5 Tips For Dealing With A Cockroach Infestation

Posted on: 23 September 2015

Cockroaches are notoriously hardy and breed rapidly. Once you begin to see roaches in your home, there is a good chance that there are many more that you can't see hiding throughout your house. If you begin to see multiple cockroaches in your home, use the following tips to deal with an infestation.

Contact a Pest Control Specialist

Cockroaches are very difficult to kill, so if you have an infestation in your home, a bottle of bug killer you buy at a home improvement store is not going to get the job done. If you want to get a roach infestation under control, you will need the services of a pest control company. Depending on the severity of the infestation, your home may need chemical smoke bombs to kill off all of the pests. Strong chemicals are typically used to control a roach infestation, so it is in your best interest to remove your pets and children from the home while the pest control service is being performed. Your pest control technician will be able to tell you when it is safe for you to return to your house.

Keep Roaches Out

After initially dealing with a cockroach infestation and killing them off with chemicals, it is important to make sure that new roaches can't get back in your house. Look around the exterior of your home to see if there are cracks or holes near the foundation of your house, around the windows, or next to pipes going into your house. Seal any cracks or holes, and consider using drain stoppers in your sinks and showers, as roaches are capable of coming up through drains.

Eliminate Food Sources

If you want to prevent another roach infestation, it is important to remove all possible food sources. Keep all food in tightly sealed containers, and don't leave pet food out after meal times. It is also important to wipe your counters frequently to remove crumbs, and  make sure that trash cans in your home have lids.

Take Care of Leaks

In addition to food, cockroaches are continually looking for water sources, so if you have a leaky or dripping faucet it can be a beacon to roaches. Fix all leaks in your home, and be mindful to dry puddles in or around sinks after using them.

Regular Pest Control Services

After you get a roach infestation under control, one of the best ways to prevent another one is by getting regular pest control services in your home and around your property. In addition to keeping cockroaches away, pest control services can also ensure that your home is free from other gross insects and pests.