As the temperatures rise during the Spring and Summers months, oriental cockroaches seem to bleed from the woodwork. Most residents are familiar with the winged, shiny black or dark brown pests that grow to be about 1.25 inches long. Getting rid of Oriental cockroaches requires patience, persistence, and on-going intervention. This article will briefly outline how to eliminate and reduce Oriental cockroach infestations.
Proactive Cockroach Elimination Steps
Roaches prefer to live outside but will find their way inside in the summer when it is cooler inside than outside. They also enjoy the water and prefer to spend time where it is cool and moist. This means taking steps to reduce the hospitality of your home can help you reduce any chances of a roach infestation. Homeowners can be proactive in reducing the chances of having a roach infestation by taking time to eliminate food, water, and shelter.
- Discard boxes and piles of paper where cockroaches can hide.
- Throw garbage away in a plastic bag and closed lid.
- Fix leaky drains and facets. (Roaches can survive off of water alone!)
- Empty pet containers at night, or place them on the porch or in a plastic bag.
- Vacuum regularly to reduce food particles on the flood.
- Calk holes or add screens to ensure that roaches will not find their way inside your home.
The most important aspect of DIY cockroach control is meticulous cleaning and inspection in every nook and cranny in your home. Roaches are nocturnal, so often it is best to see where the infestation is at night – which will then give you an idea of where you should focus your attention. Common places of infestation include:
- Cracks and crevices
- Behind and under appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, and toasters.
- Switchboxes and electrical outlets.
- Behind and under sinks.
- Recycling Bins
Once you have taken steps to eliminate where cockroaches may live and have cut off their access to food and water, DIY solutions include using cockroach baits, insect growth regulators, insecticidal aerosols and flushing agents. These are all DIY steps you can take that will kill roaches and disable their ability to reproduce. With time, patience and consistency – these steps with constant sanitation will eliminate your cockroach infestation.
When To Call A Professional
Even with the most attention to detail, there are times where calling in a professional pest control business is necessary to eliminate the complete pest infestation. In fact, even with a professional pest control company, it may take a series of pest control treatments to eliminate the problem completely. Aantex Pest Control technicians will be able to come to your home, complete a home inspection and provide you with their recommendation treatments at no cost.
To eliminate your pest control problems today, and immediately reduce your problem with Oriental Cockroaches this summer, schedule your free consultation today by calling 1-800-471-5555 today.
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