Cockroaches are some of the most common home pests around the world, and the hardest to get rid of. You see, these pests have no shame and will get into anything from foodstuffs to your toilet, and your kid’s bedroom. If you are not careful about the method you choose to exterminate them, you might be exposing your entire household to harmful chemicals and diseases.
Natural cockroach extermination methods are always safer, and thus more preferable. In the following write up, we look at ways you can get rid of cockroaches, naturally, as well as, chemically and easily.
A Brief on Roaches
The reason roaches are so resilient is their rapid multiplication and their knack to survive. The cockroaches can survive a nuclear attack; go several months without food, and a few weeks without water. That means you will not be dealing with an ordinary foe, and so you will need to be smart about it – don’t you think so?
The Natural Roach Control Methods
Eliminating Food Sources
Sanitation is the most important step towards cockroach control. Typically, you will need to get rid of all the food sources that attract the pests. Well, this is not easy and will require a lot of dedication to reach your objective of a roach free living space.
Roaches can survive on food crumbs and grease on cooking appliances and utensils. It is therefore essential to clean them after every meal. Clean the toaster, microwave, dishwasher and under the sink, especially the under the sinks.
It easy to forget about the storage places when cleaning other areas. Spilt flour and food in cabinets are a constant source of food for the roaches. Remove everything and clean the food cabinet, and transfer any food in semi-permanent packaging to sturdy plastic or metallic containers secured with rids.
You will need to limit all your eating to one room, such as the dining room, to limit the infestation. It will also be easier to clean and to deal with a possible outbreak.
It is easy to postpone cleaning the kitchen and other dining spaces until the following morning. However, this will be like calling the roaches from your hood to the party. Typically, cockroaches come out at night when they feel the coast is clear to feed on whatever crumbs and grease you leave for them – they love you for it. Ideally, clean the kitchen thoroughly before you retire for bed, and throw all food pieces and leftovers in lid-secured dustbins.
Eliminating Water Sources
It is difficult for the roaches to live without water. Therefore, eliminating all the water sources plays a role in limiting infestation within your home. However, it is impossible to remove all water sources, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Eliminate as many as you possibly can.
For example, inspect and fix all the leaking taps and pipes. Dry all tubs, sinks, showers and close the drain. Place all dishwashing rags and sponges in an airtight container or hang them outside to dry. Also, dry the toothbrushes as much as possible and put them in sealed containers.
Eliminating their Hiding Places
Cockroaches hide during the day and from light sources, and come out to scavenge for food during the night, or when you are not around. By eliminating all potential spaces they can hide, cockroaches will have to move and find other places they can live safely.
You will need to caulk all the crevices and cracks on walls. Cover the spaces around pipes and light fixtures with a filling product such as a copper mesh. Make sure there are no spaces between door frames and windows. Tighten them or fill them if necessary – the idea is to get rid of possible hiding places for the bugs.
You will mix one part flour with one part boric acid, preferably powdered, and one part powder sugar. The flour and sugar will serve as an irresistible attractant while boric acid will do the killing – the perfect combination. Sprinkle the bait in all the suspect places such as behind cupboards, wardrobes and cracks on walls and floor. Don’t forget to put some below cooking appliances.
Don’t expect an all-at-once total disappearance. The bugs will reappear and disappear, but keep using the bait. And while boric acid is not toxic to human beings and pets, it is advisable to keep it out of reach of children. Only the bugs should have access to it.
You may need to use paper to protect the floor, especially with humid temperatures. The boric acid mixture tends to harden in such temperatures.
You can also make your insecticides by mixing soap detergent and water. It should be light to fit in the spray bottle and spray it directly on the roaches. A few drops are sufficient to kill the bugs.
Soapy water forms a layer of foam, covering their breathing system. The bugs may try to run but will later die of suffocation. However, you will need to act fast and throw the roach away as it could revive in cases where the soapy solution only covered a small section of their body.
Chemical Control Methods
There are two types of baits that you can use to serve an evict notice to the roaches. The first one is from the stores, and may have a childproof container or not. Typically, the bait contains an attractant and a slow-working active ingredient. The roaches feast on this bait and take some to their nest, and the rest is history.
These are some of the most effect roach control methods you will find. Typically, you rub or spray the surface with the treatment. It kills the roaches that walk over it and will continue killing for several months. Liquid concentrates are efficient against re-infestation.
You will always find insecticide sprays designed explicitly for the roaches at the stores – that tells you how popular these guys are. Mostly, the active ingredient is Cyfluthrin or any other which works on contact. It works on direct sightings, much unlike baits. That means you spray directly on every roach you spot. Spray along the crevices and cracks and other suspect areas.
Avoid spraying directly to the baits, or you risk making the roaches void them, which is not what you want. Happy bug killing, folks!