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How to Get Rid of Roaches In Your House


There are approximately 4,600 species of cockroaches and only 30 of those are known to infest households. A cockroach can stay alive for weeks with no water, food or a head for that matter. Yes, even after being decapitated, they can live off the stored food in their bodies. Common species found in households include Oriental cockroach, German cockroach, the brown banded cockroach and the American cockroach.

Cockroaches can reproduce and spread rapidly. They are also known to carry disease pathogens and contaminate food, appliances and home floors and surfaces with excretions.

If you spot a roach infestation, don’t be scared and take quick action. If you ignore the problem, it will only grow bigger. Roaches are nocturnal hunters and are more commonly spotted at times when you’re washing the dishes after dinner. They avoid direct sunlight and breed in dark and damp places such as the basement and attic.

Starve them of food and water

Depending on their size and the temperature of the house, roaches can survive for months without food but they need a source of water. They cannot go even a week without water. By fixing all the leaking pipes and taps around the house you can deter any potential infestations. So time to get out the toolkit from the garage and get to work.

Clean, clean and clean

Thoroughly clean the entire house, starting with the kitchen and the bathrooms. Then move on to cleaning the pantry. You might have to empty all the shelves and scrub the pantry before placing everything back to where it belongs. Generally, it is a good idea to keep everything crisp and dry. After you wash the dishes, dry them in the drier or wipe them with a dry towel before placing them in the closet. Lastly, the dining should be the only designated place to eat. No one in the house should be eating in their bedrooms or while walking around the house. Crumbs and spills attract cockroaches the most.

Storing food properly

Food should not be left exposed out in the open. Keep dry foods such as cereals, rice, and nuts in airtight and sealed containers. If something needs to be left overnight out in the open, at least cover it with a lid so roaches do not have access to it. Roaches can target cardboard, liquids, and fruits, which all should be properly stored.

Do the floors

Regularly mop the floors. Use a lemon and water solution to clean the floors and get rid of any sticky spots or spilled liquid stains. Using a lemon solution also adds a certain freshness and aroma to your home.

Take out the trash

Roaches love trash and feed on the leftover foods. Trash cans, dumpsters, and landfills are full of roaches. Have a separate trash can for food in your home and take it out regularly. Use proper lids on trash cans and make sure they are free from any holes. Damaged trash cans will only attract more roaches. Placement is also important. Place the trash cans away from your house, near the curb. If you live in an apartment, you will not have this problem as most apartments come with trash disposal chutes. However, you can check with the super or building manager in case of a roach problem.

Using baits

Store bought roach baits are available in child proof cases or in gel form. It contains a slow working poison concentrate that emits appealing odors to attract roaches. After consumption, the roach spreads the poison to its nest killing other roaches as well.

Carefully place the Apex baits in areas where roach activity has been observed. Target the corners of the rooms, baseboard and HVAC entry points, kitchen sinks and bathroom gutters. It might take several weeks for the poison to spread to the entirety of the infestation and kill every last one. Roaches are also known survivors and might develop immunity to the poisons over time. You would still have to maintain proper hygienic conditions to prevent future infestations.

Using insecticides

The Pyrid aerosol is an easy way to kill adult roaches. Use a spray bottle to directly spray it on the roaches. Keep it in a handy place where it can easily be reached when a roach presents itself. Just a few drops should be enough to kill them. Throw away dead roaches immediately to stop them from decaying in your house. However, do not use a vacuum as that will crush their tiny bodies and leave a mess in the dust bag. Use a broom instead.

Store bought insecticides are deadly killers and can reach under furniture and vents and cracks in the walls. Keep in mind they should be kept away from children and pets. If you are using roach baits, do not spray the baits with insecticides as it will poison it, causing roaches to avoid it. Using sprays can kill the roaches but the residue can leave the floors full of stains and marks which need to be taken care of afterward. For the most effectiveness, spray directly at the roaches and infestations.

Final Word

You can use various other methods such as sticky traps and professional grade pesticides for extreme infestations but these are usually not necessary.


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