There’s little that makes people cringe more than the thought of a roach infestation. If you are one of the unlucky people that has been dealing with a cockroach problem, check out some of these tips from Wise Bread for hopefully eradicating it:

Remove Their Hiding Places

Paying special attention to gaps and crannies (especially those that lead to outside), and use caulk to plug up holes. Also, get rid of extra cardboard lying around because roaches love hanging out in cardboard.

Try Natural Deterrents

Things like bay leaves, garlic and catnip can help keep roaches away. Also, diatomaceous earth (a powder made from crushed fossils) can be used to kill roaches. Just sprinkle into cracks and corners and it will cut their exoskeletons.


This is not a necessity – you can get rid of roaches – but it is an option if you’re a renter. If your apartment has a vermin problem, you can often legally move out no matter where you are in your lease. Check your state’s specific rental laws; sometimes you have to wait a certain amount of time for the owner to try to fix the problem, while sometimes the presence of roaches (or other vermin) can allow you to break your lease immediately. Do your research, and if possible, document the problem – photographs and a detailed list of incidents are both great.

For more ideas, head over to Wise Bread’s Unexpected Roommates: How to Get Rid of Roaches.