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5 Non-Toxic Ways To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

These natural solutions will keep your home pest-free for life

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It's safe to say nobody wants to have a home infested with pests—especially cockroaches. However, these crawling creatures are quite tricky, plus they can get into every nook and cranny. To help you out, we've listed down five ways you can do to keep them out of your living space without drenching your home in harmful chemicals. 

1. Place small bags of catnip around the home. 

That's right, catnip isn't just for your feline friend—it's also a powerful roach repellent. Catnip has nepetalactone which is an active ingredient that can kill pests and prevent strong odors. Place a few leaves in small sachets around the areas of your home where roaches are known to lurn to keep them out of sight. Not only that, catnip can help keep ants at bay, too! 

2. Place bowls of diatomaceous earth in areas where roaches keep coming back. 

Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from the remains of diatoms or hard-shelled algae. It is commonly used in most commercial products, but it is often mixed with other harmful ingredients making it unsafe around pets and children. However, if you buy food grade diatomaceous earth, it gains the power to destroy the exoskeletons of roaches. Mix a little cocoa powder with the diatomaceous earth and lightly dust it where you've seen roaches to get rid of them.

3. Spray them with soap and water. 

Yes, a simple solution of soap (dishwashing liquid works, too!) and water can kill even the toughest of roaches. Keep a bottle handy and spray it on pests everytime you see one. Like most insects, roaches breathe through their skin so soap suffocates them. 

4. Trap them in a can and throw it out. 

Line an empty one pound coffee can with bread slices soaked in beer. Afterwards, set a ramp leading up to the top with popsicle sticks and line the rim with petroleum jelly. The bread will attract them to climb up the ramp and the jelly will help them slip inside with no way out. 

5. Mix up an all-natural bait. 

Mix three parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar and place the mixture in bowls around the home. The sugar lures the roaches because of the sweet scent while the boric acid kills roaches instantly. Sprinkle it behind the refrigerator, under the sink, and along the edges of cabinets.

PHOTOS: mnn.com (Main) | aspca.org | WikiHow 

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