Keep in mind that these domestic pests would not have survived inside your home if they did not have any food and water to keep them alive. Although they nest in dark crawlspaces beneath the house or inside walls, the roaches frequent ill-maintained kitchens where there is usually an endless supply of food crumbs and drink spills. The first important step in good roach control is get rid of these food and water sources as much as possible.
Organize a general house cleaning. The roaches are in dark and damp places such as beneath your kitchen sink, under heavy and unmoved appliances such as refrigerators and stoves. Sweep and mop these areas with disinfectant soap and water. Continue doing so once a week until you are sure that re-infestation will not occur. Clean the counters and kitchen tops as well as your dining table with a cloth soaked in mild disinfectant after every meal to wipe off even the smallest food residue.
You should store all foods and drinkable items in your refrigerator or tightly-covered containers. The leaky faucets provide a good water supply for roaches, so you must check for any leakage too.
Prevent their Entry into the House
As soon as food and water supply for roaches have been eradicated, the next crucial step is to stop them from entering your home. Cracks on doors and windows can serve as their hidden entrance to the house. If you discover gaps or openings where they can crawl through, you can install weather stripping as covering. Metal clashing, drywall, or new wood can be used to cover holes in floorboards or walls. Preventive roach control also includes caulking all holes you can find where roaches can pass through to get inside your home.
Exterminate with Insecticides
Now that roaches have been blocked from your home, your next crucial step is to exterminate all those that remain. There are numerous brands of insecticides available in stores, most of them quite effective. However, if you want a thorough elimination of these domestic pests, it is suggested that you seek help of a professional exterminator as they make use of more powerful insecticides that assure total control over roaches.
An exterminator has access to different roach baits that work effectively against these insects. Gel baits are applied on surfaces where roaches crawl on, and granular baits are sprinkled around home’s exterior to prevent insects from entering the house. Bait stations are also set up inside the house.
Cockroach control is sure to be achieved if all these methods are combined. Always remember to practice safety precautions when eliminating these domestic pests.