Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and Order Blattaria. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Others are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material. The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present. Restaurants may also experience cockroach infestations.
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth. There are approximately 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world. About 70 of these species are found in the United States.
There are three common species found in homes and businesses:
- German Cockroach
- American Cockroach
- Oriental Cockroach
The most powerful cockroaches repellent – Bay leaves
To use bay leaves as a roach deterrent, place whole leaves behind appliances, near entry points, in pantries and in other corners of your home. You can also fill open containers and bowls with the leaves and place them where needed. Burn a bay leaf in your home for a nice natural smell and extra cockroachprotection.
And while you might want nothing more than to smash every cockroach in sight and use chemicals that will knock the buggers dead, consider the cleanup involved.Plus, chemicals used to kill cockroaches are harsh and can be harmful to pets and children.