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Killing Cockroaches 101

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Roaches can be one of the biggest problems you will face as a homeowner or a renter. They're pesky little beasts that you just can't seem to get rid of. There are a few ways you can take matters into your own hands and get rid of cockroaches for good. It's not easy, but there are ways you can exterminate cockroaches for good. This brief article will teach a few tricks of the trade. Along the way, you'll learn the signs that you might be experiencing a roach problem, things that exacerbate cockroach infestations, how to deal with the issue yourself and what a pest control company can do for you in terms of getting rid of roaches.

Signs Of A Cockroach Problem

There are numerous signs that you may be experiencing a cockroach problem. First and foremost, if you see a roach – and this is to say, one solitary roach – you may want to start taking precautions. However, cockroaches are wily and quite intelligent beasts. Although brave, you may not actually see them even during an infestation. A sure sign of a cockroach infestation is if you notice that food is missing from your cupboard or cabinet. Cockroaches love invading dry food and taking it back to their home base. Make sure that your food is adequately sealed and properly put away.

Things That Exacerbate Cockroach Problems

The primary thing that most people do to exacerbate their cockroach problem is not cleaning up after themselves! Cockroaches love trash – particularly bits of leftover food and such. Make sure that your food is properly stored away in order to avoid a roach infestation or exacerbating the problem. Make sure that all of your dishes are adequately clean and properly stored in a cabinet or cupboard. Cockroaches love areas like the sink and other areas that capture humidity properly, so always make sure that there is never any leftover food in your sink and that you never leave dishes overnight.

Dealing With The Issue Yourself

There are a number of ways that you can deal with the issue yourself. The most common and obvious answer is roach spray. These sprays tend to get rid of roaches in small clusters, but they do not address the issue of a full infestation. Using roach motels are also an effective means to get rid of these pesky critters. Roaches are attracted to the scent of a roach motel and then are affected by its poisonous innards. The single most effective means of getting rid of roaches, however, is the use of boric acid. Boric acid is a white powder that is extremely toxic to roaches. It is placed along the floor near areas where roaches are known to infest. However, it is recommended that you do not use boric acid if you have pets or small children, as this method can be toxic to them.

What A Pest Control Company Can Do

The single most effective way to rid yourself of a roach infestation is to call in the professionals: pest control. For a small fee, pest control can be your best friend and the roaches' worst nightmare! Pest control companies basically spray areas of your house – or the entirety of it, if that is your desire. The spray is a heavy-duty poison that will rid you of your roach problem in no time. Be prepared to not use your home for sometime, however, as the spray that pest control uses is highly toxic.

There you have it! A roach infestation can be a horrible problem for you and your family. Hopefully, however, now that you're armed with these tricks and tips, you'll be able to face the roaches head on!