The last thing anyone wants is cockroaches in their home. These pests are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They invade your food and spread disease. They seem to always be lurking in dark corners, ready to scurry out and terrify you.
Here are our leading DIY roach prevention tips to avoid these pests.
Baking soda and sugar
This is a nontoxic cockroach prevention technique. Spread this around the home, and you should limit the number of cockroaches. This works by dehydrating the cockroaches, damaging their digestive system and exoskeleton and then, ultimately, resulting in their death. Sprinkle this around any area you think cockroaches might congregate. This is a great choice if you have small children or pets, as it’s nontoxic.
Roaches hate certain scents, and bay leaves is one among them. Whether it’s dried leaves or crushed leaves, you can spread them around the house. As a bonus, bay leaves will also prevent ants from coming around.
Another smell roaches can’t tolerate is fabric softener. Mix this with water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray any area where there’s roach activity daily to keep these insects away.
This works the same way as baking soda and sugar does; however, this is toxic, so you should be careful if you have small children or pets. You can mix boric acid with sugar and flour to make a kind of dough that the roaches will consume and die.
Research has demonstrated that catnip is a natural repellent for cockroaches. Place catnip around the home, focusing on areas where there’s been roach activity.
Cayenne, onion powder and garlic
These are more spices that are leading cockroach prevention methods. Sprinkle these spices around the home once a month to keep cockroaches at bay.
This is a natural product that deters roaches. Add 8 drops of cypress to every 10 drops of mint in a half cup of salt water. Put this mixture in a bottle, and then spray around areas of your home to keep these pests away.
Tea tree oil
Add a quarter cup of tea tree oil with a quarter cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Use this mixture around any infested areas in the home.
A natural herb, neem interferes with roaches’ hormones and prevents breeding. Neem is a bait made from a seed extract and has a proven ability to kill young roaches and can prevent egg laying in adult roaches.
Roaches hate the smell of citrus fruits like lemons. Place lemon wedges in containers near any infested locations to see results.
These are our leading DIY roach prevention tips. If these aren’t working for you, then it’s time to bring in the pros. When you need the best extermination services, then Excellence Pest Control is here to help. We offer high-quality, affordable pest control services to a range of commercial and residential customers. Contact us today to find out more and ask for a free quote.