When you see roaches in your home, your first instinct can be to grab an insecticide bottle or call an exterminator. However, not only will you be exposing your family to harmful substances, but they may also be ineffective. According to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, German cockroaches, the most common roach species found worldwide, are becoming more difficult to eradicate. These disease-carrying insects are gaining resistance to a variety of insecticides, rendering chemical killing virtually impossible.
Cockroaches are resourceful insects that can infiltrate your home through a variety of means, including:
- Crawling inside the building through small gaps and cracks.
- Using sacks, backpacks, suitcases, and other containers as a means of transportation.
- Identifying gaps between doors and walls.
- Passing through pipes and other gaps in shared walls to get from one apartment to the next.
Cockroaches are also excellent concealers. A cockroach can hide in a variety of places in the house. You may have a better chance of finding places in your home that a cockroach prefers if you recognize a cockroach’s ideal atmosphere and feeding habits. Cockroaches like to hide in small crevices and cracks.
Look behind refrigerators, under sinks, and in dark drawers or cabinets for hidden objects. They go out at night to search for food, consuming a wide range of foods and non-food products. This enables them to thrive in even the cleanest of environments.
Since cockroaches are approaching invincibility, researchers recommend using a combination of chemical treatments and other strategies to combat roaches, such as traps and better sanitation. Alternatively, you can avoid using chemicals altogether and rely solely on natural methods.
It can take a long time to get rid of roaches naturally. However, naturally removing them will help prevent the issue from recurring. So, how do you go about doing it? Here are seven natural ways to get rid of roaches.
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