Are you unsure how to eliminate cockroaches from your home? Don't worry, you are not the only one. Cockroaches can be found in many household pests around the world.
The average length of roaches is one-half to three inches. The three most commonly found cockroaches are the German (or Oriental) and the American. There are many reasons roaches may be attracted to your house. It is important to identify the type of roach that you have and how you can get rid of it. The German roach is the most common indoor roach. The German roach requires food and water. A roach infestation can be reduced by limiting the availability of food and water in your home.
You can also prevent an infestation by using other methods such as regular cleaning and food storage. How do you eliminate cockroaches from your home once they are infested?
Roaches invade homes looking for food, water, and shelter. Roaches can quickly multiply in an area once they are established, which poses a risk to your health and comfort. Cockroaches should be removed immediately after they infest a place. Roaches can carry bacteria that can cause food poisoning, diarrhea, allergic reactions, and skin rashes. Roaches can also emit a foul-smelling odor if they are in large numbers.
It is best to create a plan before you decide how to get rid of roaches from your home. Effective roach control often requires multiple methods.
How to Eliminate Cockroaches
Flashlight and Glue Traps Can Be Used to Identify Problem Areas
Before you decide on the best cockroach control method, make sure to inspect your home. To locate large infestations, use roach glue traps. Based on your flashlight inspection, determine the best areas to place glue traps and monitors. These areas should be monitored for several days to a full week. Most cockroaches will place traps or monitors in high-traffic areas to indicate where treatment should be performed.
Caulk and Seal the Gaps Around Your Home to Prevent Future Infestations
While traps can be used to identify where roaches are travelling and capture some of them, they will not eliminate roaches that have tried to enter your home. Caulk or another sealant can be used to prevent roaches entering. This includes gaps between tiles or walls, crevices, and openings around utility penetrations or faucets. Weather stripping can also be used on windows and doors.
Place Gel Bait Stations for Effectively Reducing Roach Population
Effective roach killers include gel bait. Gel bait is usually in the form a tube. It can be used under baseboards, in cracks or crevices, as well as in areas most likely to attract them. Gel baits often contain boric acid dust. However, it is important to use it correctly and follow the label instructions. Otherwise, it may not be effective in controlling cockroach populations. Gel bait is effective at getting rid of roaches but can also leave behind a lot of dead roaches. Bait stations are another popular way to get rid of cockroaches. The bait stations are placed in areas that are frequented by roaches and allow them to interact with the insecticide. The roach returns to its home, where it dies. Other roaches then eat the insecticide. Although bait stations can partially eliminate roaches from a home, they do not kill all of them. For best results, bait stations should not be placed in areas that are accessible to pets or children.
Clean and Remove Things That Cockroaches Need to Survive
Cockroaches require food and water, as we have already mentioned. You can help cockroaches stay away by maintaining good sanitation in your home. This includes removing food waste, cleaning up grease and food debris after you use your kitchen, and not leaving behind dirty dishes.
Call a Pest Management Specialist
A cockroach specialist can be hired to help you. They are a proven, effective way to get rid of them. This eliminates the need for traps to be placed around your home. Give Alta Pest Control a call today, and get a free estimate.