Cockroaches. Is there a more disgusting home-dwelling bug in the world? Not likely. Whether you live in New York, Texas, Germany, England or anywhere in between, your home or the home of someone you know has likely played host to a cockroach, or ten, at some point.
And while the creepy crawlers offer some benefit (they eat leftovers), they don’t really provide a service that a good vacuum job couldn’t take care of. The big problem: if you find one cockroach, you’ll probably find a dozen more and it can feel impossible to completely eradicate these pests from your home.
Mother Nature Network cautions that getting rid of these bugs can take some time, so bring your patience (and your A-game) to the table.
The best step is always prevention. Cockroaches are attracted to food so cut off access to food and water and you’ll keep them out of your house.
Make sure to clean your house thoroughly. Wash the walls, counters, stove, floor and other areas of your home regularly. Make sure you wipe down the counters and sweep the floor every night.
Mother Nature Network also recommends sealing up cracks and holes in the pantry and along baseboards and doors. Caulking will do the trick nicely. Fix any water leaks and don’t leave standing water in your home, as cockroaches will treat sinks and over-watered plants as their own personal watering hole.
Kill them naturally
You can kill cockroaches without expensive treatments from pest control companies. Remember that while this recipe is mostly natural, it is dangerous to pets and children.
For this recipe you’ll need:
-100 percent Boric Acid
Boil your eggs for a few minutes until the yolks are hardened. Allow them to cool. Then, peel your eggs. Set the egg white aside. Place your yolks in a bowl and add boric acid. Add 2.5 ounces slowly, gradually mashing it together with the eggs. When it’s completely mixed, begin by adding about 1/2 cup of sugar and continue mixing. The texture should become like playdough. If the texture is still crumbly, you’ll need to add more sugar.
Once you get the right texture, create small balls of the dough and place it in your cupboards and other favorite roach hangouts. You can store your roach killer in a container with a sealed lid for use later). The egg and sugar will lure the roaches into a deadly dinner.
Don’t be alarmed if you see a parade of cockroaches the first day or two. Within a week your nasty friends should be gone. This treatment is effective for several months, according to Shameless Maya.
Do you have any tricks for keeping cockroaches at bay? Share your thoughts in the comments below.