It’s three o’clock in the morning, and your bladder needs to make a pit stop before you head to dreamland again. You stumble into the restroom, sleep clouding your eyes when all of the sudden *ECK* those goes a two-inch long roach scurrying across your foot. If you weren’t awake before, you certainly are now. Your mind turns from pleasant sunsets on a dreamy tropical beach to finding and killing that roach. Even if you do manage to kill the roach, you’ll probably have difficulty falling back to sleep again. So, the question is how to get rid of roaches?
Roaches are one of the most disgusting insects that invade our homes. They show up out of nowhere and terrorize us at our most vulnerable times. They’re notorious snackers, eating any piece of food left unattended. They are known to damage wallpaper and even nibble away at books. They also spread disease by contaminating food and surfaces such as countertops and flooring. Once you’ve seen one, there’s bound to be thousands more where it came from. There are, however, ways of safely ridding your home of roaches and preventing them from returning to your home.
It’s Friday night and what does that mean? PIZZA PARTY! Fridays are roaches favorite day of the week. Well, not really. They don’t know what day it is nor do they care. What they like though is that nice juicy slice of pepperoni pizza you left out on your kitchen counter. An open box of food, any food and not just pizza, makes roaches salivate. It’s an easy meal for them. And considering a roach can last up to six weeks without eating, one meal is all it takes.
Search through your kitchen and your pantry and find any food that is open. Take special notice of cereal and pasta boxes as well. If your food isn’t sealed in an airtight container, it’s vulnerable to a hungry roach. By cutting off a significant portion of their food supply, they’re less likely to stick around.
Have you looked at your house’s pipes lately? Like most creatures, roaches need water and tend to gather where there’s a fresh supply of water. Leaky pipes and faucets are a prime location for roaches to nest and hide out. Do a visual check around your property and be sure you have no leaks. The upside, if you do find any problems, by fixing it you will save on your water bill.
How often do you sweep your kitchen floor? If you’re as busy as most of us, it may be a few days between sweepings. Roaches love it when a tidbit of food is accidentally discarded on the floor. Keeping kitchen floors clean is a good way of being sure roaches won’t get a meal. If you find you’re short on time, invest in a robotic floor cleaner to help during times between sweepings.
Do you read the daily newspaper? How about magazines? Did you know they make great nesting material for roaches, not to mention other unwanted creatures? Start a habit of tossing your papers out into the recycling bin as soon as you’ve finished reading them to avoid any unwanted nests inside your home.
Other Preventive Measures
What if you do see a roach run by and you don’t have a can of bug spray? Use a mixture of soap and water and spray it at the roach. The soapy water forms a film over the roach’s breathing pores, causing the roach to suffocate. It may not die right away, but it will quickly.
Use some Diatomaceous earth, which can be purchased online or at your local hardware store, and place it around your yard. When a roach crosses over Diatomaceous earth, their body is eaten away, killing them fairly quickly.
Plaster all cracks on the outside of your home. A roach can squeeze through small cracks. By sealing them up, you can prevent them from entering your house and living in the walls.
There are also many store bought traps and poisons you can try, just be sure to keep them out of areas that children and pets frequent.
If roaches are ruining your sleep and you’ve tried everything to get rid of them, then it’s time to call in the professionals. The professionals at AIPM are trained to exterminate not only roaches but all types of insect infestations. AIPM’s trained team can eliminate any threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face an infestation by any insect or pest again. Receive a free consultation today!