Did You Know?
Roaches are notoriously tough to control, because they reproduce so quickly. One German roach (the smaller kind) can lay 40 eggs at a time!
Although it’s tricky to completely get rid of roaches, a combination of cleaning, home repairs, on-the-spot treatment, and products can certainly help. First, clean your home to eliminate any exposed foods that may attract roaches. Then, apply spray treatments to attack the roaches you see as well as the areas where they hide (such as cracks and crevices). Next, control the problem with roach baits to kill the roaches you don’t see. Finally, use a barrier product to create a line of defense around your home to keep roaches out.
Don’t make it easy for roaches to enter your home. Seal exterior openings to keep large roaches from invading. Most roaches are found in dark, moist areas like basements, cupboards, under kitchen sinks, bathrooms, and in openings where pipes enter walls. Keeping the basement dry and plumbing in good repair can help as well.
Because roaches love to eat the same things we do, prevent them from becoming dinner guests with a thorough cleaning. Wipe up food or drink spills (especially if they’re sugary, starchy, or greasy). Clean behind the oven, fridge, and other appliances, and store food in sealed, airtight containers. Be sure to toss out old boxes and newspapers, where roaches like to hide. Also, remember to remove pet food after Fido finishes eating.