How to Get Rid of Cockroaches for Good

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • January 18, 2017

Say Goodbye To These Unwanted Pests

In the winter especially, you have to be on the lookout for pests. They too are trying to get out of the cold and into those sweet leftover cookies you have from the holidays. Prevent and rid your house of these invaders for good by enacting these household hacks:

1. Seal the entrances

As you know, if there are no entrances into your home, there is less of a chance for pests will get in. Guard your home by making sure there are no holes or cracks they can crawl through.

Keep in mind that a cockroach can fit into a hole as thin as a dime. Especially seal along the walls and windowsills to ensure there are not any accessible holes from the outside.

2. Clean, clean and clean

A clean house is a happy house. Prevent any roaches by keeping your house clean of crumbs, old food, and even cardboard. Make sure you tightly seal all your leftovers. And in the event that you find any roaches in your food, throw it out immediately as cockroaches are known to carry diseases.

3. Fix any water leaks

Between eatings, cockroaches are looking for damp, dark places to hide. They can survive for 3 months without eating, so removing any of their hiding spaces will help keep them out. Prevent their nesting by making sure any water leaks are sealed as soon as possible.

4. Use cockroach bait

Just like mice, cockroaches can be baited and trapped in order to reduce the outbreak. Consider using adhesive-based traps to entice and trap the roaches once they get in contact with the glue.

Used alone, this doesn’t completely eliminate the problem because the nest will still be unaffected, but can be helpful in intervening with the problem when used in conjunction with other preventative measures.

It is important to note that cockroaches can still have babies when they’re dead. They are notoriously tough to control because they reproduce so quickly. One German roach can lay as many as 40 eggs at a time–YIKES! To end the cycle, be sure to flush any dead cockroaches instead of simply throwing them away.

As always, we are here to help you in your time of need. If the situation is out of control, or you would like to bring in the experts, you can contact our pest control team at any time.

Check out these top pest prevention tips for more information on keeping pests out. You can also download our free Pest Encyclopedia to get a full explanation of each of the most common NC and SC pests, signs of them, how to prevent them and how to treat them!

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