Cockroaches: Get Rid of Them!

If you are experiencing problems with cockroaches, aka roaches, you are not alone. Cockroaches invade both clean and unclean homes. They are invasive pests that find ways into your happy abode scurrying through openings as small as 1/16 of an inch. Without your knowledge, they find routes to enter into your home, such as hiding in bags, furniture, boxes, and other items. Once they enter into your home or business, they are tough to extricate. Gaining access is easy for them because they use even the smallest of openings around door and window frames, pipes, narrow cracks and crevices. Sometimes visible during daylight hours, mainly, cockroaches have nocturnal habits.

Roaches like to hide in warm, moist, dark places as they hunt for food sources. For a cockroach, even the smallest morsel or crumb is a picnic. They like sweet, oily, sticky, residue and food. So keep those counter tops and other surfaces, i.e., appliances, both large and small, free of sticky and greasy residue and sweep up crumbs. Roaches will quickly infest a building and survive on the smallest amount of food. Cockroaches have existed for millions of years. They hide in small nooks and crannies or anywhere inside a home. They love to invade restaurants or businesses where food is stored and sold. Seal up cracks and crevices, and remove tantalizing food sources. Use sealing products to seal around pipes, windows, and entry points.

Commonly found within the USA,there are four types of roaches. German cockroaches can be found nesting in kitchens and bathrooms that contain wet areas. The Brown-banded cockroach survives in both hot and arid or dry regions. The Oriental cockroach likes damp or humid areas and are typically called water bugs. An American cockroach is mistakenly called a “palmetto bug” because they frequent hot and humid regions of the country. To rid your home of them, it is important to determine the type of cockroach that is invading your home or business.

The removal method is a matter of personal choice. Some people favor natural methods over using chemicals. Some people try using DIY (Do-It-Yourself) methods and others hire professional bug exterminators. Be thorough while you keep up the fight to remove cockroaches from your home or business. It may take several applications of products or more than one try to remove them. Fix leaky pipes and faucets. Remove standing water in and around your home or business. If you remove water, the cockroaches will be more likely to eat gel-based bait traps. Remove dirty dishes and keep the kitchen and other rooms clean. Don’t leave food lying around the home. After preparing and eating meals, promptly clean up spills, utensils, dirty dishes, and store away food in airtight containers. Use tightly sealed containers and don’t leave food out on tables and counter tops overnight. Never leave fruit and sugary foods out where cockroaches will find them. Where homes have been heavily infested with pests like cockroaches, it can be a long battle to remove them from your home or business.

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