Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting bugs you can find. You can feel your skin crawl just by thinking about a cockroach. You can’t be blamed for hating cockroaches with a passion. Some cockroaches can even fly, which is very scary.
Cockroaches look scary, but they also spread diseases and like to live in the darkest, dirtiest parts of your home. Worse still, insects like roaches can quickly and in large numbers make more of themselves. If you leave even one cockroach behind, it will take over and you won’t be able to stop the problem. So here is a short guide on how to get rid of cockroaches.
WHAT KINDS OF ROACHES ARE COMMON?
Before you go looking for that creepy crawlies, let’s take a quick look at the most commonly found roaches.
Cockroaches in Germany
One of the most common cockroaches that also reproduce quickly. They are about 0.5 inches long and have a light brown color with two dark stripes down the middle of their bodies. They usually live in places where people live, like apartments and houses, and do best in humid temperatures between 70°F and 75°F.
The smoky brown cockroach is 1.5 inches long, which is longer than most cockroaches. It is solid dark brown in color and has a hard, black shell. Also, their wings are longer than their bodies, and they fly a lot. Smoky brown cockroaches like to hide in moist and damp places. They come out at night and are drawn to light.
Cockroaches in the U.S.
The American cockroach is the biggest of all cockroaches. It can get up to 2 inches long. Usually, they are brown or red, and the tips of their legs and wings are yellow. They can also be seen often, but not as often in homes as German cockroaches because they prefer to live outside. American cockroaches also like places that are very warm, with temperatures over 82°F.
Oriental cockroaches stink the most and are often found in homes with a lot of plants. They are small and round, and their bodies are dark and shiny black. They can grow up to 1 inch long. Even though they have wings, they can’t fly. They tend to live in colder and wetter places.
Brown Banded Cockroach
The brown-banded cockroach is not as common as the German cockroach, but it likes to live inside. The male brown-banded cockroaches are golden, but the females are reddish-brown. They have skinny bodies and can grow to be about 0.5 inches long. They live in warmer, drier places and can be very dangerous because the egg cases and dead skin they leave behind can make asthma and allergies worse.
DIY WAYS TO ERADICATE ROACHES
Professional pest control is the easiest and most convenient way to get rid of a lot of cockroaches. But there are many reasons why you might want to get rid of them the natural way and do it yourself. Professional pest control with chemical sprays can leave a strong smell in the house that can last for a while.
The bay leaves
If you cook at home, you probably have bay leaves in your cupboard. Crush a few bay leaves into a powder and sprinkle it where you see the most cockroaches. Bay leaves have a very strong smell that keeps cockroaches away. You should know that bay leaves will not kill the roaches, but they will draw them out.
Baking Soda And Sugar
Baking soda is one of the best things you can do on your own to get rid of roaches. You just need baking soda, water, and sugar mixed together in a bowl. Sprinkle this homemade solution around places where people tend to hide. Slowly but surely, the number of roaches will go down.
Cockroaches stay away from lemons because they are acidic and have a strong smell. To get rid of roaches, you could spray surfaces and corners of your home with a mixture of lemon juice and water. You could even mop the floor with a towel that had been soaked in lemon juice to make it smell stronger.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO KEEP ROACHES AWAY
Here are some steps you can take to keep cockroaches out of your living spaces.
Keep places tidy.
Most of the time, roaches come out of hiding to look for food crumbs on dining tables and kitchen counters. Make sure you don’t leave food on the kitchen counters and clean these areas well to make sure there are no crumbs that could attract pests.
How to Store Food
Mosquitoes can smell blood like roaches can smell food. Make sure your leftovers are in containers that won’t let air in, and always keep food-containing vessels covered. If you leave something out, roaches will come.
Use trash cans with tops.
Roaches like places that are damp, and trash cans are their favorite places to hang out. Use a trash can that can be covered or sealed if you’re throwing away wet trash. If your trash cans don’t leak, roaches won’t be able to get in.
Ventilate well where people live.
With constant air flow, even the dampest and dirtiest parts of your home will dry out and get clean. This will make it impossible for roaches to get into your house. If you see cockroaches in your bathroom, keep the doors open and turn on an exhaust fan to make the room less humid.
Check your groceries and cooking tools.
You might bring roaches home with you when you bring your groceries home. Dust food packages and shopping bags before putting them back where they belong to make sure roaches aren’t riding along. Make sure there aren’t any roaches hiding in dishes that have been washed or haven’t been used in a while.
TO WRAP UP
People say that cockroaches will live longer than humans if there is a nuclear war. So it makes sense that these annoying pests can be so hard to get rid of. But the do-it-yourself and preventive methods we’ve listed here are known to work to get rid of cockroaches in a foolproof and cheap way. Try them out, and you’ll see the roaches run away!