Cockroaches are pests that no one likes to see in their homes, yet they somehow always manage to be there.
Almost every home in Nigeria have their fair share of roach visits every now and then, but these visits are not pretty especially when these pests come in contact with edibles or show up unannounced when you have a visitor in your home.
First, let us look at how you can detect a roach infestation in your home:
-Dead cockroaches may be seen from time to time
-You can hear roaches scurrying at night
-Cockroach faeces resembling ground coffee will be visible
-Daytime spotting of a roach is a sign of severe infestation
-Shell casings of hatched roach eggs are usually seen
– A serious infestation may cause a pungent, musty odour
– A roach-infested kitchen may cause prolonged stomach related problems; especially in children.
Now the good news is that you can get these pests to stop pestering you by using some unbelievably low-cost measures listed below:
Mothballs or camphor:
Mothballs are great for keeping away all kinds of pests including roaches. Place a few in your cupboard and near areas where roaches are likely to nest. Note that moth balls are not good for humans, so be sure to keep them away from children.
Cockroaches love to hide in sinks and drain pipes. Ammonia is an excellent household roach repellent. Add a cup full of ammonia in a bucket of water and flush it down sinks and toilets to clean out the pipes. That strong pungent smell will chase the cockroaches nesting in the pipes and sewers away.
You probably have this in your kitchen, but if you don’t you can get them in supermarkets or in the spice section of the local markets. Aside from the flavor, they bring to meals, these leaves work wonders in keeping roaches away. Leave a bundle of them near sinkholes, corners, and cracks where cockroaches nest to dispel the pests.
Spray mint oil directly at the pests or in corners of your home where roaches are likely to settle. They may probably not work as fast as other remedies but are a natural and non-toxic way of ridding the home of cockroaches over time. Plus they will leave that sweet minty smell in their wake too.
Listerine is not only good as an antiseptic mouthwash; it can also be used to disinfect the home. Dilute Listerine solution with some water and spray this mixture at pests or around the kitchen and bathrooms to keep the cockroaches away.
You probably already use bleach as a disinfectant in your home. Mix it with water and pour down sinks and toilets to keep your home free and clear of roaches living in drain pipes, sewers, and sinks.
Lemon has natural anti-pathogenic properties. Add lemon juice to the water you use to mop your floors, kitchen and bathroom cabinets to repel cockroaches and eliminate germs. Cockroaches detest that citric smell.
Pepper, Garlic, and Onion solution:
To make this mixture, add a tablespoon of pepper, a clove of garlic an half and onion mashed together to a litre of water. Add some liquid soap if you wish, and sprinkle on kitchen and bathroom areas cockroaches frequent at night. Roaches can’t stand the smell of this combination and are likely going to run from your home.
Cucumbers are excellent roach repellents and are also a non-toxic and organic way of ridding your home of these pests. Leave some cucumber slices or peels overnight around the kitchen counter, sinks, cracks and cabinets where roaches are most active to keep them away. You can combine cucumber with bay leaves to expel annoying roaches.
Armed with this arsenal of weapons, wage a war against these pesky pests and be sure to win.