Living in a big city is great; it’s almost like a living breathing organism by itself not to mention the economic perspective since most good jobs are located in the cities. City living does have its downsides however, such as crime, pollution, and oh yeah, roaches. If you spot any of these things, these might be an indicator that you might have a roach infestation:
- Visible cockroach feces (they look like black pepper or ground coffee).
- Dead cockroaches spotted from time to time.
- Shell casings of roaches’ hatched eggs (they look like broken gelatinous capsules and are brown in color).
- If you see a cockroach in the daytime, your infestation is likely severe.
- Another symptom of a severe infestation is a musky and oily odor.
To help you with any roach problem you may have, we present to you the ‘Dirty Dozen’, a dozen ways to get rid of these roaches (and other pests such as fleas and ants) and keep them out of your beautiful home. This is also how I got rid of roaches in my home, so that must count for something:
- Ammonia – Ever had the unpleasant experience of watching a roach scurry its way out of your sink? It’s like something from a horror movie. Roaches often hide in pipes and sinks which are extremely hard to reach. Fortunately a solution of ammonia (one cup ammonia to one bucket of water) flushed down your toilet and poured down your sink will soon make them much less appealing to roaches.
- Petroleum Jelly – The classic Slip ‘n’ Slide trap. Coat the inside and rims of an open jar with petroleum jelly and place some bait in it. They won’t be able to climb out due to the jelly, and as the Agent K & J from Men In Black say “Roaches check in, but they don’t check out”.
- Bleach – If you can’t find a pure ammonia solution, then bleach will do the trick as well. Pour it down the sinks and drains and turn those brown roaches white (and dead).
- Mint – You can use either mint leaves themselves (bay leaves are a good option) or mint oil. Leave the leaves in places where roaches would likely nest (under cupboards, cracks, etc.) or as a preventive measure by leaving a bundle of them inside cupboards and book cabinets. If you don’t like leaves lying around your house, use mint oil (one part oil and ten parts water) and spray them around the house. Smells fresh and keeps roaches away. Skeptical? We were too, until we actually tried it for ourselves.
- Moth Balls – Doesn’t just work on moths, it keeps away roaches too! Just remember that moth balls are toxic so this might not be the best choice if you have young children in the house.
- Soap – A concentrated soap solution is just as effective as bug spray. The filament created by the soap clogs their spiracles (holes which insects use to breathe from) and suffocates them.
- Coffee – Use a mixture of coffee grounds and water to create a deadly trap for these pests. Mix ground coffee with water in jar and leave overnight. The strong coffee smell will attract the roaches, while the water leads them to a watery grave. Mix in some soap as well for a +1 to suffocation.
- Boric Acid – Warning: this is so effective that your only problems may be the cleanup of all the roach corpses you might find. Sprinkle boric acid (it comes in powder form) in a thin coating over affected areas (use a dustblower) and when roaches walk over it, they are slowly poisoned to death. Plus, when other roaches eat that dead roach, they get poisoned too. You can even make a boric acid trap by mixing it with sugar and cornstarch to directly attract the roaches to their poisonous powdery death.
- Cedar – Keeps the bad smells and roaches away! You can find cedar in ball, block, or chip form; they are typically used to line closets and cabinets.
- Diatomaceous Earth – Available at most supermarkets, diatomaceous earth is a type of siliceous sedimentary rock that is crumbled into a fine white powder. It absorbs lipids from the exoskeletons of insects, causing death by dehydration. Use in the same manner as boric acid.
- Pepper, Onion, and Garlic – Mixing a clove of garlic, half of a smashed onion and one tablespoon of pepper with one liter of water creates a powerful anti-pest mix. Roaches and ants cannot bear the scent; you can even throw in some soap for some extra oomph as well.
- Lemon – Throw in some lemon juice to the water you use to mop your floors and clean your house. The citrus smell is a natural pest and insect repellent, in addition to having antimicrobial properties as well.
Thank you for reading this article, we hope that the methods outlined above will help you enjoy the wonderful big city life even more; think of them as creating a gated community for keeping those undesirables out!