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The Beginner's Guide to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Updated on November 22, 2016

People love their sleep and so do I. Waking up from a sound sleep, leaving the comfort of the bed for any reason is just a pain in the neck! And when roaches play the role of disturbing your sleep every single night, you would surely feel like dropping a nuclear bomb on them if not more!

Why does roaches trouble your sleep? It’s because they’re nocturnal creatures which means they’re active mostly at night. Cockroaches like any other insects, has three pairs of legs, a single pair of antennae and wings and this feature is not common to all. Not all winged species of cockroaches are good at flying though. They can measure about 2mm in length. Experts say that there are more than 4000 species of cockroaches existing on earth but only about 30 species out of those are the ones which come in contact to human beings. Again, these 30 species are geographically distributed, thus, you don’t need to think about all of them.

Roaches are scavengers by nature and thus these insects are actually playing a good role within the food chain and maintaining the equilibrium by recycling waste products and organic products which are decaying.

Cockroaches are not so tough to find. They’re kind of everywhere. You just need to keep your eyes opened! Your kitchen is their favorite spot though. They could also be found near waste deposits, at restaurants, kitchen sink, behind dishwashers and refrigerators etc. They tend to stay near by their food source.

Roaches might enter your home through different ways. They can enter your home through vents, cracks and crevices, through sinks and sewage or drain pipes etc. Human homes are a great nest for roaches because of ample amount of food supply, warmth, water and safe nesting zones at their disposal.

Unluckily, the presence of these insects at your home is not good for your health considering their capability to transfer germs. They mostly stay in an around garbage and thus they can transmit diseases. Allergies from their dead bodies and cast-off skins are common in sensitive skinned people.

There are different ways to get rid of roaches which are:

Cleanliness is next to godliness:

The very first thing to start doing in daily basis is to clean your home especially your kitchen. Make sure you wipe out greasy things after you finish off cooking. Do not leave anything on top of your stove or soiled plates in the sink. It’s better not to leave the floor also. Try wiping the floor before you leave your kitchen. Once you get habituated with this, roaches won’t get attracted to your kitchen.

Seal up the entry points:

Your house might have tiny cracks and crevices which are normal. But, these points are actually entry points for the roaches. Cockroaches can even climb up vertical walls and enter you house through those cracks. You need to seal up these cracks with the help of caulk or putty. If you can manage to close all the possible entry points, you will be able to reduce the chance of allowing roaches to invade your home.

Cockroach Bait:

The moment you see one of them, it’s for sure that more of them are hiding and that your house is already being infested. To make a natural homemade cockroach bait, you would require powdered sugar and boric acid. Boric acid is not toxic to human or pets. Boric acid is safe to be used in households. Mix boric acid and powdered sugar in a ratio of 3:1 respectively and form either small balls or just use the powder combination and sprinkle it on areas where you think these roaches are entering your home to say “Hello!” Sprinkle these on strategic places like behind your refrigerator, under the sink and within cracks to get better results.

Gel Bait or Chemical gel bait for roaches:

The chemical gel are found in the market which works pretty well against cockroaches. The chemical gel are laced with bait which attracts the roaches to consume it. This bait doesn’t immediately kill them but keeps them alive for about a week so that they one which consumed the bait can bring back more from their nest to consume the same. After about a week, the gel comes into action thus killing majority of the roaches at one go! The art is of placing the baits at locations where it becomes easily available to them for consumption.

Fabric softener:

This would be an attempt to kill roaches in a different way. Cockroaches breathe through their lower part of their abdomen. By using fabric softener, you can block those pores which will make them unable to breathe easily. They might die due to suffocation. All you need to do is take a fabric softener and mix it with water in a ratio of 3:2 i.e. three parts of fabric softener and 2 parts of water and create a solution. Apply this solution directly on them. This would kill the ones in direct contact of the solution. But remember, this would play no role in getting rid of roaches living in the nest. The nest remains unaffected with this process.

Ammonia-Water solution:

Ammonia is a strong smelling substance which can repel cockroaches from your house. You have to add about 2 cups of ammonia in a bucket of water and clean hard surfaces with this solution. You can clean your bathroom with this solution. Using this solution, you can keep these roaches away from entering your home.

Insecticide spray:

There are insecticides available in the market in the form of spray containing elements like cyfluthrin. Such insecticides are harsh in nature and should be kept out of reach from children and pets. Moreover, such insecticides should be left for experts and professionals to handle. In case of severe infestation, such insecticides should be applied with the help of professionals. It’s important for the roach nest to get destructed or else, the problem of roaches will keep recurring.

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