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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast

Are cockroaches invading your home? This insect is usually around rubbish, pipes and sewers, that's why it's important to get rid of them in your home as quickly as possible to avoid them laying eggs and turning into a pest.

You have several ways of doing so: you can call pest-control, buy an insecticide or try home remedies, which are more efficient and less costly. No more cockroaches! At we'll show you how to get rid of cockroaches fast with home remedies.


  1. Laurel leaves
  2. Boric acid poison
  3. Sticky traps
  4. Ammonia
  5. Boiled water
  6. Keep the house clean
  7. Cockroaches in summer

Laurel leaves

One of the most effective ways to get rid of Cockroaches fast is with laurel leaves. The reason why it works is that these insects do not tolerate the smell that this plant has, that's why you should place them in several places around your home, they'll quickly leave.

You can use whole leaves or chop them and spread them on a sheet of paper, then you should leave them in places where you've seen them so these creepy crawlies stay away. Try it!

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast - Laurel leaves

Boric acid poison

This poison is very effective to get rid of cockroaches and you can easily purchase it in a pharmacy. Mix it with condensed milk, bread crumbs and make small balls (using gloves), you can also mix sugar in it.

Afterwards, place them in different areas of the house. Avoid using this technique if you have pets, as they could eat the poison and become ill.

It's also a good idea to use cardboard boxes (such as matchboxes)with a "poison" label on it to put the bait inside. Make some holes so only cockroaches can fit in the box.

For more information take a look at our article on how to make insecticide with Boric Acid.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast - Boric acid poison

Sticky traps

Another way to get rid of cockroaches with home remedies is to make glue traps. To do so, p lace glue on a cardboard base, add bits of food on it and sprinckle som sugar on it so it's more irresistible for them. This trap is very effective to trap cockroaches.


Ammonia is also a perfect ally to get rid of cockroaches, plus it's also a product you can easily find at home as it's frequently used to clean. To get rid of these insects we recommend a simple trick: add ammonia to the water with which you clean your flat, then throw the water down the pipes, to kill cockroaches that live there.

It's also advisable to pour some in the drains to kill cockroaches that live in the pipe system.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast - Ammonia

Boiled water

Boiling water will be useful to get rid of the eggs that the cockroaches have laid. To do so, boil some water and pour it on the nests. Throw the boiling water down the drain in the kitchen after washing the dishes too.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast - Boiled water

Keep the house clean

Apart from these tricks, it's also important to keep your house clean to get rid of cockroaches, mainly the kitchen and bathroom. Clean these rooms several times a week, put a top on the bin and don't allow it to accumulate, empty it frequently.

You should also make sure there's no food around the surfaces in your house: cochroackes eat people's leftovers and feed on crums and pieces of food that have fallen on the floor. This way you'll make sure they don't come back.

Cockroaches in summer

With the heat, many insects get into our homes searching for humid places to get away from the hot sun. The fact that we open windows more frequently during this season means that they can get into your house more easily.

This is why it's important to take these tricks into account so you avoid pests in your house during summer:

  • Put mosquito nets on doors and windows to avoid them coming in.
  • Have an insecticide in hand to spray the areas where cockroaches usually build their nests.
  • Purchase electric insecticides and place them in different sockets around the house to protect it.
  • If you have a balcony or garden, plant aromatic plants as the heat they give out repels most insects. Choose basil, mint or peppermint.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Fast - Cockroaches in summer

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Bilal Khan
There are certain things that you wish to un-see once you have seen them. Cockroach is one of them, it is also one of the most disgusting and grossest creatures on earth. Getting rid of cockroaches is the first and foremost step you need to take. One look at a cockroach can ruin your whole day and just imagine what if you accidently touched it? Puking all over the floor, sterilizing yourself
where do I laurel leaves
OneHowTo Editor
Many grocery stores have laurel leaves. A gardening center may also have laurel too.
Hope this helps
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