By far, only one insect can bring so much hate out of us, it is the cockroach. Seeing it run you want to just kill it. However, killing a single cockroach is not going to stop its colony’s infestation. If you are preparing to go to war with this insect, prepare to understand it first.
Here are just two facts that will help you in getting rid of these pests. Cockroaches have the same basic needs as other animals, food and water. Like most other insects, these have a nest, so complete eradication means complete destruction of the nest.
Now, the question is how to get rid of cockroaches? With the two facts above, here are some natural steps to take.
Step 1: Removing the essentials.
At this point, the enemy is the cockroach and in any battle it is important to first strike at its basic resources.
Water is a need for these insects. They can survive food deprivation for about a month but can’t survive water deprivation for more than a week. It is important that any leak in your home is sealed and fixed.
Immediately mop up any spills not only with water but always with a soapy water mixture. Other things you need to remember:
- Always clean up after meals.
- Do not leave any uneaten food behind even fruit.
- Wash used plates after eating.
- Wipe and sweep any crumbs.
- Always wipe gas range tops, these insects can feast on those grease left after cooking.
- Always dispose of the trash promptly.
- Remember that a house that is clean is key to keeping cockroaches out most especially in the kitchen.
Step 2: Bringing out the bait
Now that these insects are deprived of food and water, the traps and baits that you will set out for them will be more attractive. Here is one very effective natural method. Combine the following:
-One part powdered Boric Acid
-One part powdered White Sugar
-One part white flour/ cocoa
-Few drops of water (optional)
Place or sprinkle this mixture in areas that are only the bugs can access them as it may be toxic if ingested by pets. These areas could be beneath the stove, behind cabinets, under the fridge. It is advisable that you put aluminum foil or paper on the surface if your location is moist or humid as the mixture has the tendency to solidify.
The result of this mixture should be that the cockroach numbers decrease within 2 weeks. You will notice this by a fewer number of the insects visible. If you are confident that all the infesting cockroaches are gone you can move on to the last step.
Step 3: Complete Eradication and Prevention
Now that you are confident that all the roaches in your household are finally finished off, the last step you need to take is make sure that the potential areas of entry are controlled. Make sure that you seal off any cracks in your walls and floor.
Place traps in vents and drains. Lastly, move yard waste away from the walls of the house. These insects thrive in dark damp places and with a climate change can easily start invading your house once again.
Cockroaches can be easily dealt with naturally by just following these easy steps.