We’ve all experienced it. One day, you come home from a hard day of work and flip on a lightswitch only to catch a flurry of movement out of the corner of your eye. That can only mean one thing – cockroaches. You know you need to act immediately or your food, electronics and books are in danger of being ruined. As winter sets in, And, as winter begins to set in, even more cockroaches will gravitate into homes for warmth and build nests. These pests can be rather difficult to remove from your home , so we’ve put together a few things you can do to help eliminate your cockroach problem.
Get Rid of Standing Water
You may assume that food being left out is a big attraction for cockroaches, but these vermin are actually looking for something else. Depending on their size, cockroaches can go for nearly a full month without food, but need water on a weekly basis. Cockroaches love standing water, which means they flock to leaky faucets, clogged drains and flooded pipes. A easy fix to this problem is to fix any broken plumbing in your home. By denying them this resource, the cockroaches will pack up and move to a more soggy home, making this an excellent preventative move as well.
Using Cockroach Baits
If fixing your standing water issues doesn’t clear out these unwelcome guests,, set up cockroach bait around your home. These specially-designed lures entice cockroaches to eat food laced with a slow-working poison. The cockroaches consume the deadly snack and will then bring some back to their nest, which will kill the other cockroaches. Store-bought cockroach bait should take care of an lingering bugs..
Spraying is a last resort to eliminating a cockroach infestation. Squirting a concentrated poison into tight crevices and cracks that cockroaches are squeezing through is very effective in finishing off a current infestation. Sprays are also a very effective way to deter a re-infestation, thanks to the lingering chemical found in the liquid concentrate, which can last up to two weeks in your home. The downside to dowsing your home in insecticide is it can be dangerous for any children or pets, and kills all insects in its path, including other bugs that eat cockroaches.
Even after you’ve removed your cockroach infestation, remember that, prevention is the best course of action. Make sure that standing water issues are addressed as soon as possible and that exposed food is covered and put away quickly to stop these menaces from visiting your home again.
Of course, some visitors are too tough to get rid of on your own. If these DIY tips don’t work in kicking those cockroaches to the curb, call your local pest control company immediately. They have the expertise and experience to address out-of-control infestations that these DIY tips may not be able to handle, and give you back a bug-free home.