Cheap Way to Get Rid of Cockroaches

I’ve recently moved and found that the place comes with a variety of “tenants” that I am not interested in living with. Thankfully their numbers are limited and they do live mostly outside…but it makes getting in the front door at night a little tricky.

So if you share my dislike of the cockroach population and are looking for a pet-friendly, kid-friendly, wallet-friendly way to get rid of them, the coffee grounds in a jar trap may be right for you. There are many different versions of this trap that have been around for years…but since I’m just learning about it myself, I thought I’d share.

Here’s what you’ll need for this version: used coffee grounds, a larger glass jar, double-sided sticky tape and a little water.

First you’ll fill the jar about a quarter way up with the used coffee grounds, add water to about the halfway point, wrap the sticky tape around two or three sections up the jar (depending on the size of the jar) and then leave it outside where you’ve seen the offending critters.

The cockroaches are then attracted to the moisture and scent of the coffee grounds, climb up the glass jar with the assistance of the rows of sticky tape and take a final dive into the jar.

Voila! You’ll reduce the roach population for a minimal cost without using chemicals that may be harmful to your children or pet(s).

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