As much as we all hate cockroaches, every once in a while they manage to find their way in our homes. This crawlies have been roaming the Earth for 200 million years, and during that time they’ve become experts at infesting houses, commercial properties and even whole apartment blocks!
Luckily, we’ve mastered the craft of eradicating and removing cockroach infestations. Whatever the cockroach is, as we have a vast array of them here in Australia, professional pest control has found a way to get rid of them.
While dealing with a roach infestation isn’t the cheapest and easiest thing, it’s definitely a lot cheaper than living with them and letting them infest your property.
Cockroaches can cause damage to your books, electronics, and books. Not to mention the cross-contamination and other health problems that they can cause.
How to eradicate cockroach infestation
Most people do their DIY cockroach control by placing traps and spraying them with off-the-shelf pesticides. While this will kill individual roaches, DIY pest control can’t fix the root of the problem – neglect.
As tough as it may sound, not keeping your home up to standard can cause roach infestations. No worries as everything is fixable. Here’s what you have to do to stop cockroaches from entering your home:
- Fix all leaks.
Roaches love water. They can survive for months without food (though you wouldn’t know it considering how much they love eating), but they can live only a few days without water. Depriving them of water is a great first step to deal with them.
- Cover your food.
As we’ve already mentioned, they can live a long time without food, but they are also gluttonous so you can be sure that if you let food lying around, roaches will be soon to follow.
- Keep your home clean.
Cleanliness is the key to getting rid of cockroaches. Removing spills and crumbs right away is essential for the prevention of these pesky intruders. Do the dishes immediately. Put food in sealed containers, even when you’re putting it in the fridge.
- Scrub the floors regularly.
This should get rid of sticky spots and breadcrumbs, thus preventing cockroaches from creeping inside in search for readily available food.
- Throw out the rubbish regularly.
This is where you keep your waste. Here is the place where all the food scraps, leftover dinners, rotten tomatoes, and putrid fruit lies. This is Treasure island for roaches, so take it out regularly.
- Fix all leaks.
Baits, traps, and insecticides
Even if you do all of the above, it will still take some time before the roaches reduce in numbers and scatter completely. We know that you don’t want to be waiting around for the infestation to disappear on it own.
Here’s what you can do to keep the individual cockroaches in your home out of sight.
- Use baits to kill cockroaches.
You can get a store-bought bait in a childproof container or in gel form. They’re a blend of food (attractive to roaches) and poison. It’s a sneaky way to make them insert a Trojan horse into their midst. The only problem with this method is it takes a very long time to work and only works on the adults. Once they’re dead, usually the eggs hatch so the game has to begin anew. Still, it does yield some positive results. If this is the approach you want to take, you need to place the baits near places where you know roaches gather. Also, if you suspect where the nest is, place the baits as close to it as possible.
- Place traps around your house.
Traps are less effective than baits. They work on a population of adult roaches, but they don’t affect the nest in any way. You can get store-bought cockroach traps, which use an adhesive to trap the insects. Place traps where you know they gather. You can also make your own trap using a jar and some water. Place it near a wall. This gives the roaches a way in but no way out. Once more, this is effective against adult roaches, but the nest and the eggs are far beyond the effects of a trap.
- Kill the cockroaches by spraying them with pesticides.
Pesticides are effective but can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s possible that using the spray can make the problem worse by forcing the roaches to hide deeper and change their “tactics”. They’re very adaptable creatures. Also, it might be dangerous for children and pets, so always read the safety labels before you use them. Do not use pesticides if you don’t know where the nest is. Otherwise, you may make matters worse.