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11 Killer Ways To Get Rid Of Roaches Without Harming You

11 Killer Ways To Get Rid Of Roaches Without Harming You

If you suffer from cockroaches in your house or apartment then you will know how horrible it can be. There are many different types of roaches and they thrive in warm, humid atmospheres and usually live in areas where there are sources of food which is why they are commonly found in and around the kitchen.

They aren’t just confined to the kitchen, however. They love dark, warm confined spaces usually in cupboards, under undisturbed furniture, water heaters and drains. Wherever they are they move fast and you can find them crawling anywhere making it hard to know where and when to target them. If you have a cockroach problem then try these tips to eradicate them from your house.

Using Deterrents To Ged Rid of Roaches

If you want to deter the roaches from your home rather than kill them, then there a number of things that they don’t like and will stay away from. Try these different methods to keep the cockroaches at bay.

1. Keep a Clean House

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    Roaches love dirt and food. Keeping a spotlessly clean home will be a basic but essential way to stop them invading your space as they’ll most likely go off and find a better feeding ground. Cleaning up straight away after meals is necessary to stop attracting the roaches into the kitchen and crawling all over the dirty plates and leftover food. Make sure you take the rubbish out on a regular basis so as not to tempt them in. A good and thorough cleaning routine will keep those roaches away.

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    2. Bay Leaves

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      It has been found that roaches hate the smell of bay leaves. Crush up a bunch of fresh or dried bay leaves and sprinkle around the house. It’s best to put them near where they are nesting if you know the location. This will cause them to leave and find a better-smelling place to live.

      3. Ammonia

      Another way to get rid of roaches is to use ammonia – not the best smelling substance for us either so this may need to be a last resort. Cleaning surfaces with ammonia, however, will deter the roaches all the more so mixing 2 cups of ammonia with a bucket of water and using this as a cleaning solution will help deter the cockroaches away.

      Using Traps to Get Rid of Roaches

      Homemade traps are a great way to attract the roaches to a source and trap them. Although this won’t get rid of a huge amount it will at at least keep some pesky roaches away from food and living areas.

      1. Glass Jar Trap

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      A simple glass jar can be used as an effective trap. You can put any number of attractive things in it including peanut butter, food scraps or coffee. Creating a trap out of a glass jar, water and an attractive meal or smell can get some of those roaches out of your way.

      • Get an empty, clean glass jar and fill it half way with water.
      • Smear some vaseline around the inside top of the jar to make it slippery and hard for them to escape.
      • Add some stuff to attract them e.g. coffee granules.
      • Mix it up and place in different areas of the house. Once a few roaches have entered the trap and died get rid of them and re-make the trap.

      2. Borax and Sugar Trap

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        Cockroaches are attracted to the sweet stuff but borax will inevitably kill them so this is a perfect and cheap trap to construct. Don’t feel too deterred if you don’t find many dead cockroaches with this one as any roach that steps on it will then take it back to the nest and will act as a poison to the rest of them killing them at the source. It is NOT advised to use this method if you have small children or pets as Borax is very toxic if ingested. Keep it out of reach or use a different kind of trap.

        • Mix equal parts of Borax and sugar.
        • Put this into a container or tray and place anywhere in the house where you get a high number of roaches. You should see dead roaches within a matter of hours.

        3. Cucumber with an Aluminium Can

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          Some say this is effective while others don’t but have a go and see if it works for you. Apparently the roaches will be attracted to the cucumber but then putting cucumber into an aluminium can causes a chemical reaction that gives off a putrid smell that cockroaches can die from. Not overly sure if this is the case but worth a try!

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          • Get some fresh cucumber peels and an aluminium can.
          • Rub vaseline on the inside of the can to stop the cockroaches from being able to escape.
          • Place the cucumber into the can and place in a convenient place.
          • Check after several hours to see if any have been caught.

          4. Sticky Tape Traps

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            Using sticky tape for pest control isn’t a new idea but it can be really effective with roaches. Placing good-quality sticky tape traps around the house can stop cockroaches in their tracks.

            • Purchase some good-quality sticky tape.
            • Make sure the tape is arranged sticky-side up and place these around cracks, opening, floorboards and anywhere else you know they enter the house from. It’s best to do this before you go to bed as the roaches are mainly nocturnal and will be most active at night.

            5. Soda Bottle Trap

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              Using an empty soda bottle trap is so easy and effective. This makes it really hard for the roaches to escape once they’ve fallen in.

              • Get an empty soda bottle and cut of the top (around a couple of inches from the top)
              • Fill the bottom part with something attractive and sweet like sugar or mix coffee and sugar together.
              • Turn the top part of the bottle upside down and place inside the bottom part to create a funnel shape.
              • Place around the house and revist after a few hours to see how many roaches you’ve trapped.

              Homemade Sprays to Get Rid of Roaches

              You can buy insecticides that are effective in getting rid of the cockroaches but making your own is a cheap and equally effective way to kill them off without the harsh chemicals. When spraying a cockroach make sure you aim for the head and abdomen in particular if you can flick one upside down and spray its stomach then this would be even better.

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              1. Soap and Water Spray

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                Simply using soap and water can be a good way to get rid of roaches head-on. Just add a few drops of soap to a spray bottle of warm water and shake well. Once sprayed the roach will still run but will stop dead after a minute or so.

                2. Listerine and Washing up Liquid

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                  Using listerine (or other mouthwash) with a bit of washing up liquid will help repel the roaches away. Mix equal parts listerine and water and add a few drops of washing up liquid. Give it a good shake in the spray bottle and either spray around the house or directly at the cockroaches. This will send them on their way and potentially kill them if aimed straight at them.

                  3. Hairspray

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                    Although not homemade, investing in a cheap bottle of hairspray can be a great way to kill off cockroaches. Spraying them with hairspray will cause their wings and legs to stick together and they will slowly suffocate. If you don’t like that idea then make sure you squash the cockroach once it can’t move to eliminate any suffering.

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                    Last Updated on June 18, 2018

                    What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                    What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                    Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

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                    Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

                    Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

                    Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

                    Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

                    This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

                    Sitting Is the New Smoking

                    Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

                    The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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                    Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

                      Sit Properly

                      If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

                      Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

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                        Stand Up More

                        Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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                        Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

                        Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

                        Or get a standing desk.

                        One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

                        Exercise for Lower Back Pain

                        Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

                        But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

                        The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

                        Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

                        Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

                        This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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                        Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

                        Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

                        There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

                        Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

                        I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

                        Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

                        If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

                        Where to Start

                        The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

                        Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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                        If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

                        Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

                        Keep a straight back.

                        Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

                        Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

                        I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

                        If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

                        Stay Away From the Back Pain League

                        Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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