One of the most common (and disgusting) pests homeowners have to deal with is roaches. These anxiety-inducing, disease-carrying creatures scuttle across the floors or ceilings of our home at night, evading whatever traps we’ve laid for them with a skill that is both frustrating and admirable. Despite their reputation for being invincible, however, roaches are not impossible to get rid of. Let’s take a look at some effective roach remedies.
Seal cracks and holes
If you’re dealing with a roast infestation, your first act of defense should be to seal every nook and crevice of your home. Don’t underestimate a roach’s ability to fit through even the tiniest crack! Roaches take advantage of whatever weak spots in your home they can find, from small openings in your screens to cracks around your doors and in your ductwork. Use caulk to seal smaller cracks and patching kits for screens and drywall.
Keep your kitchen clean
To roaches, your kitchen is one of the most inviting rooms in your home. Like any pests, roaches are on the hunt for food and water. So some of the best ways to keep roaches at bay is to:
- Put food away as soon as you’re finished with it.
- Store food in your pantry in sealed containers.
- Sweep and mop regularly.
- Wash dishes daily. (Don’t let them pile up!)
- Thoroughly wipe down countertops each day.
Enlist the help of a pest control specialist
So you kill every roach upon sight and do all of the above and you still have roaches. Now what? If you’re doing all the right things and seeing little-to-no results, it’s time to get a pest control company’s help. Poisons and roach homes might cut down the roach population in your home, but eliminating an entire roach colony often requires a combination of methods.
Homeowners tend to spend far too much money trying different methods and waste precious time troubleshooting how to get rid of roaches. Bottom line: when it comes to roach problems, DIY remedies don’t always work and you have to know when to stop wasting your time, money, and energy.