6 non toxic pest control tips to kill cockroaches

By  Pest Free


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Getting rid of cockroaches can be a slow frustrating process.

You could be spending hundreds of dollars each year on toxic pesticides that kill roaches. But what about the risks to your children’s and beloved pet’s health.

Is it worth putting your family at risk?

At Pest Free, we understand the importance of keeping you and your family safe from harmful creepy crawlies.

We’ve decided to share our six secrets for killing cockroaches in a harmless way that won’t impact your kids’ health. You probably already have many of the ingredients already in your pantry!

Let's start with a simple method that can be whipped up in seconds.

#1: Soapy water

What you need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Soap

That’s all you need to kill them!

Fill the spray bottle up with water and a soapy solution. Keep the bottle in your kitchen and give the roach a good spray when they cross your path.

So what happens if you’ve got a fighter and the soapy water isn’t strong enough? Time to step it up a notch to beer and bread.

#2: Beer and bread

Buy some cheap beer and stale bread. If you have pets or kids, consider skipping this approach. Otherwise, be mindful to keep the beer out of reach.

Soak the bread in beer and leave it out for the cockroaches to eat. They’ll have a scrumptious meal before dozing off to sleep. For good.

Don’t want beer in the house? Try Vaseline.

#3. Make traps with Vaseline

Vaseline traps are an effective, natural pest control solution. This method can also be used on ants.

Two for the price of one!

What you need:

  • Vaseline
  • Sugar or flour
  • Small bowl

Mix the sugar or flour with the Vaseline. Place bowls of the mixture in roach-infested areas of the home.

Every few days, empty out the Vaseline and replace it with freshly made roach-killing-vaseline.

#4. Baking soda and sugar

Feel like putting your chefs hat on?

Another way to kill bugs is with baking soda and sugar. Sugar attracts bugs and baking soda kills them.

Mix the two ingredients with a spoon and place the solution in small bowls or on a lid. Place the bowls in areas the roaches are usually sighted.

To speed up the process, place a bowl of water near the solution. This helps the baking soda work quicker.

#5. Fabric softener spray

Quick on your feet? A slightly more time-consuming yet effective approach is using fabric softener spray.

Like the soapy water example, fabric softener only works if you actively spray the bugs with the solution. Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Natural fabric softener
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Mix a ¾ cup of fabric softener and ½ cup of water in a spray bottle. When a roach decides to join your family for a feast, grab the bottle and give them a good squirt. The solution will be thick and creamy so avoid spraying delicate, stainable furniture.

When the solution hits the roach, it will suffocate them. This method works best when your dealing with a fairly severe roach infestation.

#6. Coffee traps

For all the coffee drinkers in the world, here’s an excuse to turn your home into a coffee brewing factory.

Cockroaches love coffee.

In this method, we’ll be setting up coffee traps to lure the roaches to a safe place where we can kill them.

All you need is:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Large jar or cup
  • Water
  • Vaseline
  • White background (such as a white piece of cardboard)

Fill the cup or jar with coffee and water.

Spread Vaseline on the inner walls of the cup or jar. Cockroaches will climb into the jar where they will get stuck onto the Vaseline and won’t be able to escape.

Place the jars around the home on the white surface and check for dead roaches daily.

You’ll need to repeat the process over a few weeks until you notice no more cockroaches in the jars.

Natural cockroach repellents

Killing cockroaches is one tactic, but what if you want to repel them from entering the home? Here are two methods.

Household ingredients

  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves

Lemons are an ingredient in many popular household cleaning products such as ‘Pine O Clean Disinfectant’. You probably have a lemon or two in your pantry so grab one out and blend a lemon.

Roaches hate the smell of fresh lemon. They repel from the anti-pathogenic properties of the citrus.

Simply add some lemon juice into a bottle and spray hard-to-reach places or leave lemon peels in cabinets, your pantry and other cockroach-prone areas of your home.

If lemons aren’t an option then garlic and bay leaves are effective alternatives. Scatter the food in affected areas and watch the number of roaches decrease over the next few weeks.


Catnip is a natural cockroach repellent. The active ingredient, nepetalactone is non-toxic to humans and your furry friends.

Leave small sachets of catnip in roach territory.

Mix the catnip with a small amount of water and spray it in hard-to-reach areas such as under counters and on window sills.

Warning! Only take the catnip and water approach if you do not own a cat. Mixing the two can be harmful for your feline fur-ball.

Another solution to fight roaches — Pest Free

We’ve shared six non-toxic pest control tips to killing cockroaches in your home. Here are the methods we covered:

  • Soapy water
  • Beer and bread
  • Make traps with Vaseline
  • Baking soda and sugar
  • Fabric softener spray
  • Coffee traps

We also touched on natural roach repellents:

  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Catnip

If you need a faster, stronger, non-toxic yet effective approach to repelling and killing roaches then try our Pest Free device.

Our Pest Free technology won’t lead to any health implications. It’s family and pet-safe, environmentally responsible and an effective long term, maintenance free solution.

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