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Say Goodbye to Cockroaches With These 5 Natural Repellents

Get rid of these icky bugs with ingredients found in your skincare stash, pantry, and kitchen.

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For many of us, there’s nothing more dreadful than spotting a cockroach—especially when we see them in our home. These unwanted house guests can trigger allergies and asthma, or worse, carry deadly diseases like typhoid and polio. And the worst part is they’re hardy, resisting even the most potent chemicals found in commercial repellents. (insert source)

Read: 6 Budget-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches

If you keep finding these pests in your house, it may be time to review your cleaning practices. Do a thorough sweep after each meal to get rid of all food crumbs, and regularly dust the spaces under bulky furniture to prevent cockroaches from breeding. Finally, try one of these natural repellents:  

Tea Tree Oil



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Zen Zest Tea Tree Oil (15ml), Php 150

This star product has many practical purposes ranging from skincare to disinfection. Mix in a few drops with vinegar and water to make an easy and budget-friendly spray that works against household pests.

Cucumber slices        

Set aside a few slices after spa or cocktail night to put in cockroach-infested locations. This is more of a temporary solution; remember to change the slices every few days until you find a more effective way of extermination.

Eucalyptus Oil



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Human Nature Eucalyptus Oil (30ml), Php 295

If you’re into diffusers and essential oils, you probably already have a bottle of this energizing stuff in your stash. Mix ten drops of eucalyptus oil with 100ml of water in a spray bottle and apply to areas frequented by pests.

Lemon

The acid in lemon has been said to have plenty of benefits, ranging from whitening teeth to removing food spills. Why not try it as a repellent as well? Just cut the fruit into small wedges, put in a small container, and place in rooms you don’t want roaches to reach.

Read: 5 Smart Uses For Lemon Juice

Baking soda and sugar

Much has been said about baking soda’s cleaning power, but did you know that you can use it to kill roaches as well? Mix the wonder powder with equal parts sugar, which will act as a bait. Sprinkle the mixture around infested areas to get rid of the pesky pests.

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Source: Pestwiki, Dengarden

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