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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - cockroaches

 

                             cockroaches
                               Actual size: 1/2” – 5/8”

These six-legged, hard-bodied insects can carry disease, contaminate food and induce allergies. They hide in cracks and crevices during the day and feed at night on water and food crumbs, even wallpaper paste or envelope glue. They prefer warm, moist areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and around washing machines and hot water heaters.

Prevention
Clean - Cleanliness is crucial. Properly store and dispose of all kitchen wastes. Keep the kitchen clean and free of food scraps. Wash dishes immediately after eating. Keep areas where grease accumulates clean. Wash pastry cloths. Sweep frequently. If you find a cockroach nest, wash and vacuum the area if it is accessible.
Fix - Fix dripping faucets and other leaks and make sure your dish rack drains properly. Damp, dirty mops can also attract roaches
Move - Move debris, firewood and garbage away from the house.
Store - Do not leave pet food or water bowls out at night. Enclose food in sealed containers.

Physical control
Plug - Close all gaps around pipes and electric lines where they enter the house by using cement or screening.  Plug cracks around baseboards, walls, cupboards, pipes, sinks bathroom fixtures and water heaters with latex or silicone caulk.

Least-toxic chemical control
Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar - Mix equal parts and spread around infested area.
Borax and Flour Mix - 1/2 cup borax and 1/4 cup flour and fill a glass jar. Punch small holes in jar lid. Sprinkle powder along baseboards and door sills. CAUTION: Borax is toxic if eaten. This recipe may not be for you if there are young children or pets in the house.
Boric Acid - Use boric acid, but keep it away from areas children or pets may explore. It is particularly useful under the stove and refrigerator or in cracks that cannot easily be plugged. Use roach traps that contain boric acid to monitor the effectiveness of your prevention and control measures. Boric acid is a slow acting, low-toxicity, long-lasting (if kept dry) powder that is effective against ants, cockroaches and other structural pests. It is a digestive and contact poison and is usually applied as a dust. Products often come with a duster-type applicator. It is toxic if ingested, inhaled or comes into contact with abraded or broken skin. It poses a risk to children and pets if they come into contact with it. It is safe to place it in wall voids because it does not evaporate and cannot enter living spaces.
Flour, Cocoa Powder, and Borax - Mix together 2 tablespoons flour, 4 tablespoons borax, and 1 tablespoon cocoa. Set the mixture out in dishes. CAUTION: Borax is toxic if eaten. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Hedge Apples (Osage Orange) - Cut hedge apples in half and place several in the basement, in cabinets, or under the house to repel roaches.
Oatmeal, Flour, and Plaster of Paris - Mix equal parts and set in dishes. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

 


 

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