by Doris Donnerman
(last updated July 26, 2008)
It's happened to most of us at least once in our lives. You enter the dark bathroom, turn on the light, and freeze in your tracks, as does the bug on the wall. You both calculate your next move. Its antennae quiver, while your heartbeat quickens. You scan the room for an object to hurl at the fiend, while it takes one taunting step towards the towel closet. Never taking your eyes from the brute, your fingers find the aerosol Lysol spray. In the nanoseconds it takes to remove the cap from the can, turn, and spray at the pest, it darts into the nether regions of the closet. You feel uneasy the remainder of the night, knowing that it is still in your house—and it is not alone.
Because, as we all know, for each cockroach that we can see, there are more that we cannot see.
Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are a common household pest. They feed on pet and human food, find sources of water inside and around homes, and are exceptionally resilient. They have been known to live a month without water, and up to three months without food. A home can quickly become infested by roaches, if you don't take steps to control them. Follow these household remedies to conquer your cockroach problems at home:
If home remedies do not completely rid your home of roaches, you may need to apply chemicals. Boric acid powder has proven to be quite effective in eradicating roaches in homes. Sprinkle and dust it into tight areas, and places where you've seen roaches. You may also choose to sprinkle it around and under the foundation of your home.
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