It’s the middle of the night, the kitchen’s dark, and the plan is to quench your thirst with a fresh glass of water. You blindly reach for the kitchen light switch, but as soon as you flip the switch, dark silhouettes scurry underneath the fridge. Yikes.. cockroaches!
No one wants to deal with an unexpected roach encounter in the middle of the night. And the worst part is, now the roaches are hiding. Where did they go?
With their flattened body measuring between ½ and 2 inches long, cockroaches seem like they wouldn’t be too hard to spot. However, cockroaches are difficult to spot because they are nocturnal and tend to hide during the day.
Did you know.. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion, and they can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes?
Signs of Cockroaches in Your House
If you notice fecal droppings in your home, it is a definite sign of a roach presence or roach infestation. Smaller roaches’ fecal droppings appear similar to ground coffee or specs of black pepper, while larger roaches leave larger droppings. Another definite sign of a roach infestation is the presence of egg casings. Roaches produce egg casings that contain multiple eggs.
Boric Acid & Cockroaches
You can make an at-home, natural cockroach repellent with our step-by-step instructions below. The solution contains boric acid, which is a weaker, acid derivative of boron. Let’s discuss what boric acid is.
What Exactly is Boric Acid?
Boric acid has an intimidating name, but it’s an antiseptic and a low-risk pesticide. It’s a derivative of the element boron.
Boric Acid as a Cleaning Solution
Since ancient times, boric acid has been used for its disinfecting properties as a cleaning solution.
Boric acid also provides a quick solution to eliminate cockroaches. However, it’s important to note that if you are dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s best to call a pest control specialist to identify and solve the problem.
“Where Can I Buy Boric Acid?”
If you are trying to get rid of cockroaches, you will need some boric acid. You can buy boric acid from grocery stores and most drug stores.
How to Make a DIY Natural Cockroach Repellent
1. Check the areas to target.
Before you make your natural cockroach repellent, determine which areas you will target. Cockroaches like dark, moist areas. Be prepared to check underneath cabinets, around baseboards, under pipes, and hard to reach spots. Check for roach droppings and egg casings.
2. Clean the areas.
After you identify the target areas, dust and vacuum. It’s important to make sure the areas are clean and free of food, crumbs, or roach egg casings. Also, check that the areas are free of water and away from food sources.
3. Make the natural cockroach repellent mixture.
Mix equal amounts of boric acid with sugar. Both sugar and boric acid are found in nature, but it is lethal to cockroaches.
Why use sugar? The sugar attracts the cockroaches.
The cockroaches are drawn to the sugar. When they walk through the mixture, they clean themselves and the boric acid is ingested. Once the cockroach ingests the mixture, they are killed.
4. Sprinkle the DIY solution in/around your kitchen.
Target areas behind your refrigerator, under your sinks, and along the edges of your cabinets.
5. Repeat whenever it’s necessary!
6. Keep cleaning.
Set aside 15 minutes at the end of the night to clean. Make sure you wipe down the counters and stove, clear the sink of dirty dishes, and wipe down the floor. This 15 minute a night clean can make a world of a difference!
Cockroach Infestation? Call the Roach Control Pros
If you’re experiencing a cockroach infestation near metro-Atlanta, call the pest control specialists at Any Pest to get rid of your roach problem at your home or business. Contact us online, or call us at (678) 888-0035 today!