Need to Get Rid of Cockroaches?

by Nina Sable 04/14/2019

If you have walked into your kitchen at midnight, put on the lights and watched an army of cockroaches scatter into the dark crevices of your cabinets, then you know you have a bad situation on your hand. Cockroaches are not just terrible insects, but they can contaminate food and spread germs around the home. Follow these simple process to get rid of cockroaches in your home once and for all.

  • Eliminate food and water sources. Cockroaches need stores of food and water to survive, so the first step in getting rid of them involves cutting them off from food and water. Always clean up spilled or leftover food or use sealed containers to store them. Your kitchen appliances, cabinets and even behind the refrigerator should be cleaned thoroughly every night to remove grease and spilled food. Their water sources include leaky pipes and wet drains, so they should be fixed and dried respectively. Place wet items like sponges and toothbrushes in an airtight bag to dry.
  • Eliminate hiding places. Roaches love hiding in dark and damp places during the day, so you should focus on ridding your home of spaces like these. Clean up any clutter you have around such as cardboard boxes. You should also seal up cracks and holes in your walls with caulk to prevent entry. Make sure your under-cabinets are not damp and inviting for them.
  • Use bait. Applying cockroach bait is also a simple and effective way of getting rid of cockroaches. While pesticides are not always advisable because of their likelihood of contaminating surfaces like countertops and appliances, baits are more straightforward and safer to use. Place bait in the areas of the highest cockroach traffic such as behind cabinets and countertops, around the sink and bathroom fixtures and pipes that come into the home.
  • Use Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). Insect Growth Regulators are synthetic chemicals that work to disrupt the natural life cycle of insects, functioning as a form of birth control for them, the idea being that if an insect cannot reach adulthood, then it becomes impossible for it to reproduce.

When finished with all these, there is the need for patience in waiting for results to become complete. Always bear in mind that getting rid of cockroaches is a constant process that has to be carried out regularly. Not sure of what kind of bait or IGR to buy, ask for recommendations at your local supermarket.

About the Author
Author

Nina Sable

Specialties:Sellers agency, Buyers Agency, Senior Real Estate, Distressed properties

Nina Sable is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Massachusetts Association of Realtors She has completed the certification for Senior Real Estate Specialist. This designation is awarded to real estate professionals by the National Association of Realtors SRES council. Other specialties include town special permitting, small commercial properties, helping families navigate senior services statewide.

Prior to becoming a realtor Nina Sable worked as a Senior Care professional for the Federally funded Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. In this capacity she worked as the Assistant Director of the program for 4 1/2 years and as a volunteer for 10 years. She also worked as the director, of the federally funded family caregiver program. In addition Nina is the chair for the local ambassador team for the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce. Raised in Port Washington, New York. Introduced to real estate early, by her father a commercial shopping center developer and grandfather a local investor of real estate properties. Nina is a graduate of the school of education at Boston University, and holds a bachelor's of science. Nina's Community service has extended to the lives of her husband and four children.Also leading a team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk in memory of her mother Adele, Team "Adele's Closet."