Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Getting rid of Roaches and other Pesky Bugs

Are you struggling for your kitchen drain to look sparkling clean? Well here is some information to keep those pesky bugs that sometimes raid your kitchen at bay.

First a bit about Roaches.. they prefer a warm, damp location to breed. The best method to eradicate is to keep a clean kitchen. Any small piece of food or water will be sought, and they are resistant to most pesticides and chemicals. They can identify most poisons with their fine sensory hairs and avoid areas baited with it.

Extermination by 1/2 pound of borax, 30 ounces of powdered sugar, 1/2 ounce cocoa powder and 1 ounce of sodium chloride. Put all ingredients in a medium plastic container and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle around wherever the problem
exists. This IS harmful to pets and children. Be cautious.

Herbs that repel cockroaches are bay leaves, cucumber and cayenne. Cucumber peelings work very effectively to deter them. Place them wherever a problem exists and the cockroaches will not frequent that area. Catnip is also a
natural repellant, harmless to people and animals. You can leave small sachets
of catnip in locations the cockroaches frequent, and you will never see them
again.

Another method of killing cockroaches is putting 1 tablespoon of Ivory
dishwashing liquid in 1 quart of water and then in a spray bottle to spray the
roach. This will kill them because they hate to be clean. Place small a small
shallow bowl of equal amounts of baking soda and powdered sugar to kill
roaches. Keep away from children and pets. You can also soak 2 slices of bread
in beer and put in a coffee can and place anywhere. Save the lid to dispose
of the roaches once they've been attracted. The treatment of choice for hard
to place areas is 1/2 pound of borax, 2 pounds of powdered sugar (10x), 1/2
ounce of cocoa powder, 1 ounce of sodium fluoride (from pharmacy). Sprinkle
this around in those hard to reach areas where roaches frequent and keep
children and pets away from it
.

Hedgeapples have been used for hundreds of years to repel roaches. They are
the fruit of the Osage orange tree and contain a natural chemical that
repels roaches. One small apple in a room will eliminate roaches. The hedgeapple
will last about 2 months before needing to be replaced. You can get them at
www.hedgeapple.com(http://www.hedgeapple.com)

Place vaseline around the inside rim of a medium size jar, then place half a
banana in the far and put a piece of wood or tongue depressor on the outside
of the jar to be used as a ramp so that they can easily walk into the jar to
get the banana. Vaseline will make it too slippery for them to get out and
they die.

The Lard roach extermination with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/8 cup of
granulated sugar (any sugar will do), 1/4 cup of lard, 8 ounces of boric acid,
cool tap water. Place these ingredients in a small bowl and blend
thoroughly making the solutions into small balls of dough. Place 1-3 dough balls into an open small plastic bag and place in areas where the roach problem exists.
This is toxic and needs to be kept out of reach of children and pets.

2 tablespoons of Tobasco Sauce or other very hot sauce in 1 quart of water
then mix well and spray the areas cockroaches frequent. This will get rid of
them also. German roaches like flour, brown sugar and light Karo syrup (as
well as the hedgeapple). They prefer carbohydrates to proteins. Being
German, they love their beer. ace it with 5% food-grade DE or borax. Be careful around children and pets. 1 hour before dark go in a room with a red light
(do not turn on room lights) and vacuum up roaches. Be sure to put 1 teaspoon
cornstarch in bag to kill roaches.

Roach dough is made from 1/4 cup Crisco, 1/2 cup of 10X powdered sugar, 1/4
red onion, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 8 ounces baking soda (very fresh).
Add water as needed to prepare a dough-like consistency. Make the dough
into small balls to leave out for roaches.

Roach and ant repellant: 1 cup borax, 1/4 cup crushed fresh black pepper,
1/4 cup crushed bay leaves. Sprinkle in corners of cupboards and drawers.

Roach spray: to 1 quart of tap water add 1 crushed clove of garlic, 1
tablespoon of cayenne pepper and 1 small crushed white onion. Place mixture on
stove and allow it to come to a simmer. Remove from heat, allow to steep for 1
hour before placing in a sprayer and spraying locations roaches frequent.

As a last resort insecticidal powder will need to be forced into all cracks
and crevices. Check with a pest control company and ask them to use a safe
powder that can be used around pets and kids. Remove all pets like birds,
cats, fish and dogs from premises when dusting is being done. Some species are
actually attracted to garlic so it's best not to use garlic to try and get
rid of them.

Prevention is the answer:

Clean out back of frig and any food underneath.
Vacuum regularly.
Make sure kitchen floor is always clean.
Wipe off counters daily.
Clean out pet food dishes and don't leave them out at night.
Your garbage can should have a tight lid.
Seal all cracks and crevices.
Fix any leaky pipes since they love a cool drink.
Repair loose wallpaper since they will eat paste.
Eliminate any stacks of lumbar near the house.
Remove any foliage that is too close to the house.
Eliminate stacks of magazines or newspapers. These make great places for
them to reside.

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1 comment:

Airavat said...

You should try non-toxic incense sticks called "Bellona"...we've been using these for years. More about that in this post:

http://healthandmedicines.blogspot.com/2006/04/roach-buster.html

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