Cockroaches are infamously known for being almost indestructible.
Fires can’t kill them, drowning won’t, many pesticides have no effect and it’s even been recorded that cockroaches can survive nuclear and atomic bombs. You may be thinking, ‘then how will my products under the sink be able to destroy them if a nuclear bomb can’t?’
Getting rid of these pests can be a slow and infuriating process, though with the right pesticides specifically designed to target cockroaches, your pest problems will diminish over time. However, with using these comes the risk of exposing both you and others around you to toxic chemicals. If you want to rid them the natural way, then try following our 5-step process that has been trialled and tested with fantastic results.
Clean, Clean and Clean Again
As obvious as this sounds, this is arguably the best way to dispose of these pests. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure. So, how do you do this? Well, make sure that your home isn’t susceptible to cockroaches in the first place. That just means be tidy, clean up after yourself and more often than not you should be fine. Cockroaches also need food and water to survive (obviously) so ensuring that they cannot get these are guaranteed ways to rid them from your property.
2. Cover Holes, Cracks and Fissures
That means inside your kitchen cupboards, pantry, counters, interior walls all the way to the smallest cracks that may be scattered around the exterior of your home.
Roaches and other insects are very good at creeping in-between these gaps, so be sure to seal them up using filler or any form of caulk!
3. Water Leaks – Fix Them!
Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and water leaks from drains, pipes, taps or wherever it may be will only further encourage them to infiltrate your property. Cockroaches can survive for months without food but only days without water. This is a very important fact to remember, so close off their water supply and this should seriously hamper their invasions.
4. Make Your Own Cockroach Bait
Mix three parts of boric acid with one part powdered sugar.
The sugar lures the cockroaches, while the acid kills them. Although the boric acid isn’t toxic to pets or humans, it can be slightly irritating, so keep it away from work surfaces and counters. The best places to litter this bait is behind fridges, under the dishwasher, stove, inside cracks in the walls and under the sink. Basically, anywhere where you think you may be vulnerable to cockroach infestation.
5. Keep Your Space as Cool as Possible
When temperatures heat up during the summer, many cockroaches spread their wings and fly, meaning that the cockroaches enjoy humidity, they are more active and therefore more resilient during this weather. “With more heat, they have more use of their muscles” reports Louis Sorkin (DNAInfo.com).
Whilst you cannot control the weather, you can modify your property’s temperature to some degree. Keeping your home as cool as possible will help to deter cockroaches from entering.
6. The Old Fashioned Way
If you have a cockroach in your house right now and you don’t want to run to the shop in order to buy harmful chemicals you’re not entirely sure how to use, only to return to find the cockroach as now misapprehended, then you can always stamp on it.
Sure, this isn’t a cure for infestation, but it will rid you of that cockroach. If you’re not feeling up to that, you can always try spraying them with a small amount of soap and water. Cockroaches breath through their skin, so the soap will essentially suffocate them.
If all else fails, call the experts!
If you find you have a large infestation of cockroaches and you feel you’re not up to the task, your bets bet is to call an exterminator or pest control service. A common substance many services used is called diatomaceous Earth – it is often used as a mechanical insecticide because it causes an insect to die without the use of harmful chemicals and will not cause you or your family any discomfort.
AMES specialise in removing any and all pests in the most humane and efficient way possible.