Cockroaches are one of those creepy crawlies that need to be addressed as soon as they are noticed. Cockroaches carry filth and disease, making them a danger to have in the home. Today, we are going to discuss how to get rid of cockroaches.
Prevent Cockroach Infestations
The first step you can take to get rid of cockroaches is not to get them in the first place. Cockroaches are drawn to food, water, and shelter resources, with your home being the primary location to retrieve an all-in-one package. To prevent cockroaches from being tempted into entering your home, please do the following:
- Don’t leave dirty dishes sitting in the sink.
- Sweep crumbs off counters and floors.
- Don’t leave pet food sitting out, if possible.
- Frequently take out your trash and recycling.
- Repair items that leak water, like faucets.
- Identify and repair cracks or holes where cockroaches can enter.
- Frequently clean and sanitize your home.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
If you start to notice cockroaches in your home, we advise that you take immediate action. The first step you should take is identifying the type of cockroach.
Types of Cockroaches
There are thousands of cockroach species worldwide, but less than 100 live here in the USA. Of those, the most common species you will see are German Cockroaches, Brown-Banded Cockroaches, and American Cockroaches. By identifying which type of cockroach has invaded your home, you will be able to choose the best treatment accordingly.
The next step to take is buying store-bought traps, bait, or liquid concentrates. Here are a few to consider.
- Roach Motels
- Combat Roach Killing Bait
- Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Roach Bait
- Advion Cockroach Get Bait
When using these strategies, please be sure to follow the directions carefully, especially if you have small children or pets in your home.
If you would prefer a more natural option to get rid of cockroaches, you may want to try the following:
- Baking Soda
- Boric Acid
- Citrus (lemon oil)
- Essential Oils
- Diatomaceous Earth
Again, please read the directions carefully and ensure that your family members and pets do not mess with or have a possible allergic reaction to these substances.
One solution we DO NOT recommend using is roach bombs. These treatments are highly toxic and are best to be avoided if possible, as you will have to vacate the house until the bomb has finished.
If you cannot terminate your cockroach problem quickly on your own, you should choose professional pest management assistance before it becomes a severe problem.
Reliable Pest Solutions
Are you suffering from a cockroach infestation that you just can’t seem to shake on your own? Give us a call at Reliable Pest today for a free estimate. Don’t know what bugs are invading your home? Check out our Freaky Bug Identifier to see what it could be.