Considerable research has been carried out to find effective cockroach control products. However, it should be noted that most of the chemical products have dangerous side-effects to both humans and pets. Cockroaches are one of the most commonly found pests that thrive in homes across the world. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches found on earth, out of which nearly 30 are known to inhabit our homes. It is believed that roaches have been roaming the earth for 350 million years, and they can even withstand radiation poisoning.
In homes, cockroaches can be found under furniture, below kitchen sinks, in dark areas, corner holes, crevices, and storage areas. These pests feed on leftovers, kitchen garbage, or anything that is edible. Cockroaches do not remain confined to one place in your home. At one point, they might be in drainage, and after some time, you can find them busy in your kitchen feasting on the leftover pizza. Due to this, they can spread a large number of diseases. Cockroaches do stay away from a fumigated home, but will return soon.
Pheromone Roach Traps
A pheromone roach trap has two times more killing power than other control methods. Cockroaches release chemicals (pheromones) into the air before mating. Pheromones are also used by cockroaches to mark food and path locations. This device emits the same pheromone scent to attract cockroaches towards the trap. Once inside, cockroaches cannot escape the trap, and they can be discarded later. Such traps are safe for pets and children as no toxic materials are used.
Boric acid is a non-toxic insecticide and can be used to control cockroaches. Fill boric acid powder in crevices, small holes, around dashboards, window cracks, and other dwelling places of the cockroaches. Boric acid kills cockroaches by breaking their protective shells. In the absence of shells, cockroaches die because of dehydration.
If this procedure does not give results, mix boric acid along with sugar and water to a paste-like consistency. Prepare small granules from this paste and place them strategically throughout the house. Attracted by the sugar scent, cockroaches will eat these granules and die. Being cannibalistic in nature, dead cockroaches will be further eaten by those alive, who also die due to boric acid poisoning. A cup of boric acid and sugar is sufficient to kill around 100 cockroaches.
Baking Soda and Sugar Mixture
Baking soda is also toxic for cockroaches. The deployment method is similar to that of the boric acid and sugar mixture. Instead of boric acid, prepare baking soda granules. Baking soda kills cockroaches by bloating them excessively. Cockroaches who consume the granules succumb to internal gastrointestinal distress.
All the above mentioned methods are environmentally-friendly and do not harm your pets or humans in any way. The best method, of course, is to prevent the entry of these pests into your home. Do not leave any food open, dispose of kitchen garbage immediately, and keep the sink and surrounding areas clean. Cockroaches can only invade your house if they find food. Denying them food will definitely keep them at bay.