Get Rid of Roaches: 4 Steps You Need to Take

Send the roaches on the run

Whether you’re turning on a light or moving a box, few things can startle, surprise and shake your confidence more than seeing these guys. Cockroaches can easily infest any type of building in any location. And when you see one, you can bet that there are more lurking nearby. Here's what you need to know about roach control. 

Identify points of entry: Cockroaches can hide almost anywhere, including cardboard boxes, false ceilings, in between walls, along pipes or electrical lines, or near any cracks or voids. They especially love damp, dark places, or areas where fecal matter has accumulated.

Prevent them from returning: In addition to patching up physical vulnerabilities, there are other ways to limit your risk, including proper cleaning and storage. Because cockroaches can often travel into buildings on boxes, packages or furniture, you should closely monitor any items you bring inside. Cockroaches require plenty of food, water and shelter in order to thrive. Limiting any one of these necessities makes it more difficult for cockroach populations to become established and escalate in size. The following steps are helpful in preventing and limiting cockroach infestations:

  • Inspect all incoming food goods, boxes, and used furniture and appliances for the presence of cockroaches or their egg capsules. Remove any cockroaches or egg capsules using a vacuum or otherwise killing the insects.
  • Roaches only can survive with food and water. Make sure every room in the house is crumb-free and dry.
  • In commercial facilities, avoid storing food items in cardboard boxes on shelves. Cardboard is a preferred harborage site for cockroaches.
  • In homes, do not store paper bags under the sink or elsewhere in the kitchen. Store bags in the garage or a room other than the kitchen, utility room or bathroom.
  • Seal holes or cracks around plumbing pipes under sinks, behind toilets, etc.
  • Regularly vacuum and clean floors under kitchen appliances.

Call a professional to treat affected or vulnerable areas: Most of the time, store-bought sprays or bug bombs will spread the roaches to other locations or deeper into hiding, which makes controlling them more difficult. Also, health problems can occur when pesticides are improperly used especially when they are applied to your body or on a surface. A professional can seal up any holes or crevasses, and use baits, traps and/or vacuums to reduce the current number of roaches.

With Terminix’s Cockroach Control services, you don’t have to worry about being overrun by pests. Our experts will inspect your home and devise a customized plan. And with everything backed up by our unbeatable guarantee, you’ll never have to worry about your home turning into a roach motel.

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