Natural Cockroach Control Methods

Natural Cockroach Control Methods

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Cockroaches have been a bother to human beings since before we were human beings. You may be wondering how we dealt with them before modern pesticides and if there are any natural alternatives. There are many things you can do to help prevent a cockroach infestation and to keep them under control, but nothing compares to modern ingenuity. Cockroaches are super adaptable and tough. If you have any cockroach concerns, contact Cockroach Control Toronto and see how we keep up.

There are over 4,000 species of cockroach out there. Luckily, only 1% of them are pests. The most common species is the German cockroach, which likes to invade people’s kitchens and bathrooms. This roach is shiny brown or tan in colour, with two black stripes that go down its wings. It doesn’t fly, but it can reach speeds up to 5km per hour. Cockroaches live for about 200 days and females produce up to 300 offspring in their lifetime. The German cockroach migrates from one place to the next by crawling through the pipes and any gaps there are in the walls. It can also invade people’s homes by hitching a ride on clothing, luggage, or used furniture. 

Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches aren’t attracted to dirty homes. They can live in anyone’s kitchen, regardless of income or housing status. There are some things you can do however to decrease your chances of getting a cockroach infestation. First, always do the dishes – don’t leave any food out for cockroaches to smell, including pet food. Store food in sealable containers and take out the trash every night. Keep the home clean and tidy. You can also seal any cracks and crevices you find in the kitchen and bathroom to limit the number of entries you provide to cockroaches. 

Cockroaches dislike the smell of tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, cypress, and peppermint oils. These can be diluted with water and sprayed around the home to deter the pests, but there is no strong evidence that proves their effectiveness. Herbs and spices like bay leaves, catnip, and cinnamon may also have some effect in deterring them. Cockroaches dislike the cold, but it takes prolonged exposure to very low temperatures to make them go away. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid are perhaps the most effective natural remedies. These powders can be purchased in stores and scattered around the home to eliminate cockroaches.

While there is an entire list of natural control methods out there, the best way to eliminate cockroaches is to hire a professional. The remedies listed above are helpful, but they aren’t effective enough to eradicate the population completely. Cockroaches are excellent at hiding and they are resistant to store-bought pesticides. A certified technician at The Exterminators Inc. has the tools and know-how to reach cockroaches in their hiding spots, eliminate them, and prevent them from coming back. We use safe, eco-friendly products that won’t harm you nor your loved ones. You can trust our services with our 3 or 6-month warranties. Call Toronto pest control today.   

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.