When it’s all said and done, no one wants to talk about having roaches in house. However, even if you have a spotless home, they can still invade it if you unknowingly introduce them to your home. In some instances there may be several different areas of your home that may actually attract roaches as well. In this post we’re going to take a detailed look at some of the things that can attract roaches, how they get into your home in the first place, some expert tips you can utilize when it comes to removing said infestation as well as to prevent the occurrence of another.
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One of the ways they can invade your home is by burrowing into a paper grocery bag or to simply jump into a book bag/backpack/luggage while you are out and about. In some instances, you may have inadvertently carried roach eggs into your new apartment, which stemmed from your old apartment or the place of residence of a friend/family member. However, the thing about roach infestation is that you may not even notice them until they have established a large family tree. It’s also a well known fact that roaches tend to actively pursue an ideal place of residence, i.e. your home. Therefore, they may evaluate the features of your home to see if they can possibly crawly through pipes, cracks or even tiny gaps surrounding your door.
Contrary to popular belief just because you have a spotless home, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are exempt from experiencing a roach infestation. In fact, studies surrounding their behavior demonstrate that they tend to seek out places that provide warmth, damp and dark areas that they can use to establish their colony. However, the biggest thing that attracts cockroaches is food. This can either be bird feed, pet food, human food or simply cardboard. In addition to food, they are also attracted to the scent of garbage as well. Therefore, if you leave the trash in your can for an extended period of time and it begins to emanate a pungent odor, chances are that you will experience a roast infestation at some point or another. Besides the scent of garbage and food, they also rigorously seek water and as such, are attracted to moist areas. Therefore, any instances of leaky pipes within your home, tend to provide an ideal supply of water for them.
As mentioned before, roaches in house are attracted to three primary things: vulnerabilities in your home, food, and water. Therefore, in order for you to prevent any instances of a cockroach infestation, you’ll need to work on these three factors.
Roaches will migrate to other areas if there isn’t any food available to them. One of the ways you can ensure that there aren’t any instances of food such as bread crumbs, is to keep it as clean as possible. However, you’ll need to ensure that you take additional steps to rigorously clean your home such as to vacuum your carpets instead of sweeping it with a broom, as well as to thoroughly clean underneath your furniture and appliances. In addition to that, you’ll also want to keep all your food in sealed plastic containers as well as to keep the refrigerator and cabinets shut. As far as the trash can goes, ensure that you place a lid on your trash can and that you take out your trash on a regular basis before it starts to smell.
Bathroom and kitchen areas are the primary spots for roaches due to the fact that they love water and food. In fact, many are attracted to damp spaces and need water to survive. Therefore, avoid the possibility of leaving stagnant water anywhere regardless if it’s the stopped-up sink, bathtubs or even dishes. If you realize that your place of residence is primarily humid, you’ll need to invest in a dehumidifier as well.
In addition to that, you’ll need to evaluate your home for any instances of a vulnerability, whether it may be cracks, corners or crannies. If you notice vulnerabilities like these you should use ‘caulk’ to seal them up.
In this section, we’re going to take a look at three different ways to effectively remove roaches in house.
Cockroach bait usually comes in the form of a gel that consists of a slow-acting poisonous compound. When it is mixed with food, cockroaches essentially consume the poison and take it with them back to their nest. Once they do this it eventually kills the entire population. The key to using store-acquired bait is to place it in an area where you are certain that cockroaches will be around. This entails corners, baseboards and under the sink as well. Ideally, you’ll want to ensure that you place said bait as close to their suspected nesting areas as possible. However, please bare in mind that this method usually takes 3-4 weeks to kill the first generation of roaches. The eggs that are left over will eventually hatch and they too will need to be provided with bait, before the entire nest is destroyed for good.
If you don’t like the whole concept of mixing food with a poisonous compound, due to the fact that you have a pet or continuously roaming small child, this can prove to be a better solution. There are several liquid concentrate solution online that do a very effective job at killing roaches. Once the concentrate is diluted with water it can be sprayed, mopped or wiped on any crack, crevice or surface where roaches usually walk. Once they walk over said treated area, they will die.
When it’s all said and done, if you have a massive infestation, or if you do not like the whole concept of handling chemicals at all, then you should contact your local exterminator. They can help to eradicate the entire infestation, as well as to evaluate areas of your home to see if it contains sources of food and water, such as leaky pipes, as well as cracks and crevices that need to be sealed, in order for them to prevent a re-infestation.
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