Detox 16 Natural cockroach control

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.

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About chemicalfreehome

My interest in chemical free living began in 1983 when I was accidentally soused in pesticide from an aircraft. I became seriously ill with life-threatening weight loss and severe pain; however, over a period of years I regained my health and gradually evolved a new lifestyle regarding the use of chemicals in our home. When I realised that other people were concerned about the effects of chemicals on health I decided to turn a negative into a positive and so wrote my best-selling book 'Chemical Free Home' published by Black Inc in Melbourne. I have been amazed by the response of all age groups, as everyone is affected by chemicals to some degree, and everyone benefits by reducing their use. In this blog I hope to suggest ways in which you too can create a healthier home environment.
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