FAQ: What are the Best Home Remedies to get Rid of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal, which makes them difficult to detect early in the stages of an infestation. They only come out when you’re asleep, so by the time you see one you already have a serious problem. No one wants bugs of any kind in their home, but cockroaches are some of the worst. If you have roaches in your home, you want them out NOW. Roaches are more than just gross; they’re dangerous. They can contaminate your food and spread illnesses, like dysentery and diarrhea. If you have a cockroach infestation in your home, it needs to be handled right away.

Unfortunately, roaches are tough to kill. Cockroaches can be tricky to exterminate because there are many types of roaches and they need to be eliminated using different techniques. Some roaches gain resistance over time to pesticides so it’s important to know the type of roach you have. Some roaches can live without their head for more than 30 days and they can hold their breath for 40 minutes. While this is somewhat impressive, it makes them incredibly difficult to kill and rid your home of their infestation.

Several tips to help control the population include:

#1 Improve Sanitation

This is the best remedy for the long run, a cleaner home will mean this isn’t a never-ending cycle. Clean your house regularly to get rid of food crumbs and other debris they can eat, even paper. If you don't provide access to food and water, you'll dramatically improve the chances that the cockroaches will wander elsewhere.

#2 Exclusion

Stop more from coming in as you fight your current pests. Seal up penetrations to better exclude and contain these pests. Make sure drain traps retain water, or cover each with a fine mesh that will allow water to flow but prevent the movement of cockroaches.

#3 Set Traps

There are roach traps you can purchase from the store that will kill them with poison before they can multiply. It is usually easy to lay down some cockroach traps to catch them while they are active and you get some sleep at night.

If the problem persists, you can always call for professional help. There are many reasons why a homeowner can’t or simply doesn’t want to handle the cockroach infestation on their own. If you don’t want to handle poison and potentially-messy traps on your own, but want the bugs gone- contact a pest control expert right away.

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