Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in our daily life along with flies, rats, mosquitoes, ants, etc. there are plenty of commercial products or services that can help you get rid of cockroaches, but either they pose health risks or very expensive.
Fortunately, you can use some natural methods to eliminate cockroaches once for all. Some methods will also help you get rid of files and other pests as well. Before we get into detailed methods, you should know more about them and then you can wipe them out root and stem.
There are 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world, the most common being the American cockroach and the German cockroach. Cockroaches have been on the earth for 350 million years. They can live for three months without any food and three weeks without even water. They can even live for a week if you cut off their head, and die of starvation.
When you see a cockroach at night, it usually indicates that there are actually dozens to hundreds of cockroaches in your house, because cockroaches like dark places, they do not often appear, and will only be seen when foraging.
They are attracted to your home mostly in search of food and water. These tiny creatures are not only ugly but also harmful to your health because they are carriers of different germs and bacteria, which cause diseases and allergic reactions in humans and pets.
Natural enemies of cockroaches are spiders, scorpions, baboons, ants, baboons, lizards, domestic cats, monkeys and mice, and humans.
The egg sheath of the cockroach can survive for two years, each egg can hold about 40 larvae, and a pair of cockroaches can breed up to 500,000 offspring each year. Since cockroaches reproduce quickly, you need to take measures to get rid of them as quickly as possible. There are plenty of commercial products on the market that can help get rid of them but such products pose health risks for you and your family well there are certain natural methods to get rid of cockroaches listing here few effective ones.
It is not enough to get rid of them by simply keeping your kitchen clean and leaving no food out, because cockroaches are omnivorous creatures and they eat almost everything including feces, clothes, books, and even the body of their companions. Don’t worry. There are plenty of methods to kill cockroaches.
Sugar persuades cockroaches to eat it and baking soda will make sure the cockroaches don’t survive. You can simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small size bowl. Then scatter it along the pathway where cockroaches walk pass and leave it for 1-2 days. Place it underneath kick plates, behind electrical outlets, around plumbing pipes, and other dark places. You may need to do that again until you fully get rid of cockroaches in your house.
Mix boric acid with sugar or flour and placed it on small squares of paper to make cleanup and changing easier. You can increase the boric acid and sprinkle water on the mix if it's too dry. You may need to change the mix once a week until cockroaches are all gone.
Although the boric acid isn't toxic to people or pets, it can be irritating so do not place it where animals can access.
Some common high-footed spiders (not netted, non-toxic) will feed on a variety of insects including cockroaches and other insects. As long as you catch one at home, it will automatically catch cockroaches for food. When all cockroaches are eaten, it will leave your house to other environments for food.
It is safe (without pharmacy), effective (spiders will be very hard to grab for survival), convenient (just grab a spider back), cheap (if you can catch spiders, it is free). The only problem is some people are afraid of spiders.
Besides spiders, cats sometimes catch cockroaches, but they are not used to eat, but play as toys. Geckos also eat cockroach larvae.
The latest biochemical technology for killing cockroaches can kill an entire chain of cockroaches and last up to six months. The bait has no effect on children and pets. Among them, the Alpine® Cockroach Gel Bait is famous. However, the price is much higher the average homemade bait.
You can also get rid of cockroaches by catching them and there are many ways to do it. You can leave some leftover in an empty beer bottle, put some sugar at the top of the bottle, and lean the bottle against the wall. Cockroaches will lick the bottle and fall into in. Leave it there for one night and you may see a bottle full of cockroaches in the morning.
You can also use adhesive-based traps to catch cockroaches. These traps work like glue. Cockroaches will be attracted to them by smell and get stuck when they step on it. In this way, you will feel a sense of accomplishment but it does not affect the nest and cockroaches will appear again.
Clean your house often and keep your trash can close. Try not to leave any food including pets food outside. These are some general tips for preventing cockroaches. However, this is almost impossible, because they can eat almost anything including clothes, books, etc.
German Roaches will come in from outside sometimes regardless of how clean your house is, so you should also eliminate areas pests can enter and hide as best as you can. For instance, behind cabinets, inside kitchen appliances, where water pipes enter and exit, etcetera. There are also other ways you may consider to prevent cockroaches.
Soak a mop or rag in the mixture of boric acid and hot water. Then use it to wipe the floor. When it dries out, the boric acid will penetrate into the floor gap to get rid of ants and cockroaches.
It is reported a mixture of cucumber skin, laurel or chrysanthemum petals and alcohol can kill newly hatched cockroaches. Scatter the mixture every week in the place where cockroaches often go.
Put some dried or roasted orange peel, lemon peel and other fragrant plants in the cabinet. This has some effects on cockroach prevention.