There is nothing more disgusting than a house infested with cockroaches.
We’ve all been there: the look of horror on our faces as these small- to medium-sized insects start creeping out of that bathroom or kitchen sink, the panic we feel as they crawl toward us and that flight-or-fight response (Should we crush them with our slipper? Should we stand on chairs?). People can die of cockroaches – if not from fright, then from the multitude of diseases they could bring to our homes.
Science has provided ways of getting rid of these pests. However, most of these solutions leave our houses stinking of harmful chemicals from the insecticides we tend to spray around. These can be very dangerous, especially when we live with babies or very young children.
Good thing that there are natural ways of dealing with cockroaches. Here are three C’s to deal with these unwanted pests without transforming your houses into stink bombs:
1. Coffee grounds. After making coffee, stash your wet grounds in a small cup. Get a glass jar relatively bigger than your cup and fill half of it with water. Put the cup inside the jar and place them near possible roach nests. The cockroaches will be attracted to the scent of coffee and they will eventually drown.
2. Catnip. Make "catnip tea" by boiling 1 tsp of catnip in 2 cups of water. Let it cool and fill a spray bottle with its contents. Spray it around the house as necessary. With nepetalactone, its active ingredient, catnip is proven to be effective and safe to pets and humans. (Note: This is not advisable if you own a cat.)
3. Cayenne Pepper. Mix a tbsp of red or cayenne pepper with a crushed garlic clove or white onion. Boil in 4 cups of water. Transfer into a spray bottle and use in roach-infested areas. (Tip: You may sprinkle cayenne pepper around these areas.)
These kitchen tools are only some of the many household items that you can use to deal with pests. With proper research and the right recipe, you are sure to have a roach-free dwelling.