Cockroaches are common household pests that every homeowner would love to get rid of, but they can be difficult to remove from your home since they thrive everywhere, they can multiply fast and can spread diseases too. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to take action at the first indication of a cockroach infestation as early as possible to avoid risk of many health problems that they can cause. Fortunately there are easy ways to get rid of roaches in your home. By following these three best practices.
Keep Your Home Clean
Roaches are generally attracted to dirt and mess, they thrive in these types of environments since they’re always searching for food sources. That’s why the first thing that you should do is to keep your home clean to prevent cockroach infestation.
Here’s a few items to do on a daily basis:
- Wash dishes and put them away every after meal
- Clean up all the food crumbs right away
- Take out the garbage daily before bedtime
- Store food in sealed containers
- Sweep and mop the floor regularly
- Clean kitchen appliances daily
- Clean up any presence of moisture in the area
- Repair Leaks immediately
By practicing these cleaning habits it will prevent cockroaches from visiting your home since you have removed everything that could attract them. Plus any roach killer you use will be much more effective when your home is neat and clean.
Use Boric Acid
Boric Acid has been proven to be an effective home remedy against cockroaches. It is lethal to them and will kill them once they have ingested it. Simply mix equal amounts of boric acid, flour, and sugar to make a dough. Put the mixture in an open area or in a place where you find cockroaches breeding, it can be under the sink, under your refrigerator, stove, near the trash can, in the bathroom and the backs of kitchen cabinets and drawers.
Boric Acid is a powerful tool against cockroaches since they lack resistance to it. Carefully follow the instructions on the label for safe use and keep in mind that this powder can be poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets at all times.
Seal All the Entry Points
Cockroaches can fit through any small openings from cracks and crevices in doors, windows, around your sink and any other tiny gaps. These are some of the most common ways cockroaches can enter your home. You can avoid an infestation by preventing them from coming inside in the first place.
Seal the cracks and gaps in your home using caulk or sprayable foam and you can install screens on your door and window if you don’t like keeping them shut all the time. This will let you enjoy the fresh air while keeping your home safe from cockroaches and other pesky bugs that may enter your home.