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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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                    How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                    How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                    Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                    “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                    But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                    Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                    1. Always Have a Book

                    It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                    Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                    2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                    We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                    Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                    3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                    Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                    Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                    4. Guided Thinking

                    Albert Einstein once said,

                    “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                    Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                    5. Put it Into Practice

                    Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                    If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                    In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                    6. Teach Others

                    You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                    Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                    7. Clean Your Input

                    Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                    I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                    Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                    8. Learn in Groups

                    Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                    Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                    9. Unlearn Assumptions

                    You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                    Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                    Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                    10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                    Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                    Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                    11. Start a Project

                    Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                    If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                    12. Follow Your Intuition

                    Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                    Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                    13. The Morning Fifteen

                    Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                    If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                    14. Reap the Rewards

                    Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                    15. Make Learning a Priority

                    Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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