Posted May 20, 2020
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Just the sight of one of these nasty critters is enough to make anyone scream, and for good reason. Even though they don’t bite or sting, roaches are simply disgusting.
No one wants to have any kind of cockroach in their home. These are a few things you can do to help keep cockroaches at bay. Keep in mind that total cockroach elimination is most effective with help from Fox Pest Control.
Ranging between 1/4 inch to 2 inches long, German cockroaches and American cockroaches use their tiny, unique body structures to flatten themselves and easily slip into the smallest cracks and crevices. All types of roaches are good at hitchhiking in boxes and bags, so it’s always a good idea to inspect all items before they come into the house.
Common cockroach entry points:
What to do about cockroach entry points:
NOTE: Not all cockroach entry points are possible to find. The key is to be patient and consistently look for possible entry points.
The best way to keep roaches at bay is with prevention. Making your home less desirable to cockroaches is a good place to start. This can be accomplished by eliminating the things that attract cockroaches to your home in the first place.
Cockroaches will use anything as a food source, from leftover celery to dandruff. Keeping food away from them won’t make cockroaches go away, but it will discourage them from making your home Hotel Roach.
Make your home less cockroach-ready:
Follow these steps to make sure your home doesn’t provide any water to cockroaches.
Cockroaches prefer staying in enclosed hiding places. In fact, they would rather go hungry and thirsty before they come into the open. That means roaches feel unsafe if you deep clean their their hiding spots frequently and thoroughly. A comprehensive sanitation regimen will also help get rid of crumbs and other food sources.
Clean the following areas to frighten roaches:
Since most types of roaches are typically nocturnal, consider purchasing an automatic vacuum system that can run at night. This will discourage cockroaches from foraging at night.
NOTE: Cleaning has less to do with getting rid of dirt and grime. Cleaning is about invading their hiding places so they become stressed and leave your home.
When it comes to your home, the only good roach is a dead roach
There are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) methods available to help you get rid of cockroach infestations. Keep in mind, these methods are not likely to get rid of an infestation by themselves, but they can help a little.
Fox Pest Control has the training, equipment, and experience necessary to eliminate cockroaches permanently.
Insect growth regulators (IGRs) stop cockroaches from becoming adults to control infestations. This keeps them from laying eggs and expanding into large numbers. IGRs are one of the most effective first steps against roaches, especially kinds that proliferate quickly, like German roaches.
Boric acid is a nontoxic chemical used in most household cleaning products. However, boric acid is highly toxic to cockroaches and other insects. You can purchase boric acid in liquid or powdered form online or at your local hardware store. Be careful where you place it because children, pets, and the elderly could react poorly if they inhale it.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth cuts up roach “skin” and causes them to dehydrate and it’s safe and eco-friendly. You can buy it online or from your hardware store. Light layers of diatomaceous earth and boric acid are more than sufficient. Keep in mind that DE will only stop cockroaches from coming near certain places. It won’t keep get rid of them entirely.
WARNING: Do not inhale DE, because it can be extremely damaging to the lungs. Only light dusting of DE is required for pest control efforts.
Gel bait and bait stations are some of the most effective ways to kill roaches. German roaches are social, which means they can warn each other of dangerous areas and help each other stay alive by watching and mimicking each other’s behavior. Roaches eat the bait and are slowly killed without them knowing the source of the problem. Eventually, all the roaches will eat the bait, and the infestation will be eliminated.
There are roach kits you can buy online that contain many of these products.
Be careful when looking for these, though. Kits that don’t originate in the U.S. can be illegal and cause health or environmental problems. Always follow the instructions and directions on the product label. All products reviewed by the EPA have a registration number, which allows you to look up the EPA’s official studies on the product. A number might appear on a label like the EcoPCOJet-X registration number: “EPA No. 67425-19.”
None of these methods can get rid of cockroaches for good. The most efficient and effective way to get rid of cockroaches permanently is to call the professionals for help. Although it is natural to want to treat pests on your own, cockroaches can present monumental problems for any homeowner.
Fox Pest Control has your back. Our quarterly Home Protection Plan covers wasps, rodents, and crawling insects, including cockroaches, and can be adjusted based on your needs. If you see pests between scheduled services, you can call us at any time for a FREE TARGET TREATMENT as part of your Home Protection Plan.
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