Know Thy Enemy: Cockroaches

It’s 5 AM. You’re thirsty, and stumble into the kitchen only to be met by a dozen cockroaches scattering in different directions when you turn on the kitchen light. Gross!
Before you start swatting at them with kitchen utensils, get to know these small, crunchy beasts a little better so you can mount an informed defense. For example, did you know that cockroaches have been around since the dinosaurs? How can you expect to triumph with a spatula when they outlived T-Rex?
To learn more about roach defense, read: Pest Control: Cockroaches. That way, you can stop holding your breath when you turn on the lights. Learn more about your enemy before you plan an attack:
Cockroach facts:
Cockroaches are nocturnal – that’s why they freak out when you turn on the lights.
Cockroaches are spry – they have one massive nerve connecting their tail to their head, which alerts them to ambushes and makes them hard to squash.
Cockroaches can survive for over a month without food, but only about a week without water.
Some types of cockroaches mate once and then spend the rest of their lives pregnant.
A decapitated cockroach can survive for up to a week, the only reason it dies is because it can’t drink anymore.
Cockroaches are native to Asia and Northern Africa, but were able to spread across the world as stowaways on ships.
Cockroaches aren’t stupid – they can make complex decisions as a group and will divide their numbers according to available resources.
Just like vampires, cockroaches hate garlic. So, spread garlic in infested areas to ward them off. Other natural deterrents include: bay leaves, cucumbers and soapy water.
Cockroaches love high places, so place any traps or poison on top of cabinets for maximum effect.
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  • Gilbert Gilbert on Oct 24, 2017
    I have used Diatomaceous earth n worked well in the dry powder form. Is there a solution i can mix with it like water to spray or does it have to be dry?

  • Gilbert Gilbert on Oct 25, 2017
    Can i mix Diatomaceous earth n water to make a spray to rid of roaches? The d.t. works good in dry mode but dont like the powder all over


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  • Lizzie Lizzie on Mar 04, 2017
    I laugh at your Bay Leaves idea as I bought a few packets to use and then watched the cocky's as they ran across the tops of the leaves!