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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches In Your House

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Cockroaches come in a variety of sizes but we can all agree that they are truly disgusting. You might have seen one on shows such as “Fear Factor” where Joe Rogan dares contestants to eat cockroaches for money. Cockroaches are attracted to dirty, dark and moist places. They are survivors and have been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting fact about cockroaches is that they can survive for weeks even after being decapitated. They eventually die because they cannot eat anything else. But they are the most likely creatures to survive a nuclear strike.

What attracts cockroaches

Cockroaches are a sign of filth and they are commonly found in abandoned buildings and the sewers:

Trash – huge infestations can be found in dumpsters and landfills. Cockroach infestations thrive in trash as there is ample amount of leftover food for breeding and growth. They eat through cardboard and liquids. Regularly taking out the trash is a good way to keep them away.

Water – moisture attracts a lot of insects and cockroaches are no different. They survive in the plumbing under the sink and sewers under the streets. It is essential to dry the dishes before placing them in the cupboard especially at night. Also ensure that the rest of the kitchen is also wiped and dry to discourage cockroaches.

Food – cockroaches are pests that eat and damage almost anything they can get there little legs on. If you find one in your cereal box, you might as well throw the whole box out because you would not be able to get that image out of your head. To avoid cockroach infestations, it is best to store dry foods in sealed airtight containers.

5 ways to get rid of cockroaches in your home

Cockroaches occur because of neglect of cleanliness and hygiene. Fortunately they are easy to get rid off and do not require a professional exterminator. Here are 6 ways to get rid of cockroaches from your home:

  • Spraying insecticides – this is by far the quickest most effective way to get rid of cockroaches. A jet of insecticide sprayed directly at them kills them almost instantly. Most cockroaches cannot fly, so there is nothing to be scared off. If it catches you off guard, do not worry because they don’t bite either. Once you spray them, you might witness them do a flip and fall down on its back, squirming till its legs finally stop moving.
  • Using baits and poisons – cockroach poisons and baits can be purchased at any local store. They are available in residual and gel form. A word of caution when using baits and poisonous materials is to store them away from children and pets. To get rid of the infestation fast, place the poisons where a lot of activity has been previously observed. These include basements, attics, behind unused furniture, bathrooms and kitchens. Cockroaches spread disease and once the poisons are consumed, they spread it to other roaches creating a chain effect. Gradually you will notice fewer roaches around the house.
  • Using sticky traps – dual sided tape or sticky traps are an effective method to rid the critters of their legs. This is comparatively safer way of dealing with the problem than aerosol insecticides and poisons. As the roaches walk across the tape they get trapped and cannot break free without breaking their limbs. Given their small size they are not strong enough to break from glue and other adhesives. Check sticky traps often for signs of success and replace them with fresh ones. This is very important because decaying roaches will attract other insects to help you clean the mess.
  • Using boric acid – use a disposable spoon to dispense boric acid around different parts of your home. Boric acid can be fatal to humans as well, so do not use this near food preparation counters and the kitchen. You can pour boric acid down the plumbing and gutters to kill roaches. Also cover the holes and crevices in the wall, doors and windows which might be potential entry points for cockroaches.
  • Using lemons – lemons have a certain acidic quality to them. They are easily available in almost all homes and are quite useful to get rid of stains, grease and bad odors. Spray lemon juice with a spray bottle to create a fresh atmosphere which discourages cockroach infestations. You can use fresh lemons or store bought lemon juice to create the spray. This is particularly useful to target those hard to reach places which serve as hideouts and escape routes by cockroaches.

You can also blend lemon peels to create a powder form which can be used as a residual deterrent.

Last but not least, you can wipe the floors with lemon and water solution. This ultimately rids the floors of any contaminants that might be visible to the naked eye. It also spreads a fresh aroma throughout your home. This is useful in extreme cases but you can apply this method as a precaution even when there is no noticeable cockroach activity.

Turn to Solutions Pest & Lawn for Your Cockroach Killing Needs

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry high quality professional insecticides that are guaranteed to kill cockroaches and are what exterminators would use if you hired them to treat your home. And if you’re intimidated or confused on where to start, we can help with that also with our helpful how to advice.

Cockroaches, especially a sizable infestation indoors, should always be treated using multiple methods of control. This means you shouldn’t just use liquid sprays or bait or dusts, but a combination of all of them will work the best in eliminating an entire invasion of cockroaches that are nestled inside of your home.

Indoors we recommend using baits as the main method of control. After cleaning your home thoroughly and removing all potential food and water sources, apply a gel bait such as Apex Cockroach Gel Bait in little dots in areas where you've seen roaches, droppings or egg casings (usually the kitchen and bathroom).

For cracks and crevices that are hard to reach, apply a C&C spray such as Novacide as a void, crack and crevice spray to the baseboards, under sinks, fridges and plumbing areas. An insect growth regulator (or IGR) such as Gentrol is another great addition that will target roach eggs, preventing them from hatching out a new generation of roaches.

Lastly, dusts (such a D-Fense Dust) are also a great product to involve in a cockroach killing program and has great killing power (also known as residual) long after it’s been applied. For preventative measures, spray an insecticide such as Reclaim IT around the exterior perimeter your home as a barrier treatment to keep roaches from coming into the home.

You can conveniently purchase all of these products as part of our Guaranteed Cockroach Control Kit.

Final word

Having clean surroundings, free of messy clutters and laundry on the floor can keep your house cockroach free. It also helps to have insecticides spray at a designated location in the house for a quicker response. Lastly, food should be eaten at the dinner table so there is no mess of bits and crumbs around the house.

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