Vegan Pest Control : How to Get Rid of Roaches

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vegan pest control: ROACHES

 

In this article I will discuss vegan pest control and how to get rid of roaches and other pests  for good.

Let me start off by saying that every homeowner will probably experience some sort of invasion of pests into their home in their lifetime. Having roaches, ants, or any other pest is always framed as some sort of personal   failing. Its not something people talk about openly with their friends or family members and instead they come to websites like my own to figure out how to deal with the problem. And that’s really a shame. When you live in a place like an apartment, a condo, or another closely knit group of housing units, most of those places have consistent times of the year that they spray for pests. In my younger years of university I actually was disgusting. Going from living with my mom and having her clean up my every mess to being completely independent of that was a difficult transition. I’d have heaping mountains of laundry, days of dishes left unwashed, and trash that I took out once a week at best. And guess what? I never had a single roach, mouse, ant, or any other pest. The reason is simply that all of the apartment complexes I lived in during college sprayed regularly for pests and they weren’t near any foresty areas.

It is easy to stay pest free when you live in an apartment that provides pest control. It is also a lot easier to stay pest free if you live in an area that isn’t a habitat for pests. Those two things have a greater impact on whether or not you will encounter pests than any amount of cleanliness. With that in mind, it is unreasonable for us to look down our noses at people who may have a pest issue or to be ashamed of our own pests. It happens.

If you are here because you have pests it is not because you are disgusting or dirty. You are experiencing something normal and here are a few ways to help you get rid of those pests for good.

How to Get Rid of Roaches:

Step 1: Clean your home

Earlier I mentioned that cleanliness is not the main reason we get roaches. However, it does play a major part in getting them out of your home and keeping them out. Roaches and other pests thrive in our homes. Our homes are temperature controlled and have all the food and water they’d ever need. Entering a human’s home is like a fully paid and all inclusive stay at a resort in the Bahamas for a pest. Why would they ever want to leave?

  • Thoroughly clean the floors and surfaces of your home. Take a day to thoroughly clean behind heavy appliances like the stove and refrigerator. Make sure there are no food particles left around the house. While this may seem obsessive, think about how much food something as small as a saltine cracker could provide for a roach. If you have food particles hiding in crevices in your home, you are providing a bottomless buffet for roaches to thrive.
  • Do not leave any dishes overnight in your home. Make it a family rules that ALL the dishes in the home must be cleaned and dried before dark. Roaches love sweet liquids and need water more than they do the food you leave behind.
  • Take out the trash every night. This can be seen as a waste of trash-bags, but while you are working on getting your invasion under control you will need to take some drastic measure. You want to make your home as uninviting as possible to the roaches and this means taking out the trash often. Most roaches tend to come out during the darker parts of the day, so as long as you have it taken out before nightfall you should be good to go. During this time, you can also use smaller trash bags or recycled plastic grocery bags instead of large trash bags.
  • Recycle or throw away any unneeded paper items. Roaches will EAT many biodegradable materials including paper and cardboard. Once you’ve removed their main food sources they will turn to other items to eat such as paper and those amazon boxes you’re hoarding.

Step 2: Seal your home

There’s no point in getting rid of the roaches in your home if you aren’t going to put any effort into keeping them out. The majority of pests don’t just walk in through your front door. They come in through cracks and other inconspicuous openings in your home. Get out a caulk gun and start sealing up any crack in your home.

Roaches will die within days if they do not have a water source. If you have any leaky faucets or pipes in your home you will need to fix these as well.

 

Step 3: Fight Back!

  • Use diatomaceous earth and boric acid to kill roaches slowly and create a barrier around your home. Both products are not harmful to mammals.
  • You can place bay leaves around your home. Roaches detest the scent of bay leaves.
  • For major infestations consider using a product such as Gentrol or Advion. Gentrol disrupts the roaches reproductive process. Advion poisons the roaches and, in a zombie apocalypse  fashion, the roaches carry the poison to the other roaches and it spreads. Advion does test on animals unfortunately.

 

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