Some facts about cockroaches
Have been in existence for over a million years
Can live without water for 2 to 4 weeks
Can live without a head for about a week.
Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. If you find one during the day it may mean the roach has been forced to leave its nest due to overcrowding. This is usually a sign you may have a heavy roach infestation in your home.
Although there are over 3000 varieties of cockroaches, the common types found in homes are:
- American cockroach
- Oriental cockroach
- German cockroach
- Brown-banded cockroach
Remedies to kill roaches
Boric Acid, sugar and flour
Mix equal parts of boric acid, sugar and flour and sprinkle a thin layer near areas cockroaches frequent. Do not apply in areas children and pets have access to since boric acid can be toxic when swallowed.
Baking soda and sugar
Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part sugar and spread a thin layer near areas cockroaches are frequently found.
Borax, flour and cocoa powder
Mix together 4 parts borax, 2 parts flour and 1 part cocoa powder. Spread a thin layer on areas cockroaches frequent.
Places cockroaches frequently visit are the:
- Near sinks
- Gas stove
- Drain pipes