Detecting and Dealing with a Cockroach Infestation using natural pest repellents
They are creepy, crawly and have been walking this Earth even before the dinosaurs. According to this article based on an American Housing survey, Cockroaches are one of the top two household pests that are wreaking havoc in U.S. households. Apart from contaminating your food and water, they are also capable of spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and more than seven different types of human pathogens. They also produce allergens which cause allergic reactions and asthma. An NCBI study found that almost 63% of US households have a detectable amount of these allergens. So here are a few ways through which you can detect an infestation at your home and effectively deal with it.
Identifying A Roach Infestation
Seeing a cockroach during the day
Cockroaches are nocturnal animals. They prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed and are very shy when it comes to human contact. So if you see a cockroach jaywalking on your floor in broad daylight, then you can bet there’s an infestation since this is only possible if they are large in number which has resulted in a shortage of food and water forcing them to operate during the day.
Cockroaches eat a lot so naturally, they need to defecate. Small roaches produce feces resembling ground coffee or bell pepper whereas the larger ones produce cylindrical ones. These are usually found in cracks and gaps in the wall which they use for getting around the house
There are several different species of cockroaches. Among them, some are known to emit unpleasant odors. It usually feels strong, oily and musty which feels mildly offensive. This is usually one of the first signs of an infestation. Usually, this is also accompanied by dead bodies of cockroaches throughout the house.
Cockroaches lay eggs in the form of capsules called an ootheca which contains several eggs. They don’t usually lay eggs until they get comfortable around your home so this is definitely a bad sign. It’s hard to come across them since they usually lay them in areas least used like the attic or the garage so if you come across any of the above-mentioned signs then it’s probably a good idea to check around your house.
How to Deal with an Infestation?
Cockroaches are highly resilient creatures. They’ve been around for more than 300 million years but this doesn’t mean that we can’t deal with them. The most common way of dealing with them would be getting a pest repeller in the form of a spray or a bug bomb. But a recent study shows that cockroaches might soon become immune to such pest repellents. So your reliable roach-killer might soon fail to do its job. Chemical pest repellents are also harmful to us and also our pets. But do not fret, here are some toxin-free ways of dealing with them with the help of some natural and household pest defenders.
Cockroaches are naturally put off by the smell of bay leaves which acts as a natural and eco-friendly insect repellant. Just crush some basil leaves into a fine powder and sprinkle it around the areas where they are bound to come around. This is method is kid and pet friendly since there are no harmful chemicals involved.
Lemon has excellent anti-pathogenic properties which makes it hard for cockroaches and other insects to be around its smell. This makes it an excellent pest defender and a natural eco-friendly insect repellant. It is also kid and pet friendly. All you need to do is squeeze some juice into a spray-on bottle and spray it over areas where they are susceptible to breed.
I am sure we’ve all played around with it while making our own volcanoes. But very few know that it can also be used as a pest defender and a roach-killer. Just mix some sugar with baking soda and spread it around the corners. The sugar will make them eat the mixture without realizing it’s a trap and when they drink water later, the baking soda will make them explode from the inside making it an effective roach-killer.
Ultrasonic pest repeller.
Though the above-mentioned methods are quite effective, they still require a lot of time and effort. But that is not the case when it comes to an electronic pest repeller. An ultrasonic pest repeller is a plug-in device that produces ultrasonic sound waves that drive most insects and even rodents away. All you need to do is just flip on a switch for this eco-friendly device to work its magic. This electronic pest repellent is also kid and pet friendly so don’t have any second thoughts about using it.