Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are a natural roach repellent. Crush them into a powder and sprinkle in areas where roaches are present

Lemon Peels/Juice

 Lemons' anti-pathogenic properties repel roaches. Use lemon juice or ground lemon peels in areas prone to roach infestation

Borax and Sugar Mixture

Mix 3 tablespoons of Borax with 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and place it in areas like cabinets and under the sink to attract and kill roaches​

Diatomaceous Earth

This non-toxic substance kills roaches by breaking down their exoskeleton. Sprinkle it around your home, especially in areas where roaches are frequent

Petroleum Jelly Trap

Use a jar with petroleum jelly on the inside and bait such as bread to trap and monitor roach activity


These can be an effective and inexpensive way to control roaches, as they are repelled by the smell​

Boric Acid

Sprinkle boric acid in areas frequented by roaches, which they ingest and die. Be cautious around children and pets as it's toxic if ingested​

Baking Soda and Sugar

A mixture of baking soda and sugar attracts roaches, and the baking soda kills them internally when ingested​

Citrus-Scented Cleaners

 Roaches dislike the smell of citrus, so using citrus-scented cleaners can help keep them away

Essential Oils

Rosemary or peppermint oil can be effective cockroach repellents. Apply these oils in areas where roaches are a problem​