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Published on Nov 18, 2019 | Updated - May 15, 2023
There are few things more unnerving than spotting a cockroach scurrying across the floor in a home you work so hard to keep clean.
Anybody who has ever had a cockroach infestation knows they are extremely tough to get rid of!
Our natural removal tips may just be the key.
In today’s blog, we’ll cover the following:
So, let’s begin our journey on how to get rid of cockroaches naturally once and for all!
Before we begin on treatment methods, here are a few things you may (or may not!) want to know.
Did you know that there are more than 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, with 450 of them found in Australia?
These pesky insects are not just a nuisance, they also pose a health risk. Cockroaches can spread different types of bacteria, carry parasitic worms, and transmit salmonella.
One of the most surprising facts about cockroaches is that they can survive for a week without a head! They breathe through little holes throughout their body, so not being able to drink water through their mouth is what eventually kills them.
Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches would not necessarily survive a nuclear blast. While they may last longer than humans, they would still be severely affected.
Cockroaches are also fast runners, capable of reaching speeds of up to 4.8km per hour, which is impressive given their size. This is why they can be so difficult to catch.
If you haven’t spotted cockroaches in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t partying in your kitchen while you sleep.
These are some of the sure signs there’s a cockroach infestation hanging around.
Firstly, we need to learn how to identify if we have a cockroach infestation.
Even though cockroaches are nocturnal, you can still look for clues. Cockroach droppings are a fairly obvious sign. They look like tiny, dark pellets and are often found in insect hotspots like kitchen cupboards and behind appliances.
Another clue is small, brown, oval-shaped egg casings, which may be found near droppings. Cockroaches lose skin as they grow, also indicating an infestation. Furthermore, if you see cockroaches during the day, this is bad news as this indicates a major infestation. Yikes!
Cockroaches are experts at hiding, breeding and laying eggs in dark areas.
They like warm, humid places, so look behind appliances, in cupboards and drawers, and in cracks and crevices in walls and floors. Cockroaches also like bathrooms and kitchens.
Knowing where cockroaches lurk allows you to effectively eliminate them.
Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in the world and can be a major nuisance for homeowners. Not only can they be a major nuisance, but they can also pose significant health risks to humans.
Cockroaches can spread a variety of disease-causing bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli. They can also trigger asthma and other respiratory problems, as well as allergies. Cockroaches can contaminate food with their droppings and saliva, leading to foodborne illnesses.
Additionally, they can cause damage to the structure of a home, as they can chew through fabrics, paper, and other items. For these reasons, it is important to get rid of cockroaches in the home as soon as possible.
Getting rid of cockroaches is a difficult task and takes time and patience.
There is a range of insecticides available on supermarket shelves that you could grab on your next weekly shop.
While using store-bought insecticides can be effective, successful removal of cockroaches means multiple applications and many toxins can be harmful to your health. Baits left around the home can be harmful to small children or pets if consumed.
A more natural approach means that you can persevere on your mission to eliminate cockroaches without bringing unnecessary chemicals into your home. Here is our recommended method.
What you'll need:
Directions: Combine equal amounts of baking soda and icing sugar in a bottle, shake together and sprinkle across either entry points to your home or in areas you’ve spotted cockroaches. You could also place some in shallow dishes.
The roaches are attracted to the sweetness of the sugar, while the baking soda will kill the roaches.
You could also use Borax (purchased from the supermarket for around $4) with the icing sugar instead of baking soda – it is more potent, so you only need a tablespoon or so per half cup of sugar. Please note, you should keep Borax away from pets or small children as it can be harmful if ingested.
If you’re reading this during lunch, put down your fork. An added bonus of this method is that cockroaches will eat their dead. You can use this gross fact against them, as their cannibalistic tendencies mean they will eat the poisoned cockroaches and likely be affected, too.
They say prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly the case when it comes to avoiding cockroach infestations. Here are 5 great tips to keep cockroaches away naturally:
Cockroaches thrive in dirty and cluttered environments. Therefore, keeping your home clean and tidy is an essential step in getting rid of them. Make sure to sweep and mop regularly, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, as these areas are the most attractive to cockroaches.
Don't leave dirty dishes or food out on the counters, and make sure to take out the rubbish regularly.
One of the best ways to keep cockroaches out of your home is to seal up any cracks and holes they can use to enter.
Check the exterior of your home and seal up any gaps or holes around windows, doors, and pipes with caulk or another suitable sealant. This will not only help keep cockroaches out, but it can also prevent other pests from entering your home.
Cockroaches love warm and humid environments, so it's important to keep the temperature in your home as cool as possible to avoid creating a breeding ground for these pests.
The ideal temperature for most cockroaches is between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius. Make sure your air conditioning is working properly or use fans to circulate the air and keep the temperature down.
Essential oil scents such as peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus are great roach deterrents. Combine 10 or so drops with water in a glass spray bottle and spray in high-traffic areas and cockroach entry points.
Looking for a non-toxic cockroach repellent? Our final natural remedy is an old wives’ tale, but some people swear by it. Try sprinkling cinnamon along any entry points you have identified – cockroaches and other bugs won’t cross it.
Getting rid of cockroaches naturally is a safer and more eco-friendly alternative to using chemical insecticides.
Remember to be patient, as it may take a few weeks to see the full effects of these natural methods. With persistence and diligence, you can enjoy chemical-free cockroach removal.
However, some infestations are just too severe for home remedies to work their magic. If nothing seems to be working, it may be time to call in professionals.
A professional pest control technician can determine precisely where the infestation is to provide targeted and long-lasting treatment.
Electrodry is a family-owned business with over 40 years of experience in the home services industry and provides reliable and affordable pest control services.
You can trust us to keep your home safe and pest-free, without compromising on convenience.
If you would like to schedule pest control treatment for your household, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.