Eliminate Cockroaches with At-Home Products
If you’ve noticed a cockroach or two in your home, you already have a problem. Roaches breed fairly quickly and like to live in packs. Before you look into hiring a professional exterminator, there are a few things you can do on your own to stop the roaches in their tracks. There are some simple at-home products you can purchase to help you eliminate these unpleasant pests.
Combat Bait Stations & Bait Strips: These baits work by killing the roaches that are drawn to the bait as well as killing the nest. Roaches eat the bait inside the bait station and then take it back with them to their nest, the other nestmates then come in contact with the insecticide and die in a domino-like effect. Bait stations are an important first line of defense when getting rid of roaches. Place them where roaches like to hang out, such as under the sink, near the refrigerator, and along baseboards.
Combat Gel: Gel works great for little crevices around appliances, such as underneath the stove. Like bait stations, Combat Roach Killing Gel also kills the roaches back at the nest through contamination. Cockroaches love coming in and out of cracks and crevices, so gel bait is a great tool to target them in these sneaky spots.
No matter which type of bait you use, you’ll also want to take preventive measures to keep roaches from coming back. The best line of defense is to keep your home free of the following:
- Dirty dishes or greasy countertops
- Unwashed floors or dirty carpets
- Open food
- Standing water or leaky pipes
Even by following all these prevention tips, cockroaches can still often find a breeding ground. If you’ve found some in your home, it doesn’t mean you’re a pack rat or can’t keep your house clean. Cockroaches can feed off just about anything, which is why you need to get rid of them once and for all.