Organic Cockroach Control
Summary: When it comes to cockroach control most people will scream “No mercy!” The problem is that some roach pesticides will poison you too! Here are a few non-toxic solutions to get rid of cockroaches.
Cockroaches are small, fast, and adaptable. They learn quickly what foods they can and cannot eat making them resistant to many kinds of pesticide treatments. By far the best way to get rid of roaches is to clean up food spills and fix leaky water pipes or other sources of moisture accumulation. If that doesn't solve the problem here are a few ideas that might.
Diatomaceous earth is a type of sharp edged, brittle soil that irritates the waxy exoskeleton skin of cockroaches. As the tiny particles cut up the outer shell, the cockroach gets dehydrated and eventually dies. Sprinkling some of this on top of cabinetry or behind appliances will help curb the roaches' enthusiasm for your home.
Roaches hate catnip because it has a natural chemical repellent. Make a catnip tea by simmering some catnip in hot water and then spray it where you see roaches. This can be very effective in deterring the little buggers. You might want to try something else if you have cats though because it will drive them more bonkers than it will the roaches.
Keep a spray bottle handy filled with soapy water and spray a roach every time you see one. This is a roach killer, as well. You can even make a game of it based on the number and size of roaches you get. Big American cockroaches are worth ten points; Oriental cockroaches are worth five, and so on.
If you just want to keep the roaches away, but are not too excited about picking up dead, crusty cockroaches then sprinkle dried bay leaves, cucumber slices, or garlic power in corners or behind baseboards. Roaches like rotting food, so these gourmet spices don't appeal to them and might actually send them packing.
Hedge apples are the large sticky, neon green fruit from the Osage orange tree and they are natural roach repellents. Leaving one or two in a room for a
couple weeks will repel cockroaches, ants and spiders. They do get moldy and sticky so when the green color has faded to brown it is time to throw them out. The insects possibly drawn to old, moldy, sticky hedge apples is a whole other article.
Non-toxic, sticky cockroach traps placed near warm, dark places where the roaches are likely to travel also provides some level of control.
I hope these tips help you. Let me know how they work out.
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CONTROLS: Ants, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Fleas, Mites, Spiders and other Crawling Insects. FOR USE IN AND AROUND: Businesses, Commercial Areas, Food/Feed Handling Establishments, Homes and other residential areas, institutional areas and schools.
Using a hand duster, apply lightly in dry areas where crawling insect pests are found or may hide, including cracks and crevices, along baseboards, around sinks, cabinets, refrigerators and stoves and in attics and basements.
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Hedge apples are the fruit of the Osage Orange tree. Find that tree and the hedge apples will be laying on the ground under the tree.
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Since roaches normally enter the home through water pipes and travel from room to room through the walls, the first defense is to calk water and drain pipes. They also enter through electrical outlets. I have found it helpful to remove the plates from the outlets, spray interior with Boric Acid with a small plastic bottle with narrow tip then return the plates. This should be done about every six months to insure the powder is still active.
Also… roaches love pine. When people mulch their yards with pine straw or pine bark, the roaches quickly make their homes in it. Using these products in the yard away from the house may be OK but using cedar bark or other hardwoods around the foundation will discourage them.
I hope this is helpful.
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Over the last several weeks, I have seen a few HUGE roaches in my house. Of course I scream bloody murder when I see it then kill it. Then I spend 20 minutes listening to see if I hear any more! haha
Well, for the last two mornings I have noticed tons of droppings on my car. (I park under a huge oak tree near my house.
I thought they were caterpillar droppings but wondered why they were here so late in the season.
This morning, I had even more droppings on my car and looked up in the trees.
I could see no evidence of caterpillar-eaten leaves.
My worst nightmare came to mind --- I got to work and looked up roach droppings, and to my horror, I discovered they looked exactly like what I saw!!!
My huge oak is infested in roaches!!!
I am freaking out and will not be able to sleep knowing those horrible things are all in my tree...and near my house!
I'm going by Lowe's or Home Depot tonight to buy some gel. I'll put tons of drops outside my house (along my foundation) and then I'll get the ladder and apply drops anywhere I can on the tree.
I've ordered Advion gel that will be here Tuesday I hope!!!
I really want to go live in a hotel! lol
Give me rats!! I don't care...just take away these roaches!!!
I live in Tennessee if anyone is wondering.
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I have had no success with diamtomaceous earth and cockroaches. Works well with ants and fleas but doesn't seem to do anything to cockroaches.
Rosemary and tea-tree oil also work really well with ants. I've had some convincing home studies. Don't heat the rosemary though, just crush to a paste.
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