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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.

                    Featured photo credit: Catt Liu via stocksnap.io

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                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                    1. Work on Small Tasks

                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

                    If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

                    You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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                    2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

                    When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

                    Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

                    3. Upgrade Yourself

                    Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

                    4. Talk to a Friend

                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                    5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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                    If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

                    Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

                    6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

                    7. Read a Book (or Blog)

                    The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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                    8. Have a Quick Nap

                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

                    Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

                      One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

                      9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

                      10. Find Some Competition

                      When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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                      11. Go Exercise

                      Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

                      If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

                      12. Take a Few Vacation Days

                      If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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