Cockroaches are permanent residents of many homes. Oftentimes they are notoriously difficult to deal with, making them a lot more than a mere annoyance. Roaches can spread diseases and cause damage to wallpapers, books, electronics, and more. The cost of living with cockroaches in the long run is far greater than it would be to pay for cockroach control. Even if you don’t resort to professional help, there are a few things you can do in order to rid your home of this nuisance. Here’s how to get rid of cockroaches in your Melbourne home.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
If you just spread some traps around or spray them with pesticides, you’re not doing anything. You’ll be treating the symptoms, not curing the disease. If you want to get rid of cockroaches on your own, first thing you need to do is ensure your home is not a hospitable environment for them. Here’s how to achieve that:
- Fix all leaks. Roaches love water. They can survive for months without food (though you wouldn’t know it considering how much they love eating), but they can live only a few days without water. Depriving them of water is a great first step to deal with them.
- Cover your food. As we’ve already mentioned, they can live a long time without food, but they are also gluttonous so you can be sure that if you let food lying around, roaches will be soon to follow.
- Keep your home clean. Cleanliness is the key to getting rid of cockroaches. Removing spills and crumbs right away is essential for the prevention of these pesky intruders. Do the dishes immediately. Put food in sealed containers, even when you’re putting it in the fridge.
- Scrub the floors regularly. This should get rid of sticky spots and breadcrumbs, thus preventing cockroaches from creeping inside in search for readily available food.
- Throw out the rubbish regularly. This is where you keep your waste. Here is the place where all the food scraps, leftover dinners, rotten tomatoes, and putrid fruit lies. This is Treasure island for roaches, so take it out regularly.
Baits, Traps, and Insecticides
Even if you do all of the above, it will still take some time before the roaches reduce in numbers and scatter completely. It occurs to us you don’t want to be waiting for the infestation to disappear on its own and you’d like to take some measures. This section will explain what you can do when you already have an infestation on your hands. Note: the actions from the first section are still recommended if you want to remove the primary cause for the infestation.
- Baits – you can get a store-bought bait in a childproof container or in gel form. They’re a blend of food (attractive to roaches) and poison. It’s a sneaky way to make them insert a Trojan horse into their midst. The only problem with this method is it takes a very long time to work and only works on the adults. Once they’re dead, usually the eggs hatch so the game has to begin anew. Still, it does yield some positive results. If this is the approach you want to take, you need to place the baits near places where you know roaches gather. Also, if you suspect where the nest is, place the baits as close to it as possible.
- Traps – traps are less effective than baits. They work on a population of adult roaches, but they don’t affect the nest in any way. You can get store-bought cockroach traps, which use an adhesive to trap the insects. Place traps where you know they gather. You can also make your own trap using a jar and some water. Place it near a wall. This gives the roaches a way in but no way out. Once more, this is effective against adult roaches, but the nest and the eggs are far beyond the effects of a trap.
- Pesticides – pesticides are effective, but can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s possible that using the spray can make the problem worse by forcing the roaches to hide deeper and change their “tactics”. They’re very adaptable creatures. Also, it might be dangerous for children and pets, so always read the safety labels before you use them. Do not use pesticides if you don’t know where the nest is. Otherwise you may make matters worse.
Of course, you can save yourself all the effort and allow the pros handle it. All you need to do is book professional cockroach control.