This popular plant will save your home from cockroaches and repel other pests as well
Cockroaches are harmful creatures because they carry many serious diseases. They often scavenge in unsanitary places, collecting pathogens that they can then transfer to food, dishes, and other surfaces in the house. It is very difficult to get rid of pests in the house as sometimes insects "visit" again even after the room is treated with chemicals.
However, there is a very simple, albeit little-known, life hack that will help you get rid of cockroaches quickly. House Digest has revealed which plant will save the house and scare away the pests.
Natural remedy for cockroaches
The refreshing scent of mint is extremely effective on pests, making it a great natural repellent.
Cockroaches are not only harmful to health but they also don't hesitate to chew on books, wallpaper, and other paper products. If you want to avoid these problems, mint will help. The effectiveness of mint is not limited to repelling cockroaches. It is a versatile plant that will also protect your home from beetles, fleas, and many other pests.
Mint can repel insects because it contains essential oils, which include menthol, known for its insecticidal properties. These natural compounds emit strong odors that are picked up by the pests' olfactory receptors. For cockroaches, these compounds are not just unpleasant odors as they disrupt the nervous system, making any place filled with the smell of mint extremely unattractive. This mechanism provides an additional level of protection, driving pests away from your home.
Effective ways to use mint
If you're lucky enough to have a garden or even a tiny patch of open space, consider planting mint. And if you live in an apartment without a yard, simply plant a potted plant in high-risk areas. For additional protection, you can purchase several mature plants with a strong scent and place the pots in several rooms.
You can also create a repellent yourself. You will need 250 ml of water and 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and treat the affected surfaces. Pay attention to baseboards, places under sinks, and corners of the bathroom and kitchen.
If you're not a fan of sprays, try a life hack with cotton balls soaked in the solution. To make them even more effective, place the balls in small jars or containers with perforated lids. This way, the scent will spread for a longer time without the cotton balls drying out quickly.
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