In case you switched on the light and spotted a small brown body scampering for safety, you probably thought of what can be found locally in your home that could kill it. There are hundreds of cockroach pesticide sprays in the market, but how safe are they? In many cases, these sprays are very toxic, and it would not be a good idea to use them if you have young children and pets in your household.
Using baits is equally harmful. However, there is a simple option that can be used in your home in case you want to get rid of cockroaches without toxifying your home. Cockroaches thrive in dark areas, that is why you will easily spot them at night, or immediately you turn on the light. What you might not know is that using vinegar can help get rid of cockroaches. However, according to research, your household vinegar is probably better for cleaning rather than repelling cockroaches.
Using Vinegar to deter cockroaches
Using vinegar as a cleaner for your floors and countertops is a good option for deterring roaches. In case you clean your bathrooms and kitchen with a cleaner, you can sanitize the area with vinegar. It is also very important that you remove water and food sources since these are the main attraction for cockroaches.
You could use undiluted vinegar by spraying it on your floors and countertops to disinfect bacteria that is left behind by cockroaches such as Salmonella. You can easily do this by warming up the vinegar to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, this way; the Salmonella will be eradicated quickly.
Using Vinegar Spray
In case you are not affected by the smell of vinegar, you could use undiluted vinegar to hose down your floors and counters. You can also spray your countertops and floors once or twice in a week to keep out cockroaches. Vinegar has the capabilities of killing cockroaches, but it needs to be used in high quantities. The solution is a natural antibacterial that can be used to spray down in bathrooms where cockroaches are known to hide for water and moisture.
It’s also important to know that not all cockroaches are affected by vinegar, and some of them will simply ignore the smell. There is no guarantee that if you spray cockroaches with vinegar, it will kill them. You can also use vinegar sprays to drown cockroaches directly. However, it is important to note that this is not a long-term method to prevent cockroaches from invading your home. You might need an alternative method to get rid of all other roaches remaining in wall cracks and behind your cabinets.
Pest control products use sprays that can be toxic to the air when using vinegar, you avoid issues with air quality. There are other methods that can be used to treat an infestation other than spraying them with vinegar once they appear. They include:
- Ethanol sprays
- Boric acid
- Sugar and boric acid combo
- Baiting with boric acid traps
- Trapping roaches with jars
In case you are looking to get rid of roaches in your home for good, using home remedies such vinegarmight not be the best method. Although it is environmentally safe, its smell might be a turn off to others living in your house. A better idea would be to call our pest control expert to inspect your home and exterminate cockroaches completlly . They will be in a better position to plan a treatment solution that is sure to get rid of the cockroaches, quicker and for good. Remember, cockroaches pose serious health issues, its advisable to let the experts handle them.