Cockroaches are one of the most common insect species in the world. They have been known to exist from 350 million years ago. Throughout the world, there are about 3700 species of insects out of which 30 species, live in human habitations. The size depends from 1.2 inches to the giant 3.5 inches, in length. Roaches inhabit a wide range of environments and can adept themselves to any climate. They have also been found to withstand radiation and have considerably more resistance than vertebrates. They are the hardiest insects known to man. Cockroaches have been known to spread germs and diseases and so their presence in human household is a cause for concern. Due to this, they have been vilified and loathed by humans. They are attracted to moist environment, where dirt and trash is available. Read the article below to know more on how to get rid of cockroaches.
Tips To Rid Your Home Of Cockroaches
- Keep the kitchen and bathroom clean. Do not let the water collect as roaches thrive in moist places. Immediately fix dripping taps.
- Do not leave food in the open as it attracts the roaches. Keep all eatables in airtight containers and jars. Plug all the crevices and holes, in the house with wax. All the dark nook and corners must be blocked.
- Unwashed dishes must be soaked in soapy water.
- Keep the garbage outside, as roaches are attracted to garbage. Clean all the clutter. Keep the house airy and full of sunlight.
- Clean the cupboard and the shelves every week. Regular cleaning of dirt makes the roaches unable to breed.
- Make a cockroach bait. Mix one part of boric acid with one part of flour. To it, mix a fair quantity of sugar. Make small pellets and put this bait in all the nook and corner of the house like shelves, drawers, and cabinets. Keep on baiting for at least six weeks and don’t even stop even if you see a decrease in the cockroach population.
- Mix one part boric acid, two-part flour and one part cocoa. Now sprinkle the powder on the shelves, cracks, and around the bathroom, kitchen, and attic. This powder repels the cockroaches. Take care not to breathe in the powder, as it is a lung irritant.
- Naphthalene balls also drive away roaches, as they hate their smell.
- Soap and water can be turned into an effective weapon against cockroaches. Make a solution of soap and water and splash these on the roaches. Since they breathe through their skin, the soap water coats the pores with a thin film. The cockroaches lose consciousness or die instantly. Collect the roaches and throw them out, before the unconscious ones revive.
- Take some diatomaceous earth and generously powder everywhere where the roaches gather. This non-toxic and odorless dehydrates the roaches, on contact, and they die within hours.
- Bay leaves also repel roaches to a certain extent. Spread the leaves in your cupboard and shelves.