10 Ways to Keep Roaches out of the House
How Do I Keep Cockroaches Out of the House?
If you're looking for an effective way to get rid of cockroaches, you're in the right place! Here are ten basic principles you should remember:
- Shuffle things around.
- Keep your home dry.
- Contain your foods.
- Do the dishes.
- Clean out bottles and cans.
- Keep all lids shut.
- Vacuum often.
- Borax is your friend.
- Wash your clothes.
- Maintain your home.
It's important to understand how cockroaches survive in order to fight them, so I've provided detailed explanations of why these principles are essential to prevent invasions below.
What You Need to Know
One of the main ways to ensure your home stays free of cockroaches is to keep your home tidy. They eat almost anything, even wallpaper paste! Don't give them access to anything that will help them extend their stay! You will need to keep your house as clean as possible, as much as possible. If you live in an apartment and your neighbors have cockroaches, you may find it harder to get rid of them. But fear not, it can still be done!
Borax is a handy tool to keep in your tool belt. It attracts roaches because of the sugar and once consumed, damages their digestive systems and outer skeletons. In other words, borax kills them.
When using borax:
- Label It: Make sure to label borax containers so people don't play with them.
- Play Keep Away: Store borax where kids and pets won't have access to it.
- Make It Easy: Get a bottle with soft sides (like a ketchup dispenser) for easy distribution.
10 Tips to a Roach-Free Home
This list may look overwhelming, but tackle things one at a time and you'll make great progress.
General Practices for Your Home
- Shuffle Things Around: Slide the stove, refrigerator, and other large appliances to the side and clean the area underneath them. Wipe down the sides and back of every kitchen appliance, and sprinkle a thin layer of borax across the floor before placing the appliances back in their usual space.
- Keep Your Home Dry: Check your washing machine's hoses to make sure they're tight. Prevent water leaks because roaches need access to water. Go throughout the house and check your hot water heater and under every sink to make sure everything stays dry.
- Contain Foods: Contain and cover every food item in the house. Whether it's food for you or food for the pets, keep the outsides of the canisters tidy and tightly closed! Don't forget to do the same for spices and condiments.
- Do the Dishes: Wash your dishes every night. If you use a dishwasher, make sure to squirt some borax powder in the cracks underneath it. Buy a soap dish with a lid to keep bar soap in.
- Clean Cans Out: Get your family in the habit of washing out beverage bottles/cans before they recycle them. You can buy a large plastic trash can with a tight fitting lid to hold the cans outside until you recycle them.
- Keep Lids Shut: All indoor trash cans should have tight fitting lids and be kept clean. It might be a good idea to clean them all over at least twice a week.
- Vacuum often: Vacuum every nook and cranny in the house at least twice a week, from your couches to little spaces throughout the house. If you have deep cracks on the floor, squirt some borax laundry detergent into each of the cracks.
- Borax Is Good: Squirt borax powder in the back of all your cabinets. If you have floating cabinets, spray the area underneath them as well. Using borax powder is by far the most effective way a home owner can get rid of roaches.
- Wash Your Clothes: Don't let clothing pile up and keep your washing done. Roaches love dirty clothes!
- Maintain Your Home: If you have a baby in the home, be fastidious with the many diapers, cups, bottles, and food containers you use every day. Used diapers need to go in a tightly covered trash can, and food containers shouldn't be left out when not in use.
Clean homes and borax make it possible to get rid of cockroaches without using pesticides. It takes more effort but it can be done! Use these tips and you'll be well-armed to keep them at bay.
How to Keep Cockroaches Out of the House
Fun Facts About the American Cockroach
The American cockroach's name is a little misleading. They most likely originated from Africa, and then spread to the United States on ships in the early 1600's. Now, they are commonly found throughout North and South America. Florida is home to a very large species known as the palmetto bug.
The average American cockroach is about 1.6 inches long. It has wings and a reddish brown color, with a bit of yellow on the back of their necks. They are very active at night and shun light. That's why they will scurry away and hide if you turn on a light in the room. Cockroaches can run up to three and a half miles an hour, or about 50 body lengths a second. At that speed, it'd be like a human running two hundred miles a hour!