A friend of mine told me that if you draw a line with chalk, the ants won’t cross it—by the way, if you do this outdoors you’ll have to redraw it after a downpour. Roaches Fortunately, I haven’t seen roaches speeding across my floors or cabinets since I left my Manhattan apartment.
I do, however, have vivid memories of being totally disgusted by their seeming omnipresence. If only I had known then what I know now! I begin by sharing some disturbing little tidbits to get you truly in the mood to squash each and every one of these prehistoric critters.
- Roaches have been around for more than 250 million years.
- If you have one, you probably have more than twenty thousand.
- They can live off the leftover toothpaste on your toothbrush.
- They can live up to twenty days without food, fourteen days without water, and several days without a head!
Gross, huh? Now here are three manicure-friendly ways to squash them:
- Put some Vaseline on the inside lip of a jar baited with apple, banana, or potato slices. Keep the food fresh since, with or without a head, they find fresh stuff more alluring.
- Keep cucumber peels on your countertops—it repels them.
- Mix brown sugar with borax and flour, then dust it around your sink, fridge, stove, and any corners these prehistoric midgets travel. They’ll carry the toxic mix back to their nest and extinction from your home should follow.
Even though this guide has shared a variety of tips to maintain a clean-enough home, that doesn’t ensure that you’ll be able to put them into action since life gets interrupted.
On the other hand, things like bacteria, mold and mildew, drains backing up, our planet melting away, and that red wine stain don’t care about your everyday real-life interruptions. That’s why the following will help keep health inspectors at bay, the earth intact, and your favorite silk blouse from disaster long enough until time or desire permit.