Cockroaches: Prevention and Control For A Better Home

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If you’ve ever had a roach infestation, you know just how troublesome and annoying they can be. Even if you managed to handle your problem quickly, let’s say using insecticidal traps (TIP: among all the insect pests, roaches are MOST susceptible to poison because they cannibalize their dead, allowing one poisoned roach to spread the poison to its compatriots), you would still have to deal with extra costs, inconvenience, and dead roach disposal (this is a must because paradoxically, due to the aforementioned cannibalization, dead roaches will actually attract more live roaches).

You know the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, whoever came up with that one must have been very wise indeed because that is one axiom that we can apply to the vast majority of problems we face in life, including that of roach infestations. That’s why in today’s article we will be giving you some actionable tips to prevent roach infestation in the first place, prevention, and concluding with some ways of getting rid of them if you already have them; the cure.

 

Prevention Step 1: Food Source Elimination

This is whether the unending battle against the roaches begin. If you are just unsanitary in general, guess what, roaches are probably going to be paying your home a visit sometime soon, if they aren’t already there. And while changing one’s habits can be extremely difficult, this is simply something you HAVE to do if you don’t want to be sharing your home with roaches. Do the following:

  • Make sure your kitchen appliances are clean and not just the visible surfaces either. Check behind and under your appliances, basically wherever they meet the wall or the floor. Roaches can easily live off grease buildup and old food spills.
  • Check the kitchen cabinets as well, roaches love those cabinet crumbs!
  • Practice proper dining habits. Do you allow your children to eat in their room while watching Netflix? No more of that. Limit eating to one area of the house.
  • Vacuum the kitchen floor daily, preferably at night before you go to bed. This is because roaches are nocturnal and come out at night to feed. Other areas of your home can be vacuumed 2 or 3 times per week.
  • Keep all your food in sealed containers (don’t rely on the cardboard packaging) and make sure your pets food is not left out overnight.
  • Use a disinfectant spray on your kitchen counters each night after vacuuming.
  • Take the trash out daily before bed, and make sure your trash can’s lid is tightly fitted.

 

Prevention Step 2: Water Source Elimination

dripping faucetEven disgusting bugs need water! While eliminating every water source is an impossible task, the least you can do is greatly limit their access. Some quick tips:

  • Fix any leaking pipes or faucets.
  • Empty your pets’ water dishes at night.
  • Stop up your sinks before bed and also wipe your sinks and bathtubs dry.

 

 

Prevention Step 3: Habitat Elimination

seal-holesThey can run but they can’t hide! Take away their nesting spots using the following tips:

  • Using a caulking gun, seal up cracks and crevices.
  • Entrance points or holes above a quarter inch in diameter that are too big to caulk should be stuffed with steel wool.
  • Make sure your windows and door frames are tightly fitted; even the smallest displacements could be an entry point for roaches.

 

So now that you know some steps you can take to ensure that your neighbor’s place looks much more inviting to the roaches instead, what can you do to make sure you kill off the roaches that are already in your home? This roach hunting guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to get rid of roaches from your home. The main thing you should be aware of is that when it comes to roaches, poison is THE most effective method of killing roaches, even more so than other insects. If you are wondering why that is the case, it is simply because roaches being the ultimate scavengers, eat other dead roaches and their other feces as well. This allows poison to have a powerful multiplier effect, making it the best way at eliminating the roach populace.

As such, we would recommend stronger pesticides like fipronil or hydromethylnon if you have a serious infection, or a less toxic pesticide like boric acid for more moderate cases. The most effective use of these poisons is to make a roach bait and trap; you can either make your own or buy one directly at the store. IMPORTANT: In order for the poison to be maximally effective against the entire roach population, the roaches must be able to leave the trap and go back to their nest. Remember the slogan of the old ‘Roach Motel’ trap: Roaches check in, but they don’t check out? Don’t get those type of traps, remember you want them to leave!

4 Tips For Keeping Your Pillow Fluffy Longer

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We’ve all seen it before; an old flat, lumpy pillow. Looking less like a plump pillow from the IKEA catalogue, this pillow looks more like that adorable blobfish picture that was extremely popular on the Internet a couple of years ago. It’s the pillow you find at a budget motel, it’s the pillow you get if you had the bad luck to have had an overnight (or longer) stay at a hospital. If you prop this pillow up vertically on its shorter end, the top likely flops forward, folding the pillow in half as years and years of heads being placed in its middle has caused its insides to basically congeal into two separate lumps. Lying down on this pillow is like lying in a valley, and the back of your head is so close to the mattress you might as well not be using a pillow. Meanwhile, the lumpy sides of the pillow fold in over your face from the weight, and no doubt the smell is not a good one.

The question is, what is the state of your pillow? Is it a beautifully fluffy 5-star level hotel pillow from the Ritz or more like a sad hospital pillow? For me, being a side sleeper (as most people are), a pillow’s loft (the height at which it rests when laid flat) is very important for my comfort, as I only use high loft pillows for side sleepers. I personally recommend getting this pillow if you’re a picky side sleeper like me. So if my pillow were to lose its fluffiness, it would make me a sad, grumpy panda. Of course, this does not apply to some synthetic pillows such as those made of memory foam or latex. That being said, how do we keep our pillows fluffier for longer? Fear not! We have compiled 4 basic and simple tips that anyone can use to keep their pillows fluffy and their sleep comfy. Let’s take a look.

  1. Practice Mixed Martial Arts Moves On Your Pillow – Violence is bad, but violence can also make your pillows fluffy! This manual method is probably the easiest way to fluff up your pillow, and you probably know about it, have done it yourself, or have seen it in movies. What most people don’t know however is that just like the practice of combat and martial arts, there are specific techniques for pillow fluffing that will maximize your efficiency and your pillow’s fluffiness. I would like to introduce readers to 3 techniques: the Accordion, the Double Punch, and the Squeeze & Shake. In the Accordion, you grab your pillow by both ends, and ummmm, play it like an accordion. Make sure to do it quickly and firmly. In the Double Punch, you punch both ends of your pillow simultaneously with your fists to blast those lumps away. And for the Squeeze & Shake, you squeeze the pillow inward from both ends and then shake it. Make sure you squeeze it at least five times before shaking though.
  1. pillow-washingJust Wash Them – In addition to its main purpose, which is keeping your pillow smelling and looking clean and fresh, washing your pillows can also help maintain the fluffiness of a pillow. It does this by cleaning away dirt, mildew, and any other buildup (such as dead skin cells and dust mites) that are a contributing factor to your pillow’s lumpiness. We recommend you wash your pillows at least twice yearly (not your pillowcase, wash those weekly!).
  1. tennis-balls-trickDry Them With Balls – Tennis balls that is. While you may already be aware that placing pillows in your dryer are a good way to keep them fluffy (and you need to dry them after washing anyway), you probably were not aware of this one weird trick to keep your pillows fluffier for longer (pillow companies hate him!). During your drying cycle (which should be about one hour on moderate heat) place a couple of fresh tennis balls in there as well. This will cause the tennis balls to help ‘beat’ the lumpiness out of your pillow. If the only tennis balls you can find are stained with grass and your dog’s saliva, place them in individual socks and tie the sock at the end. You can use this method anytime; not just after washing.
  1. Make Them Feel The Heat – Of the sun. One of the big things that make your pillow lumpy is moisture. So giving them a good sun dry can wick away any moisture that remains after drying or simply as a drying method in and of itself. Try three to four hours on a clothesline. In addition, the sun is a great way of giving your pillow a natural disinfectant treatment.

Thank you for reading this article, may you live long and prosper and your pillows stay fluffy forever.