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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 November 18, 2020

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                    1. Believe It to See It

                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                    10. Be in It to Win It

                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                    24. Champion in Communication

                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                    28. Live by Core Values

                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                    48. Follow Through

                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                    Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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