Cockroaches, commonly known as roaches are the commonest insects in your houses. The German Roaches, Oriental Roaches, and the American roaches are the most common in the United States.
The other two are Smoky Brown and Madagascar Hissing. These roaches get attracted to your houses for different reasons.
To get rid of roaches, you should know their types. For example, the German roach gets attracted to water sources in your house.
Roaches get entry into your houses for water, food, and shelter. After infesting the area, they multiply quickly and pose a threat to your health and comfort.
Moreover, they carry bacteria that may cause health hazards such as food poisoning, allergies, diarrhea, skin rashes and other disease.
Applying chemicals and spray may bring quicker results, but they are harmful to your pets and even to members of your family. You may adopt the following home remedies for this purpose.
Sanitation & Preparation
Eliminate food, water, and other sources that attract the roaches the most.
1. Food Sources
Clean the kitchen appliances, off the food spills and sanitize the behind and underneath your refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwater, sink, and toaster. Keep food in sealed containers made of glass, plastic, aluminum or brass. Avoid spilling of stored foods on cabinets. Take food in one particular room so that crumbs and food spills are limited to that room alone.
Clean your kitchen daily, each night, before bed. Sweep or vacuum the non-food areas so that roaches are not attracted by the pheromones contained in the egg sacs, skins, stray crumbs and body parts. Keep the garbage cans covered and clean.
2. Water Sources
Immediately repair the leaky plumbing and pipes. Before going to bed, plug the drains, dry all sinks showers and tubs. If the water dishes of pets are wet, keep them outside overnight for drying and refill them in the morning. Keep the toothbrushes dry by keeping them inside sealed containers or bags.
Eliminate all potential hiding dens of the roaches by sealing all crevices and cracks with a caulking gun. Fill up holes found on surrounding pipes and wall fixture by using Stuff it Copper Mesh. Leave no gaps in windows and door frames. Computers can also be a safe harborage for the roaches.
You can make your roach-bait at home by mixing three parts of boric acid and one part powdered sugar. Roaches are attracted to sugar, and the boric acid in it kills them. The advantage of this home-made bait is that although the boric acid kills the roaches, it has no toxic effects on human beings. Sprinkle this mixture on areas such as stove, refrigerator, dishwater sink, edges of pantries and cabinets.
5. Keep Your Home Cool
With increased temperature, the roaches take to their wings and invade your living places. If you keep your home as cool as possible, their invasion will be confined to the ground.
6. Solution of Soap & Water
Like most insects, roaches breathe through their skin. You can be little kindly harsh to kill them directly by spraying on them, a little soap solution that will suffocate them to death. If you can be little harsher, just put your foot on it and crush it to death.
7. Diatomaceous Earth
It is a soft sedimentary rock that can be easily powdered. It is a kind of mechanical insecticides that kill the insects without the application of any chemicals. This powder can be inserted through the holes in the walls of your house. It will prevent the entry of the roaches. You can either do it yourself (DIY) or can avail the services of an expert from a natural pest control company.
While adopting any home remedies for getting rid of the roaches, you may come across some beetles that look like roaches. You can distinguish beetles from roaches by observing their wings. Unlike the roaches, beetles have two layers of wings. The first pair is thickened and hardened that provides protection to it.
The second layer of the wing is used for flying. The most common type of beetles that resemble roaches is carpet beetles. They are so named because they feed on carpets and other related products. Don’t get panic for an infestation of roaches if you find such beetles in your home.
Your body generates immune cells, continually and produces your body uses more lymphocytes than that. The surplus cells get themselves removed through a natural process of death of the cells which is called ‘apoptosis.’ It is possible that the microorganism brought by roaches may make you sick due to a deficiency in your immune system. To boost your immune system, you should improve your diet and sleep. You can also take certain vitamins or herbal supplements.
Roaches as pests are the most irritating, invading and danger to your health. Therefore, you must take all possible measures to arrest their invasion and infestation.
Emily Taylor has a huge passion for gardening with the urge to know and control every little thing that happens inside her house. When she isn’t glued to her backyard or caring for the house, she spends time writing her blog Lovebackyard.com hoping to share her tips and stories to people who want to transform their house into a real paradise.
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