If roaches or other insect pests have invaded your home — but you don’t want to resort to toxic chemicals to get rid of them — there are natural pest repellants and insecticides you can use to get rid of your pest problem.
Roach repellants are one option. Some natural chemicals can be laid down in the kitchen or outside walls to ward off insect pests. Bay leaf and catnip contain such chemical compounds that roaches find repulsive. Some kitchen chemicals and even foods can also be used as insecticides, particularly if mixed with a bit of sugar and water to draw the insects in for food. A sugar and baking soda combination is one such insecticide.
Natural Cures: Boric acid or borax is one roach solution to poison the pests. Diatomaceous earth can also be used (with care) to kill roaches.