How To Get Rid Of Roaches
Although cockroaches don’t bite, they do carry a lot of bacteria that they can track all over your home, and whether your realize it or not, cockroaches are a health hazard. Cockroaches have been known to carry bacteria that causes typhoid, diarrhea, food poisoning and even leprosy. Not to mention that seeing a cockroach scurry across the kitchen counter doesn’t exactly incite a comforting feeling. Unfortunately, cockroach infestations can occur. The best way to deter cockroaches from moving in is by keeping your home clean; however, even a clean home won’t always keep the roaches away. Cockroaches can come in from neighboring buildings or apartments, after all.
There are a number of ways in which you can remove your cockroach problem. The following are some of the most common and effective ways to do so:
Use a Store-Bought Cockroach Bait
There are two main types of cockroach bait that you can purchase from the store. These include a cockroach bait gel and a cockroach bait that is encased in a childproof-case, which is probably preferable if you have children or pets. They both contain a slow-working poison that is combined with a cockroach-attracting food. The idea is that the cockroach will eat the poisoned food while also bringing it back to its nest where it will kill the other cockroaches. Place the cockroach bait in areas where you know it will be found, such as under the sink or in corners. Keep in mind that this does take a few weeks to kill off your cockroach problem – and it won’t eliminate the eggs, which will hatch eventually.
Make Your Own Cockroach Bait
If you don’t want to use a store-bought bait, you can make your own by combining boric acid, white flour and powdered white sugar. The flour and sugar will help to attract the cockroaches, while the boric acid will eventually kill them. The only issue with making your own bait is if you have children or pets that might eat it, in which case an encased store-bought bait might be a better idea.
Use Store-Bought Cockroach Traps
These are more suitable for smaller cockroach problems and not infestations since they do not contain any poison. These traps contain an adhesive that will trap the cockroaches it attracts. You can then just throw the trap away.
Make Your Own Cockroach Traps
An easy way to attract and kill cockroaches one by one is to fill a jar with water along with bait, such as coffee grounds or sugar – although you can just use water in drier climates.
Use a Store-Bought Insecticide
A store-bought insecticide will contain chemicals, such as Cyfluthrin. These insecticides will help keep cockroaches away. Spray it in areas where you think cockroaches may be entering your home or where cockroach nests may be located. Do not spray it near your cockroach bait since this will keep cockroaches away from the poison, which defeats the purpose of why you put the cockroach bait down to begin with.
Make Your Own Insecticide
Since cockroach baits are more of a slow-working long-term solution, have a solution of soap and water available in a spray bottle. When you see a cockroach out in the open, spray it with this solution to kill it. While the roach will most likely run away after having been sprayed, it will probably die soon if you were able to hit it. This is because the soap will cover up its pores, causing it to suffocate.
Use a Liquid Concentrate
While typically used by exterminators, consumers now have access to liquid concentrate as well. Liquid concentrate consists of a deterrent chemical or a poison that is combined with water. You can spray it or wipe it onto any surface. When a cockroach walks over it, the concentrate will kill it. While very effective, liquid concentrate is more of a deterrent to prevent cockroaches from returning rather than a method for eliminating your entire cockroach problem.
Use a Professional Grade Pesticide
If you have a serious problem, then using cockroach traps and basic insecticides may not do the trick. If this is the case, you may need to use a professional grade pesticide. This should only be done as a last resort, however, since a professional grade pesticide won’t just kill off all the cockroaches in your home, but all other bugs as well – including spiders and millipedes, which are beneficial in that they eat cockroaches. There will be residual effects for upwards of three months, which makes it a dangerous method for killing cockroaches if you have kids or pets.
If you have a cockroach problem in your home, whether you see one here or there or you have a full-blown infestation, then use these methods for getting rid of those nasty bugs.