Are you tired of watching roaches skitter across your kitchen floors? Have they taken over your home to the point that you just want to get rid of them but do not know how? Once cockroaches make themselves at home in a house, it can be very difficult to kick them out. They can snack on your food, damage wallpaper, books, and electronics, and some species of cockroach also spread germs to humans.

HOW TO GET RID OF COCKROACHESAre none of the solutions you’ve tried working out? Below are the top best ways of getting rid of cockroaches.

BORIC ACID+SUGAR

Make your own, natural cockroach bait. Mix three parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar. The sugar lures the roaches, while the boric acid kills them. Although the boric acid isn’t toxic to people or pets, it can be irritating so keep it away from counters and places where little fingers and noses can reach. Sprinkle it under and behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, under the sink, and into cracks along the edges of cabinets and pantries.

SOAPY WATER

If you have got a cockroach in the house right now and you don’t want to spray harmful insecticides inside your home, try spraying a little solution of soap and water on it. Because roaches, like most insects, breathe through their skin, the soap essentially suffocates them.

BAY LEAVES

We love to use bay leaves in cooking for its taste and fragrance, but roaches hate them. They just can’t stand the smell. You have to do is place the leaves around nests, high-traffic areas (as in it gets a lot of roaches coming through) and possible entry points. You can use fresh leaves, or dry leaves. Crushing dry leaves into a powder releases a much stronger smell.

COCOA+DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

Cockroaches love cocoa powder and flour, so mix equal parts of cocoa powder or flour with diatomaceous earth (found in hardware stores and online) and sprinkle it near cockroach entryways or in places where you’ve seen the cockroaches. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to pets and humans, but it kills insects by destroying their exoskeletons. The roaches will take the “bait” back to their nest and feed it to the other roaches, who will also die!