I Found a Dead Cockroach in My House, Now What?
There’s nothing more upsetting than walking into your kitchen and finding a dead cockroach belly-up in front of your pantry door, because where one roach has been there are certainly more. Even the cleanest of homes can harbor hidden pests, and a dead roach is not the only sign you’ve got an infestation. Watch for roach dropping as well; if you find tiny black specks that look like coffee grounds, there’s a cockroach alive and well somewhere in your home.
Eradicating an Infestation
Roach bait is a slow kill, it allows them to bring it back to their nests where they can spread the poison throughout the nest. Combat offers three effective methods that can be used on their own or in combination to eradicate an infestation:
- Combat Bait Stations – These bait-filled disks can be placed behind appliances, under sinks, in pantries or behind toilets. Roaches take the bait back to their nest where the poison can work on the entire nest.
- Combat Gel Baits – Insecticide-laden gel can be injected into the tiny cracks and crevices where roaches find access to your home. Roaches ingest the gel and return to the nest where insects will begin dying within hours.
- Combat Bait Strips – Thin adhesive-backed strips can be placed behind furniture and under refrigerators and stoves, attracting insects in their favorite hiding places. Bugs take the bait and return to poison the nest.
Once the bugs are gone, take steps to prevent them from coming back. Invasive insects like roaches are looking for warmth, water, food and a place to breed, so keep your home and landscaping clear of access points and attractants.
- Seal gaps around doors and windows. Roaches can enter through the tiniest of cracks.
- Place grout around toilets, bathtubs and sinks and screen sewer vents to prevent roaches from coming up through the utility lines.
- Stack firewood away from the sides of your house.
- Keep vegetation trimmed back at least one foot from your walls and foundation.
- Clear debris and dead vegetation from the grounds of your home.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink overnight, and wipe countertops after each use. Store food in the refrigerator or in airtight containers.
- Fix leaky faucets and pipes to prevent water from accumulating. Mop up wet floors and countertops.
- Sweep and mop the kitchen regularly, especially around and under the refrigerator and around the stove where roaches often find food, warmth and a place to hide.
- Keep trash can lids closed and take trash out regularly to prevent food smells from attracting pests.
If you’re found a dead roach in your home, act quickly to prevent the problem from growing worse. Place bait and traps to kill pests before they breed, and take measures to prevent additional insects from making themselves at home in your home.