Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests insect in the world. Roaches enter homes in search of food, water and shelter and are very resourceful insects that can live, eat, and breed in your home without you even knowing it.
Roaches don’t usually bite, but can still cause health problems for some people in an infested house or apartment or any living space. It is important to get rid of cockroaches before an infestation occurs. Roaches carry bacteria that can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies and skin rashes and they can also produce a foul odor. Some people can experience allergy and asthma symptoms from breathing in cockroach skin and waste.
If you find roaches in your home doesn’t mean that it is dirty, but yes, do not panic. Cockroaches can usually find food and water without any hassle, even if you maintained your home tidiness regularly as they can thrive in many environments.
How to get rid of them is? yes, a difficult but not impossible mission to accomplish. There are plenty of prevention methods to stop an infestation through daily cleaning and proper food storage. But how you can get rid of cockroaches once they have already entered your home?
On average, roaches can range anywhere from one-half to 3 inches long. The three most common cockroaches in the Pakistan are the Brown Banded Cockroach, Oriental and American roach. Different roaches can be attracted to your home for different reasons. Knowing the type of roach you are dealing with can help when deciding how to get rid of them. For instance, the most common roach found indoors is the Brown Banded Cockroach, which is attracted to water. Reducing access to water sources in your home can help reduce a roach infestation.
How To Eliminate Cockroaches Getting Into Your Home: Prevention And Monitoring
By identifying cockroach’s ideal environment and feeding behavior, you may have a better chance of recognize areas in your home that a cockroach may prefer and may enter your home through:
- small holes and cracks in the building
- bags, backpacks, suitcases and other containers
- holes or cracks around doors and windows
- pipes and other holes in shared walls
- Cockroaches are also great at hiding.
- behind refrigerators, under sinks, and in dark drawers or cabinets
- hunt for food at night, eating a wide variety of foods and non-food materials
Cockroach infestation prevention and monitoring is very critical and serious matter. You can follow some steps to control and prevent roach infestation by:
- storing food in sealed containers
- keep pet dishes covered
- Keep stove tops, counters clean
- keep floors clean of grease and food
- removing pile of garbage or trash
- Get rid of clutter that cockroaches might use for hiding and breeding.
- If you decide to use pesticides, choose least toxic options first and always read and follow label directions carefully.
Even if the preventative measures above are taken, there is still a chance that your home may become infested with cockroaches. There are several types of home remedies that may work to remove cockroaches from your home.
Repair Plumbing Leaks
- Seal cracks and holes near doors, windows and other areas of the home.
- Monitor your home for signs of cockroaches: eggs, droppings, shed skins.
Use Caulk To Seal Gaps, Holes, Cracks
In order to get rid of cockroaches trying to break in and from expanding, use caulk to fill possible entry points, including gaps between walls or tile, small crack and entry holes. It will also help to sealing doors and window from weather stripping. Caulk or caulking is a material used to seal joints or seams against leakage in various structures and piping.
Use Moth Ball/ Cedar/ Bay Leaf
Mothballs, Cedar balls, chips, and blocks and Bay leaves are also most effective ingredients to get rid of cockroaches from your home. Place them underneath the stove, in the cabinet under the sink, and in furniture cushions. This is probably the best source to use in your kitchen cabinets. These ingredients are not only help to get rid of cockroaches, but other bugs as well.
Use Peppermint/ Lavender Oil
Spraying lavender or peppermint oil in closets, drawers, cupboards, and around baseboards can help in repelling bugs. Make a dilute solution of peppermint oil in some water and then put it in a spray bottle. Mint oil sprays may work slowly in get rid of roaches as compared to other poisons, but is safer to use in kitchen areas and around young children and pets.
Use of Gel Bait/ Bait Stations
Gel bait can be an very effective in killing cockroach. A tube of gel bait usually can be applied under baseboards, in cracks and cracks, and cockroach attraction spaces.
Bait stations is another method to get rid of cockroaches, but it do not target all cockroaches in a home. It attracts cockroaches into stations to feed on and become poisoned then move back to its home location, dies and is eaten by the other roaches, so further passing on the poison.
Boric Acid Powder And Sugar
Boric acid, can be one of the best roach killers it can be found in products like clothing detergent and toothpaste. It is a chemical combination of boron and water, so boric acid is low in toxicity to people and pets but poisonous to cockroaches. But it may lose effectiveness if not used correctly. You can make roach traps with boric acid and powdered sugar. Sprinkle it under and behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, under the sink, and into cracks along the edges of cabinets and pantries.
Above discussed methods can not only help prevent cockroaches from invading your home but also help you to get rid of its infestation. If you have already tried some home remedies and yet failed, then contact a Pest Control professional in order to solve all of your pest problems.
Pest Management Professional
Hiring a pest control specialist to treat a cockroach infestation can ensure safety, offer a more effective approach to getting rid of cockroaches and provide an ongoing solution to cockroach control. It also eliminates the need to have traps scattered around your home. In Pakistan, here are few links you can visit and contact them, if you are facing pests problem in your home.