Environmentally Safe Cockroach Elimination

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 23, 2013)

Just about everyone has heard about how difficult it is to try and eliminate cockroaches; after all, the old joke says that after a nuclear war the only thing left would be cockroaches and Twinkies. Due to this, most people think that it is necessary to use particularly harsh methods for eliminating cockroaches. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of environmentally safe cockroach elimination methods available. All you have to do is follow these guidelines, and try using your imagination.

  • Non-toxic bait. Mix together some flour and sugar (1/2 tablespoon each), one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of minced onions, and two teaspoons of bacon grease. Continue to mix the ingredients together until it forms a pasty-dough. Roll the dough into little balls, and the balls throughout your house near baseboards and countertop corners. The cockroaches will be attracted to the mixture, eat it, and then die. You will need to remake the bait every couple of days to ensure that it is nice and fresh. Continue to do this until you no longer find any traces of cockroaches throughout the house.
  • Garlic, onions and pepper. Another interesting way to kill of some roaches is to make them a stew of sorts for dinner. Mix together a clove of garlic, one small onion, a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and a quart of water. Bring everything to a boil, and then let sit and soak for an hour. Before you go to bed at night, or go to work in the morning, leave the pot on your countertop or stovetop. The cockroaches will be attracted to the stew, and then die after eating it.
  • Baking soda and sugar. Mix together some baking soda and sugar (about 50/50 mixture) to kill of roaches. The roaches will be attracted to the sugar, and when that is eaten the baking soda will mix with the digestive "juices" of the roaches, and kill them. This method will work, though you may want to put out several "traps" around your home over the course of a month or two.

While it is laudable to be as environmentally friendly as possible there may be a time when you may want to hire a professional. Professional exterminators have the option to use both commercially prepared and environmentally friendly. Do not be afraid to have a professional take care of the situation for you, simply because you think that they will use methods that you don't like. Check with the professional about your options, and then decide.

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Lee Wyatt

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