Deter ants with household products
WikiHow recommends spreading a line of petroleum jelly, talcum powder, or duct tape across the entry point. You can also wipe all the trials with cinnamon oil or place whole cloves or ground cinnamon near the entry points.
Spraying diluted peppermint oil, fresh lemon juice, or white vinegar across ant trials works well too.
Bait or trap the ants
DIY natural recommends making a homemade bait by combining one part borax and three parts powdered sugar. The sugar attracts the ants while the borax kills them. Pouring some honey into a shallow dish is a good idea when it comes to trapping the ants.
Find the ant nest
Pour boiling water into the nest, it will flow through the tunnels and kill the ants. Another option is using a solution of camphor oil and methylated spirits.
Don’t leave leaks in the house as roaches cannot live more than a couple of days without water. On the other hand, they are fond of grease, so make sure you clean the stovetop and the kitchen free of food splatters and crumbs. The goal is to starve the roaches.
Home Remedies Care suggests several natural scents and chemicals that roaches cannot stand, including mint oil, cedar, bay leaves, lemon, cucumber, and Listerine. Make your own solution and spray it around the house to keep roaches at bay.
Make your own roach spray
Mix soap and water and spray the solution onto roaches. This method helps suffocate them, it works quickly, and it is completely safe to use around the house.