Australians love summer! It’s the perfect weather to go out and enjoy the sun and surf. But for homeowners, summer is a dreaded time of the year because this is when cockroaches are thriving and are most active. These pests are around all-year around, but they are most visible during the warmer months that they breed. The more hot and humid it is, the more active cockroaches are.
Cockroaches need not ruin the fun of summer as there are many effective methods to get rid of these creepy crawlies. One of them is spraying. If you are concerned of the chemicals used in sprays, there are natural-based ones that you can easily buy in the stores or make yourself.
Spray to repel cockroaches
Be proactive when dealing with cockroaches, especially when summer is approaching. Doing nothing could leave your home to cockroach infestation.
One of the most effective ways to repel cockroaches is with the use of essentials – not just any essential oil. It should be peppermint oil, cedarwood oil and/or cypress oil. Mix 30% essential oils with 70% water. Pour this natural cockroach repellent into a spray bottle and spray surfaces where food is prepared or where they can climb in from.
You can also use cotton balls with 3 to 4 drops of one of the essential oils and put them in parts of your home that attracts cockroaches such as under the ink and beneath the fridge. Rub some of the mixture on your entryways as well.
The use of the essential oils stated above is effective is repelling cockroaches and prevent them from invading your home.
Prevention is better than cure
Cockroaches are very hard to get rid of once they can into your home. They’re hard to find because they hide in hard to reach cracks and openings. There is some truth when people say that cockroaches can survive an atomic bomb. They can lay eggs without breeding and they’re survival instinct has been honed to perfection. If you can believe it, a cockroach can survive up to a week or two after having its head cut off!
This makes it more important to take preventive measures rather than taking action when there is already an infestation. Here are ways you can prevent cockroaches from invading your home:
Keep your home clean and clutter-free. Cockroaches thrive on filth and clutter because these are environments where they can easily find food, water and warm shelter. Take your trash out regularly. Wash dishes as soon as you’ve finished using them.Wipe your dinner table and kitchen countertops of food spills and leftovers. Also, keep your clutter inside sealable containers and all your food in tightly sealed containers.
Seal the tiny cracks and openings throughout your home using a caulking gun. Cockroaches used these as entry points, and regardless of how small these cracks are, these pests can squeeze through them as they can flatten their bodies. In addition, make sure to block your sink and tub with a stopper when they are not in used.
Plug all water leaks. Cockroaches need water more than food. Cut off their water sources and you deprive cockroaches of one of their basic necessities.
Cockroaches carry diseases and dangerous bacteria. They transfer these germs to places where they crawl about, such as your food surfaces, so make all efforts to prevent a cockroach infestation in your home.