Fun fact: cockroaches have survived for over 300 million years, predate dinosaurs and have likely been a pesky nuisance for cavemen and dinosaurs just as they annoy you today!
One of the most disgusting of household pests, cockroaches are strong, and can even survive for up to a week without their heads! These critters will eat almost anything, whether it is food, wallpaper paste, paper or even other cockroaches!
Seeing a cockroach running around the house is enough to scare the wits out of many, but the many diseases these creatures can spread should be enough reason for you to think about taking preventive measures for an infestation.
Here are a few things you can do to keep the roaches out of your house:
The First Step – Keep your house clean
While a clean house does not completely guarantee a critter free house, removing any sources of food, wiping down surfaces after eating and cooking can help prevent a cockroach outbreak.
Wash your dishes!
One of the major reasons of cockroach infestations is dirty dishes lying in sinks or on counters overnight. These dishes can have bits of food on them, which can be an easy source of food for roaches. Even if you can’t immediately wash the dishes, scraping off bits of food, and leaving them soaking in the sink can help prevent an infestation.
Is your dishwasher clean?
Food particles can get stuck in the filters or seals of your dishwasher. This can be another enticing invitation to the cockroach colonies living within your pipes to feast. Clean out your filters after every cycle. Clean out your dishwasher by running a cycle with a cup of white vinegar sitting in the top shelf, and then running another cycle with just hot water. This will effectively get rid of any contaminants within the dishwasher.
Keep the lids on
Your pantry is a great food source for all kinds of bugs and critters. Any food that is stored in cupboards or in shelves should be tightly lidded. Cereals, pastas and flours of all kinds are favorites, and keeping them uncovered could lead to the intrusion of a very unwelcome guest!
Take out your trash
Cockroaches love filth and thrive in it. Rotting food, open trash bags and even closed trash cans left inside a kitchen overnight can be a great food source for cockroaches. All trash bags should be disposed of at the end of the day, and the area around the trash can should be regularly swept to get rid of any wayward food particles.
Borax will be your savior
Mix three parts boric acid with one-part sugar to destroy cockroach infestations from the inside. The sugar will attract the cockroaches and once ingested, borax destroys a cockroach’s digestive system and exoskeleton, effectively killing it.
Hire Experts for Larger Infestations
If even after you’ve tried all the above methods you’re still suffering from roach encroachments, it might be time to call in the experts.
Pest extermination services are experts at weeding out the hiding places of cockroach nests. They will not only eradicate the existing roach population of your house, but will also ensure they don’t return.
Xterminator Pest Control to the Rescue!
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