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How to dispose of a Cockroach?

Cockroaches not only look filthy, but they can also transmit diseases. Several bacterias, including Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia, have been isolated from cockroaches (Source). These bacterias can cause some of the worst diseases known to humanity. Therefore, it is right to ask How to dispose of a Cockroach?

The best way to dispose of a cockroach is,

  1. Pick up the cockroach with the help of brush and dustpan.
  2. Throw it in a disposable paper bag.
  3. Now you can either throw the paper bag out of your house into a coverd garbage bin/dumpster or burry the cockroach one feet under the soil in your garden.
  4. If you have burried the cockroach, do not forget to water the area after 5 days.
  5. If you see any secretions on the dustpan from the cockroach, wash it with soapy water.

If you fail to dispose of a cockroach rightly, not only will it be a cause of hatred, but your pets might eat it. Moreover, a wrongly disposed cockroach can release a foul-smelling odor in hot and humid summer. The odor can be so strong that it might get difficult for you to stay inside.

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Disposing Cockroaches Properly

Disposing cockroaches is not a problem if you deal with a few roaches, but it can be a problem when dealing with a large number, especially after extermination. However, I will elaborate few methods that will help you dispose of roaches properly.

Method 1: Throwing roaches in Trash

If you have successfully killed a few cockroaches, i.e., 1 to 5, it is better to throw them in the garbage bins or dumpsters outside the house.

However, it would be best to put them in a disposable paper bag and throw them in a garbage bin with a cover. Otherwise, stray cats or birds might eat them. A cockroach killed with insecticide will affect cats or other stray animals, including birds.

Method 2: Burying Under the Soil

I love this method because it is best for the environment and your garden at the same time. All you have to do is put roaches in a disposable paper bag and bury them under the soil. After five days, water the soil and get the best free composite.

It is essential to know that a cockroach killed with insecticide needs to be buried for a few more days until the insecticide fades away.

Method 3: Burning them

Roaches killed with insecticide are better to be burnt. Burning them will prevent the poisoning of other environmental insects and scavengers.

All you need to do is put the roaches in a paper bag and cover them with wood. Fire the wood and enjoy the view. A burning roaches’ fight smells terrible, so it’s better to wear a mask.

Method 4: Flushing them down the drain

It is probably the most straightforward method to dispose of cockroaches; all you need is to ensure that roaches are dead and flush them down the drain. The sewage contains decomposing bacteria, and soon the roaches will turn into mist.

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Should I throw a cockroach outside?

You should throw a cockroach outside if it is a palmetto bug or an accidental intruder. These bugs rarely infest home and usually intrude the home accidentally via, e.g., along with firewood or through open windows, etc.

If they are small cockroaches, you should never through them outside alive instead, make sure to kill them. These cockroaches are notorious for infesting homes, transmitting disease, and triggering allergies. Moreover, they multiple and breed at a rapid pace.

You might get an infestation from neighbors. Read How to get rid of Roaches coming from Neighbors to keep the house safe.

Should I kill a cockroach if I see it?

Seeing a cockroach doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to kill it. Many roaches, such as palmetto bugs and wood cockroaches, are accidental intruders, and they rarely infest homes.

On the other hand, small roaches such as the German cockroach needs to be killed immediately if you see them. This is because small roaches are incredibly resilient and are very notorious for infesting home.

The easiest and quick method to kill a cockroach is to spray it with an insecticide. Don’t attempt to kill cockroaches physically because they are very resilient and withstand a lot of force. Once they sense danger, small roaches are quick runners and will immediately hideaway, making it impossible to spot them again.

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