How to Get Rid of Roaches
The first thing to do when trying to get rid of roaches is to determine whether or not you’ve actually got roaches. Roaches are fairly small, but can get pretty big depending on the area you live in. They range anywhere from a light brown color to reddish brown. Roaches have long antennas and skinny, spindly legs – just check out the picture to the right to see. Roaches are one of the nastiest insects on the planet- not only do they breed and hatch very quickly, they also spread germs very easily.
Where are the Roaches coming from?
One important step in getting rid of roaches is to figure out where they are coming from. Are they coming from outside? Or are they nesting somewhere inside your house? Inspect all areas of your home for cracks, drains, and other openings which will allow roaches in. Avoid large piles of wood, debris, trash or other “piles” of anything in your yard or near the outer walls of your home. Roaches love to hide in “trashy” areas. Make sure your trash is disposed of promptly and properly, and keep food and dishes put away. Roaches are attracted to trash, food items, and moisture.
To start the process of getting roaches, you have several options.
Chemicals to Get Rid of Roaches
The first is a mixture of 1 part Boric Acid, 2 parts flour, and 1 part cocoa. This isn’t AS toxic as some insecticides out there (although still dangerous if ingested!), and you can put a light “dusting” of it under counters, behind refrigerators, under sinks, and in any nooks or crannies of your home. You can put this mixture anywhere that a roach is seen or might nest.
There are insecticide sprays you can buy at your local retailer or lawn and garden center. These can be sprayed just about anywhere that roaches are found. It’s important to follow all safety warnings and instructions on the label. These sprays can be pretty effective against roaches, if ones specifically FOR roaches are used, and all instructions are followed.
Using Roach Bait
Cockroach “bait” is another option. These “baits” are either in child-proof housings/containers, or they are made in gel form. In these, there is a mixture of food and poison for the roaches. The food attracts the roaches. When the roaches eat the food, it is then taken back to their nest, and then the roaches are slowly poisoned. Roach baits are a good option when used in conjunction with insecticide sprays or boric acid powder. Roach baits DO take a bit longer to kill off roaches, and it could be many weeks before you notice improvement in the roach population.
Preventive Measures Against Roaches
When getting rid of roaches, it’s always a good idea to take preventive measures as well. Using caulk, seal up any cracks or holes in your home- this prevents Mr. Cockroach from having easy access to your home. Make sure your trash is taken out in a timely manner. Don’t leave food out in the open where roaches can get to it, and make sure not to leave liquid spills sitting, or leave liquids open where roaches can get to it. It’s always a good idea to make sure your bathroom and kitchen faucets don’t leak, and make sure your bathroom isn’t overly humid or wet. Again, roaches LOVE moisture.
Where there’s One Roach…there are Many Roaches!
Just remember, if you only see one or two roaches, you’re not even seeing a small percentage of your roach population. One roach equals thousands more. If all else fails, call in a professional to help you get rid of roaches. No one likes a pest, and roaches are pests.