Let’s face it; there is nothing more irritating than a cockroach infestation. Unfortunately for many, they have no control over how and when roaches may arrive, and if not dealt with quickly and carefully, they can wreak havoc on your house. Cockroaches are known to reproduce quickly and can spread disease, too, so you must have the essential tools to rid your home of them. This article looks to act as a quick and easy guide on how to get rid of roaches overnight by offering some easy extermination tips and solutions.
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What do cockroaches like?
There are a few things in particular that cockroaches are attracted to; for one, they love garbage or trash left around. They are also attracted to uneaten pet food, crumbs, moisture, or dirty dishes. Basically, they like dirt and any area where bacteria has a chance of growing. They look to enter homes via cracks, holes, or drainpipes.
Overnight Extermination: The Usual Way
There are a couple of methods that people commonly use to kill cockroaches. They can be used at any time of the day or night. Many people will use traps that emit a scent that attracts the roach and contain a sticky substance that traps them and kills them. Similarly, people will use baits that they have bought in a store. Many of these baits are chemicals or insecticides disguised as food and will often kill the roaches quickly. In terms of traditional mosquito baits that work well overnight, I would highly recommend using a liquid concentrate. You can mop a floor with this concentrate, and the scent of it will kill the roaches.
Overnight Extermination: Natural Solutions
In my view, there are 3 key natural ways to kill cockroaches overnight. The first natural solution is Boric acid. If you mix the boric acid with equal parts flour and sugar, then it will make a dough. If you place little dough balls around the home, the sugar will attract the roaches, and the boric acid will kill them. While this is extremely effective at killing roaches, boric acid can be extremely dangerous for pets. If you have a furry friend around your house, do not try this at home.
Another useful solution is baking soda, which works in the same way as boric acid. Finally, you can use citrus juice. My personal favourite is lemon juice; if you mix the lemon juice with water, the roaches will avoid the areas that you apply it because they hate the smell.
Prevention is the best form of cure
Of course, the best way to avoid cockroaches is to prevent their arrival in the first place! There are a couple of ways that you can roach-proof your house/office/living area. For one, please keep it clean!! Roaches love a bit of cutter, and if your home has little dark, damp, or dirty areas, that will draw them in.
Also, Roaches adore cardboard boxes and newspapers. If these items are lying around your home, you’re inviting roaches in the vicinity into your home. Roaches love to breed in these items, so it is best to clear all newspapers and cardboard boxes out of your home. Finally, look to seal cracks in your doors and walls. Roaches gain entry to homes by crawling in under doors and cracks in your home’s foundation. You may not even notice the easy access areas as they can be hard to see, so you must stay educated on how and where they might appear!
Typically, you would create a mix of half sugar and half baking soda. Then look to add the mix to corners and areas that you have noticed roaches in the past. The trick here is, the sugar will attract them because cockroaches like sweet things, but the baking soda will kill them.
This will depend on how severe the infestation is. There are pest control companies in place that are great to utilise, but they can be expensive. Many services will offer a once per year or a twice per year package, but you can just as easily do a proper check once every 3-4 months.
Yes, Borax can be as effective as the sprays used by your commercial exterminator. It dehydrates the roaches’ exoskeleton and also damages their digestive system. This is enough to kill them. Take equal amounts of Borax and sugar and mix them.
Yes, as crazy as it sounds, hairspray is a very effective way of getting rid of cockroaches! It is so effective because the sticky spray makes the roaches wings stick, and as a result, they can not escape. It also prevents them from breathing properly, which causes suffocation!
Yes, you can; there are a few steps to this method. 1 Add two to three spoons of lemon juice in a bucket of water. 2 Mix the two well and dip your mop in it. 3 Wipe where you have noticed cockroaches. 4 Repeat the process for as long as required.