Have these little buggers made an appearance in your home this summer? Use these five practical tips to banish them forever.
Cockroaches are an unfortunate reality of urban life, scurrying out when you least expect it. If their dull, brown bodies have you running for cover and gross you out, you’re not alone.
Want to have a cockroach-free home? Read on for some practical tips that really work to get rid of roaches for good.
1. Sweeten the deal
Boric acid and diatomaceous earth are the unsung heroes to killing cockroaches at home. Boric acid acts like a stomach poison while diatomaceous earth pierces the cockroach’s outer skeleton.
To make the cockroach poison, take three parts boric acid powder with one part sugar and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle this concoction in the areas roaches live, like under the sink and in the pantry – use a thin layer to avoid them walking around it.
For anyone with pets or little ones, diatomaceous earth is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, so it’s the safest option. Keep boric acid away from areas that are frequented by little feet and paws.
2. Clean and then clean some more
Household pests – and roaches in particular – love greasy, grimy areas like kids love lollies. Survey your kitchen and if you find the following, you need to take immediate action:
- Stove or cooker spills
- Greasy kettles or other kitchen appliances
- Crumbs around the toaster
- Open boxes of snacks and cereals
- Dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher
- Pet food left opened and uncovered
- Open garbage bags
- Food scraps on the kitchen floor and benchtops
Clean up spills and grease at the end of every night, preferably immediately after cooking. Store all loose food in airtight containers, including pet food.
Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink and plug in drains when you’re not using them to avoid roaches crawling up through the pipes.
Encourage your family to eat their meals and snacks in the kitchen and dining room instead of curling up on the couch to limit where roaches can crawl to in search of food.
If you’re time poor, as many of us are, call in a cleaning professional, they have the right products and the experience to carry out a thorough clean. Just make sure you maintain cleanliness in between visits.
3. Seal cracks and holes
If you’re currently living in an apartment, you’re likely to have visits from cockroaches that are passing through. Other people’s less-than-ideal hygiene standards can create an infestation in your home.
Buy a caulking gun and caulk to seal up any holes or cracks around your apartment to stop unwelcome creepy crawlies.
Because it doesn’t matter how many times you clean your home, pesky roaches will end up strolling through hidden entryways in your unit.
4. Fix water leaks
Did you know cockroaches can survive up to a month without food, but only a week or two without water?
Stop them drinking run-off water by checking and fixing all the water leaks in your home. Wipe down the shower and tub after use, dry your kitchen sink, wring out all dishcloths and dry immediately.
5. Call roach terminators
If you’ve exhausted all your cockroach-killing options and still see roaches running around merrily, then it’s time to call in the professionals.
Whether it’s your first time or your 12th time hiring a pest control company, ask around and do your research on how they get rid of pests.
Many treatments are toxic and can be harmful to young children and pets, but there are some non-toxic products out there.
Make sure you ask the right questions so you can be confident you’re undergoing the best way to kill cockroaches.
Before the actual treatment, I recommend cleaning out and tidying up pantry and cutlery cupboards. Clean out grime, cockroach shells or food scraps to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment, which can be expensive.
When trying to get rid of cockroaches, use a combination of methods for the best results. Then, enjoy peace of mind and never worry about those scurrying buggers again.
If cockroaches are not your problem but ants are, click here to find out easy steps to get rid of ants.