How To Fight Roaches Off
Once cockroaches make themselves at home in a house, it can be very difficult to kick them out. They can snack on your food, damage wallpaper, books, and electronics. They can also spread disease pathogens by contaminating food, appliances, and surfaces in the home. Serve these pests an eviction notice and keep them from coming back by choosing a bait, insecticide, trap or barrier approach that works best for you.
Deny Them Water and Food
Cut off water sources. Cockroaches must have a source of water. Depending on the temperature and their size, they can live for a month without any food, but no more than a week without water. Find all the water leaks in your house, and fix them. Once their water source(s) have been eliminated, they will be much more interested in eating gel-based baits you set out.
Clean your house thoroughly.
A clean house is key to keeping cockroaches away, and the first place to start is the kitchen. Wash your dishes and put food away promptly after meals. Clean up crumbs and spills right away, and generally keep the area clean. Pay special attention to rangetops, as cockroaches love grease.
Hide your food.
Keep food containers sealed, and don't leave food out for extended periods. Don't leave dirty dishes out overnight, and don't leave fruit on the countertop.
Mop the floor routinely.
This should clean up crumbs and sticky spots. Do not slop water against the walls; remember, they need water.
Take out the trash regularly.
Have one trash can for food in your house. Don't let it sit for too long. Use a trash can with a lid, rather than one that stays open. Keep it in sealed containers that aren't sitting right next to your house.
Sanitation and Preparation.
Sanitation is definitely one of the most important steps to getting rid of roaches, and preventing them. Most roach treatment programs will fail if this step is skipped or poorly implemented. You must eliminate what attracts roaches, including as many food sources and water sources as possible and also seal off or eliminate
Eliminate Food Sources.
Getting rid of food sources is one of the most important parts of roach control. Sanitation of your kitchen and other areas of your home require dedication and hard work, but are necessary for a roach-free living space.
- Clean Kitchen Appliances. Roaches in your kitchen can live off grease and food spills under and behind your appliances. Clean under and behind the stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, and around and underneath the sink.
- Empty and Clean Cabinets. Crumbs and food spills from stored food products provide a buffet for roaches. Clean to eliminate this food source.
- Keep Food in Sealed Containers. Roaches are small enough to get into the cardboard packaging or loosely closed boxes and bags. Store food in metal, glass, or hard plastic sealable containers.
- Limit food consumption to one room of the house. Keeping all food and eating in one area of the home will eliminate crumbs and food spills and limits your infestation to one area of the house.
- Clean the kitchen thoroughly each night before bed. Roaches come out to feed at night, so cleaning the kitchen each night will leave nothing for foraging roaches to eat. Wipe down kitchen countertops, wash all dishes, clean floors well, and put away all food.
- Vacuum or sweep all other non-food areas of the home every few days. Picking up stray crumbs and roach feces, skins, body parts, and egg sacs, which contain pheromones that attract other roaches to the same areas, will help keep your home clean.
- Empty pet food containers overnight, or cover tightly.
- Keep garbage cans clean and covered.
Eliminate Water Sources
Water is another thing you will have to keep away from roaches. While it is difficult to get rid of all water sources, eliminate as many as possible.
- Fix leaky plumbing and sweating pipes.
- Before bed, dry all sinks, tubs, and showers completely and plug the drains.
- Place wet dishrags and sponges in an airtight plastic storage bag overnight, place them directly in the washing machine, or hang outdoors to dry.
- Pet water dishes should be placed outside overnight or be dried and refilled in the morning.
- Wet toothbrushes should be dried as best they can and placed in sealed bags or containers.
- Empty drip tray from under refrigerator.
Use Baits, Sprays, & IGRs
Now that you have completed the sanitation and preparation, you can start the process of applying products to eliminate the roach infestation. We recommend using three key products in your roach control program: a concentrated insecticide for a quick kill of active roaches, a bait to help draw out and eliminate those roaches that like to stay hidden, and an insect growth regulator so that roaches cannot continue to reproduce while you are trying to eliminate the current population. We include these key products in our roach control kits to make product selection easier for you.
We also recommend rotating baits every few months if you have an ongoing roach control program to avoid roach bait resistance. We have put together roach control kits that contain baits with different active ingredients to make bait rotation easy for consumers. We strongly recommend you start with Kit A which contains Maxforce FC Magnum which will give you the fastest roach knockdown and wipeout to start to your roach control efforts. If needed you should follow up with kit B and then move onto kit C if needed.