Effective Ways to Get Rid of Roaches in Apartments
Besides being a nuisance seeing them traversing your house, cockroaches can spread diseases like typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea. Therefore, you should consider getting rid of these pests as soon as you see them in your home.
Most people don’t realize they have roaches until they randomly see them scatter when they turn the lights on in the night. This is because these bugs are good at hiding and will come out from their hideouts when they know you won’t see them, particularly when lights are off at night.
They’ll be busy feasting on the uncovered or spilled food in your kitchen or dining room until when you turn the lights on. That’s when you’ll see them running to particular areas in your house where they hide.
When you don’t want to hire a professional roach exterminator, consider taking some action yourself.
Cockroach prevention in apartments
There are several things that you ought to do before you start to eliminate cockroaches from your house:
#1. Check for pipe leaks
Did you know that a cockroach can survive for several weeks without food as long as it can access water? Now you know. Water is very important to cockroaches, and one of the major things that attract the pests to your home is moisture from leaky plumbing.
Therefore, if you want to win your fight against cockroaches, you must check if there are pipe leaks and if present, correct them first before you start to exterminate the pests.
Also, strive to ensure that your bathroom and kitchen are always dry from the day of the pest eradication onwards.
#2. Examine each corner and under every furniture
You need to establish the exact spots where cockroaches are hiding in your house. The highly possible resting grounds of cockroaches include dark, hidden and damp areas like beneath your refrigerator, sink and bathroom cabinets/shelves as well as at the corners of your closet doors. Roaches are also known to get into electronics like video games and computers.
#3. Clean your house thoroughly
Once you address moisture issue, the next thing you ought to do is clean your home thoroughly. While cleaning, move your furniture to clean the areas under it and wash all the dishes in your sink.
Mop your floors thoroughly but do it using as minimal water as possible. Dispose of all the garbage, clean up all your kitchen countertops and tables where foods and drinks might have spilled, dispose of unwanted foods and put the usable ones in sealed containers or refrigerator.
“Did you know that a cockroach can survive for several weeks without food as long as it can access water?”
How to get rid of roaches DIY
There are various options for eradicating roaches by yourself. They include:
#1. Over-the-counter cockroach gel bait
An over-the-counter cockroach gel bait can be a very effective way of eradicating cockroaches that have been attracted to your home by leaky pipes. Once you ensure that your plumbing doesn’t have any leak and there’s no moisture in your house, you can rest assured that the present cockroaches don’t have any access to water.
Therefore, the chances of them consuming the bait will attract the pests since it has some moisture. Place the bait in the area where you suspect cockroaches are concentrated and leave it there for them to eat it.
Cockroaches will die as a result of eating the poisoned bait or after consuming the feces of their fellows who have died because of consuming the bait.
However, this method has one drawback in that it may take quite a long time, possibly weeks, to eliminate all cockroaches in your home. Besides, since it doesn’t affect unhatched cockroach eggs, you are likely to experience another infestation in future if the roaches had left some eggs.
#2. Home-made roach baits
Instead of buying baits to get rid of roaches, you can make one by yourself. You just need to mix one-part powdered boric acid, one-part flour with one-part cocoa powder. Place the mixture in areas with high roach concentration. Cockroaches will die as a result of consuming the bait mix. Another well-known method for getting rid of roaches is the use of mothballs.
#3. Pesticide spray
Alternatively, you can spray the appropriate insecticide solution to areas where you think roaches are hiding or use to enter your house.
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