Home remedies for roaches may or not work according to who you listen to.
The only way forward is to prove it for yourself.
We all shudder at the thought of Cockroach infestation in our homes or restaurants or any place that has food storage and preparation areas.
Thought to be one of the oldest living creatures on earth they contaminate foodstuff and eating utensils, leaving stains on surfaces, and producing unpleasant odors.
Roaches have the potential to transmit bacteria that cause food poisoning such as salmonella, shigella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, hepatitis virus, and coliform bacteria. They also have been linked to the spread of typhoid, dysentery and are a source allergens that are a risk to asthma sufferers.
Before you bring out the home remedies for roaches you need to identify that the pest you are dealing with is a cockroach.
They are medium-sized to large insects that have broad, flattened bodies with long antennae and a prominent, shield-shaped section behind the head. Some people confuse them with beetles, but adult cockroaches have membranous wings and lack the thick, hardened fore-wings of beetles. They are nocturnal and have a tendency to scatter when disturbed. Immature insects, known as nymphs, look like adults, but are smaller and do not have wings.
These pests are nocturnal and enter your home through cracks and other openings in your home. They tend to congregate in corners and generally travel along the edges of walls or other surfaces. Once inside, your nice warm home they will multiply quickly and cause the problems we have mentioned above.
The good news is that you don’t have to put up with a roach infestation because by using treatments and home remedies for roaches you can eradicate the problem.
Although home remedies and treatments are a highly effective, if the pests have access to foods it will limit the effectiveness of them. So don’t leave foodstuff out and clean up any pet food as well as not leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight because the roaches will eat that food sources and ignore the home treatments.
Eliminate food and water sources before using home remedies for roaches.
It has been shown that some aromatic herbs and spices such as cinnamon, catnip, and thyme are good remedies; other remedies include bay leaves, cloves, fennel, garlic, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, and tansy. These have repellent properties against roaches, especially when the repellent compound is very concentrated. Unfortunately, using repellents against cockroaches is not a very effective strategy for a total solution. Instead of controlling the infestation, the best you can expect is to move cockroaches to different locations within the same household.
Some people claim that other home remedies for roaches using household items, like salt, red pepper, chalk, talcum powder, and bone meal, have repellent or insecticidal properties. Unfortunately, these materials will not kill cockroaches. In fact, the cockroaches may actually eat the red pepper powder.
One of the simplest home remedies for roaches is liquid dish washing soap mixed with water as this will kill the insects when sprayed directly on to them. But, as with other contact sprays, dish soap offers no long term control.
The way forward with a cockroach problem is to use home remedies for roaches such as baited sticky traps or traps containing cockroach pheromone in infested areas. To eradicate them you could use insect growth regulators that contain hydroprene. There are also formulations containing hydramethylnon, fipronil, imidacloprid, boric acid, indoxacarb, and abamectin that work on all cockroach species.
Dust formulations can be used in wall voids and other places where people and pets cannot disturb them. Once in place, the chance of exposure is small and hazard is reduced. The use of crack and crevice treatments with aerosols is also relatively safe and easy to use.
I got a little fed up with paying the bug guy X amount of dollars to come spray for these pesky critters, because they kept coming back. Maybe he wasn’t spraying enough poison; maybe my place is beyond infestation; but, whatever the case, I found this homemade remedy that seems to work well as do other remedies !
One of the remedies is equal parts of: Baking soda, sugar, and water. Mix; spread in areas where you have seen the roaches; watch them suffer.
I used 1/4 cup of the baking soda, sugar and water, but felt it was a little thin. So, I added an additional tablespoon of the sugar and baking soda – perfect. You want the thickness to be a little thinner than lotion.
You also need to be aware that it is possible for cockroaches to become resistant to insecticides. So the best idea is to periodically change the class of insecticide you are using, this is called rotation.
Home remedies for roaches may or may not work so the best thing is to try both and see which one works.