Best Ways To Avoid Cockroach Infestation
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Have you walked into a room, turn on the lights, and see big cockroaches scurrying on the floor trying to escape? Worst is if you find them on your counter tops or in the bathroom. Such horror! For the heroes out there, you'd probably grab a roll of newspapers to smash those little critters. If you're more prepared, you'll always have an insecticide spray on standby.
However, the best way to rid your house or office off cockroaches (and most common pests) is to stop them from entering in the first place. Not only are they gross to look at, cockroaches are known to carry a range of diseases and can be very harmful to you and your family. They can contaminate your food, transmit dangerous bacteria, and worst of all, survive even the best-intentioned eradication attempts.
Here we share some tips we gathered from the Mother Nature Network to help us along to eradicate these darn cockroaches. Did you know they've mutated and have become almost impossible to kill?
Cockroaches are almost impossible to kill
A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that German cockroaches — the most common roach species found around the world — are becoming harder to eliminate. These disease-carrying insects are developing resistance to many different insecticides, making them nearly impossible to kill with chemicals alone.
Because cockroaches are becoming so close to invincibility, researchers suggest combining chemical treatments with other methods — like traps and better sanitation — when fighting a roach problem. Or you can forego chemicals and try just natural methods.
Getting rid of roaches naturally can be a slow process. But getting rid of them naturally can also prevent the problem from reoccurring. So how do you do it? Here's a tip - Prevention is better than cure.
Clean, clean and clean again
You’ve got to make sure your house is spic-and-span, because cockroaches are attracted to food residue, particularly grease. That means wiping down the counters each night, never leaving dirty dishes in the sink, making sure the stovetop is clean and sweeping the floors before you go to bed. Don't forget to take out the trash.
Also consider wiping down the bathrooms on a regular basis. We don't know the kind of residues we leave behind that is an attraction to these cockroaches.
This all may seem like a lot to do, but if you start doing this stuff on a regular basis, a 15-minute cleanup should be plenty at the end of each night to eliminate most residues.
Seal up cracks and holes
This may require you to do some investigative work. You'll need to open up cabinet doors, behind corners, every nook and cranny to find any crack or hole that you otherwise didn't realise were there. That means inside your pantry, between the countertop and the wall, and in the baseboards.
Roaches (and other insects) can crawl through even the smallest of spaces, so it’s important to seal the entries into your home. This may take time, but in the end, it’s worth the effort, especially if you live in an apartment and have neighbours who don’t maintain the same standards of cleanliness as you do. Ew!
Fix any water leaks
Getting to know a little bit about cockroaches, we know that they are attracted to moisture and water from leaks in pipes. That's why you often find them scurrying under your sink. Some cockroaches can survive for months without food, but only days without water. Close off their water sources by repairing even the tiniest of leaks. Don't let water stand in your sink and don't overwater indoor plants.
This is also true for your bathrooms too. Try to keep it as dry as possible which means after your shower, make sure there's enough ventilation to allow natural air to flow allowing the floors to dry. Also, remember the first point - keep it clean.
Bring in the experts
If you want to get rid of cockroaches naturally and you’ve got a big infestation, try contacting a natural pest control company. If it is possible, try to find a proven one that integrates the use of organic natural solutions to eradicate pests so that it does not leave toxic sediments that may be harmful to you and your family.
By engaging a reliable and professional expert, they'll be able to assess the full impact of the infestations so to ensure complete eradication of the pests. If an infestation has occurred, there's a higher chance of them returning. So to prevent this from happening, it is advisable to subscribe to a monthly maintenance program to ensure the cockroaches do not return.