Peppermint Oil for Roaches: {3 Mint Recipes for Roach Control}

Making a Peppermint Oil Spray for Cockroaches

A house infested with roaches is never healthy. Roaches not only disturb the hygiene conditions of the house, but can also cause serious diseases such as Typhoid, Polio, and Dysentery.

Well, if you wish to be miles away from these problems, then getting rid of the roaches at your house should be your priority.

Does Peppermint Repel Roaches

There are plenty of ways in which you can make your house roach free. However, using peppermint oil for the roach control is possibly the most natural and easiest way of getting rid of them.

Does Peppermint Oil Repel Roaches?

Yes, peppermint oil strongly repels roaches. Peppermint oil has proved to be one of the best essential oil for roach control. A little amount of this essential oil with vinegar, Listerine, or water seems to work perfectly against roaches.

In case, if you want to use peppermint oil to repel cockroaches, then you need undiluted peppermint oil. So, I’ll recommend Artizen Peppermint Essential Oil because it’s 100% Pure, Natural, and Undiluted.

Does Peppermint Oil Kills Roaches?

Like most of the essential oils, peppermint oil also does not have the level of toxicity needed to kill roaches directly. Just leaving some peppermint oil out won’t kill roaches that come towards it. Instead, it will just keep them away.

However, it has been observed that the solutions in which the percentage of mint oil is more than 3% killed roaches, but only with continuous and direct exposure. Therefore, if you wish to kill roaches using peppermint oil than you will have to directly expose them to a mint oil solution for a considerably good amount of time. 

How to Make Peppermint Spray for Roach Control?

Now that you know peppermint oil is effective against roaches, the next step is using it to drive them away. The best method of using peppermint oil is by spraying. Making a peppermint spray for roaches is an easy task, and anyone can make it using the common household items.

Peppermint for Roach control

If you are wondering how to mix peppermint oil for spray solution, then given below are some of the common peppermint solutions that you can use as sprays to get rid of roaches lurking around your house.

Peppermint and Vinegar

The mix of peppermint oil and vinegar is one of the most favorite solutions used against roaches.

Roaches hate peppermint, and this solution highlights that very feature the most. To create this mixture, add two parts of water to one part of white vinegar (you can use Bluewater Chemgroup White Vinegar) and lastly add 10 drops of peppermint oil (I like Artizen Peppermint Oil) into a spray bottle and spray it around the infected areas.

If you don’t have a spray bottle, then I’ll recommend Sally’s Organics Glass Spray Bottle. You can use this glass spray bottle for any purpose, and they’re perfect to fill essential oils and other things.

Peppermint oil and Listerine

We know that roaches do not like peppermint oil, but they also hate Listerine. It’s not Listerine, but the essential oils present in it that work against roaches. Moreover, the menthol in Listerine is especially found to be the most effective in repelling and killing roaches.

Peppermint oil and listerine to get rid of roaches

To create a mixture of peppermint oil and Listerine, mix one cup of Listerine with one cup of water and then add 3-4 drops of mint oil. Mix it well and then spray it around the infected areas of the house as many times as needed.

Here is the Listerine (kills 99.9% of germs that cause bad mouth breath), and it’s very cheap.

Peppermint oil and Water

Peppermint oil mixed simply with water is also an excellent roach repelling solution. The smell of peppermint oil itself is good enough to drive the roaches away.

To create a mint oil and water mixture for roaches, simply mix 15 drops of peppermint oil to 10 ounces of water. Spray this solution around the infested areas multiple times for the best results.

How to Use Peppermint Spray for Cockroach Control

Now that you know how to make a roach repellent spray, it’s time to understand how to best use this spray. Simply spritzing around the house not knowing the infested areas is not at all effective. To make the best out of this spray, you need to identify the areas which are highly roach-infested and then attack those areas.

Peppermint Oil Spray for roaches

The most common areas that roaches like to infest are usually dark, damp, and cramped spaces. These are the spaces that you need to identify and target. Given below are the most common areas where roaches might start an infestation. Spritz the solution around these areas multiple times to keep roaches away

  • Around the cupboards and behind them
  • Under the sink
  • Kitchen and bathroom drain openings
  • Bathroom corners
  • Any small openings in the wall
  • Any dark corners around the house
  • Attics and any unused rooms

You can also use peppermint spray to clean countertops. It will not only prevent the dirty roaches from crawling all over the place but will also add a nice smell to it.

Will Peppermint Oil Spray Kill Cockroach Eggs?

In the process of eliminating roaches from your house, killing the cockroach eggs takes the highest priority. If not eliminated, these eggs can multiply and can eventually lead to the existence of an entire roach colony in your house.

Now, Peppermint oil is surely affective in repelling roaches and driving them away from their infested areas. However, the same is not considered as lethal when it is just spritzed around the house. Therefore, unless and until peppermint oil is sprayed directly on the cockroach eggs, it will not kill the eggs.

If you want to completely kill the cockroach eggs, then the first step is to identify their location. Cockroaches lay their eggs where there is food available, so the areas where you might find the roach eggs include cabinets, dark corners, under the sink, loosely packed food jars, near clutter and food mess, and holes in your walls.

Once you identify and locate the cockroach eggs in your house, spray peppermint oil directly on them to kill them completely. However, if mint oil proves ineffective in killing roach eggs, then the next best way is to simply vacuum or burn them.

Precautions for Using Peppermint Oil Cockroach Spray

Peppermint oil has excellent health remedies and is commonly used in curing stomach pains, bloating and gas, bowel movements in people with IBS, indigestion, and much more. However, it is also important to understand that there are a few side-effects of peppermint oil and one must be aware of them to be safe and healthy.

gloves for peppermint roach spray

The first thing to note is that peppermint oil is safe for children who are 8 years of age and above. So, while using the peppermint oil cockroach spray, make sure that children are not around. Along with children, also make sure that there are no pets around as peppermint oil can be poisonous to pets and can be lethal when ingested.

Peppermint oil is not harmful to humans and may not have any serious issues while just spraying it around for roaches. However, this does not mean that you are completely safe as some humans tend to develop side-effects while using mint oil. Given below are some of the common side-effects caused by the usage of peppermint oil.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Burning mouth syndrome (when ingested)
  • Diarrhea with anal burning (when ingested)
  • Flushing
  • Headache (through smell and ingestion)
  • Heartburn
  • Mouth ulcers (when ingested)
  • Rash (skin contact)
  • Respiratory collapse
  • Skin irritation
  • Breathing and speaking difficulty
  • Acute renal failure (upon overdose)

Do check if you are prone to any of these possible side-effects of peppermint oil and make sure to wear proper gloves, goggles, and mask while spraying it around the house for better safety and total hygiene.

Alternatives of Peppermint Oil Spray

Peppermint oil spray has proven to be very effective against roaches and it is also very simple to make your peppermint oil deter. However, peppermint oil is not the only natural way to repels roaches. Given below are some of the common alternatives to peppermint oil for repelling roaches.

Other Essential Oils

Alternatives of Peppermint Oil to Repel Cockroaches:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil
  2. Eucalyptus Oil
  3. Tea Tree Oil

Apart from peppermint oil, other essential oils that have proved to be effective against roaches are lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils. Even though these are not as effective as peppermint oil, they work excellently in driving away from the roaches.

The main reason for roaches to repel from essential oils is because these oils mask the scent trails which cockroaches use to hunt their food. Therefore, when roaches smell these essential oils, they get confused and lose their senses, leaving them stranded and vulnerable.

You can substitute either of these essential oils in place of peppermint oil while making your cockroach deterrent and still drive the roaches away from your house.

Baking Soda

Requirement: Baking Soda

Baking soda is another natural substance that is very effective in eliminating roaches. It is commonly used as a leavening agent while baking cakes and is also an excellent cleaning agent. However, when mixed with some sugar and sprinkled around the house, it can attract roaches and kill them as they ingest it.

baking soda for roaches

You can also check my other article in which I shared everything in detail about how you can use baking soda and sugar for controlling roach infestation.


Requirement: Borax Powder

Borax is a very effective natural cleaner and is widely used as a safe alternative to many chemical and conventional cleaners. Apart from being just a cleaner, Borax is an extremely effective roach killer as it contains boric acid that can destroy the cellular lining of their guts when ingested, eventually killing them.

To use borax against roaches, create a spray solution by mixing two tablespoons of borax and two cups of sugar in one liter of water. You can even add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in the solution to make it much stronger, but even without the peppermint oil, this solution is a solid remedy against roaches.

For more information, you can read this detailed article about controlling roach infestation with borax.

Diatomaceous Earth

Requirement: Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic substance that is well effective in both killing and repelling roaches. When roaches come in contact with this substance, their body dries out, eventually killing them. For best results, mix diatomaceous earth with some sugar and sprinkle a thin layer of the mixture around the entrance of cockroach infested areas.

To learn more, read my other article about how diatomaceous earth kills cockroaches.


Catnip is another widely used insect repellent that is in use for centuries now. It contains nepetalactone, which is a type of chemical that repels roaches without doing any harm to humans or pets.

To use catnip to repel cockroaches, boil catnip leaves in water for 10 minutes and then after cooling, transfer the solution into a spray bottle. Spritz the solution around the house, in the corners, and around the places where the infestation may appear.

Take Help of Professional Exterminators

If the roach infestation in your house is severe, then the wise decision will be to take the help of a professional exterminator.

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Final Words

Cockroach infestation is a common, but a serious household problem. If not treated, it can bring various diseases and hygiene issues in the house. Therefore, it is extremely important to deal with this situation as soon as possible.

However, using chemicals to drive away roaches can prove harmful to you and your family members as well. So the best way to repel cockroaches is to use peppermint oil, which has been proved to be one of the best natural roach repellents. It is simple, safe, healthy, and works like a charm.

3 thoughts on “Peppermint Oil for Roaches: {3 Mint Recipes for Roach Control}

  1. Michelé

    I have used peppermint oil and other essential oils to kill roaches. I mix it into Thieves cleaner and spot spray them on sight; almost immediately they flop over and die. However, it does not rid my oven of the infestation and because the spray dries quickly, it does not protect surfaces for very long. I’m trying a mixture of date syrup and baking soda, with a dish of water nearby.

  2. Joe

    Gluetraps gets roaches , but 2/3 weeks later they get away leaving bottom of legs on traps , can they still walk.,??

    1. Vijay Singh

      It depends on how roaches escape and the condition of their legs. When glue traps get roaches, you can use a roach spray to kill them or if the glue trap gets a lot of roaches, then you can simply burn it. So the main idea is to kill these roaches before they escape from your glue traps. However, glue traps are not the best way to deal with them.

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