I thought I would share a frugal and safe, natural home remedy for getting rid of German Roaches. No one wants roaches, no one wants to say they have roaches.
No one here wants to deal with American cockroach and NOW we have to deal with German roaches, too?! But, from time to time we may have to deal with this issue.
How To Get Rid Of German Roaches Naturally
There are natural remedies for everything now and getting rid of a cockroach infestation is no different. There are any number of things from essential oils to natural roach baits, and bait stations, and more best home remedies than anyone can count.
There are even more options if you don’t care about doing it the natural way. From hiring a pest control company to gel bait, to sprays from the grocery store or home improvement stores, there’s no shortage of ways to get rid of an entire colony of these things.
A few years back we had a MAJOR infestation of German Roaches for a few years. First of all, we had no idea where they came from and they spread so quickly finding the problem areas was, well… a problem it seemed as though they were everywhere.
I looked for natural ways as well as an effective way of fighting them, I looked for any food sources or water sources, entry points, and small cracks that could be attracting them and I could not figure it out.
I had even heard they liked cardboard boxes, so I was careful to make sure none were around.
I made sure there were no dirty dishes left out, I tried to maintain a clean home and find the best ways to get rid of them. I even searched high and low for their hiding places, anything to get rid of my roach problem.
We knew we needed professional help and we had a professional exterminator that came out on scheduled visits, so I was surprised to see anything, at all. He asked me if there was anything new in the house, I said no, and then I remembered a family member had asked us to store a stove for them in our garage. Well, there was the culprit.
He told us that German roaches in particular like the taste of electricity – it tastes sweet. So, that’s why you see them in electronic stores and pawn shops, according to him. So the kitchen appliances were definitely an issue.
Well, I paid him a lot of money and he was never able to get rid of them, I paid another exterminator even more money to get rid of them. Nothing worked, I paid a lot of money for bombs and set them off repeatedly in every part of the house including the attic – nothing worked!
I even searched the local flea market for some sort of chalk that was supposed to kill them when they crossed it, I marked up everything in the house, but it didn’t work either. We moved (not because of them) and they followed… It was terrible.
So, one day I happened upon a “recipe” that promised to be an effective solution and the best method to rid us of them, so I thought why not – I have tried everything else within good reason!
So, I mixed up, according to the recipe:
- Peanut Butter
- Baking Soda
in a large bowl – cause I needed a lot! I then placed a teaspoon in several plastic baggies leaving them open and placed them in drawers and cabinets all over the house.
In less than 1 week the dreaded things were gone! I mean not a one! I left the big bowl full of the leftover concoction out on the kitchen counter overnight, too. I was shocked to say the least!
We had spent over a thousand dollars and more than a year battling this dreaded German cockroach infestation and all the while the answer was in my pantry!
From my understanding the peanut butter and sugar draw the German cockroaches in and when they eat it the baking soda kills them.
You can also make the same mixture with honey instead of sugar and with boric acid instead of baking soda, if you like.
The Dollar Stores sell a large bottle of powdered Boric Acid for just $1. I use that outside around doors and windows and in small spaces to keep them out.
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup baking soda or you can use boric acid and equal parts
- 1 cup sugar or you can use honey
- enough water to make a thick paste
- Mix all ingredients together
Some people have commented that they have used diatomaceous earth to kill cockroaches and they had the best results with it. I know I do use it in the garden with other pests. Crushed eggshells work very much like that, too.
Also be sure not to leave any kind of water source or food residue, (the first place to look is at the kitchen sink) otherwise you might be aiding in the roach infestation. Don’t forget to treat in dark spaces, moist spaces, and in bathroom cabinets, too.
I hope it works as well for you as it did for us. Let us know!