Whether you live in an old apartment building or a shiny new high rise, chances are you’ve encountered cockroaches at some point. For those who detest insects, these creepy crawlers can strike fear into the heart of even the most macho guy. However, if you’re committed to green living, having roaches in your apartment doesn’t mean you have to subject yourself to tons of chemicals. If you’re wondering how to get rich of cockroaches naturally, try these DIY methods:

Get a New Pet

Do you think geckos are kind of cute? Well, you’re in luck. As it turns out, this particular form of lizard enjoys eating cockroaches. Head to a local pet store, bring your new-found friend back to your apartment, and set him loose. As the cockroach population begins to dwindle, you’ll start to see the gecko hanging out in the open more often. Once the roach infestation has been taken care of, buy your gecko a cage and start it on a daily diet of crickets. If the roaches come back, set your pet loose again.


Perhaps the best natural roach killer is Borax, a non-toxic cleaning material that is often used in laundry. If a cockroach encounters Borax, it will become dehydrated and die. All you need to do is place this common household chemical in small bowls near the cabinets where you’ve spotted the roaches. Check back every day to empty and replenish if need be. Make sure you place the bowls of Borax in areas that pets and infants cannot reach.

Baking Soda

Another naturally effective way to exterminate cockroaches involves another common household item: baking soda. Mix equal parts baking soda and sugar in a dish and place it in areas where you have seen cockroaches (like behind the refrigerator). The sugar will lure them in, while the baking soda causes intestinal issues that will kill the roaches (they can’t burp, so when they get gassy, their innards explode–gross).

Diatomaceous Earth

This type of sedimentary rock is non-toxic to humans and pets, but is deadly for cockroaches. To attract those creepy crawlers to this natural roach killer, mix it with equal parts cocoa powder or flour. Then, sprinkle the mixture near entryways to your apartment or areas in which you’ve spotted the cockroaches. The cocoa powder and flour will lure them in while the diatomaceous earth will destroy their exoskeletons.