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How to Get Rid of Roaches Without Calling the Exterminator

No one wants cockroaches in their home. The nasty critters may transfer several different forms of gastroenteritis including dysentery, food poisoning, and diarrhea. Roaches can live anywhere and exist on just about anything, munching on fresh food, rotten food, feces, hair, leather, wallpaper, and cardboard. A typical visit from an exterminator costs $100 to $300 a visit and monthly or quarterly visits can cost $50 each. Unless the roaches in your house are ankle-deep that’s a lot of money to spend when you can cheaply get rid of roaches in your home with Combat.

First things first—you need to cut off the cockroaches’ food and water supply (something you’d have to do even if you were to call an exterminator). Cockroaches are coming into your home because they are finding open food packages and crumbs in cupboards, on the floor, and under appliances. Roaches are also attracted to garbage cans, old magazines, recycling bins, damp storage boxes, and the like. Eliminate these sources of roach food and you’re halfway there.

Roaches need water more than food—they can live for a month with no food but can only survive about a week without water. That’s why the insects will crawl into your house to lap up water from dripping faucets, leaky pipes, and standing water anywhere they can find it. Fixing those pipes and faucets will save money on your water bill while preventing structural damage to your home. While you’re at it, get out the caulk gun and plug up holes in exterior walls and cracks in the foundation where cockroaches can enter the house.

Now, set out some cockroach bait stations. Eight of these child-resistant, easy-to-use bait stations cost less than 10 percent of a visit from an exterminator and work to kill cockroaches from the source. The roaches eat the bait and carry it back to the colony where they die. The poison spreads through the nest to kills the roaches in a domino-like effect. Save your money and save your time with Combat.