Rid Your Home of Roaches Naturally

July 24, 2019

The word, cockroach, immediately sends shivers up your spine and in Florida they can fly!  But the most common roach, the German cockroach, are becoming harder to eliminate thanks to developing resistance to many different insecticides, making them nearly impossible to kill with chemicals alone. Because cockroaches are becoming so close to invincibility, researchers suggest combining chemical treatments with other methods like traps and better sanitation when fighting a roach problem. Or you can forego chemicals and try just natural methods. As with most household pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So clean, clean and clean again. Cockroaches are attracted to food residue, particularly grease. That means wiping down the counters each night, never leaving dirty dishes in the sink, making sure the stovetop is clean and sweeping the floors before you go to bed. Seal up cracks and holes in your kitchen. Roaches and other insects can crawl through even the smallest of spaces, so it’s important to seal the entries into your home. hat means inside your pantry, between the countertop and the wall, and in the baseboards. You can use a tube of caulk and a caulking gun to do the job. Fix any water leaks. Along with food, roaches are attracted to moisture and water from leaks in pipes. That's why you often find them scurrying under your sink.  Close off their water sources by repairing even the tiniest of leaks. Don't let water stand in your sink and don't overwater indoor plants. You can make your own natural roach bait. Mix three parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar. The sugar lures the roaches, while the boric acid kills them. Although the boric acid isn't toxic to people or pets, it can be irritating so keep it away from counters and places where little fingers and noses can reach. Sprinkle it under and behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, under the sink, and into cracks along the edges of cabinets and pantries.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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