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 most common ways to get rid of these roaches (and other pests such as fleas and ants) and keep them out of your beautiful home. If all fails, check out this method to get rid of roaches which is hands down the best way to kill roaches at home. This is also how I got rid of those pesky pests, 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.
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!