There are few pests that homeowners hate more than roaches. These insects are vile and dirty, which is why homeowners do everything in their power to keep them out. Roaches feed on both pet and human food. As they drag their bodies across surfaces in the home, they leave behind microbes that trigger allergic reactions in many people. Once roaches infest a home, it’s hard to get rid of them. People who live in apartments are even more likely to get roaches because if only one apartment becomes infested, the roaches can travel through the walls to other apartments.
The best way to deal with roaches is to prevent them from entering a house in the first place by repelling and discouraging them with natural methods. For example, placing chili pepper mix or spraying hot pepper around the base of a home discourages roaches from entering. The taste and smell is a natural deterrent. Another natural repellent is mint oil because roaches don’t like the aroma; simply place the oil around the house.
Other Natural Methods
Cedar has been used for generations as a way to repel all kinds of bugs, including roaches. This is often why wood shingles are made out of red cedar: The scent of the wood is a natural repellent that keeps bugs from wanting to nest in the shingles. This same concept can be used around a home to keep roaches from nesting. Homeowners can scatter small cedar chips around the hidden areas of their houses. Many homeowners prefer this method because it’s an organic and safe alternative to insecticide.
Another way to prevent a roach infestation is to avoid leaving food out overnight. Clean counters, floors and under large appliances so that leftover food particles don’t attract roaches. While it’s important to keep every room of the house clean, this is even more important for the kitchen. Roaches are naturally attracted to areas of the home that are warm. As a result, they often nest during the day under refrigerators and stoves because large appliances generate heat and create the perfect dark environment for roaches.
While natural remedies are a great way to keep roaches at bay, it’s difficult to get them out once they enter a home. This is when it becomes necessary to contact a professional. If you’re seeing telltale signs of an infestation of roaches, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your situation.