Cheap, Organic Roach Repellents

If you’d prefer not to douse your home in chemicals, there are organic roach repellents that will keep the bugs away just fine

While we hesitate to offer up these organic roach repellents, since no one wants to admit they might have a bug problem, we’ve gotta be realistic here. Roaches are a fact of life in many parts of the country, and no matter how vigilant you are, they can still invade. You’ve got to be ready to repel the boarders as necessary.

That said, why not just use a can of bug spray from the store? You can buy the stuff fairly cheaply when you have to… assuming you buy Brand X. But false economy aside, remember this: a savvy consumer’s not just frugal, they avoid things that can come back to haunt them in expensive ways. Like poisons.

A Caveat

Please note that these methods won’t destroy an existing infection, though they might thin it out some. If you want to go medieval on your roach problem and still remain organic, boron powder or diatomaceous earth — both of which scratch roach carapaces, killing them with infections — would be your best shot.

But let’s look at the deterrents, which will help keep the bugs from coming back again.

The Horse Apple

If you’re from the South or Midwest, you’re probably familiar with the warty green fruit of the bois d’arc (bodark) tree, known variously as Osage orange, horse apple, hedge apple, and other colorful terms. They’re not particularly lovable things in the first place — and roaches hate them.

If they grow in your area, you can probably get more horse apples that you can handle. Cut them into chunks (beware the sticky white sap!) and stash them in cabinets, along baseboards, under your house, and in the basement. Just change them out occasionally, and the roaches will stay away.

Cedar Shavings

Clearly, horse apples are mostly a summertime deterrent, since that’s about the only time they’re available. So in the winter (or instead) you can use cedar shavings, which roaches can’t stand any more than moths can. You can get big bags of ’em at a pet store — they’re popular for hamster bedding.

Sprinkle a thin line of shavings in the same places that you’d put your horse apple chunks, cleaning up the old shavings and refreshing them every week. It may seem annoying and untidy, but it does work… and it’s less annoyingly untidy than dealing with a roach infestation.

Final Words…

If nothing else works, get a gecko for a few bucks at a pet store. They’re quiet and unobtrusive, and will happily eat just about any bug that tries to invade. Just one problem: they’re such good organic roach “repellents” that you may need to provide a few crickets here and there to keep them alive!