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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are disgusting pests that can thrive and survive in any environment. Australia alone has over 450 species of cockroaches. They make the entire place unsafe with the harmful bacteria and germs they carry. Their presence also makes your home extremely unsightly.

Every homeowner should be aware of ways to get rid of these pests. For that one needs to know what the factors are that make your house attractive to these pests. Addressing them can help in eliminating cockroaches in an easy way. Let us understand how homeowners and householders can address the cockroach infestation in their properties:

Factors attracting cockroaches

Human establishments provide cockroaches with food, water and shelter essential for their survival. Moreover, given ahead are some factors that will get cockroaches to your house:

  • Standing water in any property in pools, bird baths, gutters, leaky pipes and plumbing can also draw cockroaches to the property.
  • Openings and crevices in walls, vents and flooring also helps cockroaches get inside your property.
  • Dense vegetation, leaf litter, piles of wood and compost bins also can draw cockroaches and provide them with entry into your property.
  • Leaving half eaten food in dishes or dishes with scraps of food is an invitation to cockroaches.
  • Letting garbage bags remain inside the house also can draw cockroaches as these pests can eat hair, glue, paper, cardboard and other items existing in the can.

How to get rid of cockroaches?

Once you have found out the factors that attract cockroaches, you can take better action to get rid of them. There are a number of tips and tricks to get rid of cockroaches in your property. Some of them are as follows:

  • Cockroach baits and traps

Baits and traps are highly efficient in getting rid of cockroaches from homes and apartments. The bait attracts cockroaches which they take to their nests which in turn kills their eggs. These products are excellent agents for breaking the reproduction cycle of these pests. Baits also do not give out any gas or smoke but care needs to be taken to keep them away from pets as they can be toxic for them.

  • Cockroach bomb

Cockroach bombs are also an option when you cannot find the location of the infestation or the nest. You should read the instructions given with the product and follow them during application for best results.

DIY remedies for eliminating cockroaches from your premises

  • Essential oils

Essential oils can be a great element to use for eliminating cockroaches from your home. It is also a non-chemical and eco-friendly way to get rid of these critters from your premises. Tea-tree, citronella, peppermint are some essential oils that you can dilute in water and spray them directly on infested areas. Also do not forget to spray on access points and active cockroaches.

  • Borax and sugar

This solution is another potent option to use to get rid of cockroaches in no time. However, you need to make sure to keep it inaccessible to your children and pets. You need to mix borax and sugar in equal portions and dust it behind the furniture, refrigerator, below the baseboards, around windowsills and doorways. Cockroaches will ingest it and the borax will target its exoskeleton which will lead to its death.

  • Borax and cocoa powder

Borax and cocoa powder is also a great alternative to lure cockroaches and kill them instantly. All you have to do is mix borax and cocoa powder in equal proportions and sprinkle it in all the areas with cockroach activity. Also find places with cockroach eggs and treat them with this mixture for best results.

  • Baking soda and sugar

Baking soda is a multipurpose ingredient available in almost every home. Make a blend that is half part baking soda and half part sugar. Transfer it to a vessel and keep it in areas that attract cockroaches. The sugar will get in the cockroaches while the baking soda will kill it.

  • Borax and baking soda

Borax and baking soda is a lethal pesticide to get rid of cockroaches. Both these ingredients resemble sugar and hence can be useful to trap cockroaches. Baking soda attacks the digestive system of the cockroach causing it to bloat and burst.

Cockroaches are persistent pests that will require a lot of patience to remove in conjunction with usage of consistent strategies. With the above mentioned strategies you can remove all cockroach colonies from your spaces. Maintaining an organized and clean space is also necessary alongside baits and traps.

Using natural techniques may not be useful each and every time and hence opting for professional help also becomes essential. Keep in mind that prevention is the key to preventing more infestations, so you need to be watchful and take preventive actions to keep cockroaches out of your home.

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