Cockroaches are the nasty pests that carry bacteria like E. coli and Staphylococcus, which leads to a Staph infection. They are also associated with diseases like salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and the plague. Furthermore, they also carry substances that can trigger asthma attacks and cause allergic reactions.
Yet, cockroaches are one of the most common households pests, and are found almost everywhere in the world.
So, how do you get rid of them? Let’s find out.
Eliminate Food Sources
Cockroaches do not have any intention of creeping you out. They come out of their holes to look for food. So, if you make your home less hospitable for them, they will leave.
Ensure that you wipe up after every meal so that they have nothing to feed on. Similarly, never leave any food uncovered in the kitchen or on the dining table. Watch out for any sources of water as well, which includes stagnant water in flower pots, pet water bowls, and leaking pipes.
Eliminating food sources is the one the most important steps in the getting rid of cockroaches. This won’t only prevent any further cockroaches from entering your home, but also kill the cockroaches already inside the home.
Clear the Clutter
Do you have piles of newspapers, stacks of boxes, and other such clutters in your home? If yes, you are providing the perfect habitat for cockroaches. Similarly, if you let your trash sit outside your home for a long time, then your home will attract cockroaches as well.
Cockroaches like small and dark places, which is why cluttered places make the perfect breeding grounds for them.
Block the Entryways
Cockroaches find their way in homes through small cracks and crevices that are often found near doors and windows. Therefore, scope your place out and find all such spots. Once they have been discovered, have them filled up so that the entryways can’t be used by these nasty little critters.
Similarly have screen windows installed, so that the cockroaches cannot enter through open windows.
You can apply boric acid in all places that are infested by cockroaches. Using boric acid is better than using bug spray, as it won’t spread pesticides in your home.
Apply boric acid powder to the small and crevices and the cockroaches will die as soon as they eat the powder.
Hire the Pros
If the cockroach infestation is a too severe, then you should call in the professionals. Whenever the season changes, many pests start looking for new habitats which means your DIY approach may fail when the season changes.
You can get quarterly treatment for your home, which coincides with the changes in season in order to prevent the bugs from invading.