A kitchen that is spotlessly clean (especially overnight), with foods stored in sealed containers offers little temptation to cockroaches. In some places, however, cockroaches are a serious problem and other strategies need to be used. Insect bombs, pest strips and chemical sprays pollute the air you breathe, so instead of using these toxic substances try these simple methods:
1. Sprinkle borax powder in the back of cupboards and under sinks, especially in dark corners, and in cracks and crevices. The fine powder will stick on the cockroaches’ legs, they will lick it off (cockroaches are fastidious about cleanliness!) and then die.
2. In places where cockroaches are a problem, give kitchen benches and tables a quick wipe-over with vinegar first thing in the morning, to clean.
3. Eucalyptus oil deters cockroaches.
4. Equal parts of borax and icing sugar make an effective bait.
5. Another bait can be made using equal parts borax and flour, with enough molasses to form a dough. Push into crevices and anywhere else you see evidence of cockroaches. This is a long-lasting bait and effective.
6. A simple trap can be made by smearing a glass jar with vegetable oil, on the inside, then dropping in a piece of banana. Cockroaches will be attracted to the banana but be unable to climb out.
7. Green tree frogs (especially in Queensland, Australia) are pest control at its very best!
There is a tendency to over-react when faced with a few insect pests. Instead of reaching for a quick and toxic fix, think first and then use methods and solutions that don’t kill you as well as the insect in question. The air you breathe should be sweet and fresh.