Cockroaches are one of the most common and most hated household pests. Unfortunately, many homeowners struggle to rid their home of these pests once a full-blown infestation has occurred. If you are one of these homeowners, you should know that it may be possible to rid your home of roaches without using harsh chemicals. In fact, the only thing you will need is an all-natural substance known as diatomaceous earth.
What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder that is made from naturally soft rocks known as siliceous sedimentary rock. These rocks are made up of fossils and are easily crumbled to create a mildly abrasive powder that is used in a variety of applications such as metal polishing, cat litter, and pest control.
How Can It Be Used To Kill Cockroaches?
While diatomaceous earth is only mildly abrasive and completely harmless to humans and household pets, the sharp edges of each granule are able to cut through the thin exoskeleton of a cockroach. This occurs as the roach crawls through the fine powder which is sprinkled in areas where roaches commonly congregate, such as behind appliances and in the back of cupboards.
When the roaches exoskeleton is damaged, the pest will begin to dehydrate. Over the course of several days or weeks, the cockroach will continue to dehydrate until they eventually die from the condition.
What Should You Expect After Placing Diatomaceous Earth In Your Home?
After sprinkling diatomaceous earth around your home, you may see an increase in the amount of roach activity that you see. Believe it or not, this is actually a sign that your pest control attempts are working properly. This is because as the roaches begin to dehydrate, they will begin to actively seek out water sources in order to survive. In many cases, this means venturing out into your home even during times that they would normally remain safely within their nest.
While you will not see an immediate decrease in pest activity, you should begin to see a decline in the number or roaches in your home within a few weeks of beginning this pest control method. After several weeks, you should no longer see live roaches in your home. In order to speed up this process, be sure to eliminate all water and food sources that the roaches could access in their time of need. This will allow you to see the most impressive results within the shortest period of time.
For more help, contact a pest control service like Snowball Pest Control.