Do Mothballs Keep Roaches Away – Repel or Myth?

Have you ever heard of Mothballs? Mothballs are a type of insecticide, and they can be found at most grocery stores. Mothballs contain the chemical compound naphthalene which is toxic to insects and rodents alike. Mothballs work by emitting vapors that force pests out of their hiding places, poisoning them as they search for food or water. Mothballs also have an intense odor that will scare away many roaches from entering your home in the first place.

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How effective are mothballs at keeping roaches away

Mothballs are a pretty common choice for homeowners looking to keep cockroaches away. Mothballs do work but there is debate about how well they work, and whether or not they can be harmful to people living in the home where mothballs have been used. Moths don’t care much for naphthalene balls either because it kills them before mating age which suppresses their population growth over time.

Mothballs kill roaches too, but not always fast enough to prevent an infestation. Moths and cockroaches will eat other insects’ eggs so they are more likely to be exposed if there is one in the home or apartment where you live. Mothballs come with many warnings on how to use them safely.

Mothballs work by emitting a gas that humans can’t smell, but to other insects, it’s very potent. Moths and cockroaches are not the only flies affected by mothballs either because they emit a strong odor to all flying insects including fruit flies as well. Mothball fumes emitted from your kitchen trash or compost bin may be harmful enough to harm children if they’re exposed for long periods so don’t let them play near containers where you have placed mothballs at any point in time.

Other alternatives to using mothballs for getting rid of cockroaches:

  • Spray a mixture of water and vinegar near baseboards as well as under cabinets where you see droppings. This will drive them away.
  • Kill roaches with bleach on contact.
  • Kill roaches with baking soda, similar to bleach it’s best for on contact type situations.
  • Place bay leaves in cabinets. Cockroaches dislike their scent and will avoid them.
  • Use coffee grounds to repel cockroaches by placing used grinds into the cracks of cabinets or under appliances, especially stoves where they are likely to climb while looking for crumbs.
  • Keep your sinks clean by wiping out debris with a brush after washing dishes, don’t leave dirty dishes overnight, and wipe up all spills immediately. This discourages roach activity when water is scarce because they thrive on moisture sources like undried dishes or sticky residue from spilled beverages left overnight.
  • Clean your drains regularly to keep roaches from entering homes. Make sure that screens on windows and doors are in place and free of tears or holes.
  • Mix boric acid with a bit of sugar and put it in places where there are roach droppings, such as near baseboards or under cabinets. You can also use dry laundry starch to do this instead if you have access too. Boric Acid may be poisonous to pets so keep them out of reach!
  • If you see one cockroach, assume that more exist around your home as well due to their rapid breeding cycle which has been happening for years now since they’ve become resistant to common pesticides used against them over the decades. Try using natural ingredients first before investing in expensive store-bought options which often don’t work either way!