You probably don’t even like the idea of one cockroach in your house, let alone a full-blown invasion of the disgusting pests. Cockroach infestations can be nasty business if you don’t know how to get rid of them. These household bugs are especially resilient, but luckily, there are a number of ways to exterminate them; all it takes is a little know-how. Let’s take a look at a few proven methods:
Method #1: Use good ol’ pesticides.
A can of bug spray is typically the first thing a homeowner reaches for when he or she notices a cockroach in the house. While this can be effective, there are a few drawbacks. First, the poison is toxic, and it’s possible that your children or pets may be exposed. Second, over-the-counter pesticides don’t have much of a residual effect, which lowers the number of insects that will be killed by the spray. And finally, cockroaches are known to build up an immunity when exposed to pesticides.
Method #2: Set up cockroach bait.
This is a popular method that is often utilized by the professionals. The bait can come in different forms, but the way they work is basically the same. You line the edges of your counters, corners of your cabinets, and various other locations with the substance, and the cockroaches are drawn to it. They then carry the poison back to their nest and feed it to their young. This helps spread the poison inside the nest, which can have a huge impact to the number of cockroaches.
Method #3: Call a professional pest control company.
Sometimes, cockroach infestations can be more than a homeowner can handle. If you’ve tried other methods, with little or no success, it would be wise to let an expert take care of the problem. A pest control professional can evaluate your home, and then advise you on what your best strategy will be. They will take pets, children, time constraints, and other issues into consideration. They will also guarantee their work, so that you can be rest assured that the bugs will be gone.
Method #4: Take steps to prevent future infestations.
Getting rid of cockroach infestations is rather pointless if you’re not going to change your habits to keep it from happening again. These insects, much like others, are drawn into your house because you have food and shelter. It is important that you keep all of your leftovers in sealed containers and take out your garbage on a regular basis. Also take a look around the perimeter of your home and see if there are any cracks or gaps that the cockroaches could fit through, and make sure you seal them right away.
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