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3 Household Ways to Control Cockroaches

Are you anxiously looking forward to a German roach infestation this season? Well, neither are we, which is why we've provided you with simple steps you can follow to help control and eliminate them from your home in Southeastern Massachusetts now.

German cockroaches are one of the most common types in the United States, and they're ready and willing to take up residence in your home without paying rent! This species is usually about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long and tan or light brown-colored.

American roaches are another kind to watch out for as well, growing up to around 1-2 inches long and having a reddish-brown color. Both species leave egg cases, molts, and feces in their roach hiding spots, which can eventually trigger allergic reactions. They also contaminate all the food sources they come across.

Learn to get rid of roaches and reduce roach populations from the crack and crevices of your home so that your holiday season doesn't include a hairy, unwanted visitor under the tree, around the menorah, or nibbling on the prayer rug.

Cockroach Management Tips for your Home

1. Eliminate Entry Points

It's impossible to completely eliminate all the ways these pests can infiltrate your home, but if you've ever found cockroaches infesting your pantry or garbage cans, every little effort counts. Don't make it easy for them to wriggle their way in and follow these tips:

Use silicone caulking to seal the gaps and crevices around doors, windows, and the home foundation. Because they have the ability to lay lots of eggs in a single egg casing (which is called an ootheca), they can explode in population sizes, so it's vital to seal entry points into your home.

Make sure all outside door and window screens are in good repair, especially the ones at ground level, install door sweeps and weather strips that are in good repair, and ensure all doors in sheds and garages remain completely closed and tightly seal when shut.

2. Establish a Cleaning Regimen

Cockroaches eat virtually anything, from the regular cuisine like dairy, grain, and meat products, fruits and vegetables, to extremely irregular and disgusting foods: Human hair follicles, other cockroaches, rotting meat, human waste, discarded dandruff, and fingernails.

Roaches can survive for months without food, which means it's vital to cut off their access to food and water. Store your food in airtight containers placed on shelves high off the ground, and make sure all your water pipes are dry and in good repair.

Also, look for them under, inside, or around home appliances like toasters, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, stoves, and even blenders, food processors, and mixers. Sanitize these areas frequently and thoroughly, and never leave the dishes in the sink.

Especially when you are certain your house is infested, don't leave them any places to hide: Wash and sanitize all the areas you've found them before, even if you don't see signs there. Vacuum every day and never allow roach feces, sloughed exoskeletons, or egg casings to lay around and accumulate dust and elicit allergic reactions.

Use grease-fighting dish soap mixed with water to clean all these areas, and other house cleaning chemicals are good to use as well.

3. Products for Cockroach Elimination

There are plenty of ways to kill roaches out there, and an abundance of products are available to help kill roaches. Boric acid, gel bait with bait stations, insect growth regulators, and diatomaceous earth are just some examples, but there are plenty of others out there.

Regular soap is an excellent kill-on-contact solution you can use. Just mix water and grease-fighting dish soap in a spray bottle and spray them with it when they come out. WD-40 works exceptionally well also, but dishwashing soap is significantly less expensive.

Insect growth regulators slow down roach population growth by preventing them from becoming sexually mature. There are plenty of other insecticides out there, but this particular variety is extraordinarily efficient.

Boric acid is also an effective over-the-counter pesticide for virtually anything with an exoskeleton, and it's a product you can easily purchase from your local hardware store. However, a pet, child, or the elderly could have an adverse reaction to boric acid if you place it too close to an air vent or an area where they are often nearby.

Diatomaceous earth can help to keep a roach away from a specific place and works as an insecticide also, but cockroaches are more likely to avoid it than be killed by it.

Roach kits are available out there that have gel bait and bait stations, which are extremely helpful when fighting a cockroach infestation because cockroaches eventually learn to avoid a particular area if it harms them. Bait is desirable to them and kills them more slowly than boric acid or other insecticides, so they tend to return to the bait station and eat it, so lots of them will die.

Get Rid of Cockroaches with Fox Pest Control

What to Expect from Your Fox Pest Pro

Fox Pest Control has all the tools and experience needed to eradicate a cockroach infestation.

So here's how it goes: Call today, and a representative can give you a quote over the phone and schedule a service, or we'll schedule your Pest Pro Technician to arrive at your home for a free inspection and free quote.

If you opt into service, we will welcome you into the Fox Family! Your Pest Pro will work with you on the best approach to roach control and make sure you understand how everything works. Always know who's coming to your home before you sign up!

Any questions come up during the treatment process, and you can call our friendly customer service personnel, who can help you with account questions, service-related questions, and to manage your treatment schedule.

Don't settle for anything but pest-free with Fox Pest Control because no bugs is simply better.

Posted on January 1, 2020.

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