Cockroaches are flat, quick-moving insects that are most active in the evening. They reproduce rapidly, and a single roach sighting could quickly mean an infestation. Cockroaches can transport disease by carting it on their backs and bodies from dirty areas to clean areas, making them a serious health risk. Some of the commercially available methods used to eradicate cockroaches can be dangerous, chemical-laden, and unsafe for pets and people if they come in contact with the poisons. There are, however, several natural remedies that are effective, inexpensive and non-invasive.
Remedies to Try
Borax is lethal to roaches, and relatively safe for people and pets. It is dangerous, however, if ingested; use extreme caution when placing borax around your home if you have pets or little ones. Borax is a laundry detergent made from the salt of boric acid. It is available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. A small teaspoon of Borax placed in an out-of-the-way place where you've spotted roaches will cause fatal harm to your unwanted house guests. Roaches will ingest Borax, which will cause them severe upset and death within minutes. The Borax has a cumulative effect, since roaches are cannibalistic. A second roach will eat the first, and also die from the effects of the Borax.
Keeping a spray bottle full of soapy water handy will also help to get rid of your roaches. When you see one, give it a good spray; it will die.
Your best defense is a thoroughly clean home. Vacuum well and frequently, mop regularly, and keep counters and surfaces clean. A heavy cleaning will discourage roaches. If they cannot find any food to eat i.e. food crumbs, this will interrupt their breeding cycle.