Few things are as disturbing as opening a closet and seeing a roach crawl all over the place. These insects, unloved by humans, can be seen almost anywhere in the world, because they have already well established their ability to adapt. Their endurance capacity is such that they can withstand high levels of radiation and they can also survive going without food for up to a month. Keep reading because here we will give you a natural remedy that you did not know to repel cockroaches that you will never see them haunt your most precious places again.

How cockroaches move

Cockroaches are insects that eat both food of animal and plant origin, that means they are omnivores. This is one of the reasons why they can be found almost everywhere consuming everything in their path.

In case you did not know this information, cockroaches are bugs that have the characteristic of leaving traces in their feces, which are like chemical markers. That makes it easier for other roaches to find food and water. In this way they communicate and infest places more quickly.

Yes, it is both interesting and repulsive to know, but necessary more than anything to know their modus operandi and thus know how to combat them.

There are many methods by which roaches can be eradicated or repelled . The following is a very friendly method, so to speak, both for the environment, for your home, health and finally for them. They won’t get in your way either, they just won’t appear. You want to know why? Read on to find the trick in this natural remedy.

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How to repel cockroaches with bay leaves

If you already knew the excellent culinary and other uses of bay leaves, perhaps you were missing the knowledge that the leaves of this aromatic herb can also be used as a roach repellent.

Just as you are reading it. Bay leaves may be the most exquisite for humans, but for these insects it is the opposite. The organization PETA even endorses its use as a non-violent method of dealing with cockroaches.

And while you may want to just squash every roach in sight and use chemicals to kill them completely, consider the cleanup you have to do afterward.

The chemicals used to kill cockroaches are harsh and can be harmful to pets and children.

Bay leaves are the best option to repel roaches . Start the task of placing bay leaves in every corner of your house. It does not strike them down, it will only have the objective of repelling the cockroaches since the smell is unbearable for them. They work very well in areas where food is stored, such as the kitchen or cupboards.

It is also highly recommended to include bay leaves in your garden of aromatic plants, you will have lots and if you place pots with this herb in specific areas, you can have greater success in driving them away. It is a beautiful plant.

The advantage is that you can make use of both dried and fresh bay leaves, but an effective and practical way is by making the dried leaves powder; in this way they produce more odor and you can use them more practically and effectively everywhere.

Another way that it can also serve you and in turn help you in a double objective, which is to relax your nerves (did you see how wonderful this herb is?), Is by burning the bay leaves.

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Other herbs to repel cockroaches


Like bay leaves, fresh mint leaves repel roaches due to their strong smell. Peppermint essential oil can also be mixed with water to make a spray and use around your home.


In one study, catnip was found to be more effective at repelling cockroaches than DEET, a compound used by most commercial insect repellants. Soak the leaves in hot water to make a tea. Place the tea in a spray bottle and spray frequently around entry points and locations where large numbers of roaches are observed.

Catnip is also an easy way to ensure a strong feline alliance.


You already know how the smell of garlic on your breath can act as an effective repellent. It has a similar effect on cockroaches. Add fresh garlic diets to keep roaches away.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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