How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
Your own chemical-free zappers can be just as effective against certain pests as toxic pesticides.
Crushed cucumber skins and bay leaves are particularly effective against roaches, according to experiments performed at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The researchers put them in a tank with some sixty cockroaches, and it turned out that, in the laboratory at least, the cucumber skins and bay leaves drove the roaches away.
During the course of the experiments, the researchers isolated the most active roach-repellent compounds cineole in the bay leaves and cis-6-trans-2-noneal in the cucumber skins. Try spreading that combination around daily where you have a roach problem. Or try boric acid, also an effective cockroach repellent poison.
You can also make some homemade sprays to fight plant bugs. One of the most effective of both indoor and outdoor plants is an onion-and-garlic mixture. In the blender mix four cloves of garlic with one large onion and two teaspoons of red pepper (cayenne or chili) or two finely chopped fresh hot peppers. Blend the mixture with two cups of water for one minute in the blender. Let it steep overnight. The next morning strain it through a worn pair of pantyhose or some cheesecloth; add a tablespoon of detergent, which will help it stay on the plants, and dilute with five cups of water. Then use the mixture once a week until the bugs are gone.