Cockroaches in Your Home – How to Get Rid of Roaches
Cockroaches in Your Home - How to Get Rid of Roaches
By David Evarts
When you think of a house hold pest, you probably think of a cockroach. And when you think about a cockroach, you think about what is the best way to get rid of them, and quick! Since roaches have been around between 354-295 million years, humans have had a long and horrible relationship with them. Roaches are part of the Blattaria family and of the 4,500 types, 30 are associated with humans, and luckily only 4 of those are common pests. These 4 are known as the American cockroach, German cockroach, Asian cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach. The word 'Cockroach' is from a Spanish word that is kind of fun to say, 'Cucaracha' which means Crazy Bug.
Now we know their history, how do we kill them? There are many ways, some cleaner, some more effective, and some more organic than others. Here is a list that should be remembered, because soon or later, it's probable that you'll need it.
Get Rid of Roaches Organically:
Diatomaceous Earth is a fine powder used for a number of things such as cat litter, stabilizing component for dynamite, pool filters and killing roaches. It's actually the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of algae which has a hard shell. When sprinkled around the area where roaches live, this brittle shell cuts into the shell of the roach, dries it out, and eventually kills it. It may take some time but it is effective and safe.
Wasps are a predatory insect that eat roach egg cases and will even attack and eat the roaches themselves. Wasps have a stigma attached to them but like most flying insects that sting, if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone, and hopefully eat all your roaches. May not be the most effective but it sure is organic.
Low Toxicity Roach Removal Methods:
Boric Acid is another highly used pesticide. When mixed with different concoctions of sugar, water, and flour, it becomes a bait ball that attracts the roaches. They will eat it, carry it back to their nest, and eventually die from dehydration as will the other roaches that share the bait.
Common dish soap is one of the greatest pesticides, works on all kinds of pests. One cup of water to one tsp. of soap, mix, pour into a water bottle, spray roaches. Soapy solution dries, dehydrates the pest, they die. It's that simple. Keep in mind this method is not for a massive infestation. For that, read below.
High Toxicity Roach Removal Products:
When roaches come in force, it's time for chemical warfare. Most commercial grade poison can be purchased at almost any type of store. Poisons can come in many forms such as a spray, fogger, gel, and bait ball. The problem with a spray and fogger is that is covers a large areas but is not really controllable. It's safe to say that you don't want pesticide covering all of your belongings, especially if you have children. The safer alternative which is still very effective is gels and bait balls. Some of the best brands are:
Combat Source Kill for Large Roaches - Easy to use, child resistant baits. Good for up to three months, they eat it and die.
Grants Kills Ants and Roaches Bait Syringe - placement exactly where you need it, in cracks and crevices. Bait is taken back to the nest and share by all, for indoor and outdoor use.
Black Flag Ant and Roach Killing Chalk - forms a barrier that when used correctly kills roaches within a few minutes of contact. Chalk barrier is visible to the eye so you know where it's going.
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