Are you worried about getting rid of cockroaches, nor don’t want to turn to poisons and other harmful chemicals? The internet is full of DIY methods that use herbs, spices, herbs, and more that are supposed to repel or cause rocks to quit.
Are all of them still working? Yeah, yeah! We’ve got a report on all-natural cockroach repellent — which functions, which doesn’t.
What Do Cockroaches Hate?
Given the popularity of cockroaches for staying nearly everywhere and consuming virtually everything, there are a few things they simply can’t handle. Some of the animals are temperature picky, others are humidity picky, and some just dislike lights.
But you don’t want to freeze in your own house and run fans in every space only to keep the cockroaches miserable. And be sure to use lights — some rocks will run screaming, while many will enjoy them.
Luckily, there are more than a handful out there for those searching for an all-natural rock repellent, and almost all of them contain one thing: scent.
What Smell Repel Cockroaches?
Several powerful, unique scents have been shown to dissuade cockroaches and other insects. Let’s have a peek through some of the more popular suggestions for using herbs, ingredients, plants, and essential oils to repel cockroaches to see whether such home remedies are worth attempting.
How to Use Essential Oils as Natural Cockroach Repellent
Essential oils give off heavy, sometimes good, scents that many people absorb to calm or rejuvenate themselves. Any of such powerful fragrances appear to be a weapon toward cockroaches, too.
Tea Tree Oil
Many homeowners report that cockroaches don’t like tea tree oil. You can combine 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water with a few drops of tea tree oil and apply the mixture with a spray bottle to deter cockroaches from specific areas.
Eucalyptus oil has a good fragrance that appears to have some efficacy in repulsing cockroaches. You should dilute it with water and spray places where you suspect cockroaches may have lodged.
Lavender oil is one of the most soothing and stress-reducing natural oils available. Even though it calms and comforts us, it scares mosquitoes away! On the basis of feedback from people who attempted it, there is a fair possibility that rubbing lavender oil or dumping it into tiny dishes would cause cockroaches and other pests to turn around and quit.
Cypress Oil & Peppermint Oil
Some claim you should keep the peppermint oil and the cypress oil away from the cockroaches. As for any of these essential oils, their potency is primarily dependent on empirical data, not on a clinical study. However, certain people report satisfaction with water-diluted peppermint or cypress oil sprays – and there is some empirical proof to back that up.
At the very least, there are worse scents than cypress and peppermint to fill your home with when you’re checking these approaches. Each of these essential oils creates a new, invigorating odor that will help to relax your mind, even if it doesn’t turn out to be entirely effective against your cockroach question.
Can You Repel Cockroaches With Fruits and Vegetables?
You may have heard reports that lemons are a perfect natural cockroach repellent. Many people urge homeowners to scrub kitchens and bathrooms with lemon juice and water. However, this can help to contain the cockroaches, as it requires more rigorous washing not simply that it ensures that the scent is deterred.
Others claim that putting smashed or ground lemon peels in high-risk areas could repel cockroaches. Again, the lemon-scented mixture may not be successful without the normal cleaning method.
Can You Scare Cockroaches Away?
You may wonder if you might scare rocks away with noise or lights. Oh, that’s a simple one — yes, they’re scared of you! That’s why they stop in their tracks or sprint (or fly!) backward as soon as you press on a light and see it.
Unfortunately, you’re not going to scare them all the way out of your building. If they’ve found themselves cozy, they’re always going to disappear in cupboards, holes, or holes before it’s safe to come out again and start looking for food.
There is another range of products that you may have seen in ads for: “ultrasound insect repellers” or certain forms of sound machines. Although it may be questioned if these are “real” cockroach prevention, they tend to operate and do so without chemicals. Unfortunately, much of the work conducted so far has found that these are not successful methods to drive cockroaches, rats, or other animals safe.
The safest natural means to get rid of cockroaches are tried-and-tested methods: comprehensive washing, alternative insecticides (such as food-grade diatomaceous soil and boric acid), and a call to the nearest pest control service.
Basic oils, herbs, and spices do not destroy animals, so while they might be able to discourage them from other places, they certainly won’t persuade them to transfer to another habitat — somewhere you’re not their roommate.
But if you want to combat these bugs yourself, you will read more about the nature of each cockroach species, their nests, their diets, and much more by reading our other guides and posts. Good luck to you!