Preventive measures are the key to successful control. It is easier to prevent a cockroach invasion than to control an established population. The success of preventive measures requires care, Planning and sustained effort. |
Cleanliness in the home and elimination of favorable breeding sites lessens the possibility of cockroach infestations and reduces the need for pesticides, but these practices WILL NOT ALWAYS prevent invasions from outside sources.
The simple formula to get rid of cockroaches is to keep your home clean. Other steps to prevent further infestation of cockroaches are listed below:
* Most important step is to keep your kitchen clean. Clean all the spills and crumbs as soon as possible. * Store all the food in air tight container. Make sure that you donâ€™t leave food in open for prolonged period. Avoid keeping dirty dishes overnight. * Cockroaches are attracted to water very fast hence you need to fix all the leaking and dripping faucets. * It is observed that cockroaches hate naphthalene smell so it is better to keep naphthalene balls in the corners and all the dark places. * Keep all the trash away from your house and regularly empty all the trash. * Seal all the cracks; this would be a convenient way to get rid of cockroaches. * Keep all the debris and logs away as cockroaches love to hide in logs and other places. During winter season this would attract cockroaches inside the house.
Eliminate Hiding Places
* Paper, Cardboard, lumber, firewood and other debris next to the home provide excellent refuge for several cockroach species. * Keep yard trash and stacks of firewood away from the home or garage to minimize the chance of cockroach invasion
Traps should be placed where cockroaches are likely to travel to and from feeding and hiding areas. It is best to place traps against walls and in corners where both ends are unobstructed. Reposition the traps if no cockroaches are caught after two or three nights. The number of traps required for a home or building will vary with the kind of cockroach present and the severity and location of the infestation. Exclusion
* Discourage cockroaches from entering the home by sealing any cracks of 1/8 in or more in the foundation and exterior walls. * Check the seal or caulking around air conditioning unit, windows, doors, pipes or other openings into the home. * Inside the home eliminate all possible hiding areas and food sources. * Repair cracks and holes in floors, walls and ceilings. * Seal openings around plumbing fixtures, furnace flues, electrical outlets, windowsills and walls, and along baseboards and ceiling moldings. * Leaky water faucets and pipes should be repaired. * Thresholds on doors should be as tight as possible and cracks in porches and stoops should be sealed
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