Is your house invaded by the army of cockroaches? Have the cockroaches literally taken over everything that you could once call your own but can't anymore? I know the situation could be terrifying but hang in there. There are infinite solutions to get rid of them (most of the solutions are right in your kitchen)
Here’s my complete research guide on how to deal with cockroaches
Where do the cockroaches reside?
Cockroaches like to nest in dark and moist places. So, keep an eye out for them in the following spots-
- Behind the cabinets of the kitchen and bathroom
- Behind sinks and toilets near the plumbing area
- In or behind kitchen appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators
- Under floors leading to washing machines and dryers
- Along the base and corners of walls
- Under doorways and surfaces
- Place near garages or sheds
How to get rid of cockroaches: DIY Baits
Baking soda & Sugar
This method is a classic example of the fish and baits technique. Sugar acts as a bait to attract cockroaches and the baking soda will kill them
Here’s how you can use Baking soda & Sugar -
- Mix equal portions of baking soda and sugar
- Sprinkle the mix in the corners where you have noticed cockroaches
Garlic, Pepper & Onion Mix
Available in every kitchen, the combination of these three items is certain to horrify the cockroaches that reside within your house. The smell of garlic and onion will lure the cockroaches out, the pepper in the mix will resist and kill the cockroaches
Here’s how you can use Garlic, Pepper & Onion Mix -
- Take half a garlic clove and half onion, blend it together until you get a smooth paste
- Add one spoon of pepper powder to the mix
- Add this mixture to a litre of water and mix it well until they are well combined
- Spray or sprinkle the mix in cockroach-infested areas at night (this is an overnight cockroach killing remedy)
Possessing anti-pathogenic properties, lemon juice is an easy and pleasant-smelling way to keep the roaches away.
Here’s how you can use Lemon Juice -
- Add 2-3 spoons of lemon juice in a bucket of water.
- Mix the two well and dip your mop in it.
- Wipe the places where you have noticed cockroaches.
Neem has been used traditionally as a bug repellent for decades. Neem oil or powder contains potent components that can kill cockroaches.
Here’s how you can use Neem-
- To use it in oil form, mix a small amount of neem oil with water in a spray bottle and spray it in places where you have spotted these pests.
- If you are using neem powder, all you need to do is sprinkle it in cockroach-infested areas
This one would be the last ingredient you could have guessed as a cockroach killer. Though cucumber peel might not look threatening but the smell of it can surely help you get rid of those disgusting roaches as cockroaches dislike the smell of cucumbers, hence keeping its peels or slices will ensure their absence from your house.
Here's how you can use cucumber-
- Put a cup of fresh cucumber peels in an aluminium can.
- Place this can around places where you have noticed cockroaches.
- The stink of the cucumber peels, when placed in an aluminium can, can suffocate and kill cockroaches.
How to get rid of cockroaches: Store-bought Bait
The Combat Cockroach Trap helps help you get a hold on cockroaches in and around the house and kill them by combining food with the insecticide hydramethylnon. Simply place these traps in areas where cockroaches are suspected and wait for them to enter the deadly trap
Lakshman Rekha Chalk
Draw 2-3 thick parallel lines around dustbins, drain holes, lofts, cabins, and other areas frequented by cockroaches with the Laxman Rekha chalk and soon witness a cockroach-free house. It is one of the most effective and cost-effective cockroach-killing products available.
Godgrej Anti-Roach Gel
This Godgrej Anti-Roach Gel is an effective lure for cockroaches that enter through holes and gaps in the home. The gel attracts numerous species of cockroaches, including American, German, and Brown-Banded cockroaches, and poisons them with Indoxacarb after luring them. To get rid of cockroaches, pour a few drops of gel at the suspected spots
Hit Roach Killer Spray
Hit Roach Killer Spray's deep reach nozzle will help the chemical reach the narrowest area of your house and kill them. Spray it once every week in the areas where cockroaches usually hide like under your dustbin, inside the sink outlet, under the fridge, under the gas cylinder etc.
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Caution: All of the store-bought baits contain harmful chemicals, so, ensure they are out of children’s reach
With the above-listed baits, you can surely get rid of the cockroaches, however, if you do not want the history to repeat itself wherein cockroaches re-enter your house, let me brief about-
Why is it important to get rid of the cockroaches?
Besides making your stay difficult at home, cockroaches have the ability to trigger several health issues such as –
- Allergic reaction like skin rashes, coughing etc
- Food poisoning
- Anxiety & distress
- Typhoid fever
- Urinary tract infections
What are the early signs of the cockroach infestation?
Sign #1: You can see traces of cockroach droppings or smear marks
Cockroaches leave a big dark dropping that either looks like ground coffee or black pepper to mark their territory. They leave black stains on walls as they climb over them. If you see these indications, be careful when wiping them up because cockroach droppings can be harmful to your health
Sign #2: You find cockroach eggs
Not just one or two but cockroaches lay capsules containing numerous eggs. The egg capsules of each cockroach species vary in appearance. If you find cockroach shells, it's a poor signal that you have a cockroach outbreak at your home
Sign #3: You uncover damage to your belongings
Cockroaches can eat anything that comes within their eyesight, you may see. Chewed packaging, leather or book pages can be taken as evidence of their nightly activity
Sign #4: You notice the foul smell
The stinky, foul smell of cockroach faeces cannot go unnoticed. Besides contaminating the air, its manure can draw the attention of other cockroaches, resulting in overgrowth of cockroaches in your home sweet home
Sign #5: You see cockroaches live
Seeing a live cockroach, whether dead or alive makes it evident enough that cockroaches have infested your home. You have a cockroach infestation if you turn on the lamp at night and see cockroaches scatter. If you discover dead roaches hidden away in the dark corners of your house, you'll have a better sense of where they're hiding and can use pesticides to treat your home.
Sign #6: You hear rumblings of roaches in the neighbourhood
If your neighbourhood has been attacked by cockroaches, there's a high risk that your home will be next on their list. If you live in an apartment building, the chances of this kind of migration grow
What attracts cockroaches to enter your house?
- Food - Cockroaches enjoy eating food bits left on dirty dishes in the sink, crumbs on the floor, and such other things as their next meal
- Water – Moist areas are their favourite spot. From leaky pipes to spills in the kitchen, if there’s a wet area, cockroaches will definitely show up
- Shelter – Cockroaches can be found hiding between holes and gaps, as well as in cluttered areas. They are most likely to live behind refrigerators, sinks, gas stoves, floor drains, cardboard or woodpiles, toilet drains, and other kitchen appliances
- Warmth - Cockroaches are around all year. However, summer is when they live and breed, but there are more cockroaches searching for a home during the summer. If it's hot and sticky outside, it would be no shock to have cockroaches as your guests
How to prevent cockroaches from entering your house?
- Keep your home clean and tidy. Vacuum or sweep, and mop your floor on a daily basis to avoid food traces.
- Don’t leave your dirty utensils and dishes in your sink. Clean them right away
- Keep the garbage cans closed at all hours and take out the trash every day.
- Seal all of your home's cracks and holes. To keep insects out of your home, you can use paint or cement.
- Cover your windows with mesh screens. Mesh screens keep the insects out while allowing fresh air to come inside your house
- Use airtight containers to store food, this way cockroaches won't be able to easily find food
- Before throwing away the empty drinks or food cans, rinse them well.
- Inspect the area around the holes near electric, gas, or plumbing pipes, and cover the suspicious areas.
- Remove all old cardboard boxes and newspaper stacks. Roaches are attracted to cardboard boxes and newspapers as a source of food and a spot to hide.
- Clear out the clutter. Old clothing or magazines that you’ve been meaning to donate or throw away will attract cockroaches, even if they’re neatly stored
- Fix any plumbing leaks right away
- Don’t leave pet food on the floor
- Pest control for heavy infestation is a must. Good sanitation should be practised after the pest control to prevent further infestation
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