Cockroaches can be a big concern for homeowners and businesses alike. Not only are these crawling insects synonymous with dirt and filth, but they can also spread a range of diseases, as well as trigger asthma and other allergies!
More often than not, the first sign of cockroaches at home fires up a search online for DIY cockroach control options to exterminate these pests. The issue is, that although some may yield initial results, many of the popular home remedies for cockroaches have a limited effect and often result in the infestation returning after time.
Home remedies for cockroaches
There are many DIY cockroach control options which are believed to exterminate roaches, as well as a handful of natural cockroach repellents.
But how successful are these home remedies?
Fabric softener is believed to be an effective DIY cockroach killer. It is believed that fabric softener exterminates cockroaches by blocking the pores in their skin, causing them to suffocate.
The method behind this home remedy is to mix 3 parts fabric softener with 2 parts water and spray the solution onto cockroach hotspots such as drains and bins.
Unfortunately, this method isn’t all its made out to be. The key to success of this DIY control method relies on direct application onto the crawling insect. These professional sleuths often operate out of human sight and imagine the encounter even if you did spot one! But say, even if you did, that would be one down … how many more to go?
There are a number of options using coffee grounds as a DIY solution for cockroaches. One is to make a trap using a jar, water and coffee grounds to drown them, and another is to sprinkle coffee grounds around your home to repel them.
The issue with coffee grounds as DIY cockroach control is that the multiple methods – using the same common household product – seem to contradict each other ie. The coffee grounds in the jar seem to attract them, and the sprinkled coffee grounds seem to repel them.
The fact of the matter is, cockroaches don’t have an opinion on coffee, they don’t love it or hate it. No matter which option you choose, you’ll come to find that coffee, in all its shapes and forms, will not prove to be an attractant, a repellent and definitely not a solution for cockroaches in homes.
Bay leaves are believed to be another natural cockroach repellent. This DIY solution requires a handful of bay leaves, pulverized into a powder and sprinkled around cockroach hideouts in your home.
The idea behind this home remedy is that cockroaches cannot bear the scent of the essential oils released when bay leaves are crushed. This is however, in fact, a myth.
The scent produced by bay leaves isn’t quite powerful enough to repel cockroaches. I mean, we are talking about insects happy to tuck into a meal of your pet’s feces, how would they be threatened by a handful of bay leaves?
Lemons – the most effective DIY method for almost anything. The idea behind this cockroach control method is to clean your home using a solution of lemon juice and water, as cockroaches can’t stand the scent of lemons.
And we finally come to something that works, but not at all for purported reasons. This home remedy for cockroaches work, not due to the scent of lemons (it has no effect on cockroaches) but is entirely credited to the act of cleaning itself!
Cucumbers are also thought to be an effective cockroach control option. This home remedy involves leaving slides or peels of cucumber out around sinks, kitchen counters and cabinets.
It is thought that cucumbers are a natural repellent as, yet again, cockroaches detest the smell of cucumbers. Sorry folks, but this is a myth – and in fact, you are more likely to attract these crawling insects with the offer of a free meal!
How then, do I get rid of cockroaches myself?
The best DIY cockroach solution … is a mop and bucket!
You can help reduce the potential for a cockroach infestations by making your home less appealing to the creepy crawlies. This can be done by:
- Cleaning floors, kitchen counters and work surfaces
- Emptying bins on a regular basis
- Storing food in airtight containers
- Clearing up spillages and food crumbs
Professional cockroach control
If all else fails, the best way to put an end to your cockroach problems is with the help of a pest control professional.
The main issues with DIY solutions is that although they may seem to work, they often don’t fully remove cockroaches from your property. Cockroaches operate in darkness and out of human sight. To the untrained eye, they may seem to have packed their bags and moved on – but more often than not, they’ve only moved into a different area in your home.
A pest control professional can:
- Identify a cockroach problem
- Offer preventative advice
- Provide professional cockroach treatment/ solutions to fully exterminate them
- Most importantly, ensure the infestation does not recur
Have a cockroach problem?
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