One of the worst problems homeowners can face are cockroaches, and they can be truly tenacious. You can spray, put out bait stations, and clean thoroughly, only to find that the roaches keep coming back for more. Fortunately, there are ways to combat your problem with cockroaches if you understand what is causing them.
Cockroaches Love Water
Roaches are life forms, and like all known life forms they require water to live. Often, cockroaches will hide in spaces such as your kitchen or bathroom because of the moisture.
This is not just about large amounts of water you can easily see, but any water. To make an inhospitable environment for cockroaches, you need to eliminate any and all water sources for them. This obviously means making sure there are no leaking pipes.
As well, you need to make sure that you quickly wipe up any splashed water, so there is nothing for the cockroaches to drink.
For you, a crumb may be insignificant, but for the cockroaches that feed on these morsels, a crumb is a feast. In some cases, a crumb may be enough for several cockroaches to eat for a few days. If you want the problem to go away for good, you need to be relentless in your cleaning endeavors. There can be absolutely no crumbs left anywhere.
This includes under the stove or behind any part of the kitchen where you may be tempted to dodge cleaning.
When there are no more crumbs to eat, you can focus on bait stations with a delayed reaction that can eliminate the nest. When there are no additional food sources, you eliminate this attraction for new cockroaches to enter your home in the future.
There are many places where roaches can hold out, even when you have sprayed and put out traps and bait stations.
In some cases, roaches may be hiding in tiny gaps, inside your walls, and any other places where there is some level of shelter. Cockroaches will hide anywhere, and this is why spraying foam around pipe entrances and other areas of potential entry can cause the problem to fade.
As well, bait stations and specialized powders that break the cockroaches’ exoskeletons can work well against those that are holding out. If there is a space of any kind, treat it as if it is a holdout.
Many people do not know this, but cockroaches eat the glue on the bottoms of the paper in the bottom of kitchen drawers. Removing this and other adhesives will remove one more attraction that cockroaches enjoy feeding on.
Another attraction that cockroaches will not resist is warmth in their shelter, which is one of their basic needs. One way to get rid of persistent roaches is to keep your space as cool as you can get it without freezing your pipes or causing yourself an undue level of discomfort.
Often roaches will harbor in sewers and drains. From there, they can scale the drain pipes and climb into your home.
One way you can eliminate this problem is by flushing the toilets, running lots of water and then pouring bleach down the drains to keep the roaches from hanging on. The goal is to build up enough water velocity that they are washed into the sewer. Be sure that when you use caulk or spray foam around your water pipe entrances that you do not forget the drains.
Call In The Pros
Roaches can be troublesome. Just when you think you’ve solved the problem, another one rears its ugly head.
Dealing with a cockroach problem is best left to the professionals at Budget Brothers.
Call us today for an estimate on getting rid of cockroaches once and for all.