Dealing with Cockroaches
Cockroaches are one of the many pests that you don’t want to live with in your home. And yes, they can be so resistant that they’re said to be able to survive a nuclear holocaust. Here are some tips on dealing with cockroaches.
Boric acid is one chemical that cockroaches have not developed any resistance to. Mix a cup of borax (a form of boric acid which is used for laundry) with 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 cup cornmeal. Place this mixture on all corners where cocroaches loof for food and water, including cupboards and under the sink. Make sure that the miture is out of children’s and pet’s sigh and reach as this is toxic for them as well.
Spray boric acid into cracks, cervices, between walls, along baseboards, under refrigerators, stoves and other appliances. Be sure to wear a dusk mask to prevent yourself from inhaling the pesticide. You can also add boric acid to water and use the solution to mop the floor and wipe walls and counter tops.
Bay leaves, cucumbers and garlic can also repel cockroaches. Odor from peeled and split garlic cloves may not be toxic to humans but can ward off coackroaches. Place them in drawers and cabinets and replace them once every two weeks or whenever the garlic fragrance wears off.
March 21, 2011 Monday at 6:19 pm