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Four DIY Cockroach Extermination Methods That Don’t Work

cockroach-1572632_1920Relentless, and at this point, something of a state insect, cockroaches in Florida are well-known to both tourists and locals alike. They are hardy, adaptable, and enjoy the sultry Brevard County climate just fine. Nearly all structures in Central Florida will see a cockroach from time to time (or a palmetto bug, depending on your local nomenclature), but this pest can become a problem in numbers. Extricating an established group of cockroaches is a tricky task, one best left to professionals in Brevard County pest control at Apex. So synonymous are these creepy creatures with our area that over the years, some urban legends and DIY approaches to rid your home of them have surfaced.

Most, if not all, just aren’t effective. Here’s a quick list of some of the strategies we’ve heard over the years:


  • Citrus Attack


It’s been said through the decades that cockroaches detest citrus flavor. They don’t. Cockroaches would find themselves perfectly at home inside anything from an orange peel to a citrus grove. There’s just no validity to this one. Now, some would say that cleaning with citrus scented chemicals helps, but just cleaning often helps the most. The citrus likely has nothing to do with it.


  • Catnip


This one probably reaches beyond the state border, but whatever the origin, there’s no evidence that the materials in catnip are repellent to roaches. There’s even another technique that includes boiling catnip and using the remaining water as repelling spray. Just call a professional; catnip doesn’t work.


  • Cucumbers


Another food-related concept is that cucumbers in concentrate both attract and then kill cockroaches. Most food will indeed attract roaches (or damaged wood, or water, or soda, or a lot of things, really), but there’s never been any validity to the idea that cucumbers are lethal to roaches. If anything, it might just be the healthiest thing they eat all week.


  • Beer Traps


This DIY gem goes like this: wet some cloth, put it in an open container you can close, wait for the roaches to pile in and then toss them out when you’ve attracted the majority. There are a few problems with this (as we’d bet you’ve already picked up on). Although beer does attract cockroaches, attracting them is never a good idea, and you’ll never collect them all. And also, who wants to deal with a smelly beer bucket of roaches?

Cockroaches are difficult to deal with. One myth that actually is true is that cockroaches can live for about a week without their heads. When dealing with these loathsome pests, there are many reasons to contact Brevard County pest control experts at Apex. Headless or not. Contact us at (866) 675-4070. We offer a free, no-obligation quote and visit and will always get back to you within 24 hours.

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