Moving into our new, older home, we encountered a few unexpected visitors. Cockroaches are as old as the planet itself and show up uninvited, everywhere! We had some road construction up the street that dug up some varmints and so… let the battles begin! Right? Touché!
After going through a can of Raid, we were still having the few stragglers show up in the kitchen area. Mostly around the water and sink areas. I looked online for home remedies that are non-toxic for my pets and the environment’s sake, I didn’t want another can of pesticide chemicals in the house.
The first idea worked like a charm, and the second idea worked even better! Got rid of them on the spot and even faster than with Raid, which costs a lot and I’m beginning to think might be their current drug-of-choice, anyway… ^_^
Option 1: Spray bottle with liquid soap in it, diluted with water. I used about half a spray bottle full of liquid dish soap & water. Mixed so that it’s slimy, but spray-able. It kills the roach almost instantly, by covering its underbelly with soap, it suffocates and dies very rapidly. Spraying it on top of them though, if they’re on the run, they can keep going and even recover from, “drowning” them with the spray. It has to get on the underbelly, that’s where they breathe. An effective alternative but, not as effective and as fast as the next option.
Option 2: Spray bottle about half full of white vinegar and the other half water. Kills them dead, on the spot. Just like Raid. No questions asked, no chasing them around the toaster.
Both sprays really kept my counters and tile clean, too! Real competition for the Lysol products. The roaches eventually got the hint and I over-came. This is NOT, the roach motel. … lol
Just when I think I’ve heard it all, VEGAN ROACHES!?
If a cockroach won’t eat it… What do these insects know about our table foods that we do not? I noticed something about them, as I fought them out of my kitchen for about 6 weeks. On a couple of occasions, something would be left out on the counter or a crumb of something would be over-looked and they’d come and get it.
A spot of tomato sauce, maybe 2 mm wide, splashed off the stove and they found it. There was a piece of cut-up potato that jumped out of the frying pan and got left behind on the burner, and they came out for that. If I made a salad, this was awful… and went into the living room to eat before cleaning up the prep area, several would be out on the counter and in the lettuce within minutes, even in broad daylight.
Usually, I’d only catch one or two out roaming the counters, spotting for something to eat in the middle of the night. They also ate the bread crumbs from making a sandwich. But anything processed, boxed, prepared, or even a meat product… hamburger or chicken, pizza, cereal… not a roach it sight. Not in the sugar, not on the cat food… not on anything in the house, except vegetables (primarily leafy greens).