Cockroaches can quickly take over a home—and they're not a pest you want to invade your space. They can be difficult to detect, as they scatter as soon as you turn on the lights. You will notice some signs, such as their skin sheds, greasy mark, and finding dead cockroaches. If you think you have cockroaches in your home, you need to get rid of these pests immediately. Hiring a pest control company is the best thing you can do, but there are a few things you can do as a homeowner.
1. Set a Bomb
No, you aren't bombing your own home, although you may want to, knowing you have cockroaches. You can set off a bomb to kill off the pests in your home, but this only works when the pests are inside. Roaches may be deep enough in your home that the pest bomb may not get all of them. The pest control bomb can still help by reaching what it can and potentially killing other pests that are in your home as well. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the pest bomb and be sure to clean your home thoroughly after setting it off and it all settles. You'll need to clean up any dead pests and remove them from your home, as other pests will feed off of the dead roaches or other dead pests.
2. Clean Your Home
Clean up your home and wipe up counters and food prep areas where roaches may be getting some free food from you. Crumbs, grease splatters, and spills are all things pests such as roaches would love to feast on, so clean these all up. Make sure you also clean the drain stopper in your kitchen that may be holding some food particles and sweep your floors. Food in your pantry that can be easily accessed by roaches should be put into airtight containers or a large plastic tote until you can be sure you have removed all of the roaches from your home.
3. Get Rid of Their Water Supply
Roaches are constantly looking for water to drink, and if your home leaks somewhere, chances are they are getting water there. Roaches may also drink leftover water in a tub, shower or sink drain. You can dry up these areas before you go to bed at night for a while until you are sure these pests are gone.
Roaches are creepy pests, as they usually only come out under the cover of darkness. Call local pest control services to get rid of these creepy-crawly pests before they take over your home.