How To Get Rid of Roaches Guaranteed- 3Easy Steps
A Complete Guide To Get Rid of Roaches
Cockroaches are disgusting. They are pretty quick and can scare you when they scamper across the floor. It can also be rather embarrassing if you have company over and they encounter one of the cockroaches staying at your home.
If you have a roach problem in your home, you will know the minute you see one of those awful little pests scampering through your house, and you will be immediately put on alert as to their presence- cockroaches have that effect. So what are some ways to eliminate these pesky and persistent creatures? Below are several steps that will ultimately lead you to a roach-free home, but there is just one thing you need to note- once you have decided upon your course of action, you need to strategise somewhat.
Now I know planning a battlement attack upon a bunch of cockroaches seems crazy (yes, actually crazy), but you don’t want to implement too many methods and tire yourself out, or not implement enough and then all the work you have done is a waste. Perhaps it is best to keep this army attack to yourself, but know exactly what steps you will take, what you will need and how you will make them happen.
3 Steps To Get Rid of Roaches By Yourself
Step 1: The first trick is to find their source. Unfortunately, cockroaches don’t tend to show themselves until nightfall (which adds to their overall dislike of them). When you spot one, you will have to attempt to find where it is coming from. So put your brave face on and do some sleuthing. Look for cracks and holes which they may be moving in or out from, check under piles of newspaper, cardboard or wood, and they are even prone to use drains and vents, so inspect these as well.
Step 2: Once you have located their source, you must take the decided course of killing action. Here are a few ideas and recipes to help you set your traps:
i) Use a cockroach-labelled insecticide spray: spray this on any of the spots where they may be hiding or entering the house (so all the spots you’ve identified). Also, spray along the walls and cracks of the house. Wear a mask while spraying for safety, and keep your pets and kids out of the house. Also, follow all the instructions on the bottle- they are there for your guidance.
ii) Make use of cockroach bait: this is a cockroach cocktail premade and ready for you to apply. It usually comes in a gel form where you can apply it to the cracks and crevices. It contains a slow-working poison and a portion of delicious food that the roaches love. They will carry it back into the nests, where the rest of the nest will feed on it and suffer their ill-awaited fate.
iii) Use a cockroach trap. These traps are designed to lure the roaches in and then trap them with an adhesive, and you will have to buy a few of these and place them around the house where you know they will come into contact with them. Many choose this option because of how safe child and pet care are.
iv) You can also create your recipes for cockroach poison- the first is made with one part powdered boric acid, one part flour and one part sugar. Boric acid is available at most pharmacies (sold as a pink-eye wash) or even in the supermarket as a cockroach killer. The sugar is there to lure them in, the flour is there to make it stick, and the boric acid is the poison that will kill them. Dust this cocktail at the back of drawers and cupboards, under stoves and along the wall. This solution takes a while, but it will eventually kill the entire cycle and infestation of roaches in your home. Continue to use it until they are finally not reemerging. Boric acid is not highly toxic, but it is still best not to let your children or pets ingest it, so be cleaver about where you place it. Note: the mixture may also be cake in humid climates, so you will have to remake and spread the mix if this happens.
v) If you want to zap the roaches as you see them, one incredibly effective solution, and keeping it old school, is a simple mixture of soap and water. Mix the soap (ordinary cleaning soap will do) and water in a spray bottle and keep it ready for when you see the critters. Spray it down upon them as you see them, ensuring that you cover their heads and body (and if you somehow manage to flip them overcoat their underbellies as well). The roach will scamper for a minute but suddenly stop dead in its track, literally dead in its tracks. Cockroaches breathe through their skins, so the soap acts as suffocation and creates a thin film around their bodies, cutting off their air supply. You must ensure that you have sprayed enough because if the coat is too thin, it will recover after a few minutes and promptly run to safety.
Step 3: Prevent re-infestation. This is so important to do. It is far easier to act in a preventative manner than to actively try and rid your home of roaches. So here is what you have to do:
i) Roaches love dirt- so keep a clean kitchen and living space. Clean all your surfaces and floors regularly. They love sugar and grease, so make sure you don’t have any oily spills hanging around and wipe down your cooking surfaces as soon as you use them.
ii) Do not leave any food out or dirty dishes. If you are hard-pressed for time to clean them, rinse everything and leave it in the sink with some soapy water. When you are done with food, please place it in a container and store it in the fridge.
iii) Remove your trash as soon as it is complete and if this takes a while, do it at least once a week. If you have any large bins, you empty your trash into, keep these as far away from the house as possible.
iv) Place some mothballs in the corners of drawers or cupboards (if you don’t mind the smell) or in the corner of your home (if there is no unsuspecting pet that may eat them). Roaches do not like the way they quickly repel these smells.
v) If you think the roaches are coming through the drain, you can pour a bleach solution down once a day. It is a pretty overpowering smell, so do it in the morning before you leave for work, or before you know you will be out for a while. Any cheap household bleach will do the trick.
vi) Move around the outside of your house and locate any cracks you may have running through the walls. Seal these with a polyfill so that you block their gateway into your humble home.
vii) The same is true for any cracks inside your house. You don’t want to trap them in the walls, and the only route they have is straight into your home! Fill every cracker in every wall, cupboard, floor and window moulding. Again use an interior poly filler (it is smoother and less grainy than the exterior). By doing this, you are wiping out their favourite breeding ground and telling them exactly how you feel about them turning your home into theirs.
viii) Use a liquid concentrate. This solution is a deterrent chemical diluted in water, which can be sprayed, wiped or mopped onto any surface. Simply put, they don’t like it and will end up poisoning them if they scuttle along the applied surface.
ix) Rid your home of any piles of cardboard boxes, stacks of paper or piles of wood. Cockroaches like to nestle there, too, so chuck out any unnecessary piles (and recycle them because that’s what you should be doing anyway).
4. Calling in the professional. This is the step I never like to add because, hopefully, the long list of information above has been informative and helpful. But sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a situation where the infestation is too dense and impossible to solve through your own devices. So you would have to call in an expert. Do your research before letting anyone into your home and see if all their references are checked out. A good exterminator will use more potent chemicals but distribute them more widely in and outside of your home and still keep your home environment safe (and not smoke you out with their chemicals).