Roaches are just one of those insects that are such pests that at first sight would have an involuntary reaction from any person to grab a bug spray and just spray it to oblivion. Well, as much as we know this is effective we also know that another one, two or three may be lurking by. Worst Case Scenario: There may be an entire nest hiding beneath the cracks of your floor or behind the cracks of your wall. The thought of it just makes your skin say “Eeew!”, doesn’t it? Now here is a better and more productive question, how to get rid of roaches?
Roaches are social animals, so this may be key to getting rid of this disease carrying, anger invoking and food eating insect.
There are a lot ways to get rid of roaches. Ranging from natural home made remedies to commercial pesticides. What you need is something in between and a step-by-step method to do it.
Step 1: Clean Your House!
Remove all and unnecessary clutter from the rooms. Roaches thrive in dark and damp environments so removing these will deprive them of hiding places.
Seal the leaks from your pipes. These leaks are sources of water for the scurrying insects and removing these will make those roach traps from the store look more appetizing.
No food on the table. Leave no food unsealed even fruits on table and counter tops. Make sure to sweep the floors free of left overs every after meal and never ever leave your dirty dishes overnight.
Always make sure the trash is taken out regularly as these are hotspots for these invading insects.
Step 2: Treat them with store bought killers
A lot of roach traps and baits are easily bought from convenience stores or DIY shops. These have gel like substance and mixed with a bit of food to make them more appealing to roaches. If you have small children or pets at home, buy the ones that are encased in child and pet proof containers.
These gel-like substances contain poison that slowly reacts to the roach. The reason it is like this is so that any roach that consumes it will bring back some of it in the nest therefore killing the rest of the insects. Make sure that you place these traps where the roaches are frequently sighted.
You will need three to four weeks for this method to completely remove all roaches from your household, but once that is done, preventive measures are to be taken.
Step 3: No Openings
The only way to truly prevent roaches from infesting your house again is to give them no entry point. Check all your walls and floor. Apply small amounts of epoxy or sealants to these cracks.
Make sure that trash is far away from your house as possible and that the garbage bags are tied securely.
If you maintain these steps thoroughly, your household will be free of these insects in no time and prevent them from ever coming back.