The first time you see a cockroach scurry away across the floor when you flip on the kitchen light, you know that you have to do something. For most people, “something” entails purchasing roach motels, placing them in strategic corners, and getting on with their lives in the hopes that they caught the roach infestation early, and that’s all that will be necessary.
However, if you’re not lucky enough to catch them early, or if you’re reticent about using chemical-heavy roach bait, you could be in need of some more help. Before you call the professionals, try out one or a combination of these great tips.
Spread Coffee Grounds Around the House
Roaches are repelled by the acidity of coffee grounds, so you can use new or old grounds for this method. Using old grounds is generally more cost effective and enjoyable, though.
Because you don’t necessarily want all of the rooms in your house to smell like old coffee, you won’t be using the grounds inside. Instead, you’re going to spread them around the foundation of your home, concentrating on places that the roaches may be using for entrances and exits. While your roach motels are working on the roaches inside, your coffee grounds will keep more of them from trying to come in and make new homes for themselves.
Mix Sugar and Borax for Home Made Roach Poison
Mix one part sugar to three parts Borax and place in a shallow dish. The roaches will be attracted by the sugar, and the Borax will kill them by drying out their exoskeletons. While Borax is a pretty safe household chemical, if you have children or pets, you should really only use these roach traps in places that are high up and inaccessible to little ones’ wandering hands and feet.
Take Away Their Shelter
Now, while you’re being handy with recycled coffee grounds and homemade roach poison, let’s talk about making your home a less attractive domain for cockroaches. You can do a lot to get rid of roaches by de-cluttering and organizing your space so that they don’t have as many places to hide.
Do you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers lying around? What about cardboard boxes and old grocery bags? It’s time to get rid of all of that old clutter and get a fresh start. If you’re not using it, you don’t need it, and it’s just creating homes for uninvited guests.
Get Rid of Their Food
You’ll also want to make sure that your roaches aren’t getting fat off of your trash and garbage. Don’t leave any food out. Make sure that smelly garbage goes in a sealed garbage bin. Rinse out cans and bottles before you put them in the recycling bin.
If cockroaches don’t have anything to eat, they aren’t going to stick around. Make sure that all of your dry goods are sealed and that the roaches don’t have any way to get into your cereal, bread, and other foods that you leave in the pantry, rather than the refrigerator.
Now, while you’re thinking about getting rid of their food, think about how small they are. Roaches can live like kings on crumbs. So, to really starve them out, you’re going to have to get out the surface cleaners. Clean the kitchen from top to bottom. Vacuum all of your carpeted floors, too. Make sure that nothing is left behind that will make a good roach meal – well, nothing that isn’t full of Borax or another roach poison.
Call the Professionals
If all else fails, there’s no shame in admitting you need some professional help. Call Fischer Environmental Services today for a free assessment and control estimate, (800) 291-2565.
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