Regardless of the species, there is no doubt that roaches are one of the most disgusting infestations to have. Their ability to adapt to different environments and quick breeding make them one of the most difficult pests to remove. There are multiples methods of removing roaches, but we recommend that you use a combination of baits, pesticides (sprays and dusts), and traps.
Place to Start
Before buying baits, pesticides, or traps, take preventative measures, even if you already have roaches. Preventative measures cause your house or apartment to appear undesirable to roaches, causing them to stay away, stop returning, and could even cause some to leave entirely. Although, the last outcome will most likely still require some moderate baiting, trapping or pesticides to ensure all are dead.
- Eliminate Food Sources: Roaches love carbohydrates and sugars most
often found in foods, soaps, and even plants.
- Keep foods (human and pet) locked away in plastic containers. Plastic containers with locking lids keep the smell of the food hidden, as well as prevent roaches from chewing through the sides.
- Liquid soap dispensers should replace soap bars. Around potted plants spread petroleum jelly to keep roaches away from plants.
- Garbage and recycling should be kept in a sealed container and should be taken out of the house frequently.
- Clean: Spills and crumbs attract roaches. Clutter can also provide a hiding
place for roaches. Therefore it is imperative to clean all messes as soon as
- Take special care to clean places where food is often present. Kitchens are often the place where the largest infestations reside due to the easy access to food, crumbs, and spills.
- Make sure that clutter (newspapers, boxes, laundry, and magazines) is picked up and properly put away. Roaches use these places to breed and/or hide.
- Moisture: It is important to keep the house as dry as possible. Leaky pipes,
bathtubs and, sinks are all places roaches love to congregate.
- Make sure to mop spilled water, and to wipe down sinks and tubs after use. Empty your pet’s water bowl overnight as well.
- Maintenance: Fixing damages in walls, window screens, and doors is important to keep
roaches out, as well as other pests.
Specifically, roaches can fit through a hole as small as 1/5 inch.
- Make sure rips and tears in window screens are repaired or replaced
- Make sure holes in walls are repaired with caulk.
- Seal off holes indoors using weather strips
Baits and Traps
With the preventative measures taken care of, we can begin to discuss using baits and traps. Considered to be the safest and most effective ways of treating a roach infestation. Their ability to kill pests indirectly and directly makes them extremely useful when treating an infestation.
- Location: Areas with the most problem should be singled out.
- Place bait stations in areas that roaches are
known to gather, such as, under appliances, and in cabinets. Any place that
harbors food or water should have baits placed near it.
- Safety Warning: Ensure that bait stations are out of direct line of sight. This will avoid children or pets from interacting with them.
- Bait Gels: Gels are great for places where regular bait traps will not fit.
- Double-Sided Tape: Double-sided tape, while not always the most pleasant, makes sure that problem areas do not migrate.
- Place bait stations in areas that roaches are known to gather, such as, under appliances, and in cabinets. Any place that harbors food or water should have baits placed near it.
- Replacing and Redeploying: Because bait traps have food in them, they need to be regularly inspected and replaced.
- Clean: Since bait traps are going to contain food, it is important that it becomes the only source. Ensuring all other food is sealed away and cleaned is vital.
Pestcidic dust such as Delta Dust or Roach Prufe are extremely effective at killing roaches. Products like Delta Dust contain silica and diatomaceous earth. Both cause damage or demoisturization of an insect body and exoskeleton. Products similar to Roach Prufe contain boric acid which is extremely toxic to roaches when ingested.
Less is more when it comes to using Pesticidic powder.
- Because roaches tend to avoid large amounts of
any kind of powder, it is important to use it sparingly. A thin line, hidden in
cracks of doorways, in cabinets, and underneath appliances it best.
- Safety Warning: It is extremely important that this dust not be ingested. Make sure that the dust kept out of reach of children and pets.
- Because roaches tend to avoid large amounts of any kind of powder, it is important to use it sparingly. A thin line, hidden in cracks of doorways, in cabinets, and underneath appliances it best.
Calling the Professionals
If any of this worries you, or you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us! We offer professional services that guarantee to solve to roach problem. We handle your unique situation with quality customer service and care. You and your families health is our top priority. We only use naturally friendly chemicals that are tested and proven to kill roaches, while keeping your families health top priority. If you need assistance treating your roach infestation, call Accurate Pest Control; you’ll be happy you did!Tags: family, health, home, residential, roaches, safety