How To Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home

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Cockroaches are something that no homeowner ever wants to see. These creepy, crawly insects have been around for countless years and aren’t going away anytime soon. But with a proper pest control strategy, you can rid your home of cockroaches and ensure they stay away for good.

If cockroaches are taking up residence inside of your home, it is important to act quickly. There are various measures you can take, including cleaning and sanitizing your home, sealing off entryways, using pest control chemicals, and hiring an exterminator. Find out more about cockroaches and how you can keep them and other pests out of your home!

What Are Cockroaches?

There are various cockroach species worldwide, all of which vary in size, color, and geological distribution. In the USA, the most common cockroaches you might find in your home include the German Cockroach and the American Cockroach. These cockroaches are typically between ½ and ⅝ inches in length with a color ranging from tan to reddish brown or black. They have flattened, oval-shaped bodies with six legs and two antennae. While most cockroaches have wings, they are unable to fly for long distances.

A cockroach life cycle includes three stages. Eggs, which make up the first stage, are commonly laid in cracks and crevices. The next stage is the nymph stage, at which point young cockroaches molt several times as they grow. Cockroaches eventually reach their adult stage when they gain wings and reproductive traits. The average lifespan for an American Cockroach is about one year.

Cockroaches are resilient creatures, with their ancestors crawling the earth alongside the dinosaurs. These omnivores thrive in warm, humid spaces and will feed on just about anything they can find, including plants and even other insects. They also have an appetite for human food scraps, which brings us to our very important next point.

Cut Off Access To Food and Water

Cockroaches are rather simple insects. They will reside where they have the best access to food and water. By cutting off their food and water supply, cockroaches will pack it up and move on in search of a new place to call their home. Here are some ways you can make sure cockroaches aren’t using your home for a dining room and living quarters:

  • Maintain clean kitchen floors and cabinets
  • Clean behind and under appliances
  • Seal off all food containers
  • Remove trash daily
  • Do not leave dirty dishes overnight 
  • Remove clutter from floors and throughout house in which cockroaches can use to hide

Maintaining a clean and tidy house is the best way to prevent cockroaches. While the kitchen is perhaps the most common place you’ll see cockroaches, they can be found just about anywhere in your home, including your basement, bathrooms, bedrooms, or garage. Proper home sanitation is vital for keeping cockroaches away from your home.

Seal Off Home Entryways 

Cockroaches are quite nimble and able to fit into tight spaces and crevices. But sealing off your home and its entryways can make it difficult for these critters to find their way inside and make themselves comfortable. This means sealing up all doors, windows, and plumbing fixtures.

You can also take this one step further and sprinkle boric acid powder around some of these entry points where you suspect cockroaches are using or any other area they might be congregating. Common locations include behind appliances like your refrigerator or along baseboards. If using boric acid inside of your home, be sure to monitor pets and young children to ensure they do not ingest the powder.

Utilize Modern Pest Control Sprays and Traps

Not every infestation can be resolved by simply tidying up your home and sealing off entryway cracks. In many cases, pest control chemicals and traps are necessary for wiping out the cockroach population and bringing you some relief and peace of mind. One of the most effective chemicals for ridding your home of cockroaches is diatomaceous earth.

Diatomaceous earth is a powdery, dirt like substance that contains the remains of fossilized algae creatures. When cockroaches come in contact with diatomaceous earth, their exoskeletons are damaged and it causes them to lose their body moisture and dehydrate. What’s more, this same dehydrating action also occurs to cockroach eggs. This makes diatomaceous earth an effective choice for controlling cockroach populations and preventing their reproduction.

Other pest control chemical options include granular or gel baits. Cockroaches are attracted to these baits which are laced with insecticides. Insect growth regulators are also effective for stunting the molting process and preventing nymphs from becoming adult cockroaches, the stage at which cockroaches are able to reproduce.

Bring in the Professionals 

Many homeowners are able to mitigate their cockroach issues on their own by enacting some of the strategies mentioned above. But in the case of mass infestations, or if you are just not having any luck on your own, it might be time to contact a professional pest control company.

Professional exterminators know the habits and hiding places of cockroaches better than anyone. They have the tools, training, and experience necessary to help you rid your home of cockroaches once and for all. The additional cost will be worthwhile if it means that you and your family can rest easy with the peace of mind knowing that your home is finally free of cockroaches.

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Take Back Your Home From Cockroaches 

Cockroaches are not just unsightly, they can also present a health concern. Diseases such as typhoid fever and cholera, as well as various types of bacteria, can all be transmitted through contact with cockroaches or their feces. They are also a common source of indoor allergens.

Don’t let cockroaches take up residence inside your home. Mitigating a cockroach problem is not the nightmare you might imagine it to be. By taking the proper steps to prevent a cockroach infestation and being prepared to act in the event of a pest control security breach, you can eat, sleep, and relax at peace without any of these unwanted house guests.

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