Getting rid of cockroaches can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be if you have a couple tricks up your sleeve. Here are a few tips to reduce cockroach populations in your home.
Lower Room Temperatures
Cockroaches thrive in the hotter temperatures and may even fly with greater use of their muscles, in the warmer weather. Although you cannot drastically change your outdoor temperature, you can monitor your indoor temperatures. With colder temperatures you can at least keep cockroaches from flying, and then use one of the techniques below.
Make Your Own Organic Cockroach Insecticide
Most insects breathe through their skin, so blocking those passageways can suffocate them and kill cockroaches in your home. If you do not want to use pesticides with harmful chemicals, you can keep a simple solution of soap and water in a spray bottle. This should be enough to kill cockroaches safely.
Make Your Own Organic Cockroach Bait
You can always lure a cockroach with sugar and use a bit of boric acid to kill them. With a three-to-one mixture of powdered sugar (3) and boric acid (1) you can lure cockroaches to you bait and kill them on site. Boric acid is not toxic to humans or pets, but may irritate the skin – so keep it out of reach.
Fix Water Leaks
Like all living organisms, cockroaches need water to survive. Cockroaches will be attracted to any moisture from leaks around your home. By fixing all leaks around your pipes and removing any standing water in your sink and indoor plants, you can help reduce cockroach populations in your home.
Clean, Clean, Clean
In addition to water, cockroaches are attracted to food residue and grease. Making sure to clean countertops and stovetops, sweep floors, and wash dirty at the end of each day will surely not leave any food left over for cockroaches to find. Plus, your house will be spic-and-span!
Seal Up Cracks and Holes
Using a tube of caulk and a caulking gun, you can begin to fill in cracks and holes where cockroaches can find a way in. Inside pantries, between countertops and walls, and baseboards are all areas that cockroaches can find their way in.