Certain products are marketed as “biocontinuous cleansers,” or cleaners that contain natural ingredients such as pine oil. One of these products is called “Pine-Sol Cleaner.”
Many people swear by this cleaner because it does not froth up like most other cleaning solutions do. Some say that the pine oil in the product attracts and binds to dirt better than regular water!
However, there is a small minority of users who claim that this product actually raises the pH level of your surface enough to attract roach eggs and sprout new roaches!
This article will discuss whether or not this really happens and if it can hurt you or your family.
Does pine oil attract roaches?
While some people swear by using pine oils to get rid of roach and other insect infestations, does this actually work? Unfortunately, no! Using natural products to prevent or get rid of an insect problem is never a good idea.
In fact, many people believe that using pine oils can make the situation worse in areas where there already are pests. This could happen if you use the product during the early stages of pest growth or at a time when adults are seeking food and survival for their offspring.
During these times, chemicals present in the skin may be consumed by insects as either food or shelter. The toxic effects of these chemicals can have negative impacts on adult bugs and their babies.
Furthermore, even though the chemical might break down into components that aren’t completely harmful, it is still not ideal to expose young children and animals to them. In addition to this, most pine oils contain alcohol which can dry out your hair and potentially cause scalp irritation or damage.
How do I get rid of roaches?
Unfortunately, one of the most common household cleaners is not totally effective in getting rid of roach infestations. That cleaner is pine-sol liquid. Some people even say that using this product can attract more roaches to your home!
Studies show that when there are no other food sources available for a bug, it will turn to pine-sol liquid instead of eating its way through dead tissues or finding something else to eat. This effect shifts the balance of power between the insect and the cleaning product so that the pesticide wins out and the insects eventually die off.
It is important to be aware of this fact before trying to clean up any messes. If you find roaches in your house, try some different products first to see if that works better than pine-sol liquid.
Are there natural ways to get rid of roaches?
Looking for some natural ways to get rid of roaches can be quite frustrating, especially since most common tips do not work.
There are many different types of pests that enter our homes via ingesting food or by moving in through an opening. For example, cockroaches come from eating decaying foods and then nesting in soiled areas. They also need water to survive, so if you notice them, give your house a good wash!
A well-known cleaner is pine oil extract (POO). Some people say it attracts roaches, while other people claim it has the opposite effect. Either way, it’s definitely not effective at getting rid of all traces of roach poop! And unfortunately, even though it may not actively attract more roaches, using too much of it could actually make things worse.
Do I need to get rid of pine oil?
Many people use pine oils to disinfect areas that may contain roach or other insect eggs. Some even spread it around your home to help prevent roach infestations!
However, did you know that some brands of pine oil can actually attract more insects than what you’re trying to exterminate!?
That is why it is important to make sure that you are buying quality pine oils. Make sure they are not only strong, but also do not have any chemicals in them that could potentially attract additional pests.
It is totally normal for there to be small amounts of chemical compounds in pine trees. It takes time for these plants to break down and release their components- this is how nature preserves its balance.
But unfortunately, some companies take advantage of this by adding extra ingredients to increase the price.
Will pine oil damage my house?
While using pine oils to get rid of roach nests can be helpful, will it actually work or is this a waste of time?
A small amount of pine oil mixed with water can effectively drown out all signs of roach activity in a one week period. This includes death of any roaches you find as well as drying up of wet areas that may indicate there are still active roaches.
By adding extra moisture, they could also cause structural problems for your home. To make sure the effects of the pine oil have worn off, you would need to wait at least two weeks before checking for roaches. If you do not see any within this time then use another method!
Another way to ensure your don’t have an infestation is by making sure your dry food is safe and accessible. For example, if you buy pretzels, put them away so they do not become dried out and potentially greasy where hungry roaches can grab some. Make sure your dog does not eat any leftover treats too because they might carry bacteria or feces along with them.
Is there a safer insecticide?
For many years, one of the most popular brands of all time was actually marketed as an antibacterial cleaner. Companies heavily promote it for its germ-killing powers and ability to keep you healthy. But now this product is considered unsafe for use because of a probable link to serious health problems in young children.
Pine sol contains triclosan, an active ingredient that has been linked to more than 70 potential adverse effects in humans. Triclosan can be harmful when absorbed through your skin or ingested. It may also have hormone-like effects if enough is consumed.
In fact, studies show that triclosan can change how hormones function in animals and in vitro (in a test tube). In rabbits, for example, high doses of triclosan caused low testosterone levels and changes in sex hormone receptor activity.
Because pine oil is so easily absorbed through the skin, tricycloian can enter your body directly. And recent research suggests that triclosan may accumulate up until it is flushed out of your system, which could expose you to higher exposure over time.
It’s important to note that even though triclosan has not been determined to cause any health issues in adults, it does pose some risk to very young kids. Because babies and toddlers are still developing, they can suffer greater exposures due to direct contact with the compound or their products.
Will pesticides get into my food?
Recent reports claim that one of our most common household cleaners, pine sol, can be an attractive scent to roach looking for somewhere to live. If you’re trying to get rid of these pests, then using pine sol is definitely not the way to go!
The thing about attracting a pest with your cleaning product is that once they have done it, they will keep doing it until they are told otherwise. They may like what you gave them or they may just love eating plastic toys!
So, how much do we really know about whether or not pine sol contains ingredients that could potentially hurt us? Luckily, we have some studies!
A few years ago, the Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry conducted an experiment to determine if there was any truth to this rumor. What they found was that yes, pine oil does contain chemicals that could attract other insects, but only at very high concentrations. This means that even though pine oil has potential to draw in more bugs, it is safe to use.
It is important to note that although the study found no ill effects from using pure pine oil, never assume that something is completely harmless.
Barefoot Doctors, an organization dedicated to educating people on natural health remedies, says that pine oils can cause skin irritation and dryness. Because of this, they recommend limiting your exposure as much as possible.
Who should I get rid of?
For most people, using rubbing alcohol to remove grease or water can be your best bet. However, some individuals are very sensitive to pine oil due to it containing ethylen glycol (EG), which is used as an ingredient in the product.
A small amount of EG may still irritate some who are extremely sensitive to pine oils. If this happens, try replacing the liquid with something safer for you.
The two common liquids that many people use to clean greasy food includes ethanol and plain water! Ethanol is totally safe to use and does not contain any chemicals that could potentially cause irritation.
Make sure to wash your hand thoroughly after applying either one of these solutions to prevent roach infestation.