How do you get rid of cockroaches?
Your aim and the goal would be to keep your residence or office building safe and clean by eliminating cockroaches that are there and making sure none get access. It can be difficult and might take some time to get the infested property under control or cockroach free, however with tenants and landlords working together and by taking a wide approach to the building, cockroaches can be controlled.
The best way to get support from your tenant or landlord is to use a cockroach trap and to collect as much evidence as possible.
Location and spotting:
The growth and living of cockroaches are made possible by food and water supplies. If you notice a cockroach you will most probably find food sources around.
Areas where you might find cockroaches would include kitchens, galleys, behind and along skirting-boards, in and around sinks, in or under cupboards, under chairs and tables, in utility cabinets. Underneath refrigerators or any other electronic devices, iceboxes, under loose floor coverings,
You can also find them in ducts, water pipes, sewers and manholes.
In restaurants, warehouses, and other commercial buildings you will also find them in storage areas & waste areas.
The 8 Best Ways to get rid of Cockroaches!!!
1. Cut off cockroaches food and water supplies by cleaning methods
- If you have crumbs or food particulars lying around – Use a vacuum or wipe them up especially at night before going to bed. Make sure all food, including dog food and food containers, are sealed off properly and stored in dry areas.
- Always keep your dustbin covered and closed, and empty it constantly.
- Rinse cans, bottles and plastics—Before putting cans, bottles, or any other plastics in the dustbin, try and rinse them first
- Clean your refrigerator inside and outside at least once a week.
- Cleaning helps prevent cockroaches from growing or repopulating.
2. Set out cockroach bait – Household Pest Control
- Cockroach bait is poison but not harmful to humans, cockroaches on the other hand love the taste and will take it back to their nest to feed.
- You would first need to locate, if possible, their hiding places, to add the insecticide (Gel, spray, or dust). Depending on the type of poison used, the treatment will be effective for several days to months, unless it gets washed off.
- Insecticides can also be combined with Food sources as toxic baits.
3. The natural roach killer – Boric acid
- The best way to get rid of cockroaches in the more natural way trialed and tested is with Boric acid. Directions: Mix three teaspoons of boric acid, three teaspoons of sugar, and three teaspoons of water. Place the mixture at the base of a glass jar and do not put the lid on.
- Position: You can place the opened jar with the boric acid in areas where you spot cockroaches.
- Outcome: When the cockroaches come in contact with the boric acid solution, it becomes dehydrated, and eventually die.
- Please note even though it’s not very dangerous to humans, you should be cautious when leaving it around when there are pets or children.
4. Buy roach spray from the store
- This should be your first option for minor to moderate infestations in your home and it’s fairly easy to get rid of roaches with the right spray. The most effective store-bought product would be Raid Ant & Roach Killer Insecticide Sprays. This spray is very helpful when you don’t want to get too close to a cockroach when spotted, and should kill the bug almost instantly.
5. Use your shoe
- If there are no store-bought products in your home, this is the way to go, use your shoe:)
- This is always so messy and not easy to do, but it is effective in killing roaches. Please remember to always clean and disinfect after you have killed the roach, to stop cross-infection.
6. Don’t give them a place to hide
- Seeing that cockroaches love paper and cardboard boxes to make their home and repopulate, don’t leave them piling up in your store or garage areas, break them down and recycle them.
- Newspapers, books, and magazines should not be stacked openly as this is a dark hiding place for them.
- To avoid cockroaches coming out of water pipes like sinks and spare bathroom drain holes, that do not get used regularly, run water through daily.
- Make sure to check your children’s backpack and books when they return home from school. Also, check any grocery bags and items before packing them away.
- Wood should be varnish or painted to seal off all openings, and wipe them clean regularly
7. Close and seal cracks
- If all cracks or openings (entrances) where you think cockroaches can enter your home are sealed off properly, cockroaches will be forced out of their safe space and into the open, where they won’t survive long.
- Seal tiny cracks and holes in the walls.
- Also seal gaps around plumbing, wall outlets, and switch plates. Fix leaky pipes, faucets, toilets, and other plumbing problems, as well as leaky roofs.
- Use an extractor fan that vents to reduce the humidity in the bathroom and showers & Dry any damp areas in the kitchen or bathroom to keep moisture down.
8. Call a pest control company – Sydney’s Best Pest Control
This treatment is the most costly, but if you have a serious infestation you should call professional help. The best treatments, after inspection, should be used to eliminate the roach problem in your home.
NB – Good sanitation and constant cleaning should be practiced after pest control to prevent further infestation and cross-infections. Children and pets should also be taken into consideration and you should ask for the safest treatment.
We will never defeat the roaches!!!! They showed up hundreds of millions of years before we showed up, and they are still going strong.
We just gave them all the resources needed to control the world. “They’ve been able to come up with solutions for almost everything that’s been thrown at them for more than 300 million years. There’s no way that humans could survive the changes that cockroaches have endured.”
Most likely, they will outlast us, too. I have a feeling that when our species finally dies out, cockroaches will be having feats on what has been left behind.