As elite members of the “R” species, cockroaches prefer the warm environment found inside homes, and easily adapt to their surroundings as they search for food and water. They feed on pet and human edibles, possess the ability to live months without water, and up to three months without food. Quiet and scandalous, cockroaches will be the first unwanted guests to show up after everyone has left [the planet]. Here’s a few tips to keeping these freaky scuttle bugs out of your pad.
Run a Clean Ship
Roaches prefer to dwell in dark, dank places, especially when areas are filled with clutter. Keep your living spaces clean. Cover your garbage cans at all times and store your food in sealed containers and bags.
Make a mixture consisting of equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar applied to problem areas will control roaches. The sugar will attract the pests, while the baking soda mixes with their stomach acids to cause internal destruction.
Fill a jar halfway with water and coffee grounds. This trap uses the scent of coffee (pleasant to the roach) to lure and trap roaches in the jar. As the pests climb into the jar, they fall inside and drown.
Add the juice of four lemons (with the rinds) and 1⁄2 gallon (two liters) of water to a bucket. Using a sponge or mop, wash your floors with it – cockroaches cannot stand the smell.
Add one clove of garlic, one onion, and one tablespoon of cayenne pepper to one quart of water. Allow the ingredients to marinade for one hour. Add one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mixture and spray in the places that roaches frequent about your home.
Caulk Water Pipes
Roaches often congregate in kitchens and bathrooms, using the holes associated with water pipes as a means of travel. Caulking around all water pipes can help eliminate their routes into your living spaces.
Create roach-repellant sachets by adding bay leaves to the inside of a pair of pantyhose and placing in dresser drawers, closets, and cupboards.
Borax (not Borat!)
Mix Borax with a little brown sugar and flour and sprinkle behind appliances, under sink, and in corners. Cockroaches carry the mixture back to their nests.
Catnip is a natural repellent to cockroaches. The active ingredient is nepetalactone, which is non-toxic to humans and pets. Small sachets of catnip can be left in areas of cockroach activity. Catnip can also be simmered in a small amount of water to make a “catnip tea” which can be used as a spray to apply around baseboards and behind counters, but ironically should only be used in homes without cats.