How to Get Rid of Roaches: The Basic Steps

How to get rid of roachesRoaches are one type of visitor nobody ever wants in their home. In fact, this is one of the most disturbing scenarios for most homeowners. Fortunately, you can solve this problem. Here is a basic plan that will show you how to get rid of roaches.

Trace their origins: Roaches can enter your home in a variety of ways. If someone else in your building or neighborhood has an infestation, the roaches can travel into your area. They also can hide in clothing, furniture or other items you may bring into your home. Figuring out where the pests came from can help you ensure that you will keep them from returning once you’ve treated your home.

Eliminate attractive conditions: Roaches are attracted to food and water, and often nest in moist areas (say, if you have damp flooring due to a plumbing leak). Look around thoroughly for any areas that might be alluring to roaches. Carefully clean up any food or areas of water, and repair any leaks or water-damaged areas of your home. Be sure to sweep or vacuum areas along walls and in corners, especially in the kitchen where scraps of food may have fallen on the floor. Also, wipe inside cabinets and shelves with cleaner, to eliminate any crumbs or traces of food.

Treat the affected areas: You can use a spray product for immediate results of visible pests. However, there are likely many more insects hiding in your home. The best approach is a multi-faceted strategy. Use roach traps in cabinets, underneath sinks, behind appliances and in other areas that might be popular with pests. (These traps produce quick results, but you will need to discard and replace them regularly.) Then, it’s time to get out the bait. A gel bait product is very convenient for using in cracks and crevices. Bait products contain special chemicals that are very attractive to roaches, to be sure to lure them in. The roaches that take the bait then share it with others, resulting in many kills. You may need to do some detective work to figure out the roaches’ entry points or paths of travel—these will be the best places to treat with bait. (Be sure to place traps and bait in out-of-the-way areas where they can’t be accessed by kids or pets.)

Enact a maintenance plan: Once you’ve gotten control of your existing problem, you want to keep it from recurring. Continue to replace traps and bait stations on a regular basis, for long-term protection. Also, look for pest control products with an insect growth regulator, which will help keep insects from reproducing and will prevent eggs from maturing.

Following these steps can help ensure that roaches stay away from your home and won’t bother you again.

Monica Bird (931 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.