Say goodbye to those unwanted visitors once and for all in a natural way!
Cockroaches are probably one of the most hated animals on the planet, many can't even look at them. With the wetter weather, the first cockroaches begin to appear inside the house.
They are often frowned upon in homes because they can carry many bacteria and microbes. They can also contaminate food, damage various materials and cause allergies in some people. Finally, their appearance and nocturnal behavior can cause psychological discomfort.
Contrary to what you might think, there are ways, including natural ones, far from insecticides and chemicals, to help you keep these unfriendly insects away. If you want to eliminate them without using a specific spray, there is a solution to make them disappear: lemon juice. These insects can't stand the smell of lemon juice and will do anything to avoid it. Even better: its smell seems to bother cockroaches but also ants.
How to use it ? Add lemon juice to a spray bottle and spray the places where cockroaches appear. If you don't want to spray, you can place lemon peels in the same places and say "goodbye" to cockroaches and ants. However, if you have an infestation, an approach combining cleanliness, preventive methods and appropriate treatments remains the best solution to get rid of these pests. Here it is in a few steps.
Step 1: Since prevention is the best cure, make sure you don't attract these friendly animals. Clean well after meals and leave no crumbs.
Step 2: Don't let the trash pile up. This will not only keep cockroaches away but also improve house hygiene. Throw them away and don't pile them on the balcony.
Step 3: Be sure to wrap all the food you store in your kitchen cupboards tightly, leaving no residue or open bags.
Step 4: If you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator, especially during the summer months. In particular fruits and vegetables which are not very resistant and which rot easily.
Step 5: Remember that bugs are also thirsty, so make sure you don't give them a chance to hydrate. Any source of standing water, even a few drops, is enough to attract them.
Step 6: Identify any cracks in the house and seal them. The least toxic medium is silicone.
Step 7: Prepare the natural repellent by mixing lemon zest with water and spraying it on the passage areas.
Step 8: If you have seen cockroaches in your food cupboard, empty it and clean it well with water to which you have added a little lemon juice. Then, place half a lemon inside the cupboard, as it is. Leave it for 2-3 days then replace it with a fresh one.
Step 9: Make a homemade trap to kill cockroaches. Mix together one part boric acid powder (this can be found at DIY stores), one part white flour and one part sugar. Mix well until you get a paste similar to modeling clay. Place small balls of this paste in different places in the house where you have noticed that cockroaches frequently venture. The flour and sugar in the mixture will attract cockroaches, and the boric acid will kill them. You can also prepare a similar trap with a ratio of 1 part boric acid, 1 part cocoa, and 2 parts white flour. Continue to use this trap for at least two weeks to ensure all cockroaches are gone. CAUTION: Keep this mixture away from children and pets, as it is highly toxic.