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What to do if You See Small Roaches

Cockroaches are an unsightly pest that come into millions of homes each year. It’s not just a problem in dirty homes, either. No matter how clean your home is, you could have a cockroach infestation at some point. If you’ve seen only one or two, you may be tempted to dismiss it as a minor problem, but be warned: they reproduce quickly. If you see one, this is likely an indication that there may be more in a concealed place nearby. A small cockroach or nymph is often unrecognizable to people and mistaken for a cricket or another type of bug. Therefore, it’s important to educate yourself and deal with the problem as soon as you’ve identified it.


Immediate Steps


There are some actions to take right away to make your home less attractive and less susceptible to cockroach infestation. Since food and water are major draws for these critters, start to eliminate these attractions that are in plain sight and you’ll be less vulnerable right away. 

  • Make sure all food is stored in airtight, sealed containers.
  • Clean your refrigerator regularly of smudges and food crumbs, both above and below.
  • Wipe underneath your stove and keep it free from liquids and crumbs – roaches love these dark, warm spots.
  • Repair leaky sinks and do everything you can to avoid having standing water.
  • Clean around furniture, such as chairs and sofas. Wipe them down often and vacuum, checking for unwanted visitors.


How to Use Combat Products


The right Combat product(s) to deal with your specific cockroach situation will depend on what type of roaches you have, where you have them, and how serious the infestation is. All are designed to attract roaches and eliminate them from their source. There are three types of products to choose from:

  • Roach Killing Gel: This form-fitting material is ideal for crevices and cracks that roaches use to enter homes. As pests can come in through very thin openings (as small as a dime), it’s crucial that they come into contact with the insecticide upon entry. Be sure to caulk cracks and crevices to keep roaches from finding their way into your home in the first place.
  • Bait Strips: These are created for easy application and versatility for a variety of placements in your home. When you need a pest control option that can be used in a discreet area, these adhesive bait strips are ideal.
  • Bait Stations: These products work well in locations such as behind appliances or toilets and under sinks.

Take action as soon as you see small roaches to protect your home and health. These pests can carry various harmful diseases and allergens. Their leftover exoskeletons and feces can pose serious problems to everyone, but especially those with existing allergies.