Six home methods to combat cockroaches in Kuwait
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Six home methods to combat cockroaches in Kuwait

Six home remedies for cockroaches

Cockroaches: The name alone is enough to make you shiver.

Unfortunately they are common pests, and they can be difficult to get rid of. If you have cockroaches in your home in areas such as your kitchen cupboards, attic, or in your bathroom, it is important to get rid of them quickly.

Here in this article we offer some tips to help homeowners get rid of pests to get your space back and life back to normal.

We'll share the best and fastest ways to permanently get rid of cockroaches and everything you need to know about the different options available to you.

 

What are cockroaches?

Adult cockroaches are medium to large insects (1/2 to 2 inches long depending on the species) that vary in color from light reddish brown to black. It has a broad, flat shape, spiny and long legs, and has antennae like antennae. Cockroaches are active at night and scatter quickly when disturbed by light. The immature stages (nymphs) are similar to adults but are smaller in size and have incomplete wings.

Cockroaches develop on decomposing plant matter. As a result, they prefer carbohydrates over proteins and fats.

 

How do cockroaches enter your home?

Shelter, food, and water attract roaches to your home, but how do roaches get into your home? The most common way for cockroaches to enter your home is through small cracks and gaps in windows, doors, and other places.

Here are some of their favorite entry points:

 

 

 

1- Cracks and gaps in windows and doors

Cracks and gaps in the doors and windows of your home are the best way for cockroaches to get inside your home. Doors that do not close properly and windows that do not close completely are ideal entry points for cockroaches.

 

2- Holes in tubes and slots

Another common point of entry for cockroaches is through holes in pipes and slots. If you live in an older home that has air vents or doesn't close properly, this is an invitation for cockroaches to come in.

Check vents when they are replaced or maintained and monitor pipes and plumbing fixtures for holes or other potential entry points.

 

3- Furniture and other things

If you are bringing used furniture or other items into the house, check them for cockroaches first. These insects can hide in used items and then exit once they are safely inside your home.

 

 

How to get rid of cockroaches naturally: 6 home remedies

If you want to get rid of cockroaches without chemicals like using bug bombs or fog devices, you're in luck. There are a few effective home remedies that will kill these nasty insects and many of these methods are harmless to children or pets.

 

Here are a few we recommend:

 

 

1- Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth, or DE for short, is an excellent natural insecticide. Diatomaceous earth particles consist of crushed and fossilized algae, and its particles are sharp and dehydrating. When cockroaches come into contact with diatomaceous earth, they damage their exoskeleton and cause dehydration to death.

Buy some food stuff that's covered in this material and spread it lightly anywhere you've noticed roach activity.

 

Pros: Effective, affordable method that is safe for children and pets.

Cons: Messy method and requires regular and constant use and you will have to locate and dispose of dead cockroaches after each treatment with this method.

 

2- baking soda

Baking soda is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get rid of roaches and it's probably something you already have in your closet. To make a bait with baking soda, chop up a handful of onions and sprinkle them with baking soda.

Place these appetizers on a plate anywhere you notice cockroach activity. When cockroaches consume baking soda, they create gases in the cockroach's stomach, causing them to explode.

 

Pros: Effective, non-toxic, affordable method.

Cons: Onion mixture is likely to be consumed by pets (onions are poisonous to dogs) which is a messy method and requires you to locate and dispose of the dead crickets after treating in this way.

 

3- Boric acid

Boric acid is a natural compound. A mixture of water and boron, it is found in fruits and plants.

And although this substance is harmless to humans and pets, it is lethal to cockroaches. When cockroaches come into contact with boric acid, it sticks to their legs and wings. And when cockroaches swallow this powder, it affects the nervous and digestive system of the cockroach and kills it quickly.

To use boric acid to get rid of cockroaches, sprinkle a little of the powder on a paper plate. Then place an orange peel or spoonful of peanut butter in the middle of the plate and place these ingredients wherever you notice roaches.

 

Pros: Effective, affordable, natural, non-toxic and easy to use method.

Cons: It can be messy and requires regular application and may not be ideal for homes with pets or young children and also requires you to track down and dispose of dead cockroaches.

 

4- Borax

Borax is an easily available laundry product that is excellent for killing cockroaches. For best results, mix equal parts borax and white table sugar. Spread the mixture anywhere you see roach activity. When borax crickets consume, they will quickly dry up and die.

 

Pros: An effective and affordable way to kill both adult and immature cockroaches.

Cons: It can be a messy method, requires regular and constant application, and requires you to track down and remove dead cockroaches after use.

5- Citrus

Citrus fruits are usually eaten by humans, but they are repellent to cockroaches. The smell of lemon specifically prevents cockroaches. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the water you use to mop floors. The smell will not be detectable by humans, but it will repel cockroaches.

 

Pros: Effective, affordable, and ideal for homes with children and pets.

Cons: It does not kill cockroaches, it only prevents and repels them.

 

6- Essential oils

Essential oils are a great natural repellent for cockroaches. For best results, buy peppermint or lemon essential oil and mix it with a little water. Spray the mixture anywhere you have seen roaches.

 

Pros: Effective, affordable, safe for children and pets, and non-toxic.

Cons: This method does not kill cockroaches, but only repels and prevents them.

 

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