A Guide to Dealing With Cockroach Infestations
Cockroaches are one of the most difficult insect infestations to deal with. They are quick to run from humans and light, they hide in the deepest recesses of your home, and they keep multiplying until there is no longer any room for them to hide. Along with their unsightly form, cockroaches can also be responsible for causing health problems such as urinary tract infections and typhoid fever. If you are being overrun by these insects, read the guide below for some tips on how to remove them from your home.
1. Identify Problematic Areas
If you have a severe roach problem, you will often find them crawling across counters and other surfaces. However, these are not the areas that you will need to spray or place bait in. You need to instead search for small cracks in your walls and dark areas behind large objects. The best time to do this is at night. If you approach a crevice or a large area and you see cockroaches run in or out of those areas, those will be the areas that you will need to focus on baiting and sealing.
2. Purchase Bait
While bait will not get rid of all of the cockroaches in your home, it will certainly make an impact by trapping and killing some of them. Some popular baits include glue traps, poison traps, and cockroach gel bait. These types of bait either trap the cockroach so that they will not be able to escape or force the cockroach to feed on poisonous bait that will the cockroach and possibly other cockroaches. You should experiment with different types to find out what works best for your situation.
3. Seal Cracks Around the House
Sealing cracks around the house will prevent more roaches from trying to make your home their home. You will often find these cracks in the baseboard, around door frames, and in cabinets and drawers. If you’re not sure where exactly these crevices are in your home, follow the advice in the first tip and wait until nighttime when the roaches will be the most active. Take a flashlight with you and shine them on the roaches when they are on the wall or anywhere near cabinets and drawers. This will scare the roaches and force them to go back into hiding. You will then be able to determine where these hiding places are and seal them off.
4. Begin Keeping Your House Clean
Cockroaches are attracted to food, crumbs, and almost anything left out that they are able to eat. Instead of giving them the ability to eat when you go to bed, make sure to clean your house so well that there is nothing around the house for them to eat. Clean every surface thoroughly, scrub the grease off of your stove, seal your food in plastic bags, vacuum your floors, and keep drinks off of the counters. It may sound like a lot of work but it will be worth it when you begin to see the cockroach population dwindling.
5. Have an Insect Spray Within Arms Reach
During a cockroach infestation, you are going to have numerous moments where there will be a cockroach or several cockroaches scurrying around you. If you are too squeamish to squash them with your hands or with another object, consider purchasing a cockroach spray that will kill them instantly. However, be aware of where you are spraying insecticides as most of them are toxic and will require you to clean afterward. If you find them on other surfaces such as your couch and you are unable to spray harmful chemicals on these surfaces, consider using a more natural spray such as a mixture of soap and water, which will suffocate them and keep your home from being filled with harmful sprays.
6. Pest Control is Your Best Friend
There are some cockroach infestations that are too big for you to handle alone. If this is the case, consider calling an expert. A pest control expert will be able to more effectively handle your roach problem and will often be able to do it in a way that keeps you and your family safe from harm.
Although cockroach infestations can seem impossible to get rid of, it is possible. If you follow this guide and do everything that you can to get rid of the roaches that are making their way into your home, you should be able to remove the roaches in no time.