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How to Rid Your Home of Cockroaches

As the weather becomes warmer, the last thing you want to see when you turn the lights on are cockroaches. No matter how clean you may think your home may be, a glimpse of these little little buggers can instantly make your surroundings feel dirty. However,

If you don’t see signs of the treatments working after 30 days or you feel that the situation is not improving, you may want to call a professional.

A Clean Home Keeps the Pests Away

Like all living organisms, cockroaches need food and water to survive. Removing their food source will make them less likely to view your home as their home. Cockroaches will find food almost anywhere, including dirty dishes, surfaces where food was prepared and even pet food bowls. Your best bet is to make these food sources inaccessible by placing dirty dishes in soapy water, washing surfaces immediately after preparing food and removing pet food after your pets have gone to be.

cockroachesCockroaches are also pros at finding any food that you may be storing, such as pastas and baking ingredients. Placing your dry goods in sealed containers will keep the roaches from having access to these items and you’ll prevent potential cross-contamination.

Even if your kitchen looks clean on the outside, you may be missing food debris that could potentially become a resource for roaches if you don’t regularly sweep or clean out the areas between appliances and countertops. Your vacuum’s hose attachment can help you get into the small spaces to remove food debris.

Natural Pest Control Remedies

While keeping your kitchen clean may keep roaches from coming in, it likely won’t get them to leave once they’ve set up shop. If you have a minor infestation, there are some natural products that you can use to kill cockroaches as you see them. These remedies include diatomaceous earth and catnip.

Diatomaceous earth is comprised of a powder made from fossilized marine phytoplankton. While it is completely harmless to humans, the particles are sharp and can cut through the roach’s exoskeleton. The powder can be sprinkled around hidden areas where they may most likely be hiding. Catnip, on the other hand, acts as a repellent. Small satchels of the herb can be placed in favorite hiding spots. You can also make a catnip tea by simmering the plant in water. Use this to spray around your baseboards and in the hard-to-reach places.

Cockroach Traps

roach beer trapIf natural remedies do not work, you can make a small trap to catch your unwelcome guests. Soaking some pieces of bread in beer and leaving them where they can be accessed will kill your unwelcome guests. You can also place boric acid in areas that are out of reach to pets and children. The roaches will take the acid back to their homes, causing their whole nest to be destroyed. Keep in mind that boric acid is toxic to humans and pets.

Are the Treatments Working? 

Ridding your home of a cockroach infestation can take some time. Depending on the remedies or traps that you use, it can take anywhere from 48 hours to 30 days to see results. In fact, you may feel like your treatments aren’t working at all if you begin to see more roaches around once the treatment has been applied. This is actually pretty typical. Many of the treatments cause the roaches to become dehydrated, forcing them to leave their nests in search of water.

Professional Pest Control

Calling for professional pest control service may be slightly frightening, especially if you want to avoid harmful chemicals or toxic products in your home. However, Green Home Pest is dedicated to using only products that are green and safe for you and your family members. No matter how bad the cockroach infestation may seem, Green Home Pest is dedicated to finding an appropriate solution for your situation. They’ll also walk you through what you can expect and how you can prevent further infestations in the future.

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