How to Keep Ants & Roaches Away Naturally


here is more significance to the word ‘home’ than just a house made of wood and bricks. Home means a safe and happy space where we live and rejoice our time with our family. But when this happy space gets infested with pests like roaches and ants, it becomes difficult to ensure the safety and good health of our family. This makes it necessary to focus on pest control and look for effective ways to get rid of roaches, ants, and other stubborn pests.

Cockroaches, also popularly known as roaches are one of the creepiest uninvited guests that are found in common households. These creatures are responsible for a number of dangerous diseases and turn out to be the reason behind major health hazards. Some of the most dangerous diseases caused by Roaches are- Dysentery, Plague, Typhoid Fever, Salmonellosis, etc. Some of these diseases are fatal and can create major problems for the family if regular pest control management is not taken care of.

When it comes to ants, there is a popular misconception that ants are not dangerous unlike the other pests as they do not cause any problems. But this is completely false. There is a reason why ants are called pests and not just any insect. Thus, we need to understand that there are many types of ants, and a number of these are found in Brisbane and the area surrounding the city. Some of the common species include Fire Ant, Green Ant, Flying Ant, Bull Ant, and many more. These ants not only carry different viruses and diseases but their sting can also be very painful and dangerous. For an allergic person, an ant bite can be worse as it causes an allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.  

Now, it is time to ask ourselves what are some things that we can do to keep our spaces safe from these pests? The answer to this question depends on the magnitude of the infestation that we are talking about. Ants live in colonies, and if they’ve succeeded in making some part of your house are their permanent residence then the situation can be out of hands and you need to look for some reliable pest controllers to take care of it. We, The Pest and Termite Co offers the best pest control services to ensure that your house is safe from these creepy crawlers and you spend your days with comfort and without any stress. But, if the infestation is of low magnitude, then there are DIY ways that you can try to bring it to an end.

Let’s dive deeper to understand some things that you can do to take care of cockroach and ants infestation in your lovely home and keep these away naturally.

Let’s dive deeper to understand some things that you can do to take care of cockroach and ants infestation in your lovely home and keep these away naturally.

  1. Fabric Softener for Roaches

You may not know it, but your favourite fabric softener has more applications than softening your fabric. The thing about roaches that you may not know is that they breathe through their skin. By preparing a solution of 3-parts fabric softener and 2-parts water, you can create a perfectly lethal dose for roaches. All you need to do is put it in a spray bottle and spray in the area where roaches come from. If you have spotted a cockroach, get the spray bottle as soon as possible to get rid of it. This solution closes the breathing pores of the cockroach and kills it within and minute. Fabric softener solution is one of the most popular and effective ways of getting rid of cockroaches. It may sound evil but you have to keep in mind the risks of having these uninvited guests in our house.

  1. Borax and Sugar for Ants and Roaches

This is yet another popular and very effective way of getting rid of unwanted creatures that have made their home in your house. A thing common between most bugs, including ants and roaches is that they love anything that is organic and at the same time anything sweet. This obsession is what we can use against them. You may not be aware of it, but Borax is as strong as the insecticides that commercial companies use for pest control in Australia. All you need to do is take two or three parts of Borax and mix it well with one part of sugar and prepare the perfectly lethal treat for pests in your home. After that, you need to put the mixture in a small dish and place it in areas of infestation. The sugar will attract these creepy crawlers and the Borax will ensure that they come to their end. This method is effective against both ants as well as cockroaches.

One thing that you need to keep in mind while preparing this mixture is that Borax is considered as poison and can cause serious health problems if not handled cautiously. Make sure that you are wearing gloves while preparing the mixture to avoid any direct contact with the poison.

  1. Irritating Scents for Roaches

Believe it or not, roaches are very picky when it comes to scents and cannot tolerate the scents they don’t like. This is good news for you because you can use this picky nature against these creepy crawlers and show them out of your house. According to studies, roaches avoid areas that have the aroma of mint leaf, cucumber, lemon, cedar, and many other such scents. Another very irritating scent for roaches is strongly scented mouthwash Listerine. All you need to do is prepare a spray bottle with these smells and spray in areas that are infested with ants and roaches. This proves to be a very effective method for pest infestation management. Another method that involves scents and is very much effective against roaches is cleaning the floor of the house with Ammonia. This not only makes your house floor sparkling clean but the smell of ammonia irritates cockroaches and pushes them out of your house.

  1. Catnip for Roaches

Catnip is also a very reliable and effective repellent of cockroaches. The best thing about using catnip is that it is harmless for humans as well as pets, but proves to be lethal for cockroaches. The active ingredient that is found in catnip is called Nepetalactone, which is not-toxic to humans and animals but just the opposite for roaches and other pests. If the infestation of roaches in your house is in control, then you can get some small sachets of catnip and place it at different places in your home where there is a possible infestation. You can also prepare catnip tea by boiling it in a small amount of water and putting it in a spray bottle to spray either directly at the roaches or in possibly infested areas.

One thing that you need to keep in mind while using catnip is that this is safe for humans and animals, but in case there is a cat as a pet in your house, make sure that you are putting it carefully because it may make it go crazy for a while. Catnips are very useful for mosquito pest control as well.

  1. Boric Acid for Roaches and Ants

Boric acid is one of the most popular and effective methods used by Brisbane pest control companies and it is completely capable of being that. Although Boric Acid is toxic if you are out of options then it can effectively save you from these creepy crawlers in your homes. The best thing about Boric Acid is that it is effective against all kinds of pests and insects and works perfectly for pest control management. All you need to do is take small amounts of Boric Acid and place it in different places like on top of kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It is advised to put it in higher places to avoid contact with kids and pets. Keeping it in higher places also makes it more effective as cockroaches like high places. In case you have spotted the nest, then just put some in the area where you think the nest is and get rid of the infestation in one go.

There were some of the most popular and effective remedies that are used against roaches, ants, and other pests all over the world. The best thing about these remedies is that these can easily be done and require no extra cost, as most of the things that are required for this are everyday household items. But in case the infestation in your house persists even after trying these remedies, then it is strictly advised to seek professional help and this is where we The Pest and Termite Company step in.

Apart from the methods that we have discussed above, these are some other things that you can do to not only prevent but also get rid of roaches, ants, and other pests. All you need to do is keep in mind how harmful these pests can be for you and your family.


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Below are some things that you can do to prevent and get rid of a roach infestation in your lovely home.

  • Keep your house neat and clean by regular vacuuming and cleaning it with an ammonia-water mixture once in a while. Make sure that you are cleaning cabinets, furniture, walls, baseboards, etc. with sincerity because these are the places where infestation starts. If your house is already infested, then these are the places where the nest would probably be.
  • Wash all the washable surfaces regularly with a strong cleanser. The smell of the cleanser works as a repellent for roaches and other such pests.
  • Inspect walls, ceilings, cabinets, furniture, and other such things in your house and look if there are any cracks and spacing in them. These small spaces serve as the home and places of breeding for not just roaches and ants but several other such pests. Make sure that every such crack is properly sealed and taken care of.
  • If you are ready to take it slow then you can get rid of infestation by cutting the food supply of roaches. This can be done by keeping food items in sealed containers, by painting surfaces where food is kept with enamel to make it tough for roaches to climb, by keeping garbage sealed and secure, by washing dishes right after eating, and various such methods. Roaches only like houses where there is easy food supply available for them.
  • Just like food, cutting off water supply can also prove to be an important method in keeping your house infestation free. Make sure that every faucet in your house is working properly and there are no leakages. After cleaning the kitchen, make sure that the surfaces are dry and there are no spots with still water.
  • If there is wallpaper in your house, make sure that it is perfectly pasted and there are no loose spots where the paper is out. Such spots can prove to be the perfect hiding place for ants, roaches, and other such pests.

By doing these things, you would be taking away everything from a roach or an ant, leaving them with no option except bidding farewell to your house, and that’s exactly what we wanted.