t get to see a cockroach in your household, it does not mean they are not around; you just haven’t been fortunate enough to come across them.

But when you see any of the signs below, just know that your household is busted, and you have a cockroach invasion.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

  1. An Oily or Musty Odour

If you perceive a particular oily or musty odor in any part of your home, especially in the kitchen (cabinets) or bathroom, you should begin to suspect that some cockroaches are around. This is because they always leave an oily smell behind.

  1. Cockroach Egg Casing

If you notice litters of roaches eggs here and there- most times, what you find is the egg casing. Take note of where the egg casing is found, and you may probably find their next around where you found the housing.

  1. Cockroach Droppings

Whenever you see things that look like coffee grounds or pepper in the area of your kitchen or bathroom floor or sink, that is a good sign those pests have nested in your home. Their droppings are like ground pepper or coffee grounds.

  1. Roach Remains

If you see a dead roach anywhere in your home, you should begin to make your investigation and lookout for signs of their presence. A dead cockroach is a sure sign that you may have an infestation in your home.

  1. Lice Cockroach

This is the most glaring sign that they may have invaded your home. If you see a cockroach around, you shouldn’t take it for granted, after getting rid of it, check around for signs of a possible infestation or their nest.


Using homemade ingredients in mitigating a cockroach infestation is not only cost-effective; it is a very productive method of eradication that presents little or no risk of toxic exposure.

You don’t need to vacate your premises to get rid of your pest, and you won’t need the help of a local pest control company to help you carry out the task.