Before getting into the topic, you should understand about the importance of maintaining proper hygiene which is a practice that we adopt in our homes and everyday lives to protect ourselves, families and friends and colleague from infectious diseases. If we look into the context of infectious diseases, the term hygiene, applied to the home is usually comes to refer to the various process which are taken to prevent spread of infectious diseases proper hygiene can be achieved through handwashing, food hygiene, laundry, safe disposal of human and other waste, care of pets, care of the sick etc. If you want to live a healthy and hygienic life, then Cleanliness and Hygiene should be maintained by ourselves.
When it comes to Cockroaches, it is considered to be one of the causes of a health hazard that affect your personal as well as your home hygiene. When an infestation occurs, the presence of cockroaches in large numbers increases the probability of dangers present in these insects. This insect is both defecate and regurgitate on the food that they eat. It also spreads bacteria and parasites that may be living inside of them. Some of the dangers of cockroaches in this regard include bacterial infections. A bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa is particularly present in cockroaches and can be transmitted to humans and create health issues. Cockroaches can also spread Salmonella bacteria to humans which makes a person suffer from food poisoning to typhoid. Another health risk spread by this insect is allergic reactions. Cockroaches are one of the most common allergens, with survey finds, around 20 to 60 per cent of urban residents are suffering from cockroach allergies. These symptoms can range from itching and redness to severe asthma.
Home Remedies to Get Rid Of Roaches
Use of baking soda
Baking soda is one of the best multifunctional products ever created, so it’s no curious that it has the ability to get rid of cockroaches at home. The method of making the mixture is to mix the soda with some sugar, first. The smell of sugar will bring out the roaches, tempting them to eat from the mixture, without noticing the baking soda. After that, when they go to drink some water, a reaction with the soda will cause their stomach to burst and ultimately you will get rid of it.
- Boric Acid
Boric acid is one of the most powerful acids that help you to get rid of cockroaches. You can purchase this acid in stores or online. This acid has been proven to be effective at killing roaches, and it’s one of the most widely used home remedies to get rid of roaches. But boric acid isn’t safe for consumption, so you’ll need to keep it out of reach of children and pets. This is a poison, and long-term exposure can cause you to become ill.
- Fabric Softener Spray
A home remedy to get rid of roaches that require a small effort by you. Fabric softener can kill cockroaches, but it can’t just be placed on the floor in hopes that it will get the job done. Instead, you need to make a spray and actively spray the roaches you see out and about in your home.
- Bay Leaves
If you have a soft spot for roaches and don’t want to kill them, but on the other hand you just want to keep them out of your home. Bay leaves are a natural roach repellent, they simply hate the smell of Bay leaves. Another major benefit is that bay leaves aren’t poisonous to humans, so you won’t have to worry where you place them.
- Lemon Peels or Lemon Juice
The fresh smell of lemons is often considered while cleaning of the house, and lemon is often used in the world’s most popular household utensils cleaners. There is no denying that lemon juice is a powerful disinfectant that can cut through grease and stains but what many people don’t know is that it can help to get rid of roaches, too. You can do a lot of different things with lemon to keep roaches out of your home.
- Coffee Traps
Coffee is something that roaches like, too. And all of those used coffee grounds can actually be used for something – getting rid of roaches. You’ll want to use the coffee as a lure to trap the roaches and kill them. Fill a jar with coffee grounds and add water so that the roaches will die. But roaches can breathe in water for 40 minutes, and if fully submerged, they can live for 30 minutes, so if you find them crawling out of the jar, here is another trick. Apply petroleum jelly to the inside of the jar so that the roaches can’t gain traction to climb out of the jar. And ultimately you will get rid of roaches at your home.
- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a natural substance that you’ll find in online stores and general stores. When you choose DE, you must make sure that you’re opting for food-grade DE that is safe for both human and animal consumption. DE works well for any insect or pest because DE is the fossilized remains of aquatic life. Sharp little crystals, when the roaches eat DE, it will damage their digestive system.
- Ammonia Spray
If you are attempting to remove roaches with ammonia, the recommended method is to mix one-part ammonia with one part water, and put the mixture into a spray bottle. When you begin treatment, this ammonia and water mixture should be used to clean all floors, counters and other hard surfaces in the home. It should also be sprayed directly onto roaches, as it kills them within minutes.
- Neem Oil
Neem has a special place in Indian homes for its multiple benefits. Neem oil mixed in equal quantity with water is also a natural roach killer. Just pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray around cockroach-infested areas to get rid of not only roaches but also other pests like flies, mosquitoes ants etc.
- Moth Balls
Like Neem Oil, roaches do not like the smell of mothballs. You can strategically place mothballs around your home to help get rid of cockroaches. A few places where mothballs should be placed include underneath the stove and in furniture cushions. Mothballs are not good for humans, so make sure to keep them away from any areas where your food is stored or prepared.
Different Types of Traps Available In Market
- Combat Roach Trap
This trap is one of the most effective traps for getting rid of cockroaches. The main ingredient in Combat’s trap Is Fipronil, which kills roaches either by ingestion or by contact. The roaches are attracted to the trap and take it back home with them to poison the rest of the nest. Combat is the only brand that can control roaches for up to three months, and all of their traps are child-resistant. Both options come with multiple traps, so you can keep the roach population under control.
- Combat Roach Gel
If you have the issue of cockroaches and looking for the best trap to get rid of roaches. Then, Combat Roach Gel is the best trap that controls the existing of roaches in your house. Their roach killing gel is a great alternative to the conventional trap, and it kills the nest, so you can tackle the problem at the root source. Each packet contains 2 ounces of gel and a syringe for easy application where roaches frequent the most. The most interesting thing about this gel is that you can apply it precisely where roaches frequently sighting you. The gel works on both small and large roaches, and it starts working in hours.
- Raid Roach Gel
Raid is the most famous bug spray brand on the market, but for roaches, they also make a gel that’s similar to what Combat offers. This gel kills all household roaches, and it destroys the nest, too. Unlike homemade traps, this product starts working in hours. And the best part is this gel doesn’t ooze out of the packet, which can sometimes happen with other similar products. The trap remains inactive until a roach feeds it, and the gel tube is very convenient to use.
The active ingredient in Raid’s roach gel is Indoxacarb. Roaches are attracted to the bait, feed it and take it back with them to the nest where they’ll feed it up with other roaches.
- Hot Shot Liquid Roach Trap
Hot Shot’s Liquid uses a solid and liquid formula that’s intolerable to roaches. These traps are your classic roach-motel-style trap, but they continue working to control the roach population for up to three months. You’ll receive several bait stations, so you can attack the infestation from all areas of your home. Not only does this fogger kill roaches, but it also kills the eggs they carry and it kills the roaches where they breed. Roach nests are destroyed, and the formula starts working within hours thanks to the active ingredient: Dinotefuran.
- Greener Mindset 12 Pack Roach Trap
Greener Mindset 12 Pack Roach Trap Greener Mindset comes with twelve traps and baits so that you can catch roaches quickly and easily. This is one of the best roach trap that’s eco-friendly and non-toxic, and it will also able to kill ants and spiders, too. The trap provides a 100% money-back guarantee. The trap uses sticky, non-toxic glue that traps roaches and keeps them in place until they do. Each of the dozen traps will last for a period of three months, so you won’t have to replace the traps often. All you need to do is place bait in the middle of the trap and roaches will swarm to the trap. Keep in mind that this trap does not kill roach eggs, so babies will still hatch unless you use a fogger or other technique to kill the eggs.
Where this cockroach comes from?
It may have escaped from your attention, but roaches come from the beginning of your living at your house or while you have shifted to your new house. Such pest has the quality to escape the attention of the people and ultimately spreads various infections and affects your home hygiene. Sometimes it has been noticed that such pest comes from outside I.e. from your neighbour, shop, store or any dark places. Roaches like to reside in such places where there is darkness and requires a proper temperature where these insects can breed through laying eggs. Most of the times, such pest resides in food storages sites where these insects get a proper diet to breed themselves and can spread unhealthy atmosphere and infection that can damage health at large.
How to prevent cockroaches?
The only thing that can prevent the presence of cockroaches is maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation with proper pest controlling measures either using toxic ingredients or home remedies. Wipe down kitchen countertops with a disinfectant spray each night. Also regularly use proper disinfectant liquids while cleaning your house. Always keep your food with proper seal through with such pest will unable to feed itself. As all such things will definitely help you to get rid of cockroaches from your house and keep you free from harmful diseases.
From the above information regarding the methods and products relating to preventing the insect that is frequently sighted in almost every corner of the house just mongering to spread harmful bacteria and infections that are harmful to human health can be done only through awareness and proper steps that are needed to be followed to get rid of cockroaches at your house. Likewise, personal cleanliness and hygiene are much important to live a healthy and prosperous life, social awareness to have proper sanitation and cleanliness is required for building a strong nation.