Are you having a problem with cockroaches? You’re not alone. Cockroaches are bugs that live in your house. They are common, but you can take care of them.
The three most common cockroaches in the US are the German, American and Oriental roach. They can be anywhere from one-half to 3 inches long.
Different types of roaches are attracted to your home for different reasons. Knowing the type of roach you have can help you know how to get rid of them. For example, the most common type of roach found in homes is the German roach. The German roach likes water. You can reduce their numbers by taking away sources
Cockroaches can come into your home. You should clean and store food properly to keep them away. But what if you already have cockroaches in your home? There are a few different ways to get rid of cockroaches.
What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home
No matter the type of pest, they are all looking for food and water sources. They can find these in your home. Some pests – like roaches – usually like warm, humid climates like Florida and are attracted to things like dirty dishes in the sink or crumbs on the floor.
How Roaches Enter Your Home
Roaches come into your home for a variety of reasons. But they have to be able to get inside. They most common way roaches can enter your home are:
- Cracks and crevices
- Holes in vents and pipes
- Hitching a ride onto items
- And more
How To Eliminate Cockroach
1. Thoroughly Clean Your Home
It is important to keep your home clean because roaches are attracted to it. The easiest way is by cleaning it regularly. This includes:
- Washing dishes
- Putting away food after meals
- Keeping the floor clean and mopping regularly
- Sealing food that might attract roaches in containers
2. Identify Problem Areas With Flashlight and Glue Strips
Cockroaches are a pest. You need to find out if you have them in your home. Look for places cockroaches might hide, such as under the fridge, behind shelves and cabinets, and under sinks.
Find the most roaches in your house with a flashlight. Then use roach glue strips to put them in one place so they can’t get away. Monitor the area with the glue strips for a few days and see if there are any more roaches. If not, you don’t need to do anymore treatment.
3. use caulk to close gaps to prevent further infestation
Traps can be an effective way of getting rid of roaches. But they will not work to get rid of roaches that are already in the house, or those trying to come into the house. So you need to use other things like caulk and weather stripping on doors and windows.
4. Place gel bait stations to effectively reduce roach population
Gel bait can kill roaches. It’s usually in a tube and you can apply it under the baseboards, in the cracks, and near areas where they like to live. Sometimes the gel bait kills roaches that are still alive.
There are two ways to kill cockroaches. One is with bait stations. The other is by using glue traps (which are not as good). Bait stations need poison in them and look yucky, but they can attract roaches into them so the roach dies and the other cockroaches eat it, which spreads the poison.
5. Boric acid powder for added effectiveness
Boric acid is a substance found in products like clothing detergent and toothpaste. It can be one of the best roach killers, but it is also easily misapplied and can be displaced by air currents. Boric acid is not toxic to people or pets, but kills cockroaches when applied correctly.
6. Pest management professional
If you have given these tried-and-tested tricks a try and it hasn’t helped, you might need to hire a professional exterminator to get rid of the roaches.