Ugh, cockroaches… does anybody like them? Maybe other cockroaches. But these insects are absolutely repulsive. They bite, they carry germs, they communicate via bacteria in their feces (yeah, seriously), they run disturbingly quickly, and well… they’re ugly. We also associate cockroaches with filth, so if you happen to have an infestation, people might make some assumptions about your hygiene and cleanliness. But that’s not necessarily the case, especially when you consider how hard it is to actually eradicate them for good. For instance, I had a friend who leased an apartment and he kept the place absolutely spotless but he kept finding these nasty little buggers. It turned out that the building had an infestation decades ago, and no matter how many times they brought in exterminators, they kept coming back. Gross.
So what the heck are you supposed to do about cockroaches? They can actually survive a nuclear blast, for crying out loud. But fortunately, there is indeed a way to thwart these filthy bugs and all you need are… bay leaves!
Bay leaves are a surprisingly powerful and natural cockroach repellent!
Yep, bay leaves… the herb that you put in your stews and soups. To understand why this works, recall what I mentioned earlier about how cockroaches communicate via their poop. Their droppings give off an odour that tells other cockroaches where to find food and water, leading to infestations. And that’s where bay leaves come in. Cockroaches hate the smell of bay leaves, making them an excellent all-natural repellant! Just place bay leaves around all the corners of your house, particularly in areas with food, such as your kitchen. It’s also a good idea to put them in your garden! You can use dried or fresh bay leaves, although it’s recommended that you use dried, crushed bay leaves since they’ll give off the strongest scent.
Make sure you share this very useful tip with your family and friends and let us know if you give it a try!