Video:Get Rid of Roaches Organicallywith Jonathon E. Stewart
They're dirty, creepy, and quick, but before you call the exterminator, try these all-natural roach removal recommendations.See Transcript
Transcript:Get Rid of Roaches OrganicallyHey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Many households around the world are subject to one of the most vile, disgusting pest infestations out there. Unbiased studies show these despicable vermin are capable of spreading their nasty germs and generally repulsive skankiness to human inhabitants, and can even be linked to primary causes of asthma in children. Not to mention, their foul, fetid, smelly presence is enough to make just about anyone shudder. Cockroaches. Not in my house. Or yours. Check it out.
Identifying CockroachesCockroaches, which exist as over 3500 different species planet-wide, are one of the world's most primitive insects and date back nearly 300 million years. They are usually between an inch or two in length, have flat, armored bodies, long antennae and, scientifically-speaking, are creepy. Okay, to be fair, some varieties actually help to eliminate other pests in places like cotton farms in the southern US. But the only thing they're eliminating in my apartment is my sanity, so on with the show.
Clean the HouseBefore you go diving for the nearest yellow pages, especially if you've only spotted one or two of these critters, give these all-natural approaches a shot. First, make sure you keep a clean house. Cockroaches typically feed on crumbs and scraps that are left over from the food you and your family eat. Be sure to clean hard to reach crevices, nooks, and crannies, keep your garbage covered, and take it out regularly. Next, look for any standing water - either in sinks, tubs, or potentially leaky plumbing - and get rid of that, too.
Keep Water From RoachesRoaches can live for extended periods of time without food, up to several months, but need water more regularly. Kind of like people, except that we don't live in cracks in the plaster of your bathroom. Or have wings - did I mention that male roaches can fly? And you thought mere scurrying was bad.
Mix a Natural Roach DeterrentNext, mix a solution of equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar, the combination of which is a natural insecticide for cockroaches, yet completely safe for child and adult humans. Place small amounts near any area where roaches have been spotted, as well as any dark corners that are near any water or food source.
Disinfect Roach SurfacesFinally, be sure to disinfect any areas where you see any evidence of roaches with a natural detergent - not only will this prevent the spread of germs, but it will also deter these buggers from taking up shop where other roaches have left droppings or other contaminants.
Mmmm. Cockroach droppings. If you find that you're already infested to a point where these tips don't quite do the trick, it's probably time to give your friendly neighborhood exterminator a call, but just be sure to get very clear instructions about keeping your home safe and non-toxic for you and your family. This is also where teaching your kids early about not licking things like the floor might come in handy.
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