Of the millions of different insects in the world, few creep people out more than the common household cockroach. Every year, Americans spend nearly $2 million on roach removal alone.
Cockroaches are known to be carriers of disease, and are the second only to dust as the biggest cause of indoor allergies in America.
The most commonly found cockroaches in the US are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The German cockroaches are generally found in kitchens and bathrooms, and are smaller than their American counterparts. Both are very resilient which can make them difficult to get rid of.
To keep cockroaches from entering your home, try these tips:
- Clean the house regularly. Roaches just love to feast on crumbs and leftovers, especially anything greasy. Wipe down countertops and your stove each evening before going to bed, and sweep up crumbs right away. Cover and put away leftovers right away, and don’t let trash cans overflow.
- Seal entry points. Inspect for cracks that would allow roaches to enter your pantry or kitchen cabinets, or otherwise give easy access to your food.
If you find yourself with roaches in your home, here are some natural ways to get rid of them and keep them away:
- Sugar and baking soda. Simply mixing together equal parts of sugar and baking soda makes for a great way to poison roaches in your home. Sprinkle it where you’ve seen roach activity, and kiss your roach problems goodbye.
- Bay leaves. Keep roaches away by just placing bay leaves where you’ve seen activity. Cockroaches and other insects despise the smell and will stay far away.
- Water jar trap. If exterminating roaches doesn’t interest you, building your own trap is easy. Simply fill a glass jar halfway with water and place it on the floor where you have a roach problem. They will climb into the jar and be unable to escape.
When treating cockroach problems, it’s critical to always be vigilant. Roach infestations tend to be more severe than what we can see, so it may take weeks of treatment to begin seeing a difference. Stay patient though, the feeling having a cockroach-free home is well worth it!
For more information on cockroach infestations or to schedule a free estimate, give Critter Control® of Orlando a call today at 407.295.7194.