Cockroaches are almost universally despised by homeowners everywhere. With their ability to carry disease and contaminate virtually any object they come in contact with, it’s a given that homeowners would want to see them gone for good.
Unfortunately, cockroaches are some of the toughest and most resilient type of pests in existence. Not only do they multiply rapidly, they have also grown immune to the common pesticides used against them. This means in order to be effective in cockroach control, you should also try taking matters into your own hands by trying do-it-yourself cockroach control. Check out these tips:
Sprinkle boric acid under cabinets and appliances, around pipes and drains, and other area where cockroaches are found.
You can also make homemade roach bait by combining equal parts boric acid, all-purpose flour, and table sugar. Put the mixture on aluminum foil near cockroach entry and exit points.
Use caution and strategize where you want to apply boric acid. Children and pets may end up accidentally ingesting it if left out in the open, so place it out of reach.
Commercial Bait Traps
Commercially produced cockroach baits work by luring the pests into the trap where the awaiting poison bait is consumed. It is then carried back to the colony where it kills the cockroach that carried it and all the other cockroaches in the nearby colony.
Sticky traps are small containers coated on the inside with a strong adhesive. Cockroaches will enter through the trap, lured in by food or another attractive substance. This gets them stuck and unable to escape, and eventually, it ends up killing them.
While sticky traps are not recommended for taming large infestations, it’s one way to temporarily delay the onset of an infestation and an easy tool to use for first-time cockroach control.
Practical Steps to Take
- Keep kitchens, especially areas under the refrigerator, stovetop, and trash cans free of dust, clutter, and food bits.
- Wash the dishes and take out the trash before going to bed. Like thieves, cockroaches can emerge at night to feed on anything lying around.
- Place dry and pantry foods in airtight containers or seal them in double bags.
- Fix pipes and drains that aren’t working properly. Then pour bleach as a way to coat the pipes and keep cockroaches from entering.
- Seal cracks, gaps, and other openings along the walls and inner caulk and foam insulation.
The End Result
Taking these steps should result in a dramatic reduction of cockroaches around the home. Unless you’re faced with a large infestation, it’s entirely possible to do do-it-yourself cockroach control effectively.
If you continue to see cockroaches even after taking these steps, call a pest exterminator to have them inspect your home and recommend treatment that provides more permanent results.