Cockroaches are one of the most stubborn insects to get rid of. What’s more, they carry serious illnesses like gastroenteritis and dysentery. And, they can live on nearly anything from hair and food to wallpaper. So, let’s look at some ways you can control a cockroach infestation in your home.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
1. Make Sure There’s an Infestation
Look out for cast skins, unpleasant odours, egg cases and droppings in areas like the fridge and cupboards.
2. Find the Source
Figure out where the insects are coming from. Cockroaches tend to be nocturnal and usually hide in crevices and cracks, but you’ll also find them in vents and drains.
3. Seal Cracks
Seal any cracks, your skirting boards and other potential entry points to prevent the insects getting into your home.
4. Limit Food and Water
Prevent cockroaches from accessing water and food. Make sure you use sealed plastic bags and containers and clean out any food debris from under your fridge and around your cooker. Don’t leave anything soaking in the sink overnight.
5. Clean Up Immediately
If you spill something, clean it up right away. Cockroaches are attracted to crumbs. Also, make sure you disinfect kitchen surfaces to get rid of grime and dirt.
6. Try DIY Methods
You can try using DIY methods to end an infestation. Try placing cockroach-specific poison in areas where you’ve spotted droppings. You can mix together natural remedies like boric acid that the insects will carry back to their nests to feed to nymphs. If you need professional help, Pest Free Australia provides natural pest control products to get rid of cockroaches in your home.
7. Use Cockroach Traps
You might also want to try cockroach traps to get rid of a cockroach infestation in your home. These traps are designed to attract cockroaches and then trap them using an adhesive. You may need several traps, though, and you can place them wherever you suspect insect infestation is highest.
While there are a wide variety of ways to rid your home of cockroach infestations, if your problem goes untreated, keep in mind that it can very quickly escalate and spread to surrounding properties. Even though home remedies and DIY solutions may address any immediate issues, chances are that cockroach infestations will re-occur down the line, particularly when any surviving cockroach eggs hatch a month or two later.
That’s why it’s important to seek the help of experienced and knowledgeable pest control technicians who will help get rid of cockroaches in the long term and ensure that any insecticides used are natural, safe and environmentally-friendly for you, your home and your family.
Remember, if you do decide to try DIY products and approaches first make sure that you limit access to traps and poisons from your pets and children.