More than a simple annoyance, cockroaches can trigger allergy symptoms and put people at risk of serious illness when they infest a home. If cockroaches are becoming an issue in your home, check out these tips for getting rid of—and preventing—cockroaches.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches
In an ideal situation, you would prevent cockroaches from ever entering your home. Sometimes, though, that just isn’t possible. If you’re already struggling with a cockroach problem, here are a few tips to help you get rid of the unwanted houseguests.
Seal Entry Points
First things first: seal off all entry points to prevent more cockroaches from entering your home. Examine and repair all weather stripping around your doors. Repair and replace door and window screens, and seal any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior.
Several different pesticide treatments are made especially for indoor home use. Consider using gel bait, bait stations, or glue traps throughout your home to eliminate roaches. Remember that if you decide to use a poisonous option, you’ll need to keep children and pets away from treated areas. Follow all instructions on the label carefully.
Consult a Professional
Sometimes an infestation is too much for you to handle on your own. Whether you’re dealing with a few roaches or a few dozen, your local pest control professionals can help you get them out of your home and keep them out.
If your home hasn’t yet been affected by cockroaches, it’s still wise to take steps to prevent an infestation.
Eliminate Food Sources
A main contributor to cockroach problems is the availability of food. Remove potential sources of sustenance by making sure that any and all food is cleaned up promptly and stored properly.
Clean the Environment
While the presence of cockroaches doesn’t necessarily mean a home is unclean, cockroaches can easily hide and live in homes that are untidy. If you don’t have a cleaning regimen in place already, try to set a manageable schedule that will help you to monitor for cockroaches. This may mean vacuuming on one day of the week, dusting on another, and cleaning bathrooms on yet another day. You don’t have to be obsessive about cleaning, but making sure all areas are tidied up regularly will help reduce your chances of a cockroach infestation.
Monitor for Activity
You can always be on the lookout for signs of cockroaches. Keep an eye out for indications of a cockroach infestation like an unusual smell, droppings, smear marks, or shed skins.
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