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Avoid a Roach Problem by Putting Away the Valentine’s Candy




It’s that time of year again for the annual ritual of courtly affection. We refer, of course, to Valentine’s Day - that cherished winter festival of romantic love when lovers exchange cards, letters, flowers and chocolates with their spouse or partner. These evocative sentiments of endearing love and companionship are sincere and well meaning, but can also sometimes beget a sinister and romance-crushing consequence: a serious roach problem.

This February 14th, avoid a roach problem by putting away the Valentine’s candy when you’ve had your fill. Those delicious chocolate treats, especially the cream-filled unwrapped pieces, are exactly the kind of carbohydrate-rich sweetness that attracts pests and creates a roach problem that can quickly spiral out of control. You’ll want to be sure not to leave that box of delectable treats out overnight - after you’ve picked through and eaten the ones you like, dispose of the rest or store them in a sealed container placed in the refrigerator.

In fact, you can ensure that the warm intimacy of Cupid’s busiest day isn’t rudely interrupted by the distinctly unsexy possibility of an interloping roach problem by following these five simple steps:

  • Roach control begins by eliminating food sources: In addition to putting away the chocolates, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, sweep routinely after cooking, and never leave food or crumbs on countertops. Any leftover food should be stored in airtight containers. The goal is to eliminate all food sources around the house. 
  • Remove water sources: Repair leaky pipes and clean up pools of standing water. Some roaches can live for up to two months without food, but they need water much more frequently to survive. 
  • Deny access to the house: Cockroaches can squirm through the smallest openings. Be sure to seal gaps around pipes with flexible caulk, as well as patch any cracks and crevices you find around the house.
  • Eliminate clutter around the house: Don’t allow piles of newspapers, empty boxes, unused paper bags and other piles of clutter to sit around. Disposing of clutter helps eliminate places that could hide and harbor roaches.
  • Use a long-term cockroach insecticide: Spray insecticides are contact killers – only killing the cockroaches you see, not the ones you don’t. To have total and effective long-lasting roach control, you need a roach killer like Combat Baits and Gel. Combat works by targeting roaches at their source. Cockroaches readily ingest Combat’s slow-acting, but highly lethal poison and bring it back to the nest where their sputum, feces and carcasses spread the killing power all around the rest of the nest–decimating roaches in a powerful, exponential domino-like effect.

Find out more about how Combat Baits and Gels work and how to prevent cockroaches from entering your home during the colder months of the year by checking out our helpful prevention video. Be sure to click over to our Prevention Tips page for wealth of great cockroach killing and prevention information.