Cockroaches are a small pest that can create huge problems, especially if you don’t know how to stop them. While they rarely cause structural damage in the way termites do, they can contaminate food and spread disease by walking through food and/or food preparation areas. Here are some ways you can control the cockroaches.
Tip #1: Keep the House Clean
While it may be a chore, keeping your house clean also keeps it cockroach-free. Steps to take include:
-Cockroaches feed off what’s left open and available. So, clean up any spills immediately and DON’T leave pet water and food out for 24 hours a day.
-Keep food in tightly sealed plastic and glass containers, as roaches can chew through paper and cardboard to lay eggs in.
-Keep your trash in sealed plastic containers and dispose of it daily.
-Don’t allow dirty dishes to pile up, and soak them in water and soap if you can’t wash them immediately.
Tip #2: Remove Damp and Humid Spots
Cockroaches tend to thrive in humid and damp areas. As such, removing these areas in your house lowers the odds of cockroaches infesting your home:
-Wrap and/or insulate piping which has excess condensation.
-Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
-Ventilate bathrooms and dehumidify moist areas to reduce sources of water.
Tip #3: Keep them Out
While you can prepare as much you want, odds are that cockroaches can still get inside. To address this, there are a few methods to ensure that roaches can’t get in to begin with:
-Keep mulch turned and raked at least 6 inches away from your home. This creates a “dry zone” that discourages roaches from going forward.
-Keep shrubs, bushes and plants trimmed back so they do not touch your home. Allowing them to do so makes it easy for bugs to get onto your home.
-Make sure all window screens, door sweeps and weather stripping is fully intact to prevent roaches from climbing in.
Tip #4: Remove Places to Hide
Cockroaches can get in places you wouldn’t think they could. Nothing is off limits, so addressing these from the start will help reduce the odds of roaches sneaking in where you least need them:
-Search your home for possible entryways roaches can take into your home. Some spots include behind the refrigerator, under your sink, or closet door corners. Once these are found, use caulk to fill any holes within these entry points, as suggested by Georgia-based Do My Own Pest Control.
-Place tape over certain hiding spots in appliances and household items if possible. This includes computers, telephones, toasters, etc. Note that this is only necessary in areas where roaches are seen frequently.
-Seal off holes around pipes or light and wall fixtures with materials like copper mesh.
Tip #5: Eliminate the Roaches
Prevention is the best way of fighting cockroaches. Despite your best efforts, they can still get in. Knowing how to take them out is the second-best option if it comes down to it:
-Traps, including sticky traps or baiting traps, are great ways of managing cockroaches in case they do get into your house. Some of the best traps on the market now include Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Roach Bait, Black Flag Roach Motel and Syngenta Cockroach Bait Tubes. All of these are available on Amazon ranging from $8-$30 in cost.
-Spray liquid concentrates onto areas of your home where roaches are centered the most. This attacks roaches at the source and prevents them from staying there. Some examples of liquid concentrates include 10 drops of peppermint oil mixed with one part white vinegar and two parts water, according to Apartment Therapy.
-Another option for eliminating roaches is boric acid, another homemade solution. To use this, mix equal amounts of boric acid, flour and sugar to make a dough. Place this dough where roaches are known to hide, and the flour and sugar will attract the roaches while the boric acid kills them. Disclaimer: Do not use this approach if you have a pet, as boric acid is incredibly deadly if they consume it.
If none of these approaches work to removing your cockroach issue, reach out to Pestward online through our Contact Form or call us at 519-913-0716