Grandma's Cockroach Control Guide &
Natural Home Pest Control

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Americans spend about 1.5 million dollars annually on cockroach control. Roaches are becoming resistant to most pesticides and chemicals that's why natural pest control has become not only the safest to get rid of cockroaches but also the most effective.

There are over 3800 species of cockroaches worldwide and one of the oldest living creatures still walking on this planet. Roaches will live outside and almost anywhere, trees, woodpile, planter, under rocks, but they do prefer to breed in warm, damp locations. But given the chance they will gladly move their family inside where they have food and water, although they aren't fussy eaters. That's why one of the best forms of cockroach control and any kind of home pest control begins with keeping a clean kitchen.

People who have an allergy to dust and dust mites would have an allergy to cockroaches since when they die parts of their bodies turn to dust and mix with any house dust. Asthma attacks can actually be caused from living in a home infested with cockroaches.

Most Common Roaches in the United States

  • American Cockroach - also called a water bug or Palmetto bug. It's reddish-brown and about 1 ½ inches long. Even though they have wings you will rarely see them fly. They will eat absolutely anything, even thing like the backing off of wallpaper.
  • Brown Banded Cockroaches - Are light brown and usually found in warmer climates in the Southern States. They have two irregular bands along their wings and are about ½ inches long. They will eat anything but love starchy foods.
  • Oriental Cockroach - Is the filthiest of all cockroaches and lives around garbage cans and landfills. It prefers to eat decaying organic matter. It's also called a "waterbug" or "black beetle." It's about 1 ¼ inches long with wings but can't fly. It's a glossy dark brown to black in color.
  • German Cockroach - This roach is known as the higher class cockroach since it prefers to live in apartments, restaurants, hotels and motels. They usually try to lay their eggs in people clothing so they can be transported and find new locations. This is the most common cockroach in the Pacific Northwest. It's ½ to ¾ inches long, and has two brown stripes lengthwise on its shield behind the head. They produce more eggs than any other cockroach and forage for food at night.
  • Smoky Brown Cockroach - Smaller than the American cockroach and it is dark brown or even black in color with well developed wings. Their preferred diet is plants but known to eat anything. You'll find these roaches in greenhouses and most common in the Southern U.S.
  • Wood Roach - Are attracted to light and can be found under a log or in a woodpile. They are light brown in color and are very similar in appearance to the American Cockroach.

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Natural Cockroach Control Recipes

Cockroach Control with Beer

Soak two pieces of bread in beer and place in a 1 pound coffee can. Place the coffee can anywhere you see roaches. Be patient and before you know it you can place the lid on the coffee can and discard the roaches.

Baking Soda for Natural Pest Control

Place equal parts of baking soda and powdered sugar in a shallow bowl (like a plastic butter bowl) they will gather around and eat this sweet treat and it will kill them. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS

Ivory Soap for an Instant Kill

Put a tablespoon of Ivory Soap in a spray bottle and fill with water. Spray the soap mixture directly on the roaches it will kill them instantly.

Natural Pest Control Recipe for Roaches (for big jobs like restaurants)

  • ½ pound of borax
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • ½ ounce of cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce of sodium fluoride (from pharmacy)

Place all ingredients above in bucket and mix well. Sprinkle in areas the roaches frequent. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDEN AND PETS

Boric Acid is Good for Cockroach Control

This is toxic so keep it away from all children, pets, food, dishes, pots and pans You can sprinkle boric acid down any cracks or crevices, it's the treatment of choice for all hard to reach areas. This is the one of the poisons that roaches haven't developed a resistance to.

Herbs for Natural Pest Control

Roaches absolutely hate cucumber, so just take some cucumber peelings and place them wherever a problem exists and the roaches will find a new home. They also hate bay leaves, cayenne and catnip. If you make a sachet out of catnip and place them in your cupboards you'll never see roaches there again. You can also use catnip tea to spray the areas.

Chickens & Gecko's for Cockroach Control

You can always buy yourself a chicken or a gecko to use for natural pest control. They love eating cockroaches and in some countries they actually use this method in their homes. If you have an apartment building infested with roaches a gecko can rid that apartment building within 10 days of roach infestation.


The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.


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