Get Rid of Roaches Forever
Cockroaches are one of nature’s most amazing creations. They can live for forty minutes without air, up to a week without water and nearly two or more weeks without food. They can even live for a full week without their heads! These creepy creatures have been around since the dinosaurs and are found everywhere except Antarctica. Their survival skills are impressive and make them nearly impossible to fully eradicate. These nasty pests can trigger allergies and asthma attacks and carry over 33 types of bacteria. Once they’ve decided to call your home their own it can be nearly impossible to get rid of roaches. However, with continued prevention and the right strategies, you can keep your home insect-free forever.
An Ounce of Prevention
The first step is to prevent roaches from settling down in the first place. Secure the perimeter by sealing cracks around doorways, windows and baseboards, and by fixing leaky pipes and caulking around fixtures. Eliminate clutter and keep food stored securely in airtight containers. Sweep and vacuum regularly and wipe down tabletops and counters after each use. Don’t leave dirty dishes or pet food out overnight. Use trashcans and compost bins with lids that secure tightly.
Identify an Invasion
You can’t get rid of roaches if you don’t know you have them. Finding a cockroach on your kitchen floor is obvious, but there are subtler signs they’re lurking unseen. Use a flashlight to check under sinks, behind appliances and in the corners of cabinets and pantries for telltale evidence. The signs include: feces, which resembles smudges of coffee grinds and yellow egg casings, which resemble fingernail clippings. Clean up the mess with rubber gloves and a strong all-purpose cleaner to prevent coming in contact with any bacteria.
Bait and Switch
Insecticide can be used to kill roaches you see, but for each bug you catch there are certainly several more in hiding. Bait comes in the form of a gel, which can be squeezed into gaps and cracks, and bait stations, which can be placed in corners, under sinks, or anywhere you’ve found eggs or carcasses. Roaches ingest the bait then return to their nest, where the poison takes effect. Other roaches feast on the carcass of their fallen comrade and the poison terminates them as well. It can take several weeks to eliminate the colony as new eggs will hatch and several generations may have to be killed before the extinction is complete.
Cockroaches have roamed the earth for millions of years, but you don’t have to let them roam in your house. Take steps to prevent an infestation and know how to get rid of roaches when they do appear to keep your home safe and cockroach-free.