12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches Permanently

12 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches Permanently


Cockroaches are unsanitary and annoying pests
that are unwelcome guests in any home. Everybody agree? Okay. But the smelly and expensive
pesticides out there on the market are just as unpleasant and unsafe! So ditch the toxic
chemicals, and try these 100% natural ways to keep roaches out of your house for good! 1. Know where and why infestations start
Before you go on the offense, you need to know where your target is, right? Infestations
usually start in the kitchen, especially in those dark hard-to-clean spaces behind and
under cabinets and appliances. So make sure you keep your kitchen thoroughly cleaned before
and after cooking and that no food is left out on the counters or spilled in the cabinets.
Roaches are attracted to garbage, meat, cheese, sugary foods, and grease. Keep that stuff
out of their reach, and they shouldn’t show up in the first place. But in case they do,
there’s always… 2. Bay Leaves
Cockroaches are repulsed by the smell! You probably already have bay leaves on hand,
but if not, they’re easily found in any grocery store. Try tucking them or leaving
a clump in those hard-to-clean places. This method may take a lot of bay leaves and patience,
but it’s a nice natural way to send roaches packing. 3. Garlic or Cayenne Powder
On that note, there are plenty of spices with strong odors that repel roaches. You can use
garlic- or onion powder, and sprinkle it in and around their favorite hangout spots. You
might even mix the two together for a super pungent repellant! 4. Lemons
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze it directly over your surfaces. You can also mix some
lemon juice with a little water in a spray bottle in order to target those hard-to-reach
areas that cockroaches love so much. The lemon juice will effectively repel these pests,
and your kitchen will smell amazing too! An added bonus is that it’s also a natural
disinfectant. That’s crucial since roaches carry a host of dangerous bacteria and viruses. 5. Vinegar with Peppermint Oil
Lots of insects can’t stand these two smells, roaches included. Just fill a medium-sized
spray bottle with mostly vinegar, and add enough drops of peppermint essential oil so
that you can smell it. Give it a shake and get to spraying. Target your kitchen and bathroom.
Get the corners of your floors, all the nooks and crannies, and roaches won’t come anywhere
near your house! 6. Neem Oil
This one keeps away a lot of insects and pests because it contains a certain chemical that’s
poisonous to them. It’s found in many sprays and lotions, but pure neem oil will really
do the trick. Hey, you might have to spend a little extra cash, but it’s still cheaper
than the exterminator! You can mix it with water in a spray solution, or just sprinkle
the powder form where need be. 7. Soap Solution
Find a soap that contains borax so that your solution packs an even better punch. Borax
is a natural antiseptic and cleaner that’s used in powdered laundry detergents and disinfecting
hand soaps. Mix the soap with a little hot water and spread it thickly on your kitchen
counters and near any infestation points. Cockroaches and similar pests breathe through
the pores of their shells and skin, so when they start crawling around in this soap, the
borax will get the job done. 8. Catnip
Your kitty might love it, but the same can’t be said about cockroaches. Put some fresh
catnip leaves in a sachet – you know, those little sheer drawstring bags usually used
for steeping tea – or other porous bag. Set them around in the same popular roach
places: cabinets, corners, and whatnot. Just remember to change out the leaves when needed
so that your anti-roach balls keep their potency! If you grow catnip in your garden, that’s
even better since you’ll always have an endless supply on hand. Now, besides all those DIY natural treatments,
there are also cockroach traps that you can make yourself with ingredients you likely
have in your kitchen right now. Once you’ve put them together, place them in the spots
where you think the roaches are coming from, like nice dark places for them to look for
food and water. But instead of a snack and some hydration, they’ll find… 1. Baking Soda and Sugar Trap
Take the smallest dish you can find – it can even be the lid to a gallon of milk or
juice, and put a mix of baking soda and sugar in it in a 1:1 ratio. Then set another equally
small container full of water near it. The sweet sugary smell attracts roaches, so they
eat the powder mixture. Once they take a drink of water, it reacts with the baking soda,
and, well, let’s just say the roaches get a bad case of bubble guts that they don’t
walk away from… Keep checking your trap, clean up around it, and replenish it when
necessary. 2. Duct Tape Trap
Cut a sizable strip of duct tape off the roll, maybe about the length of your forearm. Put
the strip sticky-side-up, and fold down each end so that it’s easy to pick up and dispose
of later on. You’ll also need a bait. Remember, besides sweet sugary stuff, roaches also love
fatty foods, so a small chunk of cheese or a dollop of peanut butter with some sugar
on top will be perfect. Place your bait in the middle of the strip. The idea is that
the roaches will go after the bait and get stuck in the duct tape on the way. Just don’t
use a sweet liquid as your bait; this will dissolve the tape’s stickiness! 3. Slippery Jar Trap (by the way, if you wanted
to secure the roache’s money on the trip to the bank, you’d put it in a Jar Jar Brinks…
oh c’mon, that was funny!) Back to the tip. Grab an empty pickle jar
or one of a similar size, and make sure it is completely clean and dry. Put some bait
in the bottom, like that hunk of cheese, sugary peanut butter, or even some pan grease. Now
spread some petroleum jelly all over the inside of the jar, especially around the inside of
the mouth. The cockroaches will climb in to go after the bait, but they won’t be able
to climb back up the slippery surface to escape! You can even make it easier for them to get
into by covering the outside of your jar with painter’s tape. Feel free to make several
of these traps and place them throughout your house!
C’mon, Jar Jar Brinks, yeah, yeah? …okay. 4. The Coffee Trap
Grab a clean dry glass jar. Take a small Styrofoam or plastic cup and fill it with wet coffee
grounds. The cup should be small enough to easily fit in the jar, yet sturdy enough to
be unaffected by water. Place your small cup of wet coffee grounds down inside the jar.
Fill the rest of the jar with water, stopping a little below the surface of the bait cup.
Roaches are drawn to the smell of coffee too, so they’ll climb in after the grounds but
won’t be able to get out since they’re not the greatest of swimmers. Repeat as necessary,
and your population of roaches should eventually be gone. And, finally, you should recognize when this
infestation is beyond your control. Cockroaches might seem like introverts, hiding in isolated
spots and whatnot. But they’re actually quite social, just not with you! So if you
see 1 or 2, you probably have LOTS more where they came from. They’ve probably got whole
colonies in the walls, roof tiles, sewage system, under the bathtub, and anywhere else
dark and out-of-reach. Roaches are also nocturnal, so they do most of their scavenging while
you’re asleep. If you see them during the day, you likely already have a major problem.
If you try any of these natural remedies over time but it doesn’t seem to make a difference,
then it’s probably high-time to call a professional! Are there any bugs that make your skin crawl?
Let me know down in the comments! Maybe I can find some more natural remedies to get
rid of them too. Like Jar Jar Brinks! And if you learned something new today, then give
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Why do I have cockroaches in my home?

Why do I have cockroaches in my home?


Welcome to PestiBytes, from the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University. This is Sandra, and I’m here with Dixie to
talk about cockroaches in the home. Dixie, don’t cockroaches only live in dirty homes? No, cockroaches can survive anywhere they
are able to find food, water, and shelter. They hide in narrow cracks and crevices and forage for food at night. Roaches eat a wide variety of foods and non-food materials, even cardboard, so they can survive even in tidy homes. How can someone prevent roaches from coming
into their home? Roaches get inside homes in a variety of ways,
such as sneaking in on grocery bags and other containers. Always check boxes and bags before
bringing them into the home. Roaches can also come inside from outdoors, and move from one apartment to another through the plumbing and other holes in shared walls. So be sure
to seal visible cracks and holes around doors, windows, baseboards, pipes, and electrical outlets. What should someone do if they find cockroaches in their home? Start by removing sources of food and water.
Fix any water leaks in the kitchen or bathroom, and be sure to cover food, pet food, and garbage containers with lids. Regularly search for signs of cockroaches to find out where they are hiding. This information will help you decide on the best treatment plan. Pesticide products can be used, but always read and follow the label. Consider starting with the
least toxic options available. You can call NPIC, or go to the NPIC web site for more
information on cockroach control. Thanks, Dixie! You’re welcome.

Terro Liquid Ant Bait Traps Do They Work

Terro Liquid Ant Bait Traps Do They Work


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decahydrate are basically liquid borax you can buy the Terro ant bait traps in a pack of six bait
stations and you can easily snap them apart they are filled with liquid poison bait the ants carry back to the nest then you want to hold the ant bait trap upright and look
for the colored red section take your scissors and cut off the colored section
and then place the baits with the label up near where the ant trails are or
close to where you see the ants do the Terro Liquid ant bait traps work yes they work look at this the ant traps have only been in
place for a few hours and I didn’t even know there were that many ants they’re
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On Safari: Ant Lions Of Death

On Safari: Ant Lions Of Death


let’s take a few minutes out of our hike today to learn about antlions you guys ever heard of antlions they probably have another name but that’s the only name I know of them or know for them what they are are little insects that burrow down into sand and they create like a like a funnel shape cavity that when ants come along the surface and they fall into this funnel they can’t get out because they try to curl up the sides and crawl up the sides and keep slipping down and slipping down kind of like that thing on dune for you old people and eventually the lens that comes up and grab them with these big pincers and pulls them under the sand and eats them it goes for ants now there are all kinds of other insects including like caterpillars and stuff but I just saw a few so I thought I’d share that with you because I knew we had not done in antlion video yet because I’ve been wanting to this is an ant line right here see this that’s his house and they’re right in the bottom of that is a little landline if you take a stick and make it just make a little vibration and stuff you’ll see him come up and try to grab the stick thinking that’s an ant maybe let’s even play like your ant trying to get out first something I’m shaking like crazy I’ve been hiking for hours alright that didn’t work so well that’s an inline nest – a longhouse or trap I guess we could call it that’s an antlion trap now the reason we’re doing this today because there’s one over here that’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen in my life I mean these things are all over the place even back home I’ve never seen a trout this big uh yeah Oh dad you’re selling it look at Johnny trap and antis fell and see if it gets out see it’s really hard from you doubt well it wasn’t hard for him we get out I’ll try that again he do I see a little red bug down in there – hmm he might already have been fed let’s catch an ant and bring them to another one I won’t do that you will get a different one come here nobody here’s a little one right here maybe he’s hungry else it may not have the ant anymore I don’t know there you go buddy that Marius watch it might be too big an ant for that nest he’s pretty big in me but he’s having a hard time getting out I guess the smaller ant probably wouldn’t get out he’s too big I guess I hope those aren’t chiggers right there are they I think they are there’s a goodness right there that’s right another ant that’s a man anybody all right try me up mister I’ll try them again there we go those answer too big I guess it needs a little tiny ones anyway you get an idea what they’re all about let’s go ahead and dig this one out so you can see what they look like yeah that’s great big ones I’ve never seen the nest that big I’m kind of interested in it another angular in the fall and they must be must get lost ants around here set all right let’s take em up thank you those might be chigger those little red bugs hope not because I’ve gotta have them all over me the best way to dig these up I found you have to kind of pull sand away from the center just like that now these things will make another nest pretty quick so they’re hard to see because they’re kind of weird-looking sand-colored then go back down under they can dig into the sand pretty easy what we’re going to do is we’re going to keep we know that’s the center so that’s where he’s at we’re going to dig this down a little bit I’m going a little stick you want to do some close-up work here you ready all right as ever a little weird bug I figured he’s probably got planning to eat here other areas right there look at him seeing gone down don’t wait for them to move you look just like the sand get not areas you see the pinchers on hopefully you can see him right here yeah see sudden Barry himself let me see if we catch them in our hand so he’d get a better idea what they look like that’s a good view of an antlion you see he’s a nice that one you see on his head he has little pinchers and that’s what he pulls the ants and other insects down into the nest he devours them underground that’s pretty neat all right we’ll put them back here make them a nice little spot to have another nest watch won’t take it long to get on the ground like you scared scared go the corner pound nothing he’s hiding we’re gonna just cover them up and go here you go buddy there if we come back here tomorrow we might in the morning but you’ll have a nice nest right here go ahead and circle it we’ll come back tomorrow maybe and look and see if he’s got 100 already I hope that was entertaining or at least educational I’ve been wanting to show you guys the antlions for a while because I think you’re kind of cool little creatures the only problem is is I’m really worried about this little reckless think of the cheaters hope not really cover wouldn’t if they are all right back to our hike [Music] [Music]

Trisha controls pill bugs: Central Texas Gardener

Trisha controls pill bugs: Central Texas Gardener


One of the challenges that gardeners face—especially
in the spring and the fall—as we’re putting out new transplants and planting seedlings
are pill bugs and sow bugs. Now, these are actually not insects because they have seven
pairs of legs—so fourteen legs unlike an insect with six. They’re actually a member
of the crustacean family like lobsters and crayfish. They like damp areas, dark areas,
and they typically feed on decaying, organic material so they’re not a bad thing to have
in our gardens and landscapes because they help with the breakdown of organic material.
But, they do like an occasional feeding of young, succulent plants and seedlings so we
have to take some care when we’re putting out new plants. Sometimes when I’m putting
out things like lettuce that I know is going to be attractive to pill bugs, I start out
a little bit in advance of planting my lettuce by reducing the number of pill bugs. I do
that with beer trap. Just a simple coffee or cat food or pie pan with just a little
bit of beer in it sunk to the level of the soil will attract them and then they fall
in drown and die and you can take care of them and get them out of the garden. Avoid
having boards and logs and other trash and debris in your yard because they’ll tend to
collect under those areas, but you can actually make traps like that. You can put clay saucers
in the ground with a little bit of potato or apple and put that under a board and then
that will attract a lot of them. Then you can kill them and get the numbers down in
your garden. But again, once your plants get established, they’re not going to be as tasty
to the pill bugs so it’s really just an early planting pest that you’ll have to deal with.
Now there are some things that you can use around the house that might be of help for
you. Sometimes coffee grounds will help to repel them around seedlings. One of the secrets
too is not to mulch plants too early because having a thick layer of mulch around the plants
will give them a hiding place. So, it’s best to let your plants get up and get established
a little better and then pull the mulch up around them as the stems start to toughen
off. You’ll also benefit from watering more in the morning and not having the foliage
really wet in the evening because that makes conditions really nice for snails, slugs,
and pill bugs and could add to the number of problems that you have around your plants.
Another thing that you can do is sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the plants, but
I don’t find that that has a long-lasting effect. Even red pepper—hot red pepper like
cayenne pepper—sprinkled around seedlings can also help you with deterring the pill
bugs. There are some commercial products available that are very helpful and very effective.
One thing you could do is spray with orange oil—just a diluted orange oil sprayed on
the surface of the soil—and also to spray under those traps that you might put out in
the garden will help reduce the numbers very quickly. The other product that you can use
is the Bio-organic spray—some of these sprays that use essential oils—work very effectively
on the pill bugs and sow bugs. Another product that is wonderful is Sluggo-plus. Now, you
may have heard of Sluggo being used for snails and slugs. This has the iron phosphate of
Sluggo, but it also has the plus which is spinosad. That works very effectively on millipedes
and pills bugs, sow bugs, and all kinds of things. The difference between a pill bug
and a sow bug is that sow bugs tend to be a little bit flatter and they don’t roll up
into a ball like the pill bugs. So, the Sluggo plus breaks down into a fertilizer. It is
a bit expensive, but you do get the benefit of having that insecticide control, plus a
little bit of fertilizer added to it. You just sprinkle that lightly into the soil and
it will give you a long-lasting effect and get those numbers down. So, wetter years we’re
going to have more problems with pill bugs so be prepared for dealing with them when
we’re going to have wet soil.

Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look

Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look


Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the … OK,
you know where this is going. Lured in by our breath, bed bugs come for
us when we’re most vulnerable. In dreamland, we’re oblivious to bed bug
chow time. You won’t even feel it. It’s a quick meal. Just a few minutes. But it’s a filling one. Stuffed with blood, it scurries to a nearby
cranny: the seam of your mattress or behind a baseboard. There, they get to work growing their families. Until you get … You can recognize them by their signature
work of art: these tiny splotches. It’s the digested blood they leave behind. In the 1950s, we made bed bugs retreat with
DDT. But some became resistant and now they’re
back. We help them spread – in our clothes or
luggage – when we travel around. You can kill them with other insecticides
or heat, but their game of hide-and-seek makes it tricky. Turns out, there might be another way to stop
them in their tracks. Watch this. It’s just taking a stroll and … Gotcha! Its foot is stuck. This bean leaf can incapacitate the bloodsuckers. People in the Balkans discovered that years
ago and would spread the leaves around their beds as a trap. The leaf’s surface is covered in these tiny
hooked hairs called trichomes. They pierce right through the bed bug’s
feet, impaling their soft joints. Many bean plants – like kidney and green
beans – developed the hooks to defend against aphids and other plant-eating pests. But it just so happens to work on our bloodthirsty
pest too. Biologist and engineer Catherine Loudon is
trying to copy the plant at the University of California, Irvine. She’s creating a synthetic material that
can pierce bed bug feet just like bean leaves do. It’s not quite as effective as a real bean
leaf, but she’s working on it. In the meantime, bed bugs are still a step
ahead. So keep an eye out. Spot them early and maybe you can get them
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