Roaches can be a true infestation. Once they make an inroad into your home – you’ll scratch your head day and night trying to think of ways to get rid of them, but nothing helps! You can kill as many of them as you like – but they seem to multiply exponentially. And of course the health hazards that come with them are considerable! But when it comes to figuring out how to get rid of roaches, here are a few tried and tested strategies that are sure to work!
#1: Cut off water and food supply to them
Roaches can be very resilient, after all they are the oldest living species. They are said to be able to survive up to a month without any food! But, however resilient they may be, they still need water. When roaches migrate to your house, it is most commonly because they have found themselves a regular and steady supply of both water and food. So the first step to take is to make both unavailable to the little bugs. To manage that, here are a few steps you can take:
- If you know that there is water buildup in any place that they can reach, make sure to get rid of these.
- In case there are any leaks in your house, however small, they can be found by the roaches. So make sure you identify all leaks and seal them up. When the water source is cut off, they’ll be much more likely to eat baits in the form of gels that you leave out for them.
- Make sure no food is accessible to them. Keep all food containers sealed at all times.
- Never leave any food out in the open – they can reach it.
- Always make sure you clean up after every meal – otherwise the crumbs will attract the roaches.
- Also, never leave dirty dishes to be done in the sink. After you finish with them, rinse and immediately place inside the dishwasher.
Baits are a good way to kill roaches because these are slow acting and are designed in such a way that the roaches actually help you! They are usually in the form of food or gel that seems attractive to the roaches. And they contain a slow acting poison. As the roaches eat this food, they also carry it back to their nest because it is too early for them to realize that it is poison. Once at the nest, it actually helps to kill most of the other roaches as well. Now here are a few things about roach bait to keep in mind:
- You should always leave the bait as close to the suspected roach nest as possible. That way more roaches will find it.
- When using bait, you need to use it successively for a few weeks. This is because each wave kills of a new generation, but the laid eggs will hatch and new roaches will be born. So you need to be able to catch them young, and keep killing them till there are no viable larvae left.
- Baits can usually be found ready made – and they are all designed to act in just this way, unless mentioned otherwise.
- And roach baits are usually also harmful for humans and pets – so be sure to keep them away from children and pets.
Extermination is another name for using quick acting poisons. These can help you to quickly kill the roaches that are visible to you. For this you can use what are commonly marketed as roach killers . For the safety of your house, choose a natural one though. Other things you can try are various insecticides and sprays that kill the roaches in due course. However, here too, you should keep the following in mind:
- When spraying insecticides, make sure you keep pets and children away as these are very harmful.
- Once the roaches are dead make sure you throw them outside the house immediately, and preferably make sure they are dead. In case of certain insecticides, the roaches can actually recover!
- Never spray over the bait, if you are using one. It’ll make the bait ineffective as the roaches will refuse to come near it.
- Go for concentrated pesticides, or industrial grade ones for the best effect.
- Once you have finished extermination, ensure that you thoroughly clean up every part of your home where you sprayed the solution – because otherwise it can actually cause harm to your children, pets or even you.
Traps can also be used to lure out the roaches from their hiding places. You can have varying levels of success with traps though, as there is no poison involved. However, depending on what you use as part of the trap, these can actually be used to kill adult roaches, though not those within eggs. Here are a few ideas:
- You do get commercially available roach traps that make use of bait. Around the bait is an adhesive area and this traps the roaches as they try to reach the bait.
- You can also create your own soda bottle traps using empty bottles and soap water inside. Create a funnel by cutting off the top fifth of the bottle (the part that curves). Now turn it over to form a funnel and place on top of the bottle filled with soap water. The roaches will climb down the funnel and drown in the soap.
- Water jars are another thing to try. Here you place a jar near a wall in such a way that the roach can be lured in but they cannot get out. Water or any food can be used as bait.
#5: Prevent a re-infestation
Just because you exterminated them once doesn’t mean that a roach infestation cannot occur again. In fact, you need to take very specific steps to prevent one. And here are a few things to do:
- Make sure there are no cracks or crevices through which the roaches can make an inroad into your home. Seal off all cracks.
- Roaches love wood piles, or leaf piles, etc. they usually build nests under them, and then as the weather gets cold, they migrate into your home. So first thing you should do is keep the wood pile as far away from your home as possible.
- Caulking any opening through which roaches can enter is another must.
- Also you could set up simple and long lasting traps at all points from where the roaches can infest your home. That way the infestation can get nipped in the bud next time.
- Since bathrooms and kitchens are favorite places with roaches, for obvious reasons, ensure that you are taking every care to kill even a single roach before the situation gets out of hand.