How To Get Rid of Cockroaches In House & In Apartments
Few pests cause feelings of spine-chilling terror more than the dreaded cockroach. These critters are highly destructive, they carry a wide variety of diseases, and probably worst of all, they’re very hard to kill. The problem is, most people don’t even realize they have roaches until they happen to walk into the kitchen late at night, turn on the light, and see them scatter.
If you’re suffering from a cockroach infestation, you probably have already heard all of the horror stories about how impossible it is to get rid of them. But, the truth is, you can get rid of them if you know how and you’re dedicated to the cause. Here are some tips for how to get rid of cockroaches in a house or apartment.
Before You Start
Before you can put your roach-extermination effort into effect, there are a few things you will need to do first. For starters, you should take a flashlight and examine your home for possible cockroach infestation sites. Popular spots include dark and damp locations such as under the refrigerator, under the sink, bathroom cabinets and closets, kitchen cabinets and shelves, and closet door corners.
Next, you’ll want to look for any water leaks in your home. This is crucial because cockroaches can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water and their primary water source is usually leaky plumbing./
You will also want to clean your home or apartment from top to bottom. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink; clean up crumbs after dinner, and make sure you keep your range top free from grease build-up. Any food that’s left out should be kept in sealed containers and no fruit should be kept on the countertop. Be sure to take the garbage out regularly, mop your floors routinely (using as little water as possible), and clean up any spilled drinks before they can leave a sticky residue.
Now that you have your home’s anti-cockroach hygiene down, it’s time to move on to waging war against the critters.
Top DIY Options for Getting Rid of Cockroaches
Store-Bought Cockroach Gel Bait – If you were successful finding and fixing any leaks, then using store-bought gel baits works well against roach infestations. The reason it works is because the roach’s water source is cut off, so they’ll naturally gravitate to the gel bait because of the moisture it contains. Ideally, the traps should be placed in an area where they usually inhabit, such as the locations mentioned earlier. The downside to this technique is that it can take weeks to wipe out the entire colony. If you stop the treatment and there’s even one egg left that hasn’t hatched yet, then your problem will return.
Homemade Cockroach Bait Mix – For years, homemakers have been battling against roaches using a simple formula, a mixture of one-part powdered boric acid, one-part cocoa powder, and one-part flour. Like the store-bought gel traps, this mix will also take a few weeks in order for it to kill off the entire infestation and it needs to be continually applied until you don’t see any more roaches.
Insecticide Spray – Insecticide sprays containing Cyfluthrin can be helpful in a war against roaches. Simply spray the solution where you think the roaches may be hiding or entering your home. Be careful to not spray any of it on any gel bait traps if you’re using them as it could cause the cockroaches to avoid the traps altogether.
The Proven Way to Get Rid of Cockroaches in a Home or Apartment – Professional Pest Control
Taking on a cockroach infestation is a lengthy process that takes tremendous dedication and the results can sometimes leave you wanting. At JP McHale, there’s a better and more reliable way for getting rid of roaches from your home or apartment.
At JP McHale, our experienced exterminators will come to your residence to investigate your infestation. Once the breeding grounds and entry points are identified, control methods will be utilized to kill off the adult-stage roaches as well as any eggs that have yet to hatch. Our exterminators will also provide you with the education and techniques necessary for helping prevent against future infestations.