Most homeowners know how hard it is to get rid of cockroaches. They are incredibly resilient to pesticides and thrive in hard-to-reach places, like pipes and drains. They can also survive without food for three months and water for one month. Unlike other pests that can simply be removed or waited out, cockroach infestations call for an active extermination plan that seeks and kills the hard-shelled pests.
Apply boric acid
Despite the cockroach’s resistance to pesticides, boric acid is one chemical that has consistently worked in killing the pest. Usually available in powder form, spreading boric acid on countertops, corners, and anywhere cockroaches are stops them from advancing into your home.
Boric acid can also be combined with flour or cocoa powder to lure in the cockroaches before killing them. It can also be paired with cockroach bait that delays the lethal active ingredient until the cockroach has returned to their nest and spreads it around the colony, killing large infestations.
Use soap and water
If you’re a parent, pet-owner, or simply not a fan of having toxic powder lying around the house, use soapy water as pesticide. Combine dishwashing soap and water in a spray bottle and use it on cockroaches whenever you see them. The chemicals of the soap will suffocate the cockroach and kill them on the spot. This makes for a much safer clean up than boric acid or spray-can pesticides.
Prevent, prevent, prevent
Maintaining a clean home at all times is key to keeping cockroaches and most other pests away from your home. With cockroaches, special attention should be paid to dark and damp areas of the home, including the bathroom drains, garbage bins, and dripping faucets.
You should also inspect the house inside and out for cracks and openings that provide cockroaches entry into your home. Common areas to check for are around window frames, doors, and corners. Also check garden beds close to the home’s foundation for rotting or improper drainage, which create a breeding ground for cockroach larvae.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches – For Good
By following these basic steps, you can achieve a cockroach-free home and a better peace of mind. Whether you use pesticides or opt for natural methods, getting rid of cockroaches is vital to the well-being of your home.