Certain animal species are called “natural survivors”. Cockroaches are one example. Not only are they able to live in all kinds of environmental conditions, but they also have a huge reproduction rate.
Which is why an infestation will give you serious headaches.
Why Do Cockroaches Get Into Houses
Some people would say that a dirty home attracts cockroaches. Others – that cockroaches like only clean homes.
Both are wrong.
The cleanliness of a house plays no role whatsoever. Cockroaches are attracted by a place that offers shelter, warmth, food and water, and of course – comfortable access.
What does that all mean?
If there are cracks in the structure of your home, and a leaky pipe somewhere, or crumbs and opened food packages, the insects will treat these as an invitation. If your house is dusty, but there is no food or water out in the open, the cockroaches will not enter even if there is access.
How to Prevent Cockroaches from Invading Your Home
The best thing you can do is to not let an infestation occur in the first place. Here is how you can avoid it.
- Do not let dirty dishes or uneaten food out in the open. Food is what draws them in and you’ll be surprised how fast they can find it.
- Sweep the floor regularly. If there are any food crumbs or sticky spots, they can draw roaches in. Get rid of those asap.
- Do not let dishes in the sink overnight. Yet another food source for your nightmarish infestation.
- Keep pet food away. Do not let uneaten dog or cat food outside overnight.
- Fix your plumbing. Water and humidity also draws roaches in. If a pipe is dripping, don’t put a vessel under it – fix it.
- Inspect walls for cracks. Cracks serve as shelter for the cockroaches and they will most probably make the inside of your walls their home. You can never be absolutely certain that you’ve fixed all cracks as they will likely find new ones, but inspecting your walls will give you an additional insurance.
If you already have an infestation on your hands, you better prepare for some serious trouble. You can always call professionals to get rid of it, but if money is tight, here’s what you can do.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches by Yourself
- Clean the food crumbs. Everything we said you should do in the prevention part – do it now. And make sure to do so from now on. It won’t get rid of the roaches, but you need to clean the leftover food anyway.
- Fix your plumbing. Another long-term solution that should be done if it’s not already in effect. Take away a valuable source and it can at least discourage future infestations.
- Caulk or plug all small cracks. It might slow them down. Look for cracks and holes around wall shelves or cupboards, pipes, sinks, and bathroom fixtures.
- Find where they gather. You probably already know where they gather. Most common places are the kitchen and the bathroom. It’s very common for them to enter through the drain canal. There isn’t much to do in this case, but you can always pour some baking soda inside and add some hot water. It might discourage them for a short while.
- Do not use insect sprays. Despite the commercials, insect sprays are the most ineffective way to deal with roaches. Sure, you might spray a few and see them die, but you have only a million more hiding between your walls. And, besides – cockroaches mutate in a lifetime. If you expose them to a spray long enough, they will mutate to become immune to it. You can change the spray, but they will mutate to the next one, too. And, in the meantime, they’ll breed.
- Get poison. You can find a product like that from any pharmacy. A single cockroach to eat the poison is enough. They do not die immediately. They have some time to get back to the nest and die there. Afterwards, other cockroaches eat the dead one and get poisoned themselves. This creates a chain reaction of death and is undoubtedly the most effective DIY method to get rid of the pests.
Bad news is, you should expect a second wave. So, you might have to repeat the kill. A part of the infestation will most certainly migrate to a different area of your house.
The survivors will stay there for a while until they increase in numbers and, after some time, they’ll come back. This is why they are called natural survivors.
If you’re not sure about commercial poisons, you can always make your own at home.
How to Make Your Own Cockroach Repellent
This roach powder can be easily prepared at home and is effective at repelling roaches. Borax is the active ingredient – roaches walk through it, ingest it, and die shortly after. Remember to keep the powder away from children and pets.
The ingredients are:
- a cup of borax;
- half a cup of flour;
- a quarter cup of confectioners’ sugar;
- a cup of cornmeal.
Mix the ingredients together and sprinkle the powder in all dark and warm places that cockroaches love: under sinks and ranges, behind refrigerators, in cabinets and closets. Vacuum or sweep it up from time to time, and replace it with fresh powder.
After it’s all over, don’t forget to clean up the poison from the floor if you are successful in your mission. Or, if not – admit defeat and call the people better suited for this battle.
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