Cockroaches do not enjoy cold temperatures. They may hibernate or die off during the cooler months. But as soon as the weather begins to warm up, they go about finding food, laying eggs and seeking a dark, moist home. This means that cockroaches may begin to infest your home when the temperatures begin to increase. If you notice even a single cockroach in your home, it is important to begin to take action to remove these pests. They love to stay hidden, so if you see one, chances are, there are many more you don't see. If money is tight or you don't have the time to run to the store to buy products that kill these pests, you can still reduce the population with items you likely already have in your kitchen. Here are a few ways you can treat a cockroach infestation with items you likely already have on hand.
Dish soap can be used to kill cockroaches. The soap covers their pores and prevents them from breathing. This makes this an effective way to kill any cockroaches you happen to come across. However, it will not kill any pests that you do not see, as they do not carry the soap with them back to their nests. But, if you have a pantry full of these pests or know where the nest is, this can be an effective way to minimize and control the cockroaches in your space. Follow these steps to use dish soap to kill cockroaches:
- Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a couple of squirts of dish soap. If you don't have dish soap, liquid hand washing soap will also work.
- Spray any cockroaches you see. Spray them enough so that they are coated in a generous layer of soap and water. They should not be able to run away or wander any longer. It may take a couple of minutes for the cockroach to stop wiggling and die.
- Use a paper towel and pick up the dead cockroach. Discard it immediately. Repeat this process on any cockroaches you see. It is important to note that cockroaches are most active at night and do not like light. If you were to enter an infested area in the dark, you will see and be able to kill more cockroaches than you would by turning on a light, so you may wish to enter your kitchen or other infested area when it is dark to kill more of the pests.
White vinegar can help to kill any visible cockroaches and deter the ones you don't see. Just like with dish soap, vinegar covers the pores of a cockroach, preventing them from breathing, which eventually will kill them. The scent of vinegar also masks the smell of food, which can help prevent cockroaches from entering your home. Follow these steps to control cockroaches by using white vinegar:
- Clean your home using white vinegar. Mix equal parts warm water and white vinegar. Wipe down your countertops, clean your garbage can, mop your floors and wash the shelves in your kitchen cupboards or pantry with this mixture. This helps to eliminate the smell of food that cockroaches are drawn to.
- Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray any live cockroaches that you come across with a liberal amount of the mixture.
- Once the cockroach has died, use a paper towel to discard of the pest.
A Cockroach Trap
While vinegar and dish soap can both be used to kill cockroaches you can find, they do little to kill cockroaches you don't see. Using a cockroach trap can lure hiding or nesting cockroaches out, allowing you to trap and dispose of those pests as well. Follow these steps to make your own cockroach trap:
- Find glass or plastic jars in your kitchen. Canning jars and old mayonnaise jars work perfectly.
- Dip a paper towel into petroleum jelly and line the inside neck area of the jar with a coating of the jelly. This helps to ensure any pests that enter won't be able to exit.
- Stick a small piece of a banana peel into the bottom of the jar. Cockroaches love the scent of the banana peel.
- Leave the trap in an area where you suspect cockroaches are living in your home. Check the trap in the morning. If cockroaches are present, your jar should be filled. Pour the jar of cockroaches into a soapy bucket of water to drown the cockroaches and then dispose of them.
- Leave multiple traps out nightly as needed until the cockroaches are gone.
If you notice cockroaches in your home, you will want to take action to rid your home of them. Cockroaches can carry bacteria and diseases that can make you sick. Fortunately, there are items you likely already have in your home that can help you get rid of these pests. This includes dish soap, white vinegar and the products to make your own cockroach trap. However, if these methods are not working and you are noticing more bugs, you will want to call a professional pest control company to assist you.Share