Seeing a large insect scurry across your kitchen floor is a frightening and disturbing experience, but also a sign that your home and possessions are at risk of damage due to a cockroach infestation. A member of the Blattodea order, cockroaches are insects about two inches in length, with six legs, two antennae, and sometimes wings. Some species are helpful in recycling organic material, but others can become nuisances once they enter and begin nesting in homes. These pests can enter your home through cracks, holes, vents, sewers, and pipes then start to nest and reproduce very quickly. If you see a cockroach or suspect you have an infestation, you should take steps remedy the situation immediately.
Cockroaches are generally nocturnal, so if you see one during the day, it may have been forced out due to overcrowding. This suggests a severe infestation, which presents hazards to your home and the people living in it. Once in your home, cockroaches can turn it into an uncomfortable environment because they emit an odor and make noises. Cockroaches can cause damage to your food, wallpaper, electronics and other items. The presence of these pests can also aggravate allergies in those who are sensitive, and some cockroaches can even transmit germs to humans, making them sick. If you have an infestation, it is important you get rid of the cockroaches immediately before they cause any damage to your home or belongings. Even after you’ve solved your cockroach problem, you should take steps to ensure they don’t re-emerge. Here are some tips to remove cockroaches from your home, and prevent them from returning.
Frequently clean: Since cockroaches are attracted to food residue, you should make sure your space, especially your kitchen, is clean. Sweep the floors, wipe down counters and the stovetop, and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink to prevent cockroaches from being attracted to your home. Keep food and containers tightly sealed and don’t leave fruit or vegetables out on the counters. Keep your trash cans sealed and take out the trash frequently.
Seal entry points: Cockroaches can crawl into your home through cracks and holes in your walls, floors, and baseboards. Use caulk to seal any cracks and holes so the roaches have fewer places to get in through.
Move waste away from home: Be sure to move any piles of wood, sticks, leaves, or any other debris away from your home. These piles are prime hiding spots for cockroaches, which may decide to migrate into your home once the weather gets cooler.
Fix water leaks: Cockroaches can survive weeks without food but only days without water. Fix any water leaks so cockroaches don’t have any reason to stick around in your home.
Use cockroach bait: Mix boric acid with powdered sugar and/or flour and sprinkle along the baseboard, under appliances and in areas where cockroaches roam. The sugar will attract the cockroaches, which will bring the poisonous bait back to their nests to feed the others. Cockroach bait can also be purchased in stores. Using bait could take several weeks because even after the roaches die, their eggs may hatch and you will need to repeat the process until they are all gone.
Use soap and water: You can kill the cockroaches as you see them with a soap and water spray. Cockroaches breathe through their skin, so the soap and water solution will essentially suffocate them.
Set up cockroach traps: Store-bought adhesive traps lure in the cockroaches in then trap them on the adhesive surface. You can also trap cockroaches with containers of water, which provide the roaches a way in, but not a way out. This will get rid of some cockroaches, but will not affect the entire nest.
Use insecticide spray: You can also purchase an insecticide spray that is labeled for use against cockroaches. Spray in areas where cockroaches may get in, or be near. If you are using bait, do not spray near the bait as it may deter the roaches from eating it. Be careful though, because using an insecticide spray may drive cockroaches further into your walls or foundation and make the problem much worse. Be sure to follow the instructions of any insecticide you purchase. While these methods can be effective in getting rid of cockroaches, they may not work entirely because cockroaches can be fast, and good at hiding.
If you want to avoid the trouble of eliminating cockroaches on your own, contact us here at BOZ Pest Control. We will be able to fully kill the cockroach population in your home through the method best suited for you, and help you take steps to prevent them from returning.