Cockroaches come hand in hand with the sweltering heat of the summer. The frightening critter attempts to seek shelter in our air-conditioned homes, and we have to find ways to keep them out. And if they do find their way inside, killing them is nearly impossible.
Cockroaches are generally more active when the temperature outside above 70 degrees. So what do you need to know to keep these unsightly pests out of your home?
Continue reading to learn 10 effective ways to keep cockroaches away for good.
10. Vacuum Before Bed
Roaches tend to feed at night. So vacuuming the kitchen floor every night will eliminate the food supply for them, and they won’t be interested in exploring where you eat.
Frequently vacuuming other rooms in your house is just as important — every two to three days if possible! This helps to get rid of any crumbs, roach feces, body parts and egg sacs which are all things that contain pheromones that attract more roaches into your home.
9. Peppermint and Cypress Oils
According to a 2011 study, putting peppermint oil on your skin is a great natural mosquito repellent. However, it is versatile and can also be used to kill cockroaches!
Mix peppermint and cypress oils in a spray bottle, and next time a cockroach sneaks into your home, spray that critter down.
8. Keep Your Home Clean
You probably are well aversed in sanitizing your home due to the pandemic. Maintaining a clean home is the number one way to prevent cockroaches. They’ll have absolutely no interest in a space free of crumbs, grime, dirty dishes and trash.
If your cleaning process doesn’t involve a thorough wipedown of counters and vacuum of floors, your home is not clean enough. So get into all of the nooks and crannies to ensure nothing interests a cockroach.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has many health benefits and a fantastic smell known to aid in relaxation. In addition, the essential oil can be a cockroach repellant. Mix it up in a spray bottle with water and vinegar and use it as a room mist.
However, if a roach does find its way inside, you can also use tea tree oil to kill them. You can spray the critter directly to win the war against the dreadful critter.
6. Limit Where You Eat
Restricting food consumption to one room is a game-changer, especially if you have kids. Not only will doing this make cleaning up easier for you, but it will limit the food residue for roaches to feast.
If you and your family are eating in various rooms around the house, crumbs and spills are certain to go unnoticed, providing delicious food for roaches.
5. Store All Food in Sealed Containers
Roaches can find their way into the openings of the typical packaging food comes in. So it is well worth investing in some plastic sealed containers to store your perishable and nonperishable food.
This also applies to pet food. Pet food should always be in a sealed container, preferably on the back porch, so it doesn’t lure in roaches to the house.
ALL TIME TIP: Don’t forget to empty pet food bowls and containers every night!
4. Get Rid of Entry Points
Take a walk around your home and search for any cracks in the walls, doors or windows that a cockroach can crawl through. You can use a mixture of corn starch and plaster of paris to plug up any entry or exit holes.
According to Vox Nature, the two ingredients should be combined evenly and placed wherever the bugs enter.
3. Water and Coffee Grounds
The smell of coffee in the morning is delightful to humans, but cockroaches feel the opposite. You can use coffee grounds to deter roaches from your home because the scent is atrocious to them.
To enhance the aroma, Dr. Robert Stauffer of the University of Nevada recommends mixing coffee grounds with about an inch of water. You can use this roach repellent indoors and outdoors!
2. Empty Trash
Sometimes taking out the trash sounds like a strenuous chore, but it should be a top priority if you don’t want roaches hanging around your home.
Make sure your trash can has a tight-fitting lid and empty the trash each night before bed. It’s also important to make sure your trash cans outside are clean and not overflowing with garbage. And keep them a substantial distance from the home.
1. Remove Anything They Can Use for Shelter
If you find one cockroach in your house, there likely are more. They produce a scent that attracts other roaches, and they nest together in a small, sheltered space.
Have you ever been cleaning up your backyard only to find a colony of roaches hiding underneath an old cardboard box?
Cardboard and paper can be a perfect shelter for cockroaches to hide away and prepare for their attack. So make sure to clear your home and backyard of any possible roach shelters.
ALL TIME TIP: Prepare leaky pipes to remove the water a cockroach needs to survive.
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