How To Get Rid Of Palmetto Bugs In 4 Pesticide-Free Steps


Palmetto bugs, also known as the American cockroach is a nasty bug that can carry a lot of pathogens. The moment you see one, our first instinct would be to kill it right away because we know for a fact that it can cause all sorts of problems for the family. Aside from carrying diseases, it can cause skin irritation.

An adult palmetto bug can easily produce 16 eggs in 1 case, they can also make as much as 8 cases in their lifetime. With that in mind, it is not hard to understand how easy it is for a couple of cockroaches in your home to cause a severe infestation. More so if the perfect conditions can be found in your home.

In most cases, getting rid of palmetto bugs will require the use of chemical poisons. But this does not have to be the case. There are simple and natural things that you can do to get rid of them for good. Although it might take a lot of time and effort, these steps can provide you with long lasting results.

Preparing For The Long Battle Ahead

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When it comes to getting rid of cockroaches naturally, you need to consider what the cockroach wants not just in terms of food but also in terms of living conditions. If your house meets all of the cockroaches’ requirements to thrive, then the infestation will continue no matter what product you use.

You should also keep in mind that although pesticides can work in a matter of seconds, they can contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals can harm more than the roaches and they can do a lot of damage to your health. If you want to use natural methods instead, you need to prepare the following:

1. Cleansers And Cleaning Equipment


You need to get your hands on a vacuum as well as clean rags, garbage bags and cleansers. If you do not want to use commercially prepared cleaning solutions, you can make your own by using baking soda, vinegar or both. This can also disinfect your house.

If you do not have a vacuum, you can always use a simple broom. You can also hire a professional cleaner to help you clean the house if you can’t do it on your own. If you do not like using baking soda or vinegar, you can use hot water or even liquid dishwashing soap.

2. Plastic Storage Containers

plastic containers

This will be used for storing different items. You can buy large ones if you have a lot of clutter, and you can also use small ones for food items. If you do not have them, you can use Ziploc bags or garbage bags instead.

3. Caulk Or Expanding Foam


This will be used to seal cracks and crevices in your home. If you do not have caulk, you can use sealants depending on what surface you need to seal. You can also hire a carpenter or a handyman to help you do this especially if your home is decades old or if it is in need of a renovation.

4. Baking Soda And Sugar

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This will be used to create a poison for the cockroaches. If you do not have any, you can use diatomaceous earth and cocoa powder, but this can be hazardous to your health. This mixture can easily attract the palmetto bug and it can also be used to kill them.

4 Steps To Get Rid Of Palmetto Bugs Without Using Pesticides

Step 1: Give Your Home A Deep Cleaning


Palmetto bugs are attracted to garbage, trash and also to organic debris inside your home. You might be able to kill one or two of them, but if your house is still dirty, you can expect more to arrive. But by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your house, you can make it less attractive to them.

Step 2: Store All Your Clutter In Sealed Containers

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Palmetto bugs have a keen sense of smell and they can easily be attracted to fermentation and also to food that has been left out in the open. These bugs also love to stay in dark, damp places especially when there is trash, dirt and ample places to hide. They also like warm areas that offer little disturbance.

The best way to avoid creating this kind of atmosphere and ambience in your home is to make sure that all your clutter and leftover food has been sealed inside plastic containers. This will help you organize your things better instead of leaving them in the open or putting them in boxes that will rot over time.

Step 3: Seal Cracks And Crevices In Your Home

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Try to keep you home interior sealed from the outside. Use caulk to close gaps, cracks and use expandable foam to close openings on your walls. You can also use it to make sure that cockroaches cannot get inside you house through the roof.

Step 4: Getting Rid Of Them For Good

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Mix three parts baking soda with one part sugar and put this mixture inside a shallow container. Put the container in areas where you frequently see the palmetto bugs. The sugar will make the cockroaches want to eat the mixture and the baking soda will kill it as it expands inside the bug’s stomach.


Getting rid of palmetto bugs using pesticide-free steps is a great way for you to get long lasting results without having to use pesticides. Keep in mind that although pesticides can kill the bugs on contact, it can also leave behind or spread chemicals that can harm everyone else living in your home.

Although the steps I’ve mentioned are time consuming and labor intensive, these can actually make your home less attractive to palmetto bugs. But more than that, it can also help protect your home from future infestations and help you deal with the bugs that are still living inside your home.

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James says Apr. 2018

Does it do any good to spread things like Thai pepper or cinnamon or peppermint to discourage them from wanting to enter?

Theresa Chavez-Messineo says Jun. 2018

I am passionate about keeping my home clean and free of these insects. I use most of these steps and will try the baking soda and sugar step. I don’t like these bugs and prefer to remove these without pesticides. Since my husband died this January, it’s up to me to keep up from them invading our home, they are so yucky! 0;-) Thank you for your steps!

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