9 Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Sakera Patel S

Introduction

There are few things worse than coming home from work to find that you have an infestation of cockroaches in your home, but if you are diligent, you can wipe them out quickly and effectively without losing your sanity.  Luckily, there are plenty of simple yet highly effective ways to get rid of these nasty little pests once and for all! Here are some of the most effective methods that we recommend trying today.

1. Maintain a clean house

If your home is dirty, cockroaches will enjoy living there just as much as you do. Keep your house clean with a good vacuuming once or twice a week, and make sure to clean surfaces often, especially in the kitchen or near sources of food. Getting rid of cockroaches isn’t impossible, but it will require some hard work on your part—and that starts with regularly keeping your home sanitary. Regular vacuuming can help cut down on cockroach populations too, though not all types like forced air from vacuums. So, if you have carpets, be sure to vacuum all-around door frames and corners where most roaches live.

2. Keep pets away from their hiding places

Most people don’t think about pets, such as dogs and cats when trying to get rid of cockroaches. But pets are attracted to cockroach odors and they’ll often track them throughout your home—even if you have multiple animals in residence. That said, one of your best strategies for getting rid of cockroaches is to let your pets help you out with their fine-tuned sense of smell. Keep an eye on where they’re sniffing, though; there’s likely a nest or roach somewhere nearby! Don’t forget: just because you see one or two roaches now doesn’t mean that an infestation isn’t on its way.

3. Use traps

If you’re having a hard time getting rid of cockroaches, it might be because they’re constantly coming back—and not just from next door. Cockroaches will stay in your home for food and water, so start by cleaning up. Crumbs on your counter or floors are a big draw for roaches; get rid of them, keep dirty dishes out of sight, and make sure you don’t have leaky garbage bags. You can also set up traps throughout your home. Bait roach traps with dry dog food and monitors them regularly to catch as many bugs as possible.

4. Spray insecticides only as needed

The goal with cockroach infestations is not only to get rid of them but also to prevent them from returning. Spraying insecticides in a haphazard manner will not lead to long-term results. You need an approach that is both specific and persistent. By following these steps, you will be able to do just that: Get rid of cockroaches and keep them away for good.

5. Get professional help if needed

If you do see cockroaches in your home and are not sure how to remove them, get professional help. It’s not a do-it-yourself project, so leave it to a pest control professional that has access to products that will get rid of cockroaches forever. If you can’t afford a professional, you could always try making your own DIY solution. Good luck!

6. Try natural treatments like boric acid

Boric acid has been used for years as a poison for cockroaches, and it’s also one of the most effective DIY treatments to get rid of cockroaches. Just be sure to wear gloves when handling boric acid, as it can irritate your skin. Sprinkle boric acid inside cabinets and under appliances like stoves and refrigerators. You should also sprinkle it on baseboards and in corners around kitchen cabinets. Remember to reapply every few months, because boric acid is not an everlasting solution.

7. Seal up all possible entry points

It may sound obvious, but one of the best ways to get rid of cockroaches is simply by sealing up all possible entry points. The cockroach can only get into your home if it has a way in, so cut off access through cracks and crevices in exterior walls and windowsills. If you have gaps along baseboards, caulk them closed. Pay special attention to wherever pipes enter your home. It’s also a good idea to make sure any screens are free from holes; roaches can fit through an opening as small as a nickel. They’re also quite fond of warm attics and basements, so keep these areas ventilated during hot summer months.

8. Remove standing water

Moisture breeds cockroaches. If you live in a high-rise or a climate that gets plenty of rain, you have an increased risk for infestation. Because they breed so quickly, getting rid of cockroaches should be done as soon as possible. It’s impossible to get rid of all cockroaches, but you can decrease their numbers by making your home inhospitable and keeping food sealed up. Start by looking around sinks and drains in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other location where water may collect. Then look around your cupboards and trash cans; remove anything that might provide food or shelter for cockroaches like rotting fruit or cardboard boxes.

9. Vacuum

Vacuuming is one of those chores that never quite seems like a good idea, but you need to do it anyway. But did you know that vacuuming can also get rid of cockroaches? When they see light and movement, roaches scatter. Keep some lights on in rooms where they tend to congregate—kitchens are often hotspots—and pull out your vacuum every once in a while (at least once per week). Vacuuming will help get rid of roaches faster than just about anything else, so give it a try. You’ll probably want to seal off any hiding places first, though! If nothing seems to work, call an exterminator.

Conclusion

A cockroach infestation at your home can be devastating, not only because of the gross factor but also because they bring germs with them and their bite can cause allergic reactions in people. But if you follow these nine simple tips, you should keep your pest problem under control and prevent them from damaging your food or frightening your guests! Get rid of cockroaches from entering your home by keeping all food items stored in tightly-sealed containers and uncluttered pantries.

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