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[INFOGRAPHIC] How To Overcome a Cockroach Infestation

Camille Landry posted this on Jul 14, 2017

 

Cockroaches are icky, disgusting creatures and unfortunately they love shacking up with us humans. Cockroaches love the warmth we have to offer and all the food we leave behind when we don't thoroughly clean up. If left alone, cockroach infestations can reach massive proportions. Luckily, there is a way to significantly deplete cockroach infestations and totally wipe them out of your home,  especially if you choose to do some DIY pest control with professional roach control products from Solutions Pest & Lawn. This neat infographic lays out what you should do to take down an infestation of roaches in your home.

infographic on what to do if you suffer from an infestation of cockroaches

 

How to Overcome a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroach infestations can become a big problem in the home that can get quickly out of hand if you don’t intervene. Not only is their presence creepy and annoying, it can also be hazardous to one’s health. Cockroaches are known for spreading a number of harmful diseases such as Typhoid, salmonella and dysentery and causing complications for people with breathing issues such as asthma.

 

You’ve tried all the hacks and DIY cockroach killing advice that you’ve found on the internet to no avail and you have also scoured every pest control aisle at all the big box stores and garden centers and have been left with disappointment.

 

However, do not fret! The Cockroach control experts here at Solutions Pest & Lawn have put together a helpful infographic that details what to do if you have a cockroach infestation that is just not letting up. By following the simple steps this guide and infographic have laid out, you can finally be free of your cockroach infestation.

 

5 Ways To Eliminate Cockroaches.

Clear out food sources

1. Clear out Food Sources

  • Remove any standing water and keep home dry (especially the kitchen)

  • Wipe up crumbs and leftovers from table surfaces and counters

  • Store pantry foods in airtight containers with a lid

  • Take out the trash daily

 

While keeping a clean home doesn’t necessarily mean you will be immune to a cockroach infestation, making sure that you have a tidy home free of food sources is a big part of a cockroach control program. Cockroaches aren’t picky eaters and will consume just about anything that is left out for them while scavenging for food.

 

By eliminating all sources of food (including things like oil and grease from spills) cockroaches will be deprived of all the goodies they enjoy and will be desperate for anything that looks edible. That’s when cockroach bait comes in. When cockroaches are hungry and there’s no food available but little dots of bait, they won’t be able to resist.


Sanitation


2. Sanitation

  • Clear away any traces of crumbs or food particles from surfaces and floors.

  • Sweep floors and vacuums carpets regularly

  • Remove any food trays, water bowls or litter trays at night.

  • Clean up liquid and oil spills, especially underneath appliances like the fridge.

 

Sanitation is the hallmark of any successful DIY pest control program. You can use the absolute best pesticides and insecticides available but if sanitation isn’t a regular task done in your home, those pest control products will do little to eliminate cockroaches.

 

It’s important to analyze why cockroaches are in the home in the first place. If your dwelling place didn’t have something cockroaches wanted, they wouldn’t be around. Cockroaches only need three things to be satisfied: food, water and shelter. If you are leaving moisture around and food particles from crumbs and from just not keeping up with regular sanitation, cockroaches will love sticking around.

 

By maintaining a regular sanitation schedule, this will minimize the presence of cockroaches because their needs of food and water are not being met, so they will go elsewhere to satisfy themselves.



Declutter


3. Declutter

  • Get rid of stacks of newspaper, boxes and other unneeded items in storage that are taking up space.

  • Store items you wish to keep in plastic storage containers.

 

The more clutter you have in your home, the more places for roaches to dwell and hide. Cockroaches like secluded areas they can nuzzle into. Clutter in storage areas just provides more nooks and crannies for roaches to use as a hiding and resting spot.

 

What cockroaches do not like are wide open spaces which a good decluttering will do. Don’t be a hoarder, get rid of junk you do not need and free up as much space in your home as you can.

 

Exclusion


4. Exclusion

  • Seal cracks and crevices in walls, cabinets, drawers and openings into your home.

  • Check pipes for damage on a regular basis and repair leaks ASAP

 

Another essential which significantly reduces cockroach infestations is exclusion. Cockroaches are tiny and has flat bodies so they can move through the thinnest of cracks and crevices. This makes it pretty easy for colonies of roaches to move to and fro in your home.

 

By sealing up as much cracks and openings as you possibly can, this will make it difficult for roaches to move through your home. Use a caulking gun or black foam to seal up all the cracks and voids you can. While it is impossible to seal up or even reach ALL of the openings and crevices of a home, making any sort of exclusion effort can help drastically reduce the presence of roaches in your home.

 

Professional Grade Products

 

5. Use Professional-Grade Cockroach Control Products

  • Use a strong gel bait around high active areas (bathroom, kitchen etc.) such as Apex

  • Treat cracks and crevices with a high-quality foaming aerosol such as Fipro

  • Apply a barrier treatment around your home with an insecticide concentrate like Reclaim

 

Once you have done all the initial steps you can move onto using professional DIY pest control products aimed at killing cockroaches dead. There are a number of great products available depending on the type of cockroach problem you have.

 

We have to emphasize that it is important that you use professional quality cockroach killer products like the ones we have here at Solutions Pest & Lawn over the generic brands you’d find at your local big box store or home improvement center. These products are very weak compared to what we carry which are the same products which professional pest control exterminators use when hired for pest control services.

 

Let Solutions Pest & Lawn equip you with everything you need to eliminate roaches from your home for good!

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